Well I was was working again today, although not sure I would call it ‘work’ as such. In fact one of my clients asks what I did for my real job! Well surprise, surprise this is my ‘real’ job. Anyway I was working with three members of the Ceunant Moutnaineering Club, who had both myself and Andy Newton booked for some instruction/coaching.
I have just put a post up over on my coaching blog, I seem to spend too much time blogging about life at the moment, however when I eventually finish my thesis, the Slate guide and the how to climb harder book I hope to concentrate on both a bit more. Especially now that the BMC has finally recognised and endorsed the setting up of a parallel system of coaching awards.
It has been a long hard path that took over three years to get to a decision, however at the last National Council meeting all objections were noted and most seemed to have been overridden. The future is here, well not here but definitely on its way, it might seem like a dot on the horizon, but at least they can see land.
There was a good article by Martin Chester in Summit that I picked up today, along with a few more of my pictures on Mountain Rescue, that accompany another Ed Douglas article on the future of Mountain Rescue. Anyway I have to get back to number crunching and all that. Hope you enjoy the coaching article, it is mainly the links that take you to the really detail of the training body and mind.
For the last few days I have been a world of number crunching for my thesis, I have a couple more people to test, but I am starting to look at the main analysis, as well as checking that the experimental manipulation are valid. I have to say that it looks good at the moment, as there seems to be a degree of significance in the effects that we were looking for.
Well, what can i say. This weekend was carnage at the Pen Y Grwryd, after the council decided to reduce the amount of roadside parking around the area the inevitable has happen. The parking problem has simple moved further down the road. A road that gets narrower, so in essence was virtually reduced to a single lane. It took an age returning from Tremadog, to make the last 500 metres to PYG.
Well its been a great weekend, due to the parking issues in the Pass we had to get a drop off to the Crouchan on a beautiful morning. I had my guys lead the first pitch of Spectre for a warm up, then I shot up Phantom Rib so they could lead that. What an awesome route, that is. I forgot how exposed and nice the ‘rib’ is.
As predicted today was amazing weather wise, I nearly missed it because I apparently need to go back to the manual for my phone and learn to set the alarm so it actually goes off at 7am, rather than goes off silently! Hope the pictures show just how great my day has been!
Pete Robins seconding me (a rare occurence, as I use him and caff as extreme rock guides) on Release From Treatment E6 Rainbow Slab. Incidentally on the same day that the photos were taken of me on the route by Ian Parnell for Pete’s Slate article.
Well, I ran into Jack G today whilst I was out with my friends kids, collecting more kids from the local school. Don’t us climbers know how to have fun. Anyway, it is a form of release from the real world for me, a chance to throw stones in the lake, watch the train, enjoy the sunshine and of course play on the swings!
Anyway, Jack mentioned that I have a contents page picture in CLIMB magazine this month, now given that I was very surprised to get an entire article, as well as the cover shot in Climber, it was a total double wammy for me to hear that CLIMB had chosen one of my images. It was a surprise as I hadn’t given them any images for months. I think it is the image above but I haven’t seen the magazine yet, as I went straight from the playground to a friends to go for a little bike ride.
That little bike ride was a little bit longer than I was expecting, we basically cycled for 2 hours along a sustrans cycle path from Cearnarfon to Portmadog, we decided to turn around when we saw the sun starting to get really close to setting and a sign that said cricceth 4 miles. Totally goosed now, but made up. What a few days, with the sun coming out finally, its seems that we are now well and truly into the post-monsoon season in North Wales, as summer seems to have arrived.
Can’t wait to be at work tomorrow, Lead Climb Coaching at PYB, if the weather holds up like it has the last couple of days it will be an amazing weekend!
So there I was stood on a good hold, looking back at the last bolt in the distance. I thought about the climbing I had to commit to to get that first bolt clipped, and here I am again, to my right is another good foot hold to get on, but the rock over seems totally committing. Like the first move, I knew I could clip from that hold once stood up, but looking back again the swing looks like it will be painful, as the slabs is cut off right below my feet.
Well for those that weren’t reading my blog when i went stateside on holiday earlier this year then there is a rather fine (if I do say so myself) article on mine and Llion’s road trip across the states. I hope you enjoy the read. If you go back in the archives may/june, you will find more info, photos and stories from our amazing trip.