I ran a CWA training course over the weekend for 5 candidates at the Beacon Climbing Centre. We covered subjects such as warming up, games, group management and belaying techniques we also covered leading and everyone took part in the Abseil and Top Rope Module on the Sunday afternoon.
I've just returned from the Lake District after 5 days of working with shop staff from all over the UK promoting Haglofs products. The work was generally guiding and instructing individuals on the crags and mountains of the Lake District and giving them an adventurous day out as well as trying out some Haglofs products. I was working with James Thacker and the boys from G2 from Aviemoreall week. We had a great time and the weather was on our side for most of the week.
The week worked out like this:
Day 1: Dow Crag (Giant's Crawl - pic5) Day 2: Raven Crag (Middlefell Buttress - pic4) Day 3: Old Man of Coniston (navigation and rope work day - pic3) Day 4: Raven Crag (Middlefell Butttress and Holly-tree Traverse - pic2) Day 5: Pavey Ark (Crescent Climb - pic1)
I had a couple of days working at Plas y Brenin this weekend. The weather was very changeable with high winds and heavy showers on the first day. Today was a lot better with only the occasional shower but it certainly felt cold on the top of Glyder Fawr with excellent views by the time we reached the top. The first day was spent looking at navigation skills in Cwm Dyli and the ridge leading up to Lliwedd (this is the bit that most Snowdon Horseshoers miss and is the true start/end). Today was a mountain day looking at group management on difficult terrain on Seniors Ridge with a descent down Y Gribin.