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Mountain Leader Refresher North Wales

Sat, May 03, 2014

I have spent the day working with Mark in the Ogwen Valley, revising parts of the Mountain Leader syllabus. Today we headed up to the Gribin Facet area near Llyn Idwal to practise emergency rope work for mountain leaders. We looked at ways to protect people when climbing up and down as well as personal abseil techniques. By the end of the day Mark led me through quite complicated terrain making all the necessary decisions as to when to let me walk by myself, when to give advise, physically support me and finally deciding to get the rope out on a particularly tricky section in order to reach the path again. We also spent some time looking at various rock types and chatting about how the mountains came to look like they do today.

Body belay
Mark protecting his own safety whilst performing a waist belay.

testing anchors
Candidates on a mountain leader assessment are required to be able to make judgements about the safety of anchors before using them to belay others.

complicated terrain
The complicated ground in the Glyderau area is ideal for practising group management for mountain leaders.

Tomorrow we are heading out for a mountain day to practice navigation and more route finding on complicated ground.

The next ML training course is running in Snowdonia between 25th and 30th May. Please contact us to discuss the course or make a booking.