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Way back in time before the onset of adulthood I enjoyed countless days heading into the hills of Yorkshire with nothing more than a squashed sandwich & youthful sense for adventure! Despite long past youthful and work commitments keeping me in the city, the sense of adventure and love for the outdoors never left me. After digging my boots out and returning to the hills I attended a number of courses to improve my hill knowledge and skill base, during one of these courses it was suggested I join the Mountain Leader Training scheme and was delighted go on to gain the MOUNTAIN LEADER Award in April 2012. As well as spending time on the hills and mountains of the UK I have also enjoyed trips to the Nepalese Himalaya, Swiss & French Alps, Mallorca’s Tramuntana, Andorran & French Pyrenees, Morocco’s High Atlas, Tanzania’s Mt Meru & Kilimanjaro, Argentinian & Chilean Patagonia and winter expeditions to Norway’s Hardangervidda. Since gaining the ML I have also gained the SINGLE PITCH AWARD, INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD and the WINTER MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD. I am now enjoying working in a freelance role whilst trying to get out climbing as much as possible.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Summer In The Lake District.

 This week I have been fortunate enough to spend a few days enjoying the fine weather in the English Lake District working for Lupine Adventure with young adults on the National Citizen Service scheme.

 Based at Langdale YHA I have been working with Ben, Siobhan and Matt (Trekking Skills) as well as instructors from Carnegie Outdoor.
 Taking groups of 12-14 plus 2 team leaders we made the best of the summer weather and headed out from the YHA onto the surrounding hills.
 Tuesday and Wednesday we made our way around Loughrigg Fell to look at the caves that had been formed when miners had dug out the clay stone, quite a sight when considering the fact the mining had mainly done by hand!

From the caves we made our way up the steep incline of Nab Scar and onto Heron Pike, standing at 612m above sea level this was the first time most of the group had stood on top of an official mountain and had views of the surrounding fells and Grasmere too!

 Thursday and with the skies bright and the temperature set to be higher we set out on a route with less up hill but with a little scrambling to spice things up and give the group a sense of achievement. Heading for Silver Howe we gave the group the lead by letting them choose the route before dropping back down into Grasmere for well earned ice cream, all very Enid Blyton!


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