Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tryfan Scrambling and The Moelwyn's...

I joined Si in North Wales over the weekend for two days of personal mentoring through Peak Mountain Training.

The intention was to spend two days looking at some of the key syllabus areas of the Mountain Instructors Award (MIA). We spent the first day scrambling and short-roping on Tryfan, taking in the traverse of the Milestone Buttress (3) followed by North Buttress Variant (2).  Scrambling was probably the best choice on such a wet and windy day.

Today, we were pretty keen to find some dry rock and the Moelwyns are often a good choice, being outside the main Snowdonia massif immediately to the north.  Despite being dry for the majority of the day the crag was still greasy and care was required after the previous days torrential rain.  We spent the day looking a teaching climbing, teaching progressions, stance management and 'drip feeding' information while climbing Slick, Slack and Chic.

Sadly, just as we were leaving the crag Aberglaslyn MRT were just deploying to assist another climbing pair.  In fading light the rescuers were just visible abseiling into the climbers position, one of whom had sustained a fall.  Fingers crossed for everybody concerned...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Walking Group Leader Award Assessment...

Early last week I joined a Walking Group Leader Assessment course at White Hall Centre.

This busy course saw candidates across Derbyshire attending, keen to finish this award.  The first day was on Kinder Scout before visiting Brown Knoll, Coombs Moss, The Goyt Valley and Axe Edge Moor.

Not bad for three days on the hill.  Well done to everybody who attended...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

ML and WGL Training...

It's been a busy few days recently delivering Mountain Leader and Walking Group Leader Training for Peak Mountain Training.

Neil Johnson kicked off with a few days in the Peak (pictured) before I visited North Wales for the mobile expedition.  Thanks to Dave, Dawn and Andy for a great trip around the Carneddau.

Following this it was straight into a Walking Group Leader Training course...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Stoney's Electric Quarry..

It was an overcast start to the day in the Peak District with the odd shower and drizzle - so our planned destination of Stoney Middleton's Electric Quarry was an ideal choice.

It's fair to say that this is not one of the most aesthetic crags in the Peak District, but it does sport one of the finest steep walls on limestone.  This combined with it's position shrouded in trees, ensures it stays dry in all but a downpour.

Despite being pressed for time, we did the fantastic line of 'Jasper' E3 6a.  The easiest line on the wall squeezed between the test pieces of 'Cabbage Crack' E4 and 'Oliver' E4.

Meanwhile, Andy Turner was working with Marylebone Mountaineering Club (MMC) members Lena and Jenny at Burbage North.  This was the final day of a weekend's dedicated lead training and coaching.

Stanage Edge...

I joined Kit and Andrew today at Stanage Edge for an introduction to rock climbing.

As a pair they have attempted Mont Blanc, as well as climbing Swiss peaks and trekking peaks abroad.  Despite, having done plenty of scrambling climbing was relatively new so we spent the day getting plenty of climbing mileage in from Mod-Severe.

Andy Turner was also out with Jenny and Lena doing some specific training for the Marylebone Mountaineering Club.

The crag was busy with plenty of climbers from University Clubs or just enjoying the great weather.  Heads up though, it's turning colder next week with snow forecast for many of the higher mountain areas...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Froggatt and Stoney Middleton...

I joined Keely today for a day of rock climbing in the Peak District.

As we met in Sheffield it was already raining and very windy with gales forecast for most of the day.  We were, however, keen to see if we could make the most of the day and climb outside for the duration.

Hedging our bets we decided to head to Froggatt Edge climbing five or six routes (M-VS) before the wind made the climbing feel insecure.  From here we bailed to Stoney Middleton, climbing perhaps one of the most exposed short pitches in the Peak - Tiger Trot Traverse (VDiff).  Finally, we climbed the tricky Minus Ten (HVS) inducing the full "Stoney Pump"...

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Walking Group Leader Refresher...

I have spent the last two days working on a National Governing Body Award Refresher course for ML and WGL candidates.

We spent a fairly full on two days in the area around Kinder Scout looking at navigation, group leadership, the environment, ropework and emergency procedures etc.

All being well we are looking forward to welcoming many of the candidates onto assessment courses in the autumn and following spring...








SPA Personal Climbing at Stanage Edge...

On Friday I joined regular client and friend Peter Sharpe for a visit to Stanage Edge.

Peter was keen to build on his recent Single Pitch Award Training Course with some more personal climbing coaching combined with some rigging practice. 

These areas formed the basis for our day at the "Popular End" in some warm and breezy conditions...