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Month: April 2012

Ama Dablam Expedition Kit List

Climbing a mountain such as Ama Dablam requires some specialised equipment for both your safety and comfort. Plan ahead and practice with all your gear before you leave for Nepal. Make sure all your gear fits in your rucksack, that your boots don’t give you blisters etc. There are some optional items listed at the bottom of the page, everything else should be regarded as required equipment. Vertical Frontiers has a selection of equipment available for hire and sale. Remember – light is right. Below is a rough guide, please phone or email with any questions, and don’t forget...

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National Navigation Award courses on Dartmoor.

Over the summer and autumn months we’re scheduling some new navigation courses based on Dartmoor. We are a provider of the NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme) which allows us to provide certification to a recognized level. We’ll be running bronze and silver courses over weekends based out of princetown on Dartmoor. See our navigation page for details and the availability page for upcoming course dates. The syllabus for the bronze and silver levels are below: Bronze NNAS Award – The Learning Outcomes Understand the nature of a map as a two dimensional plan. Understand how to use map symbols and scales, on a variety of maps. Take a 6 figure grid reference for any given position and also locate such a reference on the map. Orientate the map with and without a compass. Use the orientated map to identify land features and indicate direction of travel. Choose simple navigation strategies and routes. Use linear features (e.g. paths and tracks) as handrails in simple navigation exercises. Estimate distance on both map and ground. Using a basic understanding of contours, match major landforms like hills and valleys to their map representation. Plan a safe, suitable walk. Relocate using simple techniques on paths and other handrails. Understand access rights and responsibilities. Demonstrate an awareness of local and national access issues and access legislation. Demonstrate knowledge of the Countryside Code, and of procedures to be followed in...

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North Wales Snow at Easter

Just finishing and packing up gear at Capel curig after a weeks Adventure Training with some cadets from Exeter. We had a good week, although our plans had to change a little after it chucked it down with snow on Tuesday night. We still managed to get out and experience the snow by staying at a fairly low level. It was pretty stunning today in the Ogwen...

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It's that time of year.... the summer isn't far away and it's worth thinking about summer alpine plans early. Booking guides and huts are worth doing in advance! And that isn't a marketing ploy by the way :)
This year we have a few trips scheduled, including Mont Blanc (3 trips), Matterhorn and some lesser known peaks like the Domes du Miage.
Have a browse of the scheduled trips page - and give us a bell if you'd like to arrange a trip on different dates, we have a list of people who'd like to share some guided climbing adventures.
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On a bit of an admin morning... but excited to be planning an expedition for this coming spring. The first in a while. Anyone fancy ski touring in Russia?! Details coming soon..... ... See MoreSee Less

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Another day of laps in the trees. Low angled slopes avoiding the avi hazard and trying to keep out of the wind. Pretty wild weather at the moment.

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Mellow laps through the trees with Rob and Louise today. So quiet - fresh tracks all day 👍

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Superb weather and soft snow on the Vallee Blanche today. Even got some fresh tracks, although not shown on this video.
A pleasure to be skiing and guiding the white valley again 👍⛷

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