Saturday, December 15, 2007

Scrambling in Snowdonia

Wednesday and Thursday were spent with Monica and Jane in Snowdonia. They are both in training for an expedition to St Lucia in January to climb The Pitons. We had a great couple of days in blues skies and that subtle light you only get in the middle of winter.

On Wednesday we headed up Seniors Ridge, over Glyder Fawr and across and up onto Y Garn.

On Thursday we enjoyed the North Ridge of Tryfan, posing for photos on the cannon and having the route pretty much to ourselves. Good luck to both of them in St Lucia.

Learn to lead

I spent Tuesday night this week with Matthew at Vertical Limit climbing wall in Worcester. Matthew has been climbing on the wall for a while and wanted to learn to lead. We spent a 2 hour session coaching his movement skills and teaching him the various skills involved. We are meeting up again on Monday to put it all into practice.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Navigation & Hill Skills Course

This weekend was spent in North Wales with Lynette, Yas, Chris and Terry on a Navigation and Hill Skills course. The weather was atrocious and Lynette and Yas were being trained and assessed for the NNAS Silver Awards. We had to stay low on Saturday with 80mph winds and lashing rain. The wind dropped on Sunday and we went up Y Garn.

Climbing Wall Award Providers Workshop

I spent Friday at the Beacon Climbing Wall outside Llanberis on a CWA Providers workshop run by MLTE. I am hoping to be a provider of training and assessment courses for the new Climbing Wall Award in January and we spent the day looking at how courses will be run and did a coaching movement skills workshop in the afternoon.

Monday, December 03, 2007

SPA Assessment

I spent the weekend in North Wales working with Andy Newton on an SPA Assessment. We had 4 candidates and all of them passed so well done to them.