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