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Wing adventure training staff development course

Article posted: Apr 15, 2009 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

From the 26th February to the 1st March, South and East Midlands Wing ran their annual Adventure Training staff development course.
The course started at 18:00 on Thursday 26th February at the NACAC in Windermere. It began with a quick brief from the course directors. The course then swiftly retired to sample some of the local night life of Windermere.

The first day started with two main activities that ran throughout the day, the course was split into two groups. One group went and did an old fashioned Lake District scramble up Stickle Gill with the centre manager Ted Rogers.

The other group embarked on a day of micro navigation exercises with Mountain Leader Brain Libby.

The following day was the multi-climax of the course, the whole course embarked on an epic journey to climb the fifth highest peak in the Leak District. The walk started from the village of Thergerk and the end took us over Blencathra or Saddleback, the climb up to the summit is 869 metres.

The whole course completed the 8 mile slog, some more easily than others; the walk was polished off with a well earned rest and refreshment at the local village pub.

The next day was the completion of the course, the day was split into three activities, mountain biking around Grizedale forest with Sqn Ldr Carl Wilson, a local walk on the Grasmere fells and rope work with Brain Libby.