CWA EICA Ratho

I was working on the second day of a Climbing Wall Award Training course today at EICA Ratho. Alasdair, Inga, Lynda, Neil and Will did a great job of staying attentive throughout the day, particularly given the low temperatures in the arena. It’s definitely worth taking a belay jacket and hat, gloves etc. if your visiting Ratho at the moment. My job was made much easier by having a group with a genuine interest in climbing and/or working with groups in a climbing wall environment.

Winter climbing conditions further north looked like they may have been excellent today as there was a hard frost in Edinburgh this morning and a good dusting of snow on the Ochils.

CWA Training and Training

The last two days I’ve been working with Euan and Nettle on a Climbing Wall Award (CWA) Training Course for the Royal Marines Reserves in Glasgow. We used the wall at HMS Dalriada yesterday and The Glasgow Climbing Centre today. The guys were great to work with and everybody seemed to be having fun whilst learning or revisiting the required skills.

Working on looking at feet to improve footwork

Working on looking at feet to improve footwork. Photo Credit: J. Foden

A good emphasis on how to coach movement skills today, with lots of improvement in personal climbing as a side effect.

Progressing precision footwork by traversing without knocking corks off

Progressing precision footwork by traversing without knocking corks off

This evening Euan and I trained with Ivor, so now both my brain and body are in need of a rest.

Ivor working hard on chin-ups

Ivor working hard on chin-ups

 

Low Port & Cockleroy

I was doing some staff training today with the Instructors from Low Port Centre in Linlithgow. We spent the morning looking at solving problems and performing rescues in a climbing wall environment. We were able to utilise the excellent small wall they have at the centre and used the CWA (Climbing Wall Award) syllabus as a basis for the problems and rescues.

Elspeth and Alan on Cockleroy

Elspeth and Alan on Cockleroy. Photo Credit: Mike Harvey

In the afternoon we went out to Cockleroy hill and looked at security on steep ground/the ropework covered by the Summer Mountain Leader Award. Care is required on the South side of this hill due to the loose nature of a lot of the rock, but there are some good areas for this sort of ropework. Lots of good input throughout the day from a very experienced group of Instructors. Sleet and rain showers in the afternoon on a Southerly wind.