Friday 8 June 2007

SPA Assessment at Glenmore Lodge and Talisker Trek

I spent the weekend observing Pete Gwatkin working at Glenmore Lodge on an SPA assessment. We went to Cummingston on the first day and Kingussie Crag on the second. The first day was mostly about looking at candidates personal climbing, the second more about ropework for working with groups. Themes like environmental impact at crags and courtesy to other users ran throughout the weekend.

The weekend after I was working for Glasgow Climbing Centre on Skye. For a change I wasnt on the ridge but helping with a corporate event for the charity The Woodlands Trust. One of the celebrity guests was former England Ruby international Martin Bayfield. As well as being a superb after dinner speaker he dwarfed everyone else there at almost 7 ft tall! I helped co-ordinate a dozen teams of instructors teaching navigation and supervising tasks at various locations on the hill and also teams of the press and celebrity guests.

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