Tuesday 11 April 2017

Scrambling Skills Training Courses in The Lake District. Langdale. April 4th & 5th, 2017.

Last Tuesday & Wednesday, Iain ran one of our popular Scrambling Skills Training Courses in The Lake District for Aimee Sewell and her boyfriend Chris.

The aim of these courses are to give you all of the skills to be able to take a Scrambling Guidebook and go anywhere, on any grade of scrambling route, whilst remaining safe - having learnt appropriate skills from us and the judgement to know what methods to use where - on any scrambles in the UK.

In photo one, Aimee and Chris are practising the skill of "spotting". This is a skill used on easy (grade 1) scrambling ground where people move together supporting each other by holding feet in place or pressing on bodies to stop someone slipping or falling off a steeper or slippery part of a scramble.
We spent our first day of Scrambling Skills Training in The Lake District on Tarn Crag in Langdale. After having a go at spotting, Iain showed the pair the skills of short roping and demonstrated this with the pair on the rope as if he were "guiding" them.

Short roping is  a method which should be employed if you are on ground where "a slip could turn into something more serious" ie, you ultimately fall receiving a serious injury. Scramblers tie on to the climbing rope and then the lead scrambler shortens the length of rope between them and the seconds using chest coils - Aimee can be seen wearing chest coils in photo two as both she and Chris scramble up a route on Tarn Crag. This system allows for flexible use of the rope whether you be "moving together" or "pitching" (climbing).

We also looked all different manners of belays for keeping people secure whilst scrambling - direct belays, body belays, et cetera.

Following a morning of coaching, the pair were allowed to put the skills they had learned from Iain into practice on a grade 2 scrambling route in the afternoon - this is what Aimee is doing in photo two!

We always recommend a two day Scrambling Skills Training Course in The Lake District with us. This is in order that we can effectively teach you all of the scrambling skills on day one; and then a further day of coaching allows you to consolidate all that you have learned whilst putting it into practice on yet more great scrambling routes.

We started day two with Chris leading on the East Rib of Tarn Crag - another fine grade 2 scrambling route. In photo three we were not very far from completing this scramble and Chris is leading off up one of the short steep buttresses to be found at the top of the crag. Up to this point, Chris had demonstrated appropriate methods of belaying (keeping safe) Aimee on the lower and harder part of the scramble whilst being coached by Iain. Chris did a very good job indeed - well done!
We finished day two of Aimee & Chris's Scrambling Skills Training Course in The Lake District by ascending the well known, popular and under-graded scrambling route - Jack's Rake on Pavey Ark. (Grade 1 - should be grade 2!)

This upward slanting ledge starts out as a comforting groove which gets steeper and then peters out towards the top of the first section meaning that the scrambling becomes quite serious and exposed. Slips here have lead to the deaths of several people who basically, shouldn't have been there as they were neither appropriately equipped nor had the necessary skills or experience - something that happens a lot on this route!

Aimee did a fine job of leading on this first difficult section and used appropriate methods of belaying for Chris who is following (photo four).
Photo five sees a very satisfied Aimee & Chris just beyond the very top of Jack's Rake.

Aimee performed well on this scramble using appropriate methods of belaying whilst coached by Iain. We got to the top of the route, packed up and then took in the summits of Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle (two new "Wainwright summits" for the pair) before heading back down to Langdale Valley floor.

Aimee & Chris paid just £80 each per day for their Scrambling Skills Training Course in The Lake District with us. The fee included the provision of helmets, harnesses, scrambling rack and rope as well as coaching by an experienced Mountaineering Instructor. Rather than getting yourself into a "tight spot" book a Scrambling Skills Training Course in The Lake District with us - you'll learn what to do where and you won't be disappointed! Contact us here to book your course - we look forward to working with you.

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