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3 days ago
The Rovers and Roamers were out at the Stone Pits tracking animal scat🦊💩 🐇🕵️♂️💩🦔🦡💩🐀 and identifying them. What does the animal eat - berries, insects, grass? - does the poo contain bones, feather or fur? - Herbivore or Carnivore? How and where are they left - piles, latrines ? Which animal makes square poo?
The Rangers had a go at making some... I think attention to detail was lacking - perhaps its just me that finds it fascinating ... 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Certificates arrived for our Tour De Trigs finishers.
Only 6 from the 15- 20 yr category finished and 2 of them were ours! (ages 16 and 17) 🎺🏅🏆☺️ ... See MoreSee Less
A big kids team game involving loans and investments for Fridays Ranger group - with a light hearted OS symbol pictionary to follow. ... See MoreSee Less
A tricky team game of OS map symbols for the Roamers. 🔺🅿️ ... See MoreSee Less
Starting the New Year and new term with some team games for the Rovers. Great leadership skills and team building 🐇🐹🐺 ... See MoreSee Less
What a great year for Mountain Rangers.
Over our 3 age groups we've had around 70 children enjoy some amazing experiences with us.
We wish you all a happy healthy New Year and we look forward to many more adventures in 2020! ... See MoreSee Less
The Rangers went ice skating and exchanged Secret Santa gifts on Friday. It's been a great year for the Mountain Rangers, look out for a 'round-up of the year' post coming soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Great fun sledging with the Rovers, Roamers and some parents for their last session of the year, followed by a Secret Santa - don't worry if you haven't had yours yet, I have kept them safe!
Thank you for the gifts given to us leaders too, we do love running the groups and look forward to seeing you back in the New Year.
Here is a link to all the photos, see if you can spot yourself or child!
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The Rangers decided they would have a feast night so organised it themselves with a spreadsheet for the food - looks like sweets were the priority! ... ... See MoreSee Less
The Tour de Trigs gang met up early on Friday to compare stories and blisters before a well earned party!!...... ... See MoreSee Less
The Roamers made Santas and whittled some fantastic Christmas trees ... See MoreSee Less
The Rovers took some willow and used saws, knives, some wood carving tools and the glue gun to make some Santa signs. ... See MoreSee Less
Mountain Rangers is at Banbury Oxford.
1 month ago
TOUR de TRIGS
I can say that was the most gruelling, muddy, sleep deprived walk I have ever done.
I've said before, what an amazing group of teenagers we have, but this weekend they far exceeded our expectations and we are so proud of them all for pushing themselves to breaking point.
We set off as 4 teams of 3, We had one team, Liam, Jamie and Owen running the first 3 check points.
By 15 miles, several cereal bars and malt loafs later the blisters were arriving and by 30 the agony and exhaustion kicked in, but no tears.
At 32 miles there were 4 of us still in, we had a mixed up team of Dave, myself (Emma) and Sam, plus 2 ad - hoc's. and Isaac was out there somewhere...We were often trailed by many others hanging on to Dave for his navigating skills in a stream of head torches.
I am super proud that Isaac carried on when his team mates retired a painful 32 miles in, by ad-hoc'ing with some 'old men'.
We somehow carried on through the fierce wind, rain, the odd electric fence 🤨 and relentless mud until we reached 50 miles at 7.30am!!!
