This is the day where you have to swap the previous 4 days of living in the vertical for a day in the horizontal. To aid this switch over, on my assessment 5 out of the 6 of us got up at 05:00 and went and did two hours of morning navigation. This was really good as it just helped get the mind free of ropes and back into maps and contours.
Our day was logistically quite simple; 1 assessor and 3 assesses. One of you is given a location to get to and this is kept secret from the other two. You have a few minutes to work out a plan to find the location, explain to the assessor your plan and then go find the point. The points are 'hard ml standard'. Once you get to your point you tell the asse
If Day 2 was a technically tiring day, Day 3 was a mentally tiring day then Day 4 is the physically tiring day. For this day it's you, a fellow candidate and 1 assessor. From people I've spoken to you do tend to be in Ogwen. We were on Tryfan, but you could easily be on Glyder Fach or Idwal.
You get told in the car park which route they want you to get them to and then the assessor will expect you to lead them to the base. On the walk in is where you get to express your knowledge of Geology and fauna. My recommendation is not to wait to be asked but just butt straight in there with your spiel. They don't expect you to be an expert but you need to have some idea of how the mountains were fo
So we've had two technical days, now it's time for the mental challenge of Day 3; "Teaching Day" or "Client Day". This seems to be the day that everyone fears. I'll set out a brief detail of how the day runs from my experience, a brief explanation of how it actually ran for me and then finally (and this is the bit I do have experience of) how to get through a Meltdown... When you break it down this day it is Actually quite simplistic. As I see it, you only have to do three things and you are in control of ALL of them. 1) Keep you and your Clients Safe (The Assessor looks after themselves)
2) Progress your clients learning to a suitable level,
3) Make best use of the time available. That's
So to follow on from Day 1 see below my experience of Day 2. This is not a "do this and you'll pass" post, far from it. Take it more as me expressing my experience and an example of how the day can run. Day 2: Problem solving day. I'd once pretty much guarantee that you'll be at Tremadog however you really could go anywhere in North Wales. They try to do it all on VS terrain. It will be you, another candidate and a different assessor than from day 1. Today's the day when you want every spare screwgate you can lay your hands on. I think I had about 10, and a times I still felt I wanted more! They don't seem to mind you having revolvers or rope man but you'll have to have shown your skills
As it is now "Assessment Season" I thought I'd drag out a few articles I wrote about what to expect on Assessment. It became apparent that a few people I had spoken to over the next couple of years really didn't know what to expect on Assessment week. This is mainly due to the fact that quite a few people work in isolation as they are not 'in the industry' and don't get the chance to speak to Actual MIA's that much. Below is MY take on what to expect. It is not a 'do this and you'll pass' guide - I'm afraid there are no easy ways to an MIA. It's more of a 'this is a logistical view on the five days'. I Deferred the Teaching day first time round by making a bad judgement call and then pulled