Friday, 31 August 2012
My final week at Plas y Brenin didn't go quite as planned, I was meant to be working on a Private Rock course but unfortunately my clients didn't turn, apparently they were stranded in Australia... Lucky them. So instead I was moved on to an Mountain Leader Training course. On Tuesday I took a group out locally from the centre and covered all aspects of using a rope in a emergency situations, looking at how to select suitable anchors, attach to them, safe guard groups as well as looking at confidence roping and all aspects of descending On the Wednesday and Thursday I took the group on a mini expedition around Snowdon. We were hit with pretty foul weather throughout, the thunder and lightening storms were very exciting and fortunately didn't strike any of my team down. The foul weather continued into the night and made our night navigation exercise great fun and very realistic. With a pretty wet week I only managed to get to the Beacon Climbing Centre for a session and went and climbed Cockblock (E5 6a) with Murdoch on the Tuesday after work. Tomorrow I'll be heading back up North.
Friday, 24 August 2012
This week I have been direction a Getting Started rock climbing course for Plas y Brenin. Again we had some mixed weather but managed to avoid overusing the climbing wall. We visited Fach Wen, Rhoscolyn, Tremadog, Clogwyn yr Oen (Moelwyns) and the Slate quarries. It was a great week with a great bunch of people. I was climbing with Jenny and Beeshman who both did put everything they had into the week which meant we got lots of climbing done and had a great laugh. Hopefully see them both again soon! Unfortunately I didn't get any photos with my camera as Beeshman wanted photos on his camera. After work I managed to get out to the Cromlech boulders a couple of times with Kenny and Donald, hit the Slate quarries and climbed Goose Creatures (E3 5c) and then Swan Hunter (E4 6b) and had a training session in the bouldering wall and had an evening in the Pass on SS Special (E2 5c), Brant Direct (HVS 5a) and a top rope on Cockblock (E5 6a). A good week, just could do with a good spell of weather now!
Saturday, 18 August 2012
After 7 days at work I had a day off today and it coincided with Kirby and Helen coming to visit. The weather cleared out in the afternoon so we headed out to Tremadog for a couple of routes. We started off on Merlin Direct (HVS 5a) which I led them both up. We then went and climbed One Step in the Clouds (VS 4c) which Kirby dispatched really well. Unfortunately we had to get back for dinner but it was nice to get out with old friends.
Friday, 17 August 2012
Just finished a week with climbers who have been wanting to push their grade as well as their skills set. We had a fairly mixed week of weather, but managed to make the most of it and cover plenty of skills for the team to go home and practice with. Due to damp conditions we spent a bit of time at the wall, which allowed us to cover movement techniques, rope work and introduced specific training programmes to the team. For the last 4 days, we visited Tremadog, Castle Inn quarry and the Beacon.
Monday, 13 August 2012
Sunday, 12 August 2012
Today I took the Group into Ogwen and the aim of the day was to refresh the rope work side of things. We started off with anchor selection and then introduced the rope and how to attach it to the anchors and create a safe system for ascending or descending walkers. We looked at confidence roping as well as moving a group over steep ground looking at spotting and group management. We covered descents with and with out the rope and chatted about river crossings, their hazards and effective ways of approaching them. Unfortunately it rained on Murdoch and I as we were gearing up at the bottom of SS Special so we bailed and I went for a little explore around the slate quarries.