Lauren and Tom from Surrey contacted us the other week, keen to progress from their new indoor climbing careers by trying some climbing on real rock and learning some new technical skills.
We met Lauren and Tom in Keswick and headed out in beautiful sunshine to the fantastic little limestone quarry of Head End, up near Ireby for their Intro to Rock Climbing course. What a difference a day makes – yesterday we were battling horizontal rain and 50mph winds, but today was all about sunglasses and expansive views of the Solway Firth and the Skiddaw range. Amazing.
Head End Quarry is a great little spot with some lovely climbing. Routes vary from easy to steep or technically challenging – a great place to practice new skills and techniques.
Lauren and Tom made easy work of most of the routes, even managing a steep roof at E1 and a thin technical slab at a similar grade. Awesome effort!
Lauren and Tom were also keen to learn how to rig their own top/bottom-ropes at crags where stakes or decent sized trees were available to safely attach the ropes to, so for each new climb, Tom and Lauren did all the rigging and learnt the skills needed to make sure that everything was 100% safe. Tom and Lauren learning how to keep themselves safe whilst working at the top of the crag, how to attach rigging ropes to anchors such as stakes and trees, how to attach a rope to climb on and how to make sure all the forces were equalised safely across the system.
A great day of climbing in the sunshine and a lot of new skills and techniques learnt – well done guys and we hope to see you again.