Monday, 6 September 2010

Outdoor courses

Warm and sunny conditions for this weeks 'outdoor rock' courses allowing us to concentrate on the some of the techniques used for climbing on natural rock - anchors / gear placements / belaying, climbing movement etc. One reccuring theme of recent courses is belaying with climbers of different weights - where a belayer is a lot lighter than the climber - leading to a lack of control / high stress / and a lack of confidence in the system , especially at indoor climbing walls. This can very easily be overcome with a little pre-planning and a few tweaks of technique or equipment - such as belayer position / stance /anchor, semi-direct belays, different belay devices etc. We've been spending a little time on this for the last few courses, enabling some much more confident belaying

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