West Highland College UHI has a range of adventure degree courses available now. The Adventure Tourism Management course has been going for many years now. In addition we have Adventure Performance and Coaching and a new course this year Adventure Education. We have a group of new students starting out on these courses and they all need to get some fundamental skills and experience. This is what we can an Introduction to Professional Adventure Practice and it was my job yesterday and today to go through mountain skills with some of the students.
We started out discussing clothing and equipment before obtaining some weather forecasts and considering what the effect of the weather would be on us. The rest of the day was spent practicing all sorts of navigation skills using an orienteering map for a location next to Torlundy. Today we went up a Munro, Stob Ban in the Mamores by its North Ridge. This is a great walk with some steep sections requiring the use of the hands a few times. We discussed all sorts of things including the traditions of hill walking in the UK, environmental topics, emergency response and how to look after yourself to stay warm and dry. IUt was cold on top and we had a couple of snow showers on the top of Ben Nevis. We also had a little rime on the summit rocks yesterday. Feels like winter is coming!
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