The package aimed to develop key navigational skills, determination and teamwork while being exposed to a challenging mountain environment; and through doing so achieving the Summer Mountain Foundation qualification.My group leader and guide was Objective-X coach, Chris Andrews.
Chris taught the essential mountaineering skills effectively, encouraging us to practice navigating, route planning and leading the group while offering one-to-one tuition and guidance where needed.
Chris instantly became part of our team and was really easy to get on with from the get go; he was a big inspiration to a lot of the potential officers, with his adventurous background of expeditions around the World.
A mixed-ability group, Chris managed to push us in one-way or another, physically and mentally (not literally), and encouraged us to work as a team to meet goals; we were the only group that managed to summit the tallest peak of the trip.
As future British Army Officers, Chris’ focus on leadership and teamwork was especially useful. I think the challenging environment brought out the best in every team member and this was greatly facilitated by Chris.
I would definitely recommend Chris to anyone hoping to develop their mountaineering skills and push themselves to achieve new goals – or even just to get more out of the mountains.
Beth Albon – 2 Lt (RAMC)