Saturday 1 October 2016

A week in the life...

Monday and tuesday saw me at my home walls Three Wise Monkeys and The Ice Factor directing a Climbing Wall Award Training, wednesday was a travelling day off with folk from Scottish walls down to the Association of British Climbing Walls AGM at Plas Y Brenin. The ABC is really coming of age and has grown to encompass well over 100 walls and represents a body of knowledge on what is and has been happening in UK walls and what works, doesn't and needs to be done to run a safe wall that is enjoyed by climbers. After 2 days of workshops (accident investigation, accident statistics from UK walls, route setting and the new ABC Guidelines for me) and being elected to the Training Committee we managed a short window to run up Tennis Shoe in Cwm Idwal before heading north again. This weekend its two more Scottish Walls: Glasgow Climbing Centre and TCA Glasgow for another CWA Training... a world or wall for me!

 A variety of belay devices
 Bells on her... heels?
 Draw your instructor?
I'm not impressed!
 Traversing at the Ice Factor
 Lyon Equipment's Anchora
 The Stal Anchor
 Nate talking route setting principles
 A basic setting kit
 Not a Griffon but has the advantage of being fully releasable
The reason for the increase in anchors available
 CWM Idwal (we are 2 dots high on RHS) thanks to Gerry from Edinburgh CSE for this
 Pete following pitch 2 of Tennis Shoe
 Pete engaging thrusters on pitch 3
Following the 6th pitch at speed, less than 2 hours from PYB

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