Sunday, 18 September 2011

A Sales Pitch

Just back from a weeks outdoor training. First off was a mountain first aid course at Plas Y Brennin then mountain bike leadership training at Glenmore Lodge. I thoroughly enjoyed both courses and was once again struck by the quality of the experience both these institutions offer.

Plas Y Brennin is the National Outdoor Center for England and is run by a charity; Sport England to promote climbing, walking, paddling, and other mountain sports. Due the the vagaries of geology however the English countryside is generally a little too soft and naff for mountain sports;  therefore the center as hinted at by the name is situated in Wales and has a great deal of Welsh blood in it's heritage. Glenmore Lodge fulfills the same roll for Scotland.

The centers offer a huge range of courses, introductory taster sessions, personal skills courses from beginner to advanced, and mountain qualifications to allow you to pass on skills to others. I wholeheartedly recommend you have a look at what they offer and give a course a go. The instruction is enthusiastic, engaging and challenging and set within some of the best mountain landscapes we have in the UK.

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Glenmore Lodge with the Cairngorms beyond

So which is best? England and Wales Vs. Scotland

Accomodation: Glenmore Lodge, brand new rooms, amazing showers
Food: PYB would probably win for their flapjack alone!
Facilities: Both centres have pools, climbing wall, bar, and ski slope, the Lodge also has a MTB course sauna, and rifle range.
Location: A bit like being asked to choose between your children really!
Staff: I don't have a bad word to say about either, the instruction was top notch not only in content but in the delivery.

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