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7 days ago
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😉😆
Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team
For photos from our residential in Cumbria follow the link:
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3 weeks ago
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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4 weeks ago
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...
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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
Tin can and a tea light = mini frying pan!
Pass the maple syrup..🥞 ... See MoreSee Less
The Friday group trying out pancakes over an open fire... bit of practice needed but should know what we are doing by pancake day😆 ... See MoreSee Less
Maps, in more detail, grid references and battleships for our older Wednesday group. Plus an introduction to our new fast burning stoves🔥 ... See MoreSee Less
Some great night time adventures with our new tracking devices this week.
Games and star gazing in Bury Field for the youngest group. We then tracked the older Wednesday group from Lathbury to Newport Pagnel.
The highlight was tracking the 'convicts' (or oldest, Friday Group) through Aspley woods - Didn't expect to be running through the woods at night, perhaps thermals were unnecessary🥵🔦 ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago
Mountain Rangers Climbing Club visit to to the Peak District. A bit of of abseiling in the morning, a spot of lunch then a lovely afternoon bouldering. ... See MoreSee Less
New fast burning camping stoves!!
Testing them out for next weekends Brass Monkey Camp.
Plus a bit of survival feedback, from water purifying to how useful a dog may be? ... See MoreSee Less
Outdoor fun and games at the Stone Pits for the younger group followed by a muddy night hike for the 12+ gang.
Oh the excitement of a torch in the dark 🔦🤩 ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful walk in the Peaks with some of our older Rangers. 8 mile walk from Millstone edge via Higgor Tor and Burbage then a drop down into Paddly Gorge. ... See MoreSee Less
Out in Bury Field Newport Pagnel - in the snow -
The big ones walked and tracked their paths to spell out some words - one of which was their own, not sure if you can work it out? .... Yes, this was the oldest group🥴 ... See MoreSee Less
Our youngest group learning to make paracord bracelets, with some games thrown in when they could tear themselves away... paracord is addictive. ... See MoreSee Less
CONGRATULATIONS you fantastic bunch!!! Standing up and speaking to a packed, hungry audience. Up against a local and worthy cause WELOVEWOLVERTON who wanted to use the money for a Brazilian Carnival event.
The votes were very close, the soup was very popular and
WE WON! £320 to buy GP's trackers!!!!
Great to see so many speaking and of course doing the washing up after. Thank you parents for coming to support us and letting us keep your kids away from revision and homework for another night! ... See MoreSee Less
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7 months ago
This Thursday - come and support us as some of our young rangers stand up to pitch for some group equipment.
Enjoy a choice of tasty soups & chunky bread - get to vote for your favourite local project to win the nights soup money. 🥣 ... See MoreSee Less
Preparing for our pitch at MKSOUP this Thursday 31st. The Friday gang writing the script and making lentil and sweet potato soup. ... See MoreSee Less
Come and support us next Thursday, 31st at MK SOUP!
Our Mountain Rangers will be making a pitch for some new equipment for the group.
About MK Soup: Crowd funding for the community, by the community.
For £5 you get a bowl of soup, a chunk of bread, good company and a vote to change the world.
You’ll hear a number of 7-minute pitches from people with projects and ideas, needing small amounts of money to make them fly. You cast your vote for the project you want to support and the successful idea receives the money raised from the soup. ... See MoreSee Less
Outside in -2❄️ with a spot of fire starting.
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If you are new to Mountain Rangers and haven't joined the closed group yet - please note we are outside tonight, wrap up warm and bring a torch if you have one. See you soon ... See MoreSee Less
Fantastic to see so many new Rangers last week! 👏👏 If you're coming back this week (and we hope you do!) we'll be outside running around in the dark and (safely) lighting fires. Maybe there'll be hot chocolate and marshmallows - who knows? 🍡☕️😀 If you couldn't make it last week, come along tomorrow! New adventurers are always welcome! 🏕🧗♀️ ... See MoreSee Less
The older Friday group took the challenge to bag as many points as they could in an hour. Setting off from Stantonbury they had to snap a photo of the nearby churches. Stantonbury was worth10 points, New Bradwell 20 points etc. They were docked 20 points for every minute they were late back.
