Mountain Navigation & Leadership
Aileen Warbrook from the Cork Backpackers has very kindly coordinated ongoing mountain skills training for our volunteer walk leaders. Alan Mordaunt and John O’Brien, two highly experienced trainers conducted the training. They took our leaders out on the mountains to work on leadership, walk management, navigation and emergency skills.
There were two groups of leaders that participated in the mountain skills training. The first training was in February on Tomies Mountain in the Gap of Dunloe, Kerry. With challenging terrain, all participants were well and truly put through their paces. Mountain Skills Training on day two in April had a different challenge with high winds and rain out on the Galtees. The participants set up emergency shelters to deal with the conditions. Training in dealing with the steep ground in slippery conditions was a great learning experience. In addition, emergency navigation was practiced.
First Aid on the Mountains
Also with First aid being a big part of our training, Aileen again coordinated and facilitated training in Remote Emergency Care 2 First Aid.
The course was limited to 10 participants and was fully attended.
The training took place both indoors and outdoors, with rescue scenes set up to teach and manage emergency situations. Mary Mullins, an EMT and highly trained and experienced trainer in Mountain Rescue, worked with our members for two full days. All in all it was an absolutely brilliant course and we hope to run out another in Autumn for 10 more members.
All participants received a First Aid Certificate that is valid for 3 years. Finally the committee would like to express their to all participants for their commitment to dedicating a full weekend to this course.
In summary the club encourages new members to learn navigation skills.
For more information click here: Navigation Training