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We are following Cornelia and Kerrie – before, during and after their Winter Skills training courses at Glenmore Lodge in February 2020
These are Cornelia and Kerrie’s stories ………………………………………….
“How long you have been interested in being in the hills, what sparked your interest, and why you want to undertake the winter mountain skills course?”
CORNELIA: Winter Skills training – 5 day course. “Nature carries emotional resonance for me as my upbringing has been oriented around spending time outdoors, which sparked an avid interest in mountaineering at an early age.
My desire to participate in a winter mountain skills course is strongly related to my passion for the outdoors and my personal drive to ensure that I am properly equipped with the knowledge and skills to allow me to complete challenging treks independently without compromising my safety or the safety of others. A personal goal of mine is to complete a 6000 MASL peak unguided. I am excited about the opportunity to challenge myself and learn new skills from professionals.
KERRIE: Introduction to Winter Skills 2 day course: “Having been brought up in NZ being outdoors was always part in my life. However it has only been in the last few years that I have fully embraced getting out as often as I can into the mountains and participating in a variety of activities. I realised that it was far more fun spending my weekends in the outdoors than doing housework and going to the pub! I enrolled in the course to learn new skills, and to enable me to be more confident in taking on bigger challenges.
2 weeks before their courses we asked: How are you feeling about the course as it gets closer? What do you expect to learn? Have you done/are you going to do anything in preparation for the course? If so what?
CORNELIA: I am very excited with the course being only two weeks away, but also a little bit nervous. I expect to learn skills that improve my safety in the mountains, especially during more challenging treks. In regards to preparation I have bought a new head lamp, I have also studied the map around Glenmore Lodge.
KERRIE: I’m really looking forward to the course and am very excited. I hope to gain knowledge that will make me more competent when I am out in the hills. I have been in contact with Glenmore Lodge about borrowing kit for the course, which they encourage and I have been active in the hills over the winter – but more on my bike than on foot.
Some thought from Kerrie and Cornelia while on the course The questions:
Why am I here? What am I getting out of this course? How am I going to use this training?
Taking part in a winter skills course allowed me to not only to reflect on why I am here but also what my aspirations are. Throughout the course felt that I was truly doing something I love; spending time outdoors, in the mountains and challenging myself both mentally and physically.
This course allowed me to develop the in-depth and holistic understanding required to confidently navigate Scottish mountains during the winter. The emphasis put on avalanche risk and how to mitigate potential risks was a part of the course that I found particularly interesting.
The knowledge gained from this training will be used through trekking in the UK and in other regions with similar landscapes. I have improved my planning skills and feel much more confident in my decision making. I am eager to explore the country’s unique landscape by myself while applying the essential skills I have learnt.
Cornelia’s slide show
KERRIE: Why am I here? To learn in a safe environment and to share that experience with others.
What am I getting out of the course? Increased knowledge and awareness, that will help me make better choices when in the hills.
How am I going to use the training? In helping me be better prepared before going out into the hills…it has really made me aware of how important the planning stage is and why you need to understand the environment you are about to go out in.
Kerrie’s slide show:
Watch this space for Cornelia and Kerrie’s final thoughts.
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