Up a long creek with lots of paddles

The creek in question is actually the River Esk. The paddlers were from all around the country and working for Rolls-Royce. The paddles and canoes? Well they are from Outward Bound Eskdale, with whom I have been training teams in leadership and personal accountability for the last couple of weeks. A lot of experiences and reflection time that …

A possible new winter route on the Helvellyn massif?

After an interesting drive to Thirlmere (but that is another story!), a quick yomp up to Brown Cove Crags and a decision to climb away from the existing routes – off we climbed and picked our own way straight up the face. A lack of permanent evidence of previous attempts and a check of the guide book indicates …

Personal development session down in the Peak District

A couple of days just spent facilitating the learning process for individuals  from Cranfield University School of Management on their Executive MBA programme. Having just completed their first year, 50 individuals had just been paired together in co-coaching partnerships that will last for the rest of their programme and beyond. To help start the coaching and awareness process, various tasks …

Rising water levels in the cave today

When working with infantry soldiers (who certainly face extreme situations) you often need to challenge and inform in conditions which would be too much for the majority of the population. So it was today. To highlight the power of water and the associated conditions when caving, we visited Upper Longchurn cave with the clear awarenesses and …