Sunday, 1 May 2011

Kath and Linda's first rock climbing lead!!!

Yesterday I took Kath and Linda down to the Moelwyns to introduce them to some multi pitch climbing. They had both just passed their Climbing Wall Award (well done!!) and were keen to improve their outdoor climbing skills. We climbed the first 2 pitches of a severe called Block then joined onto the super classic Kirkus Direct for a bit more of a challenge. Linda and Kath built their own belays at the top of each pitch and belayed each other in preparation for lead climbing.

After lunch we decided that it was time for them to try their first trad lead climb - not a decision to be taken likely. Kath led the first pitch of a severe called Bent and, apart from a slightly exciting moment when she kicked out a runner, climbed it very well. Linda then took over for the second pitch and climbed confidently and smoothly to the belay. We then looked an abseil retreat from half way up the cliff - an essential skill for multipitch climbing.

Another fantastic day working in the sunshine of North Wales!! Kath had this to say about the day:

"Just to say a huge thanks for taking us out yesterday, we had an absolute blast and were as high as kites all the way home...We'll definitely head back that way, and be in touch again for another day as soon as our schedules match."

Kath and Linda on stance change over

Kath seconding the fine slab on Block

Kath abseiling off

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