Sunday 31 October 2010
Thursday night I was in Glasgow eating Neal's excellent roadkill pheasant, Friday was a day run to Kendal where the Climbing Wall were hosting a BMC Learning to Train workshop for coaches looking to teach specific movement techniques. After waiting for a crash to be cleared by police and fire services just south of Fort William I was home at 1 in the morning to start an SPA Training which ran yesterday and today.
Monday 25 October 2010
Whilst I've been away of course the early winter scratching has begun with ascents of the Message and Savage Slit amongst others in the Cairngorms and Babylon on Ben Nevis. although the Ben still has a dusting on top this morning it will be warmer later this week I'm away for a bit of CPD.
Friday 15 October 2010
Wednesday 13 October 2010
Tuesday 12 October 2010
Monday 11 October 2010
Sunday 10 October 2010
Saturday 9 October 2010
Awesome weather, better than any day in September, and Bill did great for a 67 year old!
Friday 8 October 2010
The above shot and video below show the day for UHI. This was to assess the skills that Sally and Mike had developed over sessions with instructors on the 16th and 30th of September. At the same time I was introducing one of the 3rd year students, Graham, to the skills involved in teaching lead rock climbing. Sal and Mike have gone from almost no outdoor climbing experience to leading VDiff quite happily over the course so they were well ahead of the assessment criteria. This meant that we were soon able to move on and look at fine tuning their leading skills. We got a couple of multi-pitch routes in before the rain came on and it was time to abseil off and run away.
Wednesday 6 October 2010
Sunday 3 October 2010
Saturday 2 October 2010
Friday 1 October 2010
I received a great e-mail the other day from Paul and Anne who were students on an Introduction to Winter Skills I ran at Glenmore Lodge last year:
'Anne and I thought that you would like to know that we have been putting to good use some of the skills that we learned with you on our Introduction to Winter Skills course at Glenmore Lodge in January.
We have just returned from a ten day walking holiday in Chamonix. This was a return visit, the previous one being six years ago, but on this occasion we ventured out onto the ice. We hired crampons, boots and ice axes and also a guide who took us out onto the Mer de Glace. It was a magical day with warm sun and blue skies and we went high enough up the glacier to have spectacular views of the Grandes Jorasses and ,of course Mont Blanc.
Being in amongst the waves and troughs of ice was amazing, but being able to front point up them with confidence was thanks to you.'
I also saw some good news on the Mountain Leader Training Blog about a UK wide unified syllabus on LTPD (and the pic is of me on an MLT workshop at EICA). I look forwards to some great new opportunities for professionals working in the field of climbing to share their experience and knowledge.
Finally, here is the last video from last week's excellent Assynt trip with The Glasgow Academy. It shows me taking 3 pupils up West Buttress ofnStac Pollaidh (V Diff).
Out on Ben Nevis tomorrow.