Monday 16 April 2012

Chairman Howe!

Steve and I have been keeping active with work, rescues and leisure. Steve has been out most of the last week with our ML Assessment group. I went out with them on Thursday into Cwm Glas where only two nights before I had been searching for a missing walker on Snowdon. Steve and the group headed over to the Moelwyns to escape the snow conditions (not needed or wanted for a Summer ML Assessment!). We have also had a REC Level 2 First Aid course in Llanberis and I have been teaching Geography to Bablake School in the mountains of Snowdonia.

I have been kept busy over Easter with a lot of Mountain Rescue callouts and searches. I have also been voted in as Chairman of SARDA Wales at our AGM on Saturday; a great privilege but one that carries a lot of responsibility. You can see what SARDA Wales does at Time for us both to have a rest!

Friday 6 April 2012

Winter returns!

Snowdonia has returned to its more usual weather; snow and colder temperatures.

On Monday through till Wednesday I was teaching Geography for Sixth Form Geographers from Bablake School. On Monday we looked at a case study of Flooding in Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley investigating both the causes and the responses to the floods. On Tuesday we headed up to near the source of the Afon Conwy and studied Rivers and then on Wednesday came the day that the students will never forget; a Glaciation day in Cwm Idwal and the Ogwen Valley in full-on winter conditions. The students learnt not only about glacial landforms and processes but I was also able to throw in a few simple Winter skills as well.
     For me the irony was that last week when I should have been doing my Winter Mountain Leader Assessment, the course was cancelled due to lack of snow!

Meanwhile, Steve was taking our early April REC Level 2 course which was held at the Heights Hotel in Llanberis.

Next week we have a full complement for our Summer Mountain Leader Assessment. Good luck to all the participants.