Saturday, 1 November 2008

A busy two weeks. Arriving back in Spain at Malaga airport at 10pm I had the first clients of the season the following morning - Helen and Vicky wanted 3 days coaching to improve their leading. We went to Archidona crag the first day and climbed on the new routes on the side walls above the main cave. There has been a lot of development here recently with lots of well bolted grade 6 sports routes. This is now a really great little area in a great situation.

The other days we visited the crags behind Villanueva del Rosario with the day at El Torcalito being especially good and both Helen and Vicky climbed really well.

Almost immediately after they left Gin arrived for 7 days of coaching concentrating on trad leading. It was great fun working with Gin because she had a brilliant attitude and just threw herself into the course whole heartedly. We explored a lot of areas - Los Pinos, El Chamizo, Loja and Archidona despite the weather being a bit iffy and on the cold side.

The house was nicely busy because I was also hosting Lou and Toby who were across from Wales.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Silvia is now in Spain getting the final bits on the house sorted out and ready for clients. The inside is pretty much ready after a manic 5 days of painting, cleaning and odd-jobing. There is still plenty to do, but the place is pretty comfortable now. There is a self contained attic that will sleep 2 people and the main house that can sleep another 4. There is more information at our website - Rock Climbing Company

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.