The publication date for issue 289 is the 10th of December, meaning subscribers should receive their copies during the week leading up to that date. It is also available from caving suppliers such as Inglesport and Starless River, or from our new website
Presuming the ladder pitch rigging is more for the Explorer award? She's only 11 so would be doing the standard Scout badge. If she did get to the ladder rigging stage our club very much still uses them, I personally can't afford or justify buying SRT kit for the type of caving I do.
I'm undecided about whether to ignore this dumbed down version or call it Stage 2. I have always felt that the Badges should be a staged badge. The Scout Badge being stage 1 & Explorer Scout bage being stage 2, giving the Explorer Scout chance to get something he can wear right away & allowing the Scout to start the second stage before being an Explorer.