Friday, 29 March 2019

I'm Back! A quick catch up.

Hey! I'm back. I know it's been a while, but life gets hectic. 

Before I start sharing in depth stories of my ventures outdoors, I thought I'd give a quick update on some of the stuff that I have been up to lately.

Second Year!!

To start off, I'm now nearly finished second year of my Outdoor Education & Learning degree. (Pretty much half way through already!!) This year has been amazing, with a focus on the kind of things I want to do in my career, more of the education based stuff and less of the jumping into rivers kind of stuff. 
(For any of those who don't know, I'm very passionate about outdoor/ forest education, but more on that later.) 

An Exciting Bothy Trip!

One of the best things I have done at university this year, is go to stay in a Bothy. This was part of our module "Residential Outdoor Education." After a whole day in lectures, we walked for near 4 hours in the dark to find a bothy, slept, then walked down in the rain again in the morning. Sure it doesn't sound like an amazing experience, but I love a good outdoorsie journey. 

After the Bothy trip, I have been out of action for a while. Me being me, managed to sprain my ankle coming down from the Bothy, and didn't realise until I got home. . . Award for the most self aware goes to .... not me. 

Finding my Feet again. 

So now that I am on the mend, I have decided to dedicate more of my time going out and doing some walking, and signed up to the Aberdeen Kilt walk to hold me accountable for it. I only have 2 months to train, so I've really got to step up the game. Find out more about my Kilt Walk here

In training for this I have only done one walk so far, up to Bracklinn falls in Callander. What a walk that was, i really felt like myself again. That was only a 5 km walk, so I have plenty more miles to do before I can get up to 26 miles. 

Some exciting training days. 

This year I have been on some exciting workshops and training days. In february I attended the Outdoor And Woodland Learning annual networking event, where I got to do some fantastic workshops and meet some amazing people. It was held at Dounans in Aberfoyle, a beautiful setting for the type of workshops we were doing. 
I also attended a workshop, by Joni Mackay that was all about the multi use purpose toy, that is a stick! There was a small group of us discussing our knowledge and understanding of facilitation, play, tree ID, and much much more. Again it was another day in which I got to meet some like minded people. 

Anyway, on that note I shall love you and leave you.  

Until next time, 
Jade- Your introvert adventurer.