Saturday 12 June 2010

Introduction to rock climbing day. Hutton Roof, Lake District, June 4th 2010

Iain had been contacted some time previously by Sharon Campbell about the possibility of providing a short day of climbing practice for her son Diallo during their break in the Lake District.

Sharon was looking for a bespoke session that started later and finished earlier than a typical day out with Kendal Mountaineering services as she had other commitments and didn't want to have to travel far to a climbing venue either.

After listening to Sharon's requirements Iain decided that Hutton Roof would be an ideal venue for the pair to climb. Sharon wanted to learn about setting up anchors but Diallo needed to be kept occupied and so it was decided that the best combination was to run a top rope/bottom belay system and in this shot Diallo can be seen enjoying a climb using this system.

Hutton Roof consists of a number of Limestone beds lain one on top of each other and is found a few miles south of the A65 east of the M6. An excellent single pitch venue for groups of people wanting to try climbing for the first time it is also a popular haunt of local climbers wishing to climb hard on the rock outcrops which have a number of overhangs and numerous bouldering problems.

Interspersed with overhanging and steep walls are areas of easier climbing and it was on these areas that Iain, Sharon & Diallo spent the day in sunshine, in fact at times the venue was positively hot!

In this shot Sharon, belayed by Iain has just climbed up this rock wall to the top anchor and is being lowered back to the ground.

Both Sharon & Diallo climbed extremely well and enjoyed their introduction to rock climbing day with Iain on the edge of the Lake District.

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