Peak Mountain Training.
Steve, Simon and Rob joined me for a day to explore and build on the existing Single Pitch Award syllabus. As such we spent the day looking at appropriate teaching strategies, progressions and systems in preparation for people being independent.
For details of this workshops and others visit the continuing professional development page of the PeakMT site here at http://peakmountaintraining.co.uk/awards/cpd/
Saturday, May 28, 2011
As I drove over the moors into Hathersage this morning it was raining heavily, far from idea for an Intro Rock session. I was still hopefully that we might be able to escape the rain as I met Mark and Kerrie.
Froggatt Edge was an obvious choice being one of the fastest drying gritstone venues, combined with a slightly lower altitude. Luckily, with an improving forecast we had the crag to ourselves for much of the day. This allowed fast progress ticking most of the classics of the crag from Mod-Severe, in a variety of styles - leading and seconding combined with bottom roping.
Kerrie is pictured above on the regional classic 'Heather Wall'.
Finally, we retired to the car park with tired limbs after another good days climbing. It looks like more showers tomorrow, lets hope that it might be possible to dodge them again..
We spent the day doing plenty of varied climbing and developing skills to become a competent second. This should leave Mark and Emma in a good position to visit climbing walls, join a club or climb with a more experienced companion.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Luckily, the showers were fairly light for most of the morning allowing us to get plenty of climbing done. Emma was keen for a reintroduction to climbing while Mark was keen to develop skills for traditional Lead Climbing, already being a keen sports climber.
Fingers crossed tomorrow will be a bit drier...
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Despite this the gritstone edges were predictably busy with plenty of climbers braving the gale force winds. Between the showers I decided to visit one of the Peak District's best crags: Stoney Middleton.
This perma-dry venue is also great in high winds being relatively sheltered in the roadside bays. It was great to see the crag busy today and I was slightly envious of folk on 'Scoop Wall', 'Bingo Wall', 'Wee Doris' and 'Dead Banana Crack' to name a few. I had to make do with the usual highly polished bouldering traverses.
The photo above is of the uber classic 'Scoop Wall' (E2), James Turnbull and his mate climbing. Can you guess where it's taken from..?
Friday, May 20, 2011
With a brief sunny spell we made the most of the dry rock on Wednesday and Thursday with many of the group doing their first multi-pitch leads.
Finally, some rain showers this morning were well timed for our visit to the DMM Factory - a good opportunity to see how climbing equipment is manufactured. It's just drying up now so time to hit the slate..
The big aim has been to improve on personal rock climbing skills whatever the level, and the group have proceeded at their own pace leading or seconding.
On Sunday we visited the Joint Services Mountain Training Centre to use the "Indy" climbing wall. A visit to Little Tryfan followed before we changed groups for the rest of the week..
Saturday, May 14, 2011
We had a good time climbing 'Atlantis' E1 5a,5c made all the more interesting by the heavy downpour that we experienced on the second pitch. In fact it was really quite harrowing!
Meanwhile, Andy Turner was scrambling with Peter and Sally on Tryfan doing some specific training for the Austrian Alpine Club (UK Section).
Back in the Peak Ruth Taylor has been braving the showers with a group from the University of East Anglia (UEA), during a weekend of specific training for those leading club climbing meets. It's all hands on deck at the moment with more of the same tomorrow. I will be out with the super keen folk from Manchester Metropolitan University's outdoor course here in North Wales. Phew!..
Friday, May 13, 2011
Meeting in Capel Curig we enjoyed a brief chat over a coffee before heading out into the Ogwen Valley. Andrew was keen to try some slightly harder routes and perhaps experience grade 3.
We had quickly decided to head to Tryfan, starting with an ascent of the Milestone Buttress (3) before traversing around the 'Heather Terrace' to climb Nor Nor Groove (1/2). From here we were able to do the best sections of the North Ridge of Tryfan before descending to Bwlch Tryfan.
With some heavy showers we decided to leave Dolmen Ridge (3) for another day opting instead for an ascent of Little Tryfan via it's left arete. All in all a wet but productive day.
Luke had done some leading before but was keen to get some input and we decided to visit Froggatt Edge in the showery conditions.
After a brief session revising gear placement and belays Luke fired up quite a few routes between the showers.
After this I also visited Stanage Edge with regular client and friend Duncan who was preparing for his Single Pitch Award Assessment. Having climbed with Duncan for a couple of years (most recently on Diadem) it was great to be hanging on the end of the rope seconding some gritstone classics. Good luck with the assessment..
Saturday, May 07, 2011
I managed to make some time to hang off my arms, climbing 'Double Scotch' E2 and 'Om' E1. This combined with a fair bit of traversing on highly polished holds resulted in the desired level of fatigue. With tired arms and a renewed psyche, I am pretty keen to hit the rock.
Simon is pictured on the tricky boulder problem start to 'Double Scotch'..