Day two of the Summer Mountain Leader Training Course was all about leadership. We practised different styles of leadership suitable for different situations and many different techniques for looking after people on easy paths, steep grass slopes and broken rocky terrain. We explored the scope of the award, what are the limits of terrain we can safeguard and many ways to motivate and challenge individuals and groups.
We went up the SW Rib of Meall an t'Suidhe above Glen Nevis. It stayed dry and breezy with great lenticular clouds (flying saucers) in the sky and the view up Glen Nevis was superb. After lunch at the top we went straight back down the rib to practice the same skills on the way down. Back at base we did more navigation coaching using compasses and pacing to direction and distance. Finally, we got the ropes out and practised a few knots ready for the emergency rope work tomorrow. Another packed day.
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.