I am back from my big wall adventure in Brazil now (I was out there filming for a project that I hope to release in the Autumn) and it is lovely to come home to some nice thank you emails:
Just to let you know I had a great weekend on the Mountain Skills Navigation course with Tarquin. He listened to what we all wanted to get out of the weekend and then delievered. I am not a natural when it comes to these things and he patiently persevered in explaining things to me, sometimes several times, which I really appreciated. Of course he knows his stuff but the skill is in its delivery to a group of strangers whereby everyones needs are taken into account. His (mostly!) easy nature allowed the group to gel and develop a good comradery for the short time we were together and to have fun. He negotiated well to get a balance between navigation skills and mountain skills and the scramble up Tryffan was a great call.
Although I didnt understand everything Tarquin taught us, I understood everything I went on the course to learn and more. Tarquin has given me the confidence and enthusiasm to get out and practice what I have learnt and to enjoy the mountains even more than I have to date by following others.
When I feel I have become more proficient with the basics I am sure I will come back to learn more.
So big thanks to Tarquin and thanks to expedtionguide.com.