I’ve spent the last week delivering a DofE training and practice expedition for The City of Edinburgh Council based out of their Bangholm Outdoor Centre. Monday to Tuesday was training including a navigation day in the Dalmeny Estate and Thursday and Firday was the practice expedition in The Pentland Hills.
Sunshine and showers all week with fairly strong winds made for generally good drying conditions for the ground and crags.
The last couple of days I’ve been out in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh with a DofE group for The City of Edinburgh Council. The weather was excellent with sunshine and relatively low winds. There’s a good forecast for the next few days, so crags in the area will be drying out nicely.
Ski Touring in the Pentland Hills today above Flotterstone. Variable conditions but great to be out on such a beautiful day.
Fiona, Joe and I were out today in the Pentland Hills with an excellent group from Grangemouth High School.
It was cool to start with after an overnight frost, but was warm in the sun later on with light variable winds. The Pentlands are dry underfoot at the moment after the recent weather.
On Saturday Euan and I were working with Cameron. Davy, Fran, Glenn, James, Keith, Lawrie and Nettle. We were providing mountain support and emergency response for Maximillion Events who were managing the Pentland Push event.
The Pentland Push is a fundraising event for the very good cause of St Columba’s Hospice and consists of three very tough routes through the Pentland Hills aimed at runners and walkers. The event was very well organised by Maximillion and after some very windy weather during the set up on Friday it was good to have some fine weather for the event itself on Saturday. The day ran very smoothly, so a big thanks to all involved and congratulations to all the participants.
On Monday and Tuesday I was out in the Pentlands again with a Bronze DofE Group, who were traversing the Pentland Jills from Garvald to Easter Kinleith over two days with a wild camp.
The group were excellent and the weather was generally kind making for a pleasant two days in the hills.
The last two days I’ve been working for The City of Edinburgh Council supervising a Bronze DofE group who were traversing the Pentland Hills from Garvald to The Flotterstone.
The group did a great job and we were treated to some fine weather with only a light shower late this afternoon.
This week I’ve been running a Silver DofE training for The City of Edinburgh Council. This included navigation in the Pentland Hills on Tuesday and a three day practice expedition in the Lammermuirs.
The expedition took in Meikle Says Law and some delightful and, at times, tough walking terrain with a couple of beautiful camping spots. The group coped very well with some very mixed weather, which changed from heavy rain to bright sunshine on a fairly regular basis.