Poland has become somewhat of a distant memory, months seem to have passed since we were throwing ourselves down snowy slopes with just an ice axe for a rescue and trekking with crampons on the high ridgelines. But, in reality it’s only been 3 weeks!
After a couple of days unpacking and recovering from skiing, sledging and ice axe related injuries we were straight back into our training. We spent a week at the centre doing a bit of white water kayaking, caving, night navigation techniques and honing our climbing and abseil set-ups. With that quick breather over it was time to pack our bags and head back out again, the Brecon Beacons were our destination this time.
Another week long expedition saw us out in all types of weather (mainly fog!) practicing our leadership skills on the mountains.
As always the fog made things a lot harder, our navigation was put to the test when we had a simulated search and rescue scenario to find the crash site of the Wellington Bomber MF509 that came down at Carreg Goch. We nailed it first time and then learnt some interesting history. The mountains are full of tales! You can read more about this crash at:
After 5 windy, soggy, foggy, wet days and accumulating nearly 80km of walking we headed back for another well earnt rest, once again, to allow sore feet, shoulders and backs to recover!
But two days passed in a flash and before we knew it we were off again for two days training for our Climbing Wall and Abseil Award.
Here we learnt the skills and techniques to safely teach and instruct people to climb on indoor walls. We went into this course confident as our awesome instructors at Dynamic Adventures had covered all the aspects with us already, but it is always a good thing to go and revisit and practice those skills. We now have to assist and lead climbing sessions over the next few months before we go back for our assessment. However, with Laura and I being who we are, we already have our eyes set on bigger things…outdoor climbing! The weather is almost ready for us to get out there and touch real rock!
We recently had our first experience of solo canoeing (14-16ft canadian canoes) on grade 2-3 white water, and in true Dynamic form we went out as Storm Doris hit! Strong winds and a fast flow made it an adventure and a big learning curve. Luckily there was no capsizing but a nice panic scream from Laura as she took the wrong line down a sizable drop off! All in all though it was fun…it wouldn’t be an adventure if something didn’t go slightly off plan!!
In other news, our van conversion is coming along nicely and is very close to been fully ready for an epic adventure, all we need is some spare time!!
After attending the Banff Adventure Film Festival UK tour we have been inspired to get out there and explore more! But, one adventure at a time, for now!!