Sunday, 19 October 2008
Last UK Course of 2008
This weekend I ran an Introduction to Climbing course for Seren Ventures. Claire and Liz were keen to climb outside despite the poor forecast and their enthusiasm kept the bad weather at bay for most of Saturday at least.
We spent Saturday at Lion Rock on the outskirts of the Llanberis and spent the day learning the basic climbing skills; Claire and Liz picked everything up quickly and did a lot of climbing and each climbed about 9 pitches and learnt how to abseil in the process.
Sunday was looking fairly wild and windy, but dry so we opted for the crags above Betws-y-Coed. I showed Claire and Liz some more advanced ropework such as setting up belays and then we tried some harder climbs using chimneys, corners and an arete rather than just walls. We finished off with a route on a slightly overhanging wall to demonstate the climbing 'pump' and the different techniques needed to climb steeper rock.
Posted by Silvia Fitzpatrick