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October 2017

Choosing an axe and crampons for winter walking

Choosing an axe and crampons for winter walking Winter offers the ideal excuse to head off to the nearest gear shop and spend some of your hard earned on shiny new gear. Even better, some of it is shiny, jangly, metal gear! Everyone knows that when there's snow on the ground you cannot be seen [...]

September 2017

How to get started as a mountaineer

Occasionally people have a vision, a dream, a fantastically great idea...but they don't know how to get there, or perhaps even what it means! This little article is for anyone that has ever dreamt of being a mountaineer and has made the first step in finding a course that will help them achieve that goal. [...]

April 2016

Ropework for scrambling

This is a series of videos that I presented for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and The BMC that looks at rope work for scrambling. Rope Work for Scramblers: Introduction Rope Work for Scramblers: Part 2 Rope Work for Scramblers: Part 3 Rope Work for Scramblers: Part 4 Rope Work for Scramblers: Part 5   [...]

How to choose kit for scrambling

Here I show what we should consider carrying on an easy scramble, from basics like food and water to emergency kit in case the weather changes or something goes wrong. How to: choose kit for scrambling

How to move when scrambling

Tips on how to move when on an easy scramble. Giant strides or tiny steps? Which is best on steep ground? How to: move when scrambling

Navigation Timing Card

Navigation Timing Card Here is a navigation timing card that you can print off, laminate and keep with your compass. It will help you work out timings and save you from having to do maths on the mountain!

How to take a bearing

How to take a bearing A reminder on how to take a bearing - by Rob Johnson How to use a compass Grid North, Magnetic North & True North There are three norths commonly in use in Great Britain: Grid North: the direction of a grid line on the National Grid. True North: the direction [...]

Understand Contours

Understand Contours - by Rob Johnson If you can get your head around contours then your map reading will improve massively. When map makers sit down with a blank piece of paper the first thing that they plot are the contour lines, they will always be accurate and they exist to represent the shape of the [...]

Winter Skills with Trail Magazine

Winter Skills with Trail Magazine Desperate to walk in winter but scared off by ice axes, avalanches, blizzards and snowholes? Trail has the answer: book yourself on a winter skills course. Words by Oli Reed - Trail Magazine There are many things I’m afraid of. Clowns, for example, and identical twins. Then there are moths, [...]

When should I tell people to worry?

When should I tell people to worry? We all know walks can take longer than expected… but at what point should the person left behind waiting start to worry and call for help? Its really useful to leave a route card or an outline of your plans for the day with a friend or family [...]

What is Mountain Navigation

Mountain Navigation is quite simply the ability to plan and follow a route in the mountains. If the weather is fine then it is a relatively simple matter but when the weather changes, as it rapidly does in the mountains, life can suddenly get more difficult. Mountain Rescue statistics show that a very high proportion [...]

Mountain Leader Training with Trail Magazine

Mountain Leader Training with Trail Magazine ‘Expedition’ is a damn fine word, guaranteed to send shivers up your spine. And if it’s adventure you’re a er, a big-scale mountain trip is the place to find it. But unless you’re cosy with Sir Ranulph Fiennes and he’s likely to invite you somewhere unspeakably cold or remote [...]

How to pass your ML Assessment

How to pass your Mountain Leader (ML) Assessment For many people, becoming a Mountain Leader is the gateway to a whole new world of opportunities. Assessments aren't everyone’s favourite pastime, however, so here are some top tips from Mountain Training’s Mal Creasey to help you succeed. 1. Look like an experienced walker and don’t faff [...]

Learning to Climb

The Learning Process This is the teaching model that I have designed to teach multi-pitch and lead climbing, you won't see this in any books! The idea is that on the 1st day I will talk you through where you are on the scale to start with and then tailor the course to your needs to progress [...]

Mountain Leader Definitions

Mountain Leader Definitions Mountainous Country, Quality Mountain Days and Wild Camping 1.1 Mountainous Country For the purpose of the Mountain Leader scheme ‘mountainous country’ may be defined as wild country which may contain unavoidable steep and rocky ground where walkers are dependent upon themselves for immediate help. In the United Kingdom and Ireland this can [...]

Work in the Outdoors

Can it work for you? For many people the idea of turning their hobby into their full or part time occupation is a dream, the idea of these pages is to help you establish whether that dream can become a reality. The following article provides a background on working in the outdoors, an explanation of how [...]

Climb your first 4000m peak

How to climb your first 4000m peak "I want to climb an Alpine 4000m peak – how experienced to I need to be and what should I start off with?" If you are heading out to the Alps to climb your first 4000m peak you are going to want a few skills in place first. [...]

Mountain Incidents

Mountain Incidents - how to avoid them Heading into the mountains means different things to different people. It can involve escapism, physical challenge, camaraderie or perhaps freedom. Whatever our motivation we want to enjoy the mountains safely. As a member of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (one of the busiest teams in the UK) I [...]

November 2014

Winter Kit List

Winter Kit List: I have prepared it and modified this list over many years and there is nothing on here that you can make do without. If we are very lucky and have perfect weather there are things that you might not end up using but more likely you will be very glad to have [...]