It was well worth the plastic sports bottle we received at the end😆 ... See MoreSee Less
Spare a thought for our Mountain Rangers this weekend. They are taking on the soul destroying, blister inducing, joint wrecking nightmare that is the mighty Tour de Trigs. 24hrs to attempt to complete a 50 mile cross country course on foot in teams of three. Navigating through day and night using just a map and compass. 😲😲😲 Good luck everyone!! 👍👍👍 You'll need it! 😀😀😀 ... See MoreSee Less
The Rangers went solo, or in small groups of 2 or 3, into the misty night around the villages near Newport Pagnel. ... See MoreSee Less
A bit of night navigation in Bury Fields for the Rovers and Roamers. ... See MoreSee Less
The Rangers made their own Romers, a device for increasing the accuracy when reading a grid reference. Those who are taking part in the massive 50 miler in a couple of weeks used them to practice route planning for The Tour de Trigs 😱 ... See MoreSee Less
A great autumn bushcraft weekend making micro shelters, lighting fires with games in the woods. For some it was their first ever camp. A very cold night, many of the Rovers didn't have sleeping bags recommended below 8 degrees so we decided it safer to camp in the school overnight and return early this morning.⛺️🥶🍂🔥🏕 A link to all the photos to follow ... See MoreSee Less
The Roamers trying out the Apache tipi tents prior to the weekend camp ... See MoreSee Less
The Rangers had a muddy, night hike through flooded fields from Haversham to Castlethorpe and back a different way to avoid the flooded weir ... while we tracked them back at base and prepped food for the weekend camp... staying nice and cosy😉 ... See MoreSee Less
The Rovers looked at the autumn leaves they had collected and dried last week (well the ones that made it out of the plastic bags and didn't rot!) They identified and studied them then played a game of leaf pictionary 🍁🌿🍁 ... See MoreSee Less
We took a more detailed look at the equipment needed for a wild camp. The Rangers created a visual reminder to help with future trips. 🧻🥾🧻🥄🧻🔦🧻♠️🧻 ... See MoreSee Less
A few games in Linford Wood for the Rovers and some leaf collecting for next weeks activity - remember to bring them back on Wednesday! ... See MoreSee Less
A night in the woods for our Rovers and Roamers this week ... See MoreSee Less
A link for more photos of Scafell Nov 19.
Looking forward to seeing some of the fantastic night sky photos those with a better camera than I took!
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On Friday we took 9 of our Rangers wild camping in the Lake District to tackle Scafell Pike. We arrived at Seathwaite in heavy rain and walked for a couple of hours to Styhead Tarn setting up camp in the dark! Many of us regretted trusting the waterproof covers to keep our kit dry, all spare clothes soggy🥶😱 (Note to self, listen to Dave and use dry sacks) Despite the cold and wet we made it to the highest place in England, not via the tourist route of course, where we had a marvellous view of the fog.
Once again our Rangers impressed us with their abilities, strength of character and determination. They are an amazing group of teenagers who are a pleasure to spend the weekend with - be very proud of them, as we are☺️ ... See MoreSee Less
The Rangers tried their hand at pumpkin carving - 🔪🎃🥄 its serious business, Sam Coffey even ground a spoon for specialised scooping technique. ... See MoreSee Less
A tougher challenge for the older Roamers with added gluten free and vegetarian food options!
Remember we have instagram, you can see videos of tonight's sessions on our story. ... See MoreSee Less
The youngest group, our Rovers, enjoying their last session before the half term break. A few challenges to earn hot dogs, smores and sparklers!!!💥 ... See MoreSee Less
A recent night hike for The Rangers who set off in groups of 3. Lots of lessons learnt, don't follow the ones in front, use your pacing and bring spare shoes for the journey home.
#muddyboots #nightnavigation #youthadventures ... See MoreSee Less
Finally we have a total for our Sponsored Mountain Climb!!
An amazing £1,691.64!!!
The highest fundraisers from each section bagged themselves some chocolate kindly donated by The Co-op. Our highest fundraiser raised £205 with 4 others raising over £100 each. A huge THANK YOU for supporting your children and please pass on our thanks to your friends and families. 🎖🏅🏆🥇 ... See MoreSee Less
In - Out - shake it all about this week. Hounds and Hares and an analysis of last weeks hike and how we navigate. ... See MoreSee Less
The Roamers were busy making star clocks and star wheels. Which also tested their fine motor skills and patience! 🌠✂️🌌 ... See MoreSee Less
The Rovers made star clocks, who knew you could tell the time by the stars?
Hope we get some clear nights to use them ... See MoreSee Less
Sunrise to Sunset - 5 mountains - 27 miles - 1400m climb.
They woke at 5, they walked, they ran, they kept going through rain, through pain they pushed themselves to achieve more than we had expected them to.
We had over 20 parents, grandparents and dogs visit us throughout the day walking and supporting.
We are so proud of our amazing Mountain Rangers 😊
Now for our next challenge.....😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Route planning, in preparation for our next big adventure... watch this space.... ... See MoreSee Less
The Co-op in Gifford Park have kindly donated some goodies for our highest fundraisers😊 quick get sponsored!!!
