Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A third mixed day in the Lakes

The Glenmore Lodge Staff Training continued today with parties in Langdale on Raven's Crag and above Wrynose Pass on Black Crag. Saw plenty of Lakes locals curious at our presence south of the border (revenge for winter incursions folks :-).
After a coffee at the ODG waiting for the crag to dry and the rock to warm up Sandy and I climbed on Bilberry Buttress (VS+) and Revelation (HS) and started up Mendes when the heavens opened. Ambleside…. cake…. etc. etc.
 Coffee at the ODG
 Sandy on the crux of Bilberry Buttress
 Kev and Derek belaying for Giles on Holly Tree Direct
 Looking down Revelation
 Andy and Phil relaxing on Centipede
Teams on Pluto and Bilberry Buttress
Sandy starting up Mendes… here comes the rain again...

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Staff training in the Lakes

After a weekend with the family in Keswick they have gone home and I've joined 10 other Glenmore Lodge Staff on 5 days climbing/mountaineering staff training in the Lakes. Yesterday we arrived and had time for a hit on Quayfoot Buttress (Derek and I climbed Quayfoot Buttress, the Mound and Irony). Today was wet but between (and sometimes during) downpours we managed Little Chamonix, Fishers Folly and Kransic Crack. Plenty of rock being climbed from VDiff to E2 despite the weather.
 Colin on The Mound on Quayfoot Buttress
 Derek on Little Chamonix (VDiff) only raining a little
 Derek higher on Little Cham- raining a little more
 Derek traversing on Fisher's Folly- hardly raining at all
Andy on MGC just before the big downpour

Friday, 18 April 2014

Scottish sun rock

Stunning weather today. I was working with Steve helping prepare him for an MIA assessment  going over some of the sort of problems he will have to solve. Craig came along to lend a hand by being on the other end of the rope as he will go forwards for the Award in the future too.

We went to Glen Nevis which was dry and sunny but with the occasional cold breeze above the trees. It was great to feel the sun and climb some favourite routes for the first time this year in perfect weather.
When Scotland is like this its as good as anywhere in the world!
 Stob Ban
 Steve on pitch 1 of Pinnacle Ridge
 Walking the roof
 Craig coming down from 3 Pines
 Styx Buttress Right Wall
 Great view to the Mamores in the background
Came home to rescue this little one from one of our cats

Thursday, 17 April 2014

BUSY day's teaching

During the day today I was working in Glen Nevis with first year students from West Highland College. Next week they will be assessed on their ability to coach a short, simple session for their peers. and today was a practise session. Those in my group were looking at ideas as varied as tying on and belaying, to shifting the centre of gravity climbing to use of clove hitches. It was cool and windy but dry.
This evening I was at the Ice Factor starting a CWA Training session for 9 candidates from West Highland College and Glencoe Outdoor Centre. Long but fun day
 Demo
 Stability (?)
 Observation
 Games
 Clove hitches
 CWa Trg

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Prep with the students



Today i was working with second year students from West Highland College helping them prepare some practical sessions they have coming up with local school pupils. We went on a site visit at a local venue they plan to use for an abseil and to The Ice Factor to plan the practicalities of preparing for and running a climbing session.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Halewood clan on Scimitar Ridge

We took Sandy up the Gutter (Diff) when he was two. Kaye is a bit younger at not quite two and we decided that Scimitar Ridge, the roadside Grade 2 scramble in Glen Nevis would make a sunny morning out and not too strenuous, especially since everyone except me is recovering from one illness or another. A nice wee family jaunt, and I managed to squeeze in time for a wee solo too and a bike ride home from the Glen!
Starting up
Kaye following
She's a natural
 Sandy going steeper
'Daddy, is this crab cross loaded?'
Important chocolate break time
Mini mountaineer
Nearly at the top
Family summit selfie
 Sandy


 Break time
Cheeky wee solo for dad!

Monday, 14 April 2014

FUNdas 1

Today I was at Glasgow Climbing Centre running a bespoke MCofS FUNdamentals 1 with Stuart Lyall for the staff team from Blairvaddich Outdoor Education Centre. We had an entertaining day with the staff team who were up for some craig as well as learning about the basics of climbing movement.
Balance on that!
 Man down!
 Never knew standing up was so complicated!
 More Centre of Gravity ideas
 Blind bean bag ninja assassins
 1 hand
 Low hands
 Pendulum
 Flat hands and fists
 Beanbags
Is this efficient climbing movement?