Both of our Adventure Tour Guiding groups are currently focusing on either our Sea Kayaking or Cycling skills clusters. All students experience both activities for a day early in our course and then advise our preferred skills cluster.
Last month, the ‘Nunatak’ Adventure Tour Guiding students got to try out our chosen skill of mountain biking. Over the course of the week we covered basic bike maintenance, skills on-and-off road, and practiced leading a group on the trails. On the first day the students spent the morning in the classroom covering a basic introduction to bikes, gear, safety and maintenance. That afternoon we had the chance to get hands on with the bikes, practicing skills such as; maintaining the group set, changing a tyre and fitting a bike to the rider.
Day two saw a much more practical lesson with students taking the bikes up to the Queens Domain. The morning session covered basic riding skills such as braking, un-weighting both the front and rear tyres, track stands and body positions for uphill, flat and downhill tracks. The afternoon saw the students able to practice their newly learnt skills on the recently completed trails up at the Domain, where we also had a chance to trial leading a group on the bikes.
With bad weather closing in, the plan for day three was revised, changing the itinerary from exploring the pipeline track on Mt Wellington (Kunanyi) to making the journey over to the Eastern Shore and trying our luck at the newly built Risdon Vale Pump Track and cross-country circuit. Despite the rain, we had a great time practicing our skills in wet weather conditions and were able to experience how a guide keeps group morale high, even through such unfavourable conditions.
Unfortunately due to serious weather, the final day was cancelled as the previous night many of the major streets in town became raging torrents due to the Hobart rivulet bursting its banks.