INSTRUCTORS TIPS

On this page you will find links to various articles and top tips that I have written, some to supplement courses and some as an aide memoir. Others are just top tips that are useful in their own right to help you enjoy the mountains safely.

How to get started as a mountaineer

September 17th, 2017|0 Comments

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 [...]

Choosing an axe and crampons for winter walking

September 20th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Ropework for scrambling

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Route finding advice for scrambling

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

Here I look at route finding advice on scrambling terrain. How to: route find when scrambling  

How to choose kit for scrambling

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

How to move when scrambling

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

How to take a bearing

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Understand Contours

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Winter Skills with Trail Magazine

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

When should I tell people to worry?

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

What is Mountain Navigation

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Mountain Leader Training with Trail Magazine

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

How to pass your ML Assessment

April 7th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Learning to Climb

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Mountain Leader Definitions

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Work in the Outdoors

April 5th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Climb your first 4000m peak

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]

Mountain Incidents

April 4th, 2016|0 Comments

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 [...]