Work, Work, Work……and Play

I have for the last eight or nine days. I have lost count been teaching various people climbing, from basic movement coaching to escaping the system, and everything else in between.

My last post was from Wednesday, so I’ll start from Thursday, which was another Day at Tremadog with Damien. We had a great day, despite my one major oversight of leaving my rock boots in my car. So we climbed Obleron, Rio and Poor Man’s Peutrey. I got him tying into belays As well as following.

Everything was awesome, until the last pitch of the last route, as the sky darkened I knew what was coming, and faced with a long abseil off or me getting to the top the before it rained, I decided to go for the summit. No sooner had Damien arrived with me and the heavens opened.

That evening I headed up the quarries with llion and Katie and climbed Obsession, which is one of Colin Goodey’s finer additions to the sports climbing on slate, a great 29m pitch, or two shorter ones.

The next day I was back at tremadog with rebecca on an intro to outdoor climbing, and we climbed Christmas Curry, One Step in the Clouds, Scratch Arete and Barbarian. Even I was shocked with barbarian, as it was Rebeccas 4th route outside, although I should add she boulders V4 and leads F6b indoors! So as well as climbing I had her tying into belays, and placing gear on belays.

Today, it was a choice between Castell Helen and The Pass. With a northerly wind I thought it might be a bit cold, so went for Castell Helen, forgetting that starting too early means the sun isn’t on the crag. So we climbing Lighthouse Arete in 5 pitches with more tying into belays and placing gear, followed by Rap.

We then headed over to Llanberis, and caught the first few runners back from the Up the Hill race, before walking over to Vivian Quarry to climb one final route Last Tango in Paris. Rebecca really seemed to love this route, and was buzzing afterwards.

For me it was the end of a long week of work, that has been awesome. Climbing lots of great routes and hanging out with a great bunch of people, and calling it work. Tomorrow though its more climbing for fun.


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