Saturday, 29 May 2010

Learn to Lead Course

On Tuesday and Wednesday I ran a learn to lead course for my good friend Sylvia of The Rock Climbing Company. Lucy and Matt were on there honeymoon and keen to transfer there indoor leading skills to the crags of North Wales. On Tuesday we visited the upper Tier of Tremadog and topped up our tans whilst looking at seconding routes, using a guidebook, placing natural gear, setting up top and bottom ropes and looked at movement skills on rock.

The nest day we headed back to Tremadog and we climbed Rio in 2 pitches to give Matt and Lucy their first multipitch climb. In the afternoon it was time for them to get on the sharp end of the rope and they climbed Boo Boo with me providing guidance and advice from an abseil rope next to them. Its always a buzz seeing someone complete their first lead climb and it always makes me think of my own first leading experiences many years ago... Well done team!

Lucy leading the first pitch of Boo Boo

On the belay ledge

Matt spotting a gear placement on the second pitch