The end of our fourth Mountain Month is upon us and the sun’s been out to finish it off in style.
We’ve had another great month, this time joined by Anne Rebecca and Carol. The course is always bespoke to the clients and this time it’s been a fairly even mix of mountain days with a Mountain Leader focus and rock climbing, whilst we’ve kept the Single Pitch Award scheme in the back of our mind, the main focus of the climbing has been to get lots of leading done.
Anne Rebecca and Carol have been navigating us around the hills, micro navigating their way up and over Moel Siabod, getting us safely across Crib Goch, walking on bearings over the Glyderau plateau, amongst many other days out on the hill.
On the climbing front they progressed from me leading them up climbs like Ordinary Route on Idwal Slabs, to them leading me up routes such as the mega classic Crackstone Rib and Skylon on Carreg Wastad. We have visited loads of great crags around North Wales, including the cliffs on Anglesey, Bwlch y Moch and Upper Tier at Tremadog, crags in Ogwen, crags in the Pass, the slate quarries, even sport climbing on the coast.
Both of them have now completed their SPA training so will now need to get out climbing as much as possible to consolidate their new skills with a view to working towards an assessment and all that’s left is the official ML training which takes place next week
They’ve both done really well and have been a pleasure to work with throughout the month! A big thank you goes out to the other instructors who have played a part in the month too – Terry, Mike and Anthony.
Moving into our third year of running this course, the next one we have running starts on the 29th February and we have already got one client signed up so there’s only on space remaining, get in touch for more info and take a look at our Facebook page for loads of photos of what we’ve been up to and have a look at the Instructor Training page for more info.
September is super busy!
Our Original Mountain Month is in full flow with our two clients Carol and Anne Rebecca already improving lots. They been navigating in the hills, leading on the cliffs, improving their technique indoors and mountaineering on the East Face of Tryfan. Lots more to come too!
I was also directing a Brian Dent Single Pitch Award assessment last weekend with 8 candidates, the weather was super kind to us and I really enjoyed the weekend, as I always do.
Last week Terry looked after the mountain month for us, whilst I was working with an MOD group down in Dartmoor. We had an awesome week of good weather and had fun biking, climbing and a mini expedition. I had a brilliant group who learnt a lot and developed many skills, as well as providing top banter.
Loads more to come this month, so I’m thankful my new puppy Oreo is sleeping better at night!
As usual, check out the Facebook page for loads more photos!
Ok, so be kind! This is my first attempt at making an instructional video, it’s not perfect but it was interesting to make.
In the video I look at how to release a loaded guide plate, which you must, must, must know how to do safely if you use one.
I might make other videos, but only if I don’t get too many “He’s got a face for radio” or “He’s got a voice for a book” comments!
(It’s been a busy couple of weeks teaching leading and running a rock improver course, check out the Facebook page for more updates..)
What a busy start!
We’ve had all sorts of courses going on….
A couple of Mountain Leader training courses including one with a little bit of snow and one with overnight winds of 95mph!
A few Single Pitch award courses both trainings and assessments where we’ve been super lucky with the weather.
The third Original Mountain Month has just finished which was, as always a great success! We climbed some awesome routes at loads of different crags, from Gogarth to Tremadog and loads in between, plus had a good few mountain days looking at navigation, rope work and wild camping.
In amongst those there’s been an intro to scrambling course, an ML refresher and some D of E work.
Outside of work I’ve had some cracking days climbing in North Wales and over the winter some absolutely stella days mixed climbing in the snow and ice of Scotland,
Now the suns out in North Wales it’s time to really start making the most of it!
For loads of shots, check out the Facebook page!
I’ve updated a document I pass on to clients when they’ve been on an Rock Climbing Instructor (new SPA!) course with me.
It’s still a work in progress, but feel free to take a look and I hope it proves useful to you.
If I can be of any help, please feel free to get in touch.
Here’s the link: RCI Review Document
Take a look at the Facebook page to see what we’ve been up to lately!