Is this what it’s like to be retired? I’ve got nothing in my diary but the days are flying by with plenty to do. The last couple of weeks I have been volunteering my time in trying to help establish some guidelines for Mountaineering Instructors getting back to work. I wrote a guidance paper for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) last week and then this week have sat on a working group between the AMI & British Mountain Guides (BMG) to help produce a document that sets out how the industry can keep outdoor activities Covid secure.

On top of that I have been part of The Outdoor Alliance which is making representation to the Welsh Government on a Pathway to Recovery for Outdoor Activity Providers in Wales.

Today the Welsh Government has published its traffic light roadmap to easing lockdown and its great to see that they continue to put the health of the people of Wales first – basing all other decisions around that key priority.

Our lockdown period will be revised at the end of May and I hope that I will be in a position to then start making plans to return to work. It’s not going to happen quickly though and from my point of view it will mean real changes to how things have been run prior to the Pandemic. I can see the medium term future being 1:1 guiding (or 1:2 where members of the same household) for singe day hits and so I am currently working on plans to facilitate that.

Most of all I can see a need for patience. As I have said repeatedly we live in small communities with minimal health care provision and my number one priority will be protecting the safety of my family, friends, community and clients – the same as always really but with a new risk to consider!