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Month: April 2011

An Introduction to Climbing Outdoors

This royal wedding weekend turned out to be a dry one, despite the weather forecast predicting heavy showers for both days. I think we managed to escape them during our climbing weekend with some lucky venue choices though! Mark was down for a bit of an introduction to the delights of outdoor climbing, as opposed to the indoor wall stuff he’s used to back home. So plenty of climbing technique, rope work and as many tips as possible then! We headed to Houndtor on the Friday doing some bouldering before getting the ropes out and setting up top-ropes on a few routes before some leading in the afternoon. On the Saturday we choose to head off the moor to a sheltered Chudleigh where we once again got plenty of rope work done during and in-between climbs. There’s a lot of topics to cover when it comes to setting anchors and belay systems but plenty of repetition normally helps. We took plenty of photo’s of each setup as an aid-memoir, which I’ve annotated and included in the gallery below. Mark seconded some pretty tricky routes considering it was his second time on the rock, the indoor wall will feel easy in comparison with the rough Granite I’m sure! [nggallery...

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Getting back into Trad climbing

Getting back into trad climbing can be a tricky business after a long winter, the frustration of not being able to get up your “warm up” and generally feeling weak/wobbly/scared on the first few routes. I think some good millage on the bouldering circuits, with a few pumpy routes on the climbing wall is a good start. Then a few easy trad leads followed by jumping onto a fairly tricky route that you’ve done before and not worrying about whether you make it up “cleanly” or not.  That was the plan for my Monday evening climbing session with nick...

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First Aid Course – Dartmoor

As an outdoor instructor you need to have a valid first aid certificate for work and last weekend it was time to update mine (they are valid for three years). A colleague of mine has started up his own business running first aid courses for a variety of different client groups, I obviously needed a course with a strong outdoor element so I was on the “Outdoor First Aid” course, which was 16hour course over the weekend. Sam and Stellar Iskander ran a great course, lot’s of practical, and only a few powerpoint presentations kept the concentration up and...

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Another day of laps in the trees. Low angled slopes avoiding the avi hazard and trying to keep out of the wind. Pretty wild weather at the moment.

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Mellow laps through the trees with Rob and Louise today. So quiet - fresh tracks all day 👍

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Superb weather and soft snow on the Vallee Blanche today. Even got some fresh tracks, although not shown on this video.
A pleasure to be skiing and guiding the white valley again 👍⛷

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A bit wind blown up top but some pretty good snow lower down. Good fun being #skiguide for Rich and Andrew.

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