Always ready to push themselves, 2 groups actually made it to Haversham church and back for 1000 points!
Not a bad job in layers and walking boots. ... See MoreSee Less
Lovely to see so many new members on Wednesday.
Lots of new names to learn! ... See MoreSee Less
Older group this evening making constellation projectors ...and some fun with clingfilm😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Practicing survival skills, what 7 items would you choose to take? ... See MoreSee Less
We've taken plunge and decided to open up our group to a younger audience! 🥳🥳🥳 After half term we are opening our doors to adventurers as young as 8 years old 🏕 Please spread the word! 😀
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7 months ago
A quick over view of the year ... See MoreSee Less
A jolly pre- christmas visit to the legendary SummerHayes - ... See MoreSee Less
Sledging !!!! What a great way to round off the year, lovely to have such a big turn out. Secret Santa fun too -
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Merry Christmas one and all - see you sledging on Friday
(with your named 🤫🎁 !) ... See MoreSee Less
Friday knots challenge - From bowline, sheet bend to the Zeppelin ... See MoreSee Less
Bat Camp 🦇
I thought we were crazy to be considering hammocking in December, but what a fantastic experience we had.
17 Mountain Rangers, from all 3 groups joined together to hike, string up hammocks, make green fire and eat a lot of🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖🥖 ... See MoreSee Less
Some night fun and games this week - but not so good for photos! ... See MoreSee Less
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas - Younger group whittling some seasonal cheer🎄☃️🎄 ... See MoreSee Less
Mountain Rangers is feeling proud.
9 months ago
Working towards their NNAS Young Navigator Bronze and Silver award.... a step in the right direction.⏲️🥉🥈🗺️ ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to Dave, who qualified as a Rock Climbing Instructor last weekend!
Not one to procrastinate, the first ever Mountain Rangers climbing trip went ahead yesterday in the Peak District.😎😁🧗♀️ ... See MoreSee Less
Potato heads, pumpkins and apple bobbing with the younger ones. ... See MoreSee Less
Pumpkins and apple bobbing with the older ones Wednesday and Friday. ... See MoreSee Less
Packing a rucksack for D of E and knots with the older Wednesday group. ... See MoreSee Less
After our weekend camping we thought we'd have a bit of practice with the younger ones erecting tents and learning the terminology. ... See MoreSee Less
Another fun weekend, Bushcraft camp at Longrove, Studham. The Rangers cooked, built natural shelters, made a zip wire, tried slackline walking. They experimented with different fire starting materials and listened to the foxes. Beaten by the rain on Sunday but a great time still had. Link to more photos to follow... ... See MoreSee Less
Older Wednesday group working out their walking paces for the night hike. ... See MoreSee Less
group, thoughts on why we go to Mountain Rangers... ... See MoreSee Less
Friday night slackline testing, playing the board games devised by the Wednesday group and route plotting.
No normal Friday session next week as we are off to Longrove on the Bushcraft camp!! ... See MoreSee Less
9-14 group getting the hang of fire starting and collecting the resources needed in advance.... ... See MoreSee Less
Double session for the Wednesday groups allowing them to do some navigation in Stockgrove Country Park. Had some games in the dark and heard the owls. ... See MoreSee Less
We have some amazing young people! Night hiking, they made it back to Stantonbury base from drop off at Westen Underwood. Arriving back at 12.40 am and 1.50 a.m, very tired and hungry but in good humour😍😴 ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday 14 + session and the Gift your Gear Giveaway ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday 9-14 yr session- Learning Grid References with Rich. ... See MoreSee Less
Night hikes for the older ones this week, self navigating in the dark (not great for photos though!)
We will be laying out the donations of outdoor clothing from Gift your Gear next Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm for all Mounatin Rangers. ... See MoreSee Less
A spot of basic outdoor activity first aid with the younger Wednesday group - lovely sunset too😍
We will be laying out the donations of outdoor clothing from Gift your Gear next Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm for all Mounatin Rangers. ... See MoreSee Less
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11 months ago