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Bonkers! Part One

Well the weather is bonkers at the moment, here in Cornwall.  One minute it's bright sunshine, the next it's freezing cold, blowing a hoolie and chucking it down!  What's going on?  It's similar to what I've been doing these past weeks, which has been just as bonkers!  Lots and lots of climbing though and my foot has been improving dramatically.  In fact it's almost at the point where I don't even realise that I broke it 4 months ago.  So, where and what have I been up to? Well.....
 
At the back end of March I was still working for Duchy College,  this time with Sam, the course tutor for the Rescue and Emergency Management Foundation Degree course.  He wanted to give his students a taste of mountaineering and some of the techniques mountaineers use when things don't quite go as planned.  We spent the week out on Dartmoor, in the most amazing weather for March.  It was t-shirts, shorts, suncream and ice creams all round. The moor is so beautiful in such conditions and the views, simply stunning.  From Great Staple Tor, we could see all the way to Brown Willy and St Agnes Beacon, in Cornwall!  At least it made navigation training somewhat easy for the guys.  With the development and availability of GPS navigation, map and compass work is seen by some as almost prehistoric, given advances in technology, but it is still THE most effective way to navigate on land.  Just having a map and compass isn't enough though, you have to have the skill and experience in using them too.  There are many people caught out by just relying on their GPS, only to have the batteries give out at the most inconvenient moment.  Remember folks, a GPS is only one tool, its always best to have more than one tool in your tool box! 
 
I also had time with some of the Outdoor students, so we headed into the nearby Cheesewring Quarry for some good, old-fashioned cragging....the guys and girls top-roped some of the harder slab/wall climbs and a few even led their first outdoor/trad climb, placing the protection themselves, under my supervision.  Fun was had by all!
 
Climbing Sunset Arete, Cheesewring Quarry, Cornwall
Rock Climbing at Cheesewring Quarry, Cornwall
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To be continued.....

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