Each year Nevis Landscape Partnership takes on trainee volunteer rangers to help deliver the programme of projects and to give them skills in the job of being a ranger and conservation worker. We have been able to help with this by delivering a couple of days of training to the new recruits and today Mike ws doing just this in Glen Nevis. Edith and George are the new TVR's and Iona came along as well since she has just started a new post in the partnership and she needs to get a better idea of all the work that goes on.
So we chatted through the whole approach to working in remote and wild places and how to make it safe enough. We went up Glen Nevis to Scimitar Ridgeat Poldubh and we did some scrambling ropework on this delightful little route. We figured out how to tie together, how to use a body belay and an italian hitch on a sling. We also went round the side to a little abseil and did a few laps of abseiling to get used to this.
Some of the work these guys do is next to rivers so we looked at the characteristics of rivers, where is good to cross them and where is not as well as some techniques for crossing. Lastly we did some core navigation training. It was all good fun but mostly it is always really nice being able to show people around the place we love and care for, people with a similar passion for the outdoors and wild places.
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