Through its association with the climbing wall at Plas Power, Chris Hughes Multi Activity Services (CHMAS) is now able to offer Level 3 & 4 of the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) and on Sunday, I was working with a few of my long term climbing students on the first Level 3 – Technical Climber training session.
It had been a while since we last met so we started off with a few warm up routes to check that everyone was up to speed with tying on, belaying and climbing movement. A few tweaks here and there and then it was time for some proper climbing, looking at quiet feet, the three p’s (point, place & press) and twisting. By the end of this, there was a quite an improvement in everyone’s climbing.
A short break and although not in the Level 3 syllabus, I opted to introduce leading via a staged approach as follows:
Stage 1 – Ground Based Practice
Looking at clipping quick draws, lead climber belaying and what to do at the top of the climb.
Stage 2 – Simulated Lead Climb
Lead climbing with a safety rope back up. All the fun of leading with the extra confidence of top rope as a back up. A great way to reduce the first time nerves.
Stage 4 – Lead Climbing
A quick reminder about the implications of accepting the challenge anf then pick a nice strightforward route and climb it.
Well I’m pleased to say that my students made good progress on this and all sucesfully led a french 4 on their first lead attempt and were grinning like cheshire cats with their success.
We finished the session off with a quick debrief and some suggestions for improvement so that they can go off and practice until we met again next month.
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