Over a year later than originally planned, leaders from all over GLN headed offf with the County Mountaineering Team last weekend to the Rhinogydd mountain range in the Snowdonia National Park. After driving up in the minibus and setting up camp on the Friday night, the Saturday was spent out on the remote mountain known as Rhinog Fawr. Each leader had to lead short sections of the pre-planned walk, some of which was on paths and other sections were in remote areas far from any sort of path. Map reading basics were covered including bearings, pacing, timings, contours and land features such as sheepfolds and rivers. After a long day, and dinner back at the campsite, we headed back out for a night navigation exercise which is designed to emulate walking in poor weather and visibility and basically avoid getting lost.
On Sunday morning it was time to pack up camp and then walk back to where we did night navigation to see how different things can look in broad daylight with excellent visibility before spending the rest of the morning looking at micro navigation, confidence roping and unplanned use of the rope.
Each leader was then de-briefed individually and congratulations to: Paul Coleman (6th Southgate), Anders Bundgaard (12th Enfield), Chris Reay (10th Finchley), Nigel Laurens (9th Muswell Hill), Ali Fletcher (Gough Park ESU) for gaining your Summer Hillwalking Permits – it was great to have leaders representing nearly all districts within GLN on the assessment. Many thanks to Mark Underwood from the County Mountaineering Team for helping to run the weekend and 6th Southgate Scout Group for the use of the minibus.
More dates for permit assessments and Mountain Experience Weekends are planned for 2022 and will be announced on the County website, North Circular and Training Updates emails. If you want any more information on Hillwalking Permits please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
GLN County Mountaineering Advisor