Monday 1 May 2017

Wales for a week

I was in the south last week joining colleagues from Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin for some joint discussions and training. We had an update from Mountain Training and some chat on how we all work on Mountain Instructor Award Trainings and Assessments on Tuesday followed by a quick hit on the slate- surprised by some snow at the base of routes and hailstones the size of my little fingernail! The next day we split up with 1 or 2 Lodge staff with a PYB staff member and went climbing at Tremadoc chatting through issues on training and assessment courses. I got a good spanking on The Plum but revisited One Step in the Clouds which I last climbed on MIA training 13 years ago and the Fang which I'd never done. Sore fingers after this day. On our final day Team Lodge headed for the coast. Nathan and I bouldered in Parisella's cave whilst the others braved the showers outside for a trad route or two before adjourning to a nearby sport venue to finish our climbing time. A good opportunity for learning and building a community of practise between all three National Centres (Tollymore was represented too). You know people much better when you've shared a rope with them.
 A lot of talent and experience in one room!
 Snow apron on the slate
 Bolts and trad gear in co-existance- shock horror!
 Looking the Tube
 Snowdonia light
 Tim on Cream
 Nathan heading down
Tim on One Step in the Clouds
 The Fang
 Spotting a random Spaniard at Parisella's Cave
 Welsh sport

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