Mountain Leader Preparation course

January 21, 2016
Mountain Leader preparation day looking at the skills and knowledge required for the scheme. Some great weather, even if it was quite chilly on the top. 
Top tips for navigation can be found on a previous blog - http://www.outdoor-matters.co.uk/blog/navigation-10-top-tips
 

A dry day!

January 13, 2016
After a very wet couple of months I finally managed to get out on some rock this week.
Making the most of some dry but very windy conditions we headed to some sheltered spots in Pembrokeshire.
Great to be out and not in wellies, thanks to Jeff for joining me on this little adventure.

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Learning to lead

November 24, 2015
Learn to lead course in November - sometimes it seems like the sun always shines on Gower!
Two days spent looking at movement on rock, rope work, placing protection and building belays.
13 pitches climbed, including their first  multipitch route East Ridge, what a great weekend...



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Self rescue for climbers

September 7, 2015
Self rescue for climbers - getting yourself out of trouble when things don't quite go to plan can be overwhelming or, if you have some basic skills, straight forward.
All these skills are covered on our Self Rescue for Climbers course, you can read up before using this article from Climbing.com, it is a little American in places, but it contains some well presented information.

http://www.climbing.com/skill/save-yourself-a-guide-to-self-rescue/

Keep safe out there...
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Taffs Well - Sport venue near Cardiff

September 2, 2015
Quick morning recce to scout out the potential of this roadside sports crag just outside Cardiff. Sheltered, solid and lots of easy to mid grade routes - this will definitely come in useful for some of my courses. 


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Guided Climbs on Gower

August 28, 2015
A morning on Gower spent dodging the rain and climbing in the sunshine on Great Tor and Little Tor. Even managed to cover some scrambling and abseiling skills as well as 6 pitches of climbing, not bad for only half a day!

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Damp learn to lead course

August 26, 2015
Damp day on a learn to lead course, lots of skills covered and even a couple of routes led. British summer upped the challenge but these guys stepped up well. Now you just need to get our and practice...

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Open beginners course

August 21, 2015
Looking for another beginner to join an Outdoor Climbers Course, looking at everything you need to get climbing outside on real rock. Get in touch if you would like more info, course should run in the next month or so...

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Central American Expedition - Working away

July 12, 2015
This summer I'm leading a team from Surrey to Central America for a trekking and community project expedition for True Adventure, a company I have worked closely with for several years now. 

This is always a fantastic experience for those in the team, and for myself as well. It does, however, mean that I am not available for guiding, teaching or technical work until my return on August 11th. 

Please see my Calendar for dates still available in August and everything after. 



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Activities for all

July 12, 2015
Specialist 1:1 support for a young girl with mobility issues this week on her schools residential trip to Gower. Great to see her getting stuck in and enjoying all the activities including abseiling, scrambling and body boarding, and wonderful to be able to help her challenge what is possible.



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