Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Introduction to Climbing Outdoors

Clare & Nicola on the Saddle stance of Little Chamonix.

Today was about taking the skills from climbing indoors out into the crag environment. Nicola & Clare had plenty of experience in climbing walls but were to keen to develop their skills and techniques to be self sufficient outdoors. Initially we headed up to the Brown Slabs area on Shepherd's Crag where we looked at rock protection, rigging anchors, top & bottom roping and moving on rock. The second part of the day involved an ascent of the crag classic Little Chamonix (V Diff). This stunning line features plenty of exposure and a unique crux move which focuses the mind!

Nicola belaying at the top of Brown Slabs.

The view down from the top of Brown Slabs.

Clare & Nicola on the initial groove of Little Chamonix (VD).

Nicola relaxed after making the crux move on Little Chamonix.

'How do I do this?' The crux of Little Chamonix.

Clare figuring out the moves on Little Chamonix