September 29th - October 1st: congratulations to the two candidates who completed the formal training course as part of their Hill and Moorland Leader Award yesterday. They will now be gaining further experience through the consolidation period before returning for assessment in 2021.
Hill and Moorland Leaders operate in terrain that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders.
Day 1: Course introduction - Practical Hill and Moorland Skills on and around Fan Frynach (629m altitude) - Night Navigation on Mynydd Illtyd (350m altitude).
Day 2: A full day of practical Hill and Moorland Skills on Carnau Gwnion (400m altitude) in very challenging weather conditions. The day concentrated on developing micro navigational skills on open countryside.
Day 3: A full day of practical Hill and Moorland Skills on and around Craig Cerrig-gleisiad (629m altitude) in favorable weather conditions. The day concentrated on management of hill and moorland walks across open countryside in compliance with the syllabus. The course ended with a debriefing session and discussed action plans for the consolidation period and assessment.
Hill and Moorland Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during the three day training course:
Following on from retirement, more time will be available for hill and mountain walking on a personal basis with friends.