Wednesday 19 August 2009

Saturday August 15th onwards

Well, since the last posting the weather has continued with it's generally unsettled trend. Last Saturday found Iain again on Ullswater with another client's group. Firstly Canadian canoeing and then ghyll scrambling. It had been very wet the previous night and that day was no exception making the Ghyll scrambling at least, a challenge!

Monday, too, started off very wet, with heavy showers moving east through Langdale - not ideal when you are meeting a client who wants a rock climbing day, fortunately soon after meeting up with Gary, the day started to dry out.

Gary wanted to get some practice in at lead climbing. He had done his SPA (Single Pitch Award) training some considerable time ago and now running an Outdoor Education department at a school near Bristol is considering the assessment, he also had a lot of shiny new climbing equipment he wanted to use. Iain took him to Middlefell Buttress in Langdale which is a popular route for training climbers and there they looked at placing running belays and building anchors, stacked abseils and they climbed the route from bottom to top.

In the latter part of the session, Gary wanted to revisit setting up a top rope/bottom belay system as well as looking at setting up an abseil. Of the two pictures here, the top one was taken at the top of Middlefell Buttress and the bottom one was taken at Lower Scout Crag - just down the road.

Gary was very happy with his day and hopefully, we'll be doing some more business in the future.

Iain now has a few well earned days off but will be back soon to fill you in on further adventures with Kendal Mountaineering Services.

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