Movement Masterclasses in the Lake District
Two foundational aspects of being a mountain leader are your ability to navigate around the mountains and to move around with confidence on a wide variety of terrain. Teaching people how to move well in the mountains and how to pass on that knowledge is one of my big passions. This masterclass is an in-depth look at personal movement techniques - how to walk safely and efficiently in all kinds of terrain, and how to pass this on to others. Open to Mountain Leader trainees and award holders, Lowland Leader trainees and award holders, and anyone with comparable personal experience.
Venue: meet at the Stickle Ghyll car park, Langdale valley, Lake District
Dates are on the calendar
Times: 9.30am to 4pm approx
Cost: £50 Mountain Training Association members, £55 non-members
Counts as 1 CPD point for MTA members who are Mountain Leaders and trainees
All the usual personal kit for a full day out in the mountains
Useful blog posts:
Why Do Hill Walkers and Mountaineers Need Movement Coaching?
It became clear that when the ground got steeper or more difficult or where the consequences of falling were more serious, I unconsciously changed my stance, posture and technique for the worse and unwittingly made life much more difficult for myself. Chris introduced various concepts such as dynamic balance which made it much easier to travel over steeper ground more quickly, using less energy and with a lower likelihood of slipping. For the descent, most importantly for me, we looked at how to reduce stress on the knees. I have been a DofE Leader for nearly 10 years and I think this CPD day was very useful not only for me as an individual but for anyone who wants to pass on a love of walking and scrambling in the hills to others. I now have a lot to work on and I only wish the course had been longer than just one day.
Nigel Sharma, October 2015
An enormous thank you to Chris for an absolutely outstanding day. I really enjoyed myself whilst learning so much. Chris is delightfully provocative and encouraging, we all pushed our boundaries a little further out, a natural mentor through his boundless acronyms, anecdotes and little challenges, and his wisdom on the psychology and mechanics of movement has genuinely made me stop and rethink. A fascinating subject demonstrated and delivered expertly through a gem of a workshop. Brilliant.
Simon Carter, May 2017
A very enjoyable day, lots to learn and practice.
Ian Fogg, May 2018