Petestack Blog

19 February 2011

WML Assessment

Filed under: Climbing,Walking — admin @ 10:35 am

To get straight to the point, I’m back from Glenmore Lodge (as I posted on Facebook last night) ‘relieved beyond measure to be home with a WML pass when I thought I’d maybe blown it!’

It was a gruelling five days… physically OK for a fit guy (although Thursday’s post-holing round of Loch Avon, ‘all the zeros’ et al. was tough with just a litre flask of melted snow to drink), but mentally one of the most tortuous and demanding weeks I can remember. No photos because I took no camera when even thoughts of using it would likely have impaired my concentration, but you’d be looking at some stunning scenery from that one stunning day if I had. No Northern Lights seen from our snow-hole site NE of 1082 (above Stac an Fharaidh) either because the brilliant moonlight quickly turned to total clag after we got back there, but at least that let us turn in ready for an early final-day start without feeling we were missing the show. Have to say I made enough mistakes to keep me worrying (doesn’t everyone?), but know I also got some things spot on (my best moment being declining to take my group up a suspect slope to ‘all the zeros’ that the other group had descended maybe half an hour earlier and my assessor agreeing with me!), so believe the happy final outcome reported here to have been in the balance up till the ‘bitter’ (nay, sweet!) end. But that doesn’t matter now, even if I’m feeling something of an impostor staring at a pass certificate stating that ‘the candidate fulfilled the requirements of the syllabus and demonstrated the technical and leadership competence to lead and supervise groups hill walking the mountain areas of the UK in winter conditions.’

Must just sign off by thanking various Lochaber people (notably Mike Pescod, Kenny Grant and Jamie Bankhead) for help along the way and say how nice it is to keep meeting my previous Glenmore Lodge instructors (some of whom I’ve not worked with for years) and finding them not only remembering me (though some might say I’m hard to forget!) but interested to know how I’m doing and wishing me well. It’s a very special place and I’ve made many friends there! :-)

is relieved beyond measure to be home with a WML pass when he thought he’d maybe blown it! :-)


  1. Great news on your WML success, Pete; well done!! I guess you would have been posting hourly updates on Facebook; shame I missed them ;-)

    Murdo t M

    Comment by Murdo — 19 February 2011 @ 11:09 am

  2. On second thoughts, maybe it isn’t all great news…….

    You are now qualified to lead M Mason and J Steele on a winter WHW, with the responsibility for ensuring they don’t get lost. That would be a real test of your ability ~ both to navigate, and to lead ;-)

    Murdo t M

    Comment by Murdo — 19 February 2011 @ 11:17 am

  3. Thanks, Murdo, but no Facebook updates… didn’t touch a computer (or anything resembling one) from Sunday afternoon to Friday evening, so can’t say you’ve missed much! :-P

    Comment by admin — 19 February 2011 @ 11:32 am

  4. No Facebook, Pete!!!!! How did you manage????????????? And how could you possibly have passed without it?????????? I thought it was essential to everying in life nowadays; well that’s what my F’book frends tell me.

    MtM, aka The Facebookless One

    Comment by Murdo — 19 February 2011 @ 11:45 am

  5. Well done Pete!

    Comment by Andy Cole — 19 February 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  6. Well done Pete! I enjoy your blog and had my fingers crossed for you!

    Comment by Bill Strachan — 19 February 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  7. Pete, it’s a really great achievement and many congratulations. Glenmore Lodge is indeed a wonderful a place – I love going up there for board meetings and think that the people are incredible. Ian

    Comment by Ian — 19 February 2011 @ 10:49 pm

  8. Well done Peter! Sounds like a hard certificate to get. I love Glenmore Lodge. The training is fantastic. I did a 1 week WEMSI Course there (Wilderness Emergency Medicine) and it was very intensive and hard going but the facilities and people who run the courses are great. Congratulations on your achievement. Silke

    Comment by Silke — 20 February 2011 @ 12:08 am

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