Day 2 of the PYB MIC trg today and we went to Stob Ban to put yesterday's mountaineering skills into a more serious environment both in ascent and descent. So we were like the Grand old Duke of York going up and down the East Ridge of the North Buttress with the trainees taking point. We also looked at some of the skills required to teach lead climbing. Damper, cloudier but not as windy as it might have been.
12 and a half years ago I turned up in Wales more than little nervous to face my MIA Training at Plas Y Brenin. I left with a very full brain and a lot of ideas to go and play with. Today I've been working on an MIC Training based at Plas Y Brenin's Scottish winter base; Alltshellach. Feels like a long journey. 'Nuff said on that, feast your eyes on the fine weather pics from today on Dinnertime Buttress!
This week I'm Assessing candidates at Glenmore Lodge for the Mountain Instructors Certificate, the National Governing Body award for teaching all aspects of the skills involved in winter walking, mountaineering and climbing in the UK. This means I get to meet lots of people who have been on a very long journey through the Mountain Training awards spending years building up the necessary personal and teaching/working experience to present for assessment. It also means I spend much of the week standing on snowy ledges watching other people work.
Today I was at Creagan Coire Cha No. I was wearing 7 layers, I consumed a litre of warm blackcurrant cordial. After 4 hours in a warm room I can feel my toes again. It was cold and snowy and rather lovely once the visibility cleared.