I'm not sure if I put this on the right post or not, but as I have my Winter Mountain Leader Assessment booked for Feb,I am looking gain some "log book days", by running some mock Winter Skills Courses.
What I am looking for is people that would like to venture into the winter hills, but have had no formal training. Ideally these people should have a summer hill walking background, and as I dont have any spare kit to dish out, they must also bring their own walking axe,crampons and helmet.
It will be run as a full on Course, but without any cost to the student.
I am based in the Lake District, so access to the hills is no issue.The only thing I ask is that you must be able to fit in around my days off from work, which is usually weekdays, though it does vary.I will be in Scotland for the last two weeks of Jan if any one North of the Border is interested.
If you are interested , please email me with your ideas and I'll get back to you, so we can talk about where, when and how.
In reply to rich pyne:
I live in Whitehaven and have a reasonable employer for the occasional day off from work. I have been hillwalking for the last couple if years and was hoping to start some decent scrambling this year but with the weather havent had much chance!
I have some stiff crampon compatible boots and all the required kit for winter walking other than axe and crampons, however have been keen to buy some, just been concerned about using them without any "mock" instruction!
It would be great to get out and experience winter.. I can also bring pies!!
I have also been putting together a climbing rack for next summer and planning on visiting the Dolomites hopefully for some via ferrata and glacier walks. So the experience would be great.
I also have a car and don't mind travelling north if required?
In reply to rich pyne: hello mate i'd love to get involved and help you with this as well as learning some winter skills as i have a solid summer walking/climbing background. I have all the kit required and can get to the lakes (or scotland) with no problems, i also have a car if i can be of use that way. Time wise i can do whenever as i have just been made redundant !
In reply to brianpasco: And a reply to everyone else that have made enquiries...
WOW, I'm overwhelmed with the interest. Thank you all very much.
I was speaking to George McEwan t'other day and said it was a great idea to get these "soft skills" going, and that I had a novel way of accumulating experience by using this forum, but I am ultimately having to concerntrate on Mountaineering for my trip to Scotland, so I think now that nearly all of these days will be in The Lakes, weather dependant of course
It's started to snow a little now here, so I will contact people very soon. I apologise if it takes a couple of days, I wont ignore any one.
Bear with me guys, I think I'm going to need to organise some help for me,
There is loads of you.
I will get all your emails together, and I will send out a general message about where and when I will be, and we'll take it from there. I will try my best to get as much notice together as possible.
Are you Winter ML? Or just want to come along for the jolly? I don't mind either way.
I,ve had quite a large volume of enquiries, so you might be useful in any way, shape or form.
Email my personal account with what you would like out of it, and we'll see if it can be accommodated...
I would like to thank everybody for their genuine interest in my requests.
I have around 30 people interested now, so I think it is just about maxed out.Keep on asking for now,as I know a few others that may want to take you on board. If you allow, I could pass on your request, and they will be in touch, but no promises.
I will try my utmost to get as many of you involved as possible, but I cant gaurantee it now, unless I can get more Winter ML trained people willing to take some of you guys on to help share the wealth of knowledge and experience that could be gained by everyone involved. You never know, we might even meet some new friends...
In reply to rich pyne: hi its "peter from barrow" me and my mate shud be good to go anytime as long as im not on shift and he can leave his garage but have lots of time off through most wks weve got gear but not helemts not sure if thats a problem ...peter dixon and chris ritchie email@example.com
I,ve sent out a general email to everyone that has shown interest, but it got a bit messy at my end (I'm not very computer literate).
So, if you haven't received the email from me, please let me know and I'll tag you in.
In reply to rich pyne: Hi Rich, I spoke to you up in Ambleside on Sunday. I'm really interested in this and I work for myself so i will be able to arrange days off in the week. I have all my own equipment and vehicle. I've done abit of winter walking last year and have basic navigation skills but all self taught and in real need of some help and guidance. More details on this would be much appreciated.
In reply to rich pyne:
I'm on the 2014 assessment trail and would be keen to get involved, supporting delivery. Winter is my busiest time of year, so need to plan well in advance, March will be better for me but Jan/ Feb possible. I have a couple of long weekends planned in December to find my winter legs and dust off nav skills...
Drop me a line if interested?
Looks like you have your work cut out for you Rich! hope you dont mind the post Hi Jack, but if anyone is still looking for winter skills courses, based in the Lochaber/Ben Nevis area, feel free to contact me!
In reply to scottie390: The Admin was /is the hardest bit, but it's all come together now Scott...
Just need snow here then I'm off. From the middle of Jan onwards I'll be up that way for a couple of weeks, so we might bump into each other, have to keep the eyes peeled. it might be worth rattling off some ideas between us then once something has come about. I'll keep you in mind if you want?
have you done the Assessment or waiting for it to come?
In reply to rich pyne:
I've changed the email address linked to my UKC account so not heard from you. Please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and perhaps I can help out and get a useful experience myself.
> Hi everybody,
> I'm not sure if I put this on the right post or not, but as I have my Winter Mountain Leader Assessment booked for Feb,I am looking gain some "log book days", by running some mock Winter Skills Courses.
If you are interested to see how it has developed, please have a look on facebook, my kids are known as " rich winter group " ... Lots of pics, banter and even a little bit of film