The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

The Sorcerer, Ghost Valley

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Lakes climbing

Great weather in the Lakes this past couple of weeks and I've been out climbing most days.

I had a fantastic 6 days climbing with Will and Naomi. The week was a great mix of coaching/instruction in lead climbing, multi-pitch climbing, bouldering and training for climbing.

Naomi really enjoying her leading on 'Thomas' Wallabarrow Crag, Duddon Valley.

  Will enjoying a warm and sunny Shepherds Crag, Borrowdale.

Will and Naomi topping out on 'B' Buttress, Dow Crag, Coniston.

Will belaying after having lead 'Belize' VS on South America Wall, Hutton Roof 
We also had a great session bouldering at Hutton Roof working on technique. It's a great venue for this on th edge of the Lakes and easy access from Kendal.

On the Saturday I linked up with Nick who's coming out to the Alps in the Summer and wanted some pre Alpine training. We had a great couple of days. The first day we climbed a route on Raven Crag in Langdale and then headed up to Gimmer Crag, climbed a route on Gimmer up to the summit, traversed back across the hillside and finished up climbing on Pavey Arc - great day, great weather!
On the Sunday we headed up to Upper Scout and climbed a route there which led us into White Ghyll where we climbed before heading back down to Stickle Barn at the end of the day.

Nick enjoying the climbing on Gimmer Crag, Langdale

Nick at the top of Crescent Slabs, Pavy Arc, Langdale.

Nick with Stickle Tarn below and the Langdale Valley seen in the distance.


The weather continues and the crags are super dry!

Safe climbing

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

BMG rock climbing training

Busy past few weeks here in the Lakes pulling together the ISM summer alpine programme of instructional courses and guided climbing, as well as guiding clients rock climbing here in the Lakes and directing the BMG summer rock climbing training.

The BMG summer training is always a week I look forward to each year, spending time training very talented climbers to become summer rock guides at the first stage of their BMG training to become IFMGA Mountain Guides.

We had a great inspiring week, with invaluable input from Stuart McAleese and helped by the fantastic weather here in the Lakes!

Paul Swail leading Muscle Crack, Raven Crag - Langdale

Tom Grant leading Centipede, Raven Crag - Langdale

John McCune leading the first pitch of Pluto, Raven Crag - Langdale

John McCune low down on Trilogy, Raven Crag - Langdale

John climbing through the tough lower crux on Trilogy, Raven Crag

John McCune looking very strong through the upper crux while on-sighting Trilogy, Raven Crag - Langdale.

Tamsin Gay leading Troutdale Pinnacle, Black Crag - Borrowdale

Tamsin Gay enjoying Aaros, Shepherds Crag - Borrowdale

It's a varied week giving instruction and coaching on the main aspects of summer rock guiding, from a guided climbing day which we had in Langdale, to a short roping mountain day up on Dow Crag near Coniston, to a Teaching day in Borrowdale and finally to a day pulling everything together where we climbed on White Ghyll and Gimmer Crag in Langdale.
The week prepares them not only for their assessment in September which then leads onto their winter training in Scotland and then after that their Alpine training but also working with clients at this level.

It was a great week and now even more inspired to make the best of the weather we're having at the moment!

Safe climbing