Whilst not exactly what we’ve been up to… it does involve, boats, lakes and singing!
After the intensive SPA training last week and the high adrenaline mountain walking on Friday, the trainees were understandably pretty exhausted by the weekend. Time for a couple of days rest, nothing was seen or heard from them apart from on Saturday morning when Nigel came along to assist with an abseil session at cathedral quarry – a really valuable experience of working with clients. He even managed to do the big 45m abseil with surprisingly little encouragement!
Monday morning brought heavy rain and strong winds but the promise of some good weather later on and on tuesday morning. So the trainees planned their first Canoe expedition! Leaving around lunchtime the trainees paddled the length of Windermere stopping around halfway to camp. A BBQ , some hilarious attempts at slack lining, some songs and a moonlit paddle brought the day to an end. After a big bowl of porridge and packing up the kit in the morning we were off. Paddling along in the morning sunshine, the paddling turned into improvised sailing as the wind picked up and we nearly made it all the way to the end until the wind decided to turn around at the last minute and made for a last mile paddle to the end. What an adventure!
Wednesday was spent at a new climbing venue – Warton Pinnicle crag. With some higher and more difficult routes than Hutton Roof the guys showed how well they are doing by managing to tackle some Severe grade climbs in great style! (incidentally reaching the level they need to for their SPA). George also got very friendly with a tree!
Navigation, navigation, navigation. That was the recurring theme on Thursday as the guys set off to the Howgills to spend the day pacing, timing, reading contours and taking compass bearings. They learnt loads and had a great day. George seems to have a great aptitude for the navigation so well done to him!
The trainees have decided to spend 6 months spending nearly every day outside in the fantastic english Lake District learning new skills and fine tuning leadership qualities – qualifying themselves to work as outdoor instructors (the BEST job in the world!) in the 2015 summer season. Sound like fun? We still have spaces left for our November start of the Outdoor Instructor Program so take a look at our Instructor Training Page or ring us for an informal chat.