Co-op ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful clouds at sunset - but doesn't help the Roamers when star tracking 🤔 ... See MoreSee Less
Starter navigation games for the Rovers under an impressive sky...nice hoodies! ... See MoreSee Less
Our Rangers helped with a spot of group publicity by making some Mountain Ranger scarecrows for Wolverton's Scarecrow festival! Lots of laughs and peculiar results! 🤣😂 ... See MoreSee Less
Some of our new Roamer recruits get started on fire lighting ... See MoreSee Less
Fire lighting for our Rovers (8- 11yrs). Working in groups of 3 to light a small fire and keep it going for 10 mins. ... See MoreSee Less
A big welcome to our EIGHT new Mountain Rangers who started on Wednesday 😲👍 We now have just under 70 members 🥳🥳 from seven years old (I thought we started at eight?? 🤫🤣) to seventeen. And to think we started just two years ago with only six brave souls! If you would like your child to be part of the Mountain Rangers adventure (or know someone else who might be) please get in touch 😀 ... See MoreSee Less
Find your adventure
Join the Mountain Rangers team, learn new skills, make friends and earn awards.
- navigation - camping - climbing - survival - bushcraft - expeditions - team work - games - first aid - hikes -
Recruiting for September ages 8-11, 11-14 and 14 +
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Some photos of the Mountain Rangers sessions in West Bletchley - Bow drill fires, knots, knives and micro shelters. ... See MoreSee Less
Great Tower Summer Residential 2019
18 of our Roamers and Rangers returned exhausted after an amazing fun packed week in the Lake District.
We had sunshine, showers and a storm but that's not enough to stop them rock climbing, hiking up Great Gable, taking a spontaneous dip in a plunge pool with cooking, games and many, many laughs along the way.
Big thanks to Rohan for providing some buffs, belts, dry sacs and towels for the kids.
Thanks to Glen and the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team for giving as a tour and providing whistles, badges and cakes!
Also thanks to parents for providing the children with the right equipment and clothing to be able to join in.
All the staff are volunteers who can't get enough of the outdoors and tolerate the mix tape in the mini bus😉😆
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Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team
For photos from our residential in Cumbria follow the link:
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Climbing and Rigging day at Stanage Edge.
We took 5 of our Rangers and Roamers climbing. They learnt about rigging, protection - nuts, cams bolts, mixed with sheltering in a cave from the storm!
More photos here
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Last session of the school year 😭 But we had a great end! All 3 groups joined together for games, firepit cooking🍕🔥 and a spot of competitive learning... check out our new flags! 🚩🏴
Of course we never truly stop - rigging/ climbing day and summer camp around the corner🌄 ... See MoreSee Less
The Rangers made Swedish Candles using an axe to split the logs. Also tested out the fat wood 🔥 ... See MoreSee Less
The Roamers learnt about fat wood (derived from the heartwood of pine trees ) and used it to make tinder curls and shavings to start their fires. ... See MoreSee Less
The Rovers used the woodland trail for
Rescue in the Woods
(bears not each other!)🐻🌳🌳🐻 ... See MoreSee Less
A first bushcraft camp for many of our young ROVERS,
the fifth one for some of our longstanding RANGERS who keep coming back for more!
Knives, catapults, fire pit cooking, hammocks, slack line walking and more ...
Click on the link below to see all the photos 🔥
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Setting up different courses using the compass bearing for others to follow. Finished off with a game of hungry hungry hippo. ... See MoreSee Less
A evening of Navigation learning cardinal points, a few games of capture the flag 🚩 ... See MoreSee Less
Rangers created a video for the Mk Soup thank you presentation. Followed by a game of hungry, hungry, hippo. ... See MoreSee Less
On Saturday six of our experienced Rangers climbed
Pen yr Ole Wen in Snowdonia, a tough climb. They then made it to Carnedd Dafydd and finally reached Carnedd Llewelyn, with an elevation of 1,064m it is the second highest peak in Wales and England.
We set up camp on Gwaun y Garnedd before a hasty retreat from the fierce winds at 5 am.
Many wonderful memories, lots of laughs and great team work, we are very proud of them all.
Photos can be viewed here:
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Some route planning for next weekends Snowdonia hike and wild camp.Also, gotta know how to make tea while still in your tent! ... See MoreSee Less
The Roamers were looking at trangias and stoves, with a little quiz to see if they'd been listening... ... See MoreSee Less
An introduction to 🔥 for the Rovers, with a spot of 🦀 ⚽️ and 🧟♂️ tag! ... See MoreSee Less
The Rangers identified and researched some tree species giving a presentation on what they had found out.
