Sunday, 29 November 2009

Indoors Today

Here is a picture of the Snowdon Horseshoe on Saturday Afternoon.

Today, the weather turned for the worse with wind and rain upon us again. Is it going to snow high up ? The forecast would indicate this, but it is not certain and the mnts were all covered in cloud this afternoon.

I drove down the pass at 9.00am today, it seemed snow was only remaining high up and it looked through the clag, to be thinly spread and the temp at Pen Y Pass was plus 4 degrees.

However, I got stuck into more dry tooling today with the added benefit of having Mountain Equipment sponsored climber Andy Turner on hand to give advice. Being involved in organising workshops for the Association of Mountaineering Instructors ( AMI ) AGM for this weekend, I got Andy in to pass on some of his hard earned expertise. With the kind help of Steve Mayers at The Beacon Climbing Wall, Andy created 6 routes and a few traverses which had all kinds of techniques built into them, can opener moves, torks, laybacks, opposition moves, hooks, side pulls, pockets to name a few.

Chris Guest trying out a variety of axes.

Andy demonstrating another type of move

Chris honing his skills

The session ended, as you would expect, with everyone quite wasted.

Andy giving us another few tips

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