If you’ve thought about developing your personal hill and mountain skills or even going on to lead groups in the mountains, then you’ll need to know about Mountain Training.
Mountain Training is the awarding body network for 16 qualifications for those who want to lead, coach or instruct others as well as six personal skills courses which help individuals become more independent in the outdoors. Mountain Training qualifications have universal recognition by the mountaineering councils and training boards of the UK and Ireland. They’re also recognised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other government organisations. Skills courses focus on developing confidence and skill level but not on how to look after other people.
The Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) is a dedicated team of professional meteorologists with experience in mountaineering who produce forecasts for ten UK mountain areas 365 days a year.
MWIS weather forecasts contain detailed information aimed at novice and experienced mountain users. Their forecasts come largely in the form of warnings. Generally when there is little text, the conditions are fairly benign. The wording used indicates the impact of the weather on the user and particularly when there is the possibility of severe conditions they try to include this in the forecast as a probability even when the risk is low.
If you’re as big a fan of Wales’ highest mountain as we are then you’ll love this book written by local author and Snowdon volunteer warden, Tony Ellis. It’s a unique resource of thousands of facts and items of trivia about Snowdon, probably the busiest mountain in the world.
Some facts refer back to the formation of the mountain several million years ago, or to its shaping by the ice age which came to an end just twelve thousand years ago! But most relate to man’s presence on Snowdon in the last 400 years right up to the present day. Organised alphabetically in over 250 short sections and with over 150 illustrations, whether you’re after useful facts or far-from-useful trivia, this book is guaranteed to inform and amuse.