Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
AMI again today on another workshop for MIA trainees. Today the ratio was 1:2 and we were looking at improvised rescue and problem solving for multi pitch climbing with 2 clients. We looked at simple problems such as a stuck second, a jammed belay plate etc and moved onto more complex problems involving escaping the system, abseil pick ups and eventually a couple of multi pitch crag evacuations with an unconscious second on a traverse pitch several pitches up from the ground using just a simple climbing rack and standard ropes. The boys did well and the weather stayed mostly dry and so a good day was had by all.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Association of Mountaineering Instructors today running a workshop for MIA trainees on how to look after clients on graded scrambles. We focused on grade 2 and 3 ground in ascent and descent and worked our way around Cwm Idwal in heavy rain. It was a very good day with lots of good questions and practical experience to build upon, best of luck to the guys and girl when they go for assessment!
Friday, August 20, 2010
It has been blowing a hooley here in North Wales today and lashing with rain for good measure! Becky, Paul and I went to Lion Rock and refreshed all of the skills we covered this week culminating in them leading for themselves and organising their own abseil retreat off the crag with little input from me. It has been a great week despite some challenging weather at times!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
|Abseiling off our route|
|Moving together over easy ground|
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I have been joined for two days by Rachel and Steve for an advanced scrambling course here in Snowdonia. Today we headed into Cwm Idwal and scrambled up North West Face Route (2) and then the Cneifion Arete (3). We had the odd shower this afternoon but not too bad compared to recent rain! Over the day we looked at the ropework involved on this type of ground, efficiency of movement and the judgement involved in selecting and using appropriate belays. Neither Rachel or Steve had been on this grade of ground before and we all had a fun day out!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I was out with Kate today who has recently joined my instructor mentor scheme. Kate wanted to regain some confidence after a break from climbing and roped scrambling and so we headed up the Clogwyn Y Person Arete. I lead the first half with Kate taking over the lead for the second half, including the feisty top crack. We then descended Crib Goch to Pen Y Pass soaking up some lovely views in the afternoon sunshine, a great day out.
Monday, August 09, 2010
I have been out with Kat today who wanted a day of navigation to help prepare for her ML Assessment that she is doing in the next couple of months. We parked at Pen Y Pass and navigated off the path all day in poor weather and poor visibility looking specifically at relocation skills and contour interpretation. We also did a bit of refreshment on the ropework skills that she will need. The sun came out as we descended from an enjoyable day in the mountains.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
I will be out of contact for this week until Saturday the 7th August. If you send me an email I will get in touch then.
This week I have had a week off at home with the kids. The weather has been pretty damp but we managed a choppy sea kayaking session, a trip to the climbing wall and I have been pretty busy with Rescues too. The Indian summer will be on its way soon I am sure!