Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Ropework in the wind

The ML syllabus involves taking groups on to steep and varied terrain and the use of a rope in emergency conditions. Today I was working with the team on their ML assessement so we headed up to the south west ridge of the Old Man of Coniston to allow them to demonstrate their skills in route choice, spotting, belaying and abseiling. The strong northwesterly wind was funneling down the corrie making conditions very challenging. Huge sheets of water were being lifted off Goats Water and a rucksack was blown clean off the mountain in one particularly violent gust. Everyone coped very well and there were plenty of learning opportunities for them to further develop their skills. Today I was working for Apex Training