Climbing – NICAS Level 2 Success

Belaying Using a GriGri

Today, I was running  the second days training for the  National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS) Level 2 for members of Shrewsbury Canoe Club. Our venue for the day was to be Wolf Mountain, which has has host of routes to suit all levels.

After a quick warm up, we kicked off with a session on the bouldering wall to hone the movement skills (rock overs, twisting and precision footwork were covered). We then went on to the main walls to put the new skills into practice. Some did better than others but by the end of the day the difference in the climbing technique was incredible as they climbed with the legs rather than pulling on the arms.

Towards the end of the session we looked at a few additional skills such as tying off the belay device, how to clip a rope into the insitu quickdraws and alternative belay devices.

I’m pleased to say that they have now all completed their Level 2 Award and over the next few climbing sessions, I shall be introducing them to the techniques of lead climbing and all more importantly how to fall off.

For more information about the NICAS scheme then please click here.

If you would like me to run a NICAS session for you and your club or friends then please take a look at the climbing page to find out more by clicking here.

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