Beginner doesn’t mean boring

I had a fun weekend running an Intro to outdoor rock climbing course for Rock and Sun. Typically a few top ropes are thrown down and some coaching is delivered. I like these courses; they’re fun and easy.

Not so this weekend. Well, it was fun but not easy. All 6 climbers were of different skill levels but all of them learned how to set up and run a top rope, abseil with self protection, they ALL led at least one sport route and they all led their first trad route, placing their own gear and setting up their own belay AND did they’re own FREE SOLO (sort of – we climbed out). Ok, I admit their was a lot of help from me with an awful lot of running around, abseiling and jugging and general micro-managing and TBH I am a little bit knackered but it was well worth it.

Here’s some pictures.

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