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Day 3.

This was a bit of a shock to my system. Ropework.

However, i only needed to use one knot, the overhand (or is it underhand?), and that was easy enough. A mentally challenging day to anyone unfamiliar with ropes, but at least there wasn”t much walking involved. I”d have found concentrating on the ropework difficult had i been tired.

I”m going to have to buy a decent rope now so i can practice the belaying, abseiling and harnessing.

We were at this for hours, and i enjoyed it. We even had a rescue helicopter land below us. They must have been the ones rescuing the people in the link below.

Day 4.

We started off by talking about party management. We looked at different scenarios we might encounter as mountain leaders and had to explain our decisions to the rest of the group. This was where experience and common sense came into it, and not something that you”d be able to learn overnight, and everyone in the group managed to suggest decent answers.

The afternoon was spent in Ogwen Mountain Rescue. Plied with cuppas in their cosy ”canteen” room, we felt very welcome. We got to see what they do, how they do it and what equipment they use. This i felt gave me an insight into their role, a better understanding of when they”d expect me to contact them.

All that was left was the river crossings! We tried all the tricks to get out of this one, but failed. Once we were in the water, it was OK. Feet were a little wet, which i was particularly gutted about as the river level was higher than the sealskinz. Bit of advice here – bring sandals or free draining trail shoes. My Scarpa Heliums are useless when wet. They”re still damp today, even after trying to dry them with newspaper.

Glad to hear that the expedition is in the Moelwynion, and that we”ve been asked to suggest routes starting from Gelli Iago. Much better than being told “You”re doing this walk and camping here”. Afterall, we”re training to lead, and it”s a skill to plan a decent route for a 2 day trip.

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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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