On Saturday 30 September 2017, Managing Director at Monkey Mountaineering, Sam Marshall travelled to the Thornbridge Outdoor Centre in the heart of the Peak District to attend the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) autumn conference.
As well as providing a great networking opportunity the conference updated attendees on topics including the introduction of new climbing awards, development of the 'AMI' brand and advances in technical clothing. The conference also delivered technical workshops for the continued professional development of attendees.
Most interesting from Monkey Mountaineering's perspective was the workshop covering technical advice delivered by Anne Salisbury and a session focussing on reducing accidents whilst belaying presented by Tim Morton both of who work for the Adventure Activities Licencing Service. Anne's workshop brought delegates up to date with current legislation, clarifying some of the more complex aspects and encouraging healthy debate.
The workshop delivered by Tim used real examples of poor practice and recent accident reports and statistics to highlight things that can and do go wrong and stimulate discussion as to best practice.