Plas y Brenin Mountain Leader Training

What to Expect from Your Mountain Leader Training Course

I’ve just returned from Snowdonia, where I spent the last week or so in the mountains training for my Mountain Leader qualification.

As I mentioned in a recent post about my 2018 goals, the Mountain Leader award is a nationally-recognised qualification that enables you to lead groups in the mountains of the UK. It is pretty much essential for anyone looking for a career in the outdoors.

If you’re thinking of doing it or just want to know a bit more, here is a rundown of what you might expect on the six-day training course. Due to multiple recommendations I chose Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia to do my course, but the scheme is run in locations all over the country. Although aspects of the course will vary depending on where you do it, the general curriculum and structure are the same. The syllabus covers the following eight areas: Read more

2018 Adventures

My Adventure Goals for 2018

I’m not a big fan New Year’s resolutions. Setting oneself vague, non-specific goals like eat better, run more or be less of a dick seems completely unmeasurable and therefore destined to fail. I prefer to begin each year by creating a checklist of things I want to do over the course of the next 12 months. Things that will improve my quality of life and provide me with some memorable experiences. Things that I can easily tick off once done and therefore actually see some tangible success at the end of the year.

Last week I posted about my achievements for 2017. There were a lot of things I was proud of this year, and in 2018 there is a lot more I want to accomplish. I could fill a book with all the experiences I want to have, places I want to visit and things I want to get good at, but there is no way I could achieve it all in a meagre 365 days. To keep things simple and achievable, I decided to limit myself to five adventure targets I want to hit in 2018.


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