Did you know elder may come from the word 'aeld' meaning fire, because the hollow stems were used as bellows to blow air into the centre of a fire - very useful Mountain Ranger information! 🌿🌳🍃🍁 ... See MoreSee Less
Rovers and Roamers getting out and enjoying some wildflower identification. Spotting around 12 different species including the wonderful bee orchid.🌸🌾🐝 ... See MoreSee Less
Laser Tag for the Rangers. Would like to say the teams were unbalanced - totally wiped out by the blues!
Cake for the birthday girl Emma, at least she was on the winning team. Medic - medic 💣☢️🧟♀️🧟♂️ man down!!
Also like to add how we were complimented on such great kids by the Sabotage
team!! We know it, glad to see others appreciating them too 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
The Rovers and Roamers plus a few dads had a great time at Laser Tag Sabotage last night. Rangers turn on Friday ... See MoreSee Less
Square lashing, diagnonal lashing, shear and tripod lashing - lashings of lashings for the Rangers.
Once mastered the competition was on to construct the highest structure capable of holding a Ranger whilst rotating 360° ... See MoreSee Less
The Roamers learnt the taunt-line hitch and truckers hitch. They were then able to rig up a pulley system using the truckers hitch - great fun! ... See MoreSee Less
The Rovers learning some basic knot skills - starting with the reef knot and then a team game to rescue animals (and sweets!) with just their ropes. A chance to put into practice joining their ropes. ... See MoreSee Less
We took the Rangers out to Linford Wood for a team navigation race involving a casualty, per team, on a stretcher and some aching muscles no doubt for tomorrows climbing! ... See MoreSee Less
The Rangers re-capped on contour lines and learned how to create contour profiles. ⛰️ ... See MoreSee Less
Introduction to map and compass.
The Rovers and Roamers have developed some map reading and compass skills. Followed by a game of crab football and human knot. ⚽ ... See MoreSee Less
Our group t-shirts have arrived in all their colourful glory. 🎨🎨There's even a prototype hoody in a lovely impractical white 😩😀😂 ... See MoreSee Less
The Rangers recapped on the first aid rescue hike simulation. Then practiced some arm slings and elevation slings.
Followed by a bit of equipment maintenance. ... See MoreSee Less
The Rovers practiced First Aid DR ABC
Then after an obligatory 🥚🐥🔎 practiced some arm slings and elevation slings.
Followed by more 🍫 with Dave's birthday cake, had to be done😉
See you when we return 24th April ... See MoreSee Less
Rovers covered some basic First Aid DR ABC -
Popped outside for a quick Easter egg hunt -
Back inside for paracord bracelets as requested!
We have a 2 week break for Easter - We return for more adventures on 24th April. 😄 ... See MoreSee Less
Last night the Rangers were out on a hike (in the Lake district🤫 ) and came across an 'incident' involving a cyclist and a pedestrian. They rose to the challenge of dealing with an unconscious, not breathing cyclist (Rich) while pedestrian (Evie) had a broken wrist and later collapsed with internal bleeding. Luckily there was a resus Annie on hand to practice their CPR on. Both casualties are doing well thanks to the quick actions of the Rangers. ... See MoreSee Less
As requested by the Rovers, fun and games night, 'Capture the flag' and the all time favourite 'Fresh'
Man hunt in the dark at Aspley woods for the Roamers. ... See MoreSee Less
So many Mountain Rangers, biggun's and small.
Great weekend, lots of laughs and memories made.
Thanks to Paul our parent helper, thanks also for lending us your kids... when's the next one??!!! ... See MoreSee Less
Session 2 with knives and all passing the knife quiz! 👏
The Rovers and Roamers have developed some great whittling and paracord skills.
Tomorrow we are off to camp!!! So I'd better get packing...
⛺️ 🌳🌖🥖🥖🥖🕷🔦🏕 ... See MoreSee Less
Fun with elder for the Rangers, no bleeds, no firefighters, so a successful night😆 ... See MoreSee Less
The Roamers made elder whistles - some actually worked! ... See MoreSee Less
First night with bushcraft knives for the Rovers. Starting with a look at safety - blood bubbles, the triangle of death etc followed by some great whittling! More knife work next week. ... See MoreSee Less
A first aid session on burns before cooking on stoves, perhaps a lesson on how to not burn the pancakes may have been useful..🚒 ... See MoreSee Less