It was a roaring success. We spent 3 days camel trekking with our own guide and 3 camels (Sandy rode one, Jane and I had one each and Kaye rode with one of us). Then we transferred to the Atlas based in Amizmiz where an expat IML guided us in the mountains for 3 days. Kaye rode a mule this time (above some big drops- very brave) whilst the rest of us trotted along to keep up! Finally we went to Essaouira where Sandy learnt to surf from his mum whilst Kaye made it clear how she needed no help from me body boarding. We had a great trip experiencing only kindness from the Moroccans and roads that made the A82 look like a joke!
Since then I had a last little mountain work before hitting the climbing walls both personally and for a round of courses. 2 CWA trainings, a CWA Assessment, FUNdas 1,2 and 3 (and another 1 and 2 to come this week), a CWLA Training and a CWLA Assessment, a day's staff training on floor walking, 2 Foundation Coach trainings and a challenging, fascinating Development Coach Training moderated by Martin from MT. I also made my annual trip to volunteer at Mountaineering Scotland's SMART weekend for students and attended 2 Mountain Training Scotland seminars (1 on the future changes in the Climbing Awards and 1 more general one that I presented a couple of afternoon sessions at). In between I've taken every opportunity to get back in the bouldering wall at Three Wise Monkeys in Fort William for some personal fun.
Now the snow has arrived I've been waiting for sa day off to coincide with a cold spell rather than a thaw.... after the Adventure Sports Coaching Conference at Glenmore Lodge tomorrow I'll be getting my crampons back on for the first time since July in Greenland- whoopee!
Kids at Erg Chebbi
Not our camels
the only one crazy enough to share it with me
Kaye on trek
Sandy at Sidi Khaoki
Sandy can surf
Kaye on the body board
Development Coach Training
Foundation Coach Training
MTS Providers Seminar
Brain dump from another Foundation Coach