October is running fast, and we are soon in November. This week has been hectic. Now the IML training in Sweden has started. I arrived to Enaforsholm in Sunday afternoon, and at 08.30 the training with supervision from two members of UIMLA techical group started. Day one the focus was on navigation. The conditions has changed a lot since the reconnaisence, a snowlayer of 40cm was covering the ground. We adapt to the circumstances, but the training was done as expected anyway. The evening was spend on weather forcast and understanding of how the weather can be predicted. Day two it was the technology that was in focus. Day three it was rivercrossing among emergency bivouacing. After lunch it was time for the two days expediton. With a interesting start with micro navigation in dark, I think all was on their toes. Late in night, the group ended up to the place for the camp. Fast the ten tent went up. The next morning the navigation training kept on. Also a lecture about medicine etc. take ita place in a windshelter (all participant with face mask of course) At six a clock the next campsite was in seight and all got their tent up as fast as the day before. Friday morning we started the hike towards Valadalen. With Lunndorren and Harjangsmountains in the fund, would be a better ending of the training. Five very intensive days, full with knowledge and pratical training. Summing up as one of the best week in life I would say. And to be with friends with the same values of it, marvelous. So from me, get yourself a IML for your guiding or start your own training for becoming a IML certification…I think that was all for today. Tired, and sort of empty feeling. Missing the group, the mountain environment. But happy to get Italian coffee…
Tough times requires tough mind. The Corona has affected almost all areas. The Outdoor is of course one of them. The online sales of outdoor equipment has increased much, while the tourist area has decrease a lot. When it comes to guiding, I think we can se a shift and a new need. With no travelling outside the contries the domastic market has incresed. Now it is a window of oppertunity. But you might need to thing a bit different than before. Pick out your entrepreneurship, and how to do that? This small suggestions might help you. 1. Choose your mind set. This means if you havent been successful so far, it is time to think diffrent. The only way to do a great work -love it. 2. Be determined, th most important quality to a entrepreneur is to be determined. Be prepared for the battle, Be ready to do the hard and strategical work for winning the battle. 3. Build a solid relation bridge. To succed this is crucial, the best entrepreneur continusly build and developing their relations, this is how to get it to bloom. 4. Slow down to lead, Listen to your advisors and the peolple around you -even others have good ideas, dont forget that. 5. Know your business ”health” metrics, by tracking your result in a efficent way, you will have control over your business and will know when nest step shall be placed. So now you have some suggestion to develop your business.
My focus at the moment is the IML(international Moutain Leader) training. Last weekend we plan and train the instructor team for the training. And now things is in place, and we are reade to make some history in the Swedish guiding area. The big diffrent will be the use of rope for example, and now we will get a real certificate that can quoality assurance the guide you ar hiring.
The rope and climbing equipment is some of the new parts of the IML role.
(Training the trainers…Matt Larsson Clifford and Markus Nyman dring the training photo U Bergman)