Saturday, 22 May 2010

Learning to Lead in Langdale!

Neil abseiling off Middlefell Buttress.

Today I was working with Neil and Pete on an Intro to Leading course. Being on the sharp end was a new experience to Neil but Pete had a number of single pitch leads to his credit and was wanting to perfect his skills. In blazing sunshine we headed into Raven Crag and on to the classic Middlefell Buttress (Diff). We looked at the additional skills required for multi pitching and soon got Neil on his first lead which he soon dispatched with style.
Our second route of the day was Revelation (Hard Severe). Neil took the first pitch placing some excellent protection and fashioning a text book belay. The overhanging second pitch fell to Pete who showed good tenacity to fiddle in some gear before romping to the top.

Good stance management pays dividends.

Pete eyeing up the moves on Revelations (HS)

Pete pulling through the crux on Revelations (HS)

Neil arriving at the top of Revelation (HS)