There were some really cool cloud shapes above Heather and me today. A brisk wind was bouncing the clouds over the tops of the mountains, making waves in the clouds. Thankfully the rain held off until we had just about finished our refresher training of Summer Mountain Leader navigation.
The standard required for the SML is very high. You need to know your location all the time, in good visibility with the map along, in poor visibility or in darkness with just a map and compass, and you need to navigate fluidly and confidently. Heather and I went to the north shore of Loch Leven to walk up from Callert House. We went over Tom Meadhoin and Doire Ban interpreting contours, timing, pacing, following compass bearings and leading each other to unknown points. These are really nice wee hills with amazing views that are good for this kind of training. Good luck on your assessment Heather!
If you want to do the Summer Mountain Leader award we have a training course at the end of September and start of October. Full details are on our Summer Mountain Leader page.
Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These blog posts and conditions reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.