This week I am working on a Summer Mountain Leader Training Course. This is a Mountain Training qualification that covers leading groups in UK and Irish mountains in summer walking. Yesterday we discussed the scope of the award and equipment to carry as a leader before spending most of the day out walking and practising navigation techniques and strategy.
Today's focus was on leadership. We discussed everything from planning and preparing your group in advance of the day, checking gear and assessing abilities at the start of the day, different leadership styles and their use in different situations as well as specific techniques to keep a group together and to keep everyone comfortable and inspired. We were in Glen Coe on the East Face of Aonach Dubh which gave me the opportunity to reach the summit for the first time in twenty years of living here! Another one off the list.
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.