Keeping an experience log of your walks is not essential but does hold its’ own benefits. The most obvious to mind is that your experience log will enable you to gain qualifications in group leadership, leading to aquiring the South West Mountain and Moorland Walking Leader award (SWMML). This award has several categories, including Summer Walking, Winter Walking and Wild-Camping Leader. Better still these awards can go on to aid your Mountain Leader (ML) assessment and further. With any of these awards you can then confidently take anyone out on to the moors to share the wealth of enjoyment and tranquility that only open-country walking can provide. Teachers and Youth-Group workers should most definitely seek to achieve any one of these awards,
The other reasons for keeping a log are purely as a record of personal achievement. The table below is by no means exhaustive. Why not take photo’s, record the changing seasons, flora, fauna or anything you find on your trips. An experience log is a worthwhile investment of your time, you never know when you might like to use it.
What your Log should Look Like?
Weather, Route, Notable Events
Solo/Leader/Asst. Leader and Details of any Group make-up
Hours/Day/Nights spent on Moors and Description of Camps or Hostelry
You should obviously create a proper user table in word or excel however you will find that the details recorded here will enable you to recall a journey going back many years with sufficient comments added within the notable events column.