SPA Refresher course: Langdale

 

Today Mark was out with Danielle and Nathanael who are two experienced SPA climbing instructors who wanted to refresh their skills and learn some new ones too. Mark lead their SPA Refresher at Lower Scout and Stickle Barn crags in Langdale, where they looked at everything from group management through to abseil set ups, bottom and top rope rigging and lots of problem solving which included stuck climbers in all sorts of weird and wonderful scenarios.

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SPA Refresher in Langdale

 

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SPA Refresher in Langdale

 

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SPA Refresher in Langdale

 

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SPA Refresher in Langdale

 

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SPA Refresher in Langdale

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Multi-activity day: abseiling & gorge scrambling

 

Paddy was out today with a group of 5 friends who were up from Manchester for a multi-activity day of abseiling and gorge scrambling. They headed over to Hodge Close to tackle the steep slate abseils, before a short drive to Langdale to gorge scramble in Stickle Ghyll. All in all a great day, despite the wintery squalls that keep passing over the Lakes!

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Abseiling at Hodge Close

 

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Abseiling at Hodge Close

 

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Abseiling at Hodge Close

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Mountain Leader (Summer) Refresher: Borrowdale

 

Today, Si was out in Borrowdale, running a 1-day Summer Mountain Leader (ML) Refresher for Andy who had come over to the Lakes from Edinburgh. During their 12 hour day on the hill, Si and Andy looked at pretty much the whole ML syllabus, including lots of steep ground work, rope work, group management and of course micro navigation. Andy got a lot from the day and left feeling ready to take on the challenge of assessment. We think he’ll do well and we wish him lots of luck.

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Micro navigation in Borrowdale

 

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Gorge scrambling: with the Misra family

 

On Saturday, while Si was out running a long day of a Summer ML Refresher, Mark was in Stickle Ghyll gorge scrambling with the Misra family.

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Gorge scrambling in Langdale

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Guided mountain walks (winter): The Ben

 

We were on the mighty Ben Nevis today, with a group of clients from BOC Gas who were taking on the Three Peak Challenge for Cancer Research. The group hired us for the Ben as things are still pretty wintery up high and navigation off the summit can be tricky in anything but good conditions.

There was certainly a fair bit of snow from the top of the zig zags onwards and as the cloud came in the group were pleased to have us on board to keep them clear of the traps of Gardyloo and Five Finger Gullies!

A great day on the hill – good luck to the team on Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

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Clients from BOC Gas on Ben Nevis

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