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Kendal Climbing Wall


This CPD teaches the skill of PERFORMANCE LAYERING for body core, hands and feet through four seasons, multiple environments and a broad range of activities. This course is for people with outdoor qualifications and those with plenty of outdoor experience. BOOK NOW by clicking RSVP

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20 Nov 2023, 10:30 – 17:00

Kendal Climbing Wall, Unit 27, Lake District Business Park, Mint Bridge Rd, Kendal LA9 6NH, UK


About the Event

     This CPD teaches the skill of PERFORMANCE LAYERING for body core, hands and feet through four seasons, multiple environments and a broad range of activities.

Cost. £55 pp, including book Keeping Dry and Staying Warm, Please bring your own lunch. .

This course is aimed at people with an outdoor leader qualification, but open to those with plenty of outdoor experience.

Refunds will not be available within 2 weeks of the event starting date, to refund your payment prior to this use our website messaging system to contact the site and request a refund. A small charge will be required to cover card fees.

 Monday 20th November 10.30am -5.00pm  

Where KendalWall Unit 27 Lake District Business Park Kendal LA9 6NH  £50 Please bring your own lunch 

The course provider is Mike Parsons, co-founder of Outdoor Gear Coach, CIC,

A one-day CPD course in workshop style is designed to give participants a complete understanding of your six key personal garment layers plus your 7th, an emergency covering. Each participant will create a personal take-home record of the performance characteristics of your layers, making your next purchases better understood and more logical This provides the foundation for developing enhanced ‘performance layering’ skills based on understanding metabolism, hydration and nutrition.

See my blog about the first CPD course in Sept 2022.

The course begins with a talk entitled ‘Myths, marketing and misunderstandings’. This enables participants to deconstruct what we have identified as the ten key embedded myths created by marketing and/or user misunderstandings and the absence of an independent training source. Outdoor Gear Coach is being developed as THE only independent information source and training for outdoor garments, and we are looking to recruit and train others using our materials.

The workshop continues using our guidance charts on the key polymers, textiles and waterproof technologies; you will identify and gain an understanding of what each type of fibre, textile, laminate, coating and construction feature does in terms of performance characteristics of wicking, windproofing, insulation, waterproofing and mvtr.

( garment terminology) – 50 words and terms are defined in our book on pages xxiv- xxxi)

Performance layering is a skill based on the above knowledge. However, garments don’t provide heat; you and your metabolism do! So we explore metabolism, hydration, and nutrition and how they come into play alongside your body’s natural functions of protecting your core temperature by vasodilation/vasoconstriction.

This talks about 9 workshops which we have created for use via zoom. This CPD is modified to fit into a one-day face-to-face session and have a breakout session on performance layering skills. The course can also be delivered in retail as 3 x one-hour talks with some pre-reading.

Perhaps most importantly, your new knowledge of the performance characteristics of materials and the five types of heat loss from your body and garments will enable you to do a post-trip analysis of what went wrong ( or indeed well) and how to correct it. Your capability to advise your clients on selection, choices and problem-solving will be enhanced.

From this point, we will enable each person to examine and analyse each of your personal 6-layer types ( 1 base layer,  2 hot weather shirt, 3 unlined windshell, 4 mid layer/softshell, waterproof, warm overlayer ( aka belay jacket), plus an emergency layer/bag.

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