Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Last week catchup

OK its actually more like 9 days but most folk following me will have seen it drip fed on social media:
The weekend of the 18,19th I was running a Trainee Workshop for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. 2 wet pants days one looking at short roping and apron approaches to climbs with a little ice trickery thrown in the second day was more interesting. We did find a climb and get the things done we needed to but in hindsight with the thaw, potential for loose rock and ice fall we'd probably been better not going up there and that's the message I decided to leave the team with at the end:

Then it was a CWA Training for the School of Adventure Studies at the Ice Factor and Three Wise Monkeys assisted by Dave. Sooo lucky to have 2 good facilities like this in Lochaber now. Interesting to observe Kate working with Sally on her dissertation research too:

Wednesday saw me in Glasgow providing a FUNdamentals 2 for Mountaineering Scotland at Glasgow Climbing Centre. The course looks at movement on vertical/slightly overhung ground, observing climbers and opposing forces techniques such as laybacking:

Thursday was day 1 of a Development Coach Training for 4 experienced wall coaches. Mike Mullins came along to observe but there was no way I was going to leave someone with his experience of youth coaching in walls on the sidelines and he contributed a lot to the course. Day 1 was at Glasgow Climbing Centre and day two at TCA Glasgow- thanks to both walls for the warm welcome:

Saturday and it was day working with staff from GCC on how to coach lead climbing. These are always fun courses looking at progressions for hard and soft skills to build confidence and competence in students:

And on Sunday I was back at the great new wall in Perth working with some of their new staff team looking at making the wall a safe and welcoming place for visitors through considered floor walking as wells as worst case scenarios for customers needing assistance:

Now I'm at home and with a few days work cancelled this week owing to the particular winter conditions I'm enjoying a break!

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