This is mum on her first ever Trad rock climb. It's also dark.
The Climbing Clan recently did a trip to Windgather to try to teach and level up leading skills. Rather than be put off by fading daylight, on went the head torches and Judith got in her first ever Trad lead in the dark.
She may be 69, she may have grandchildren, she may have learnt to climb two years ago, but Trad is well within her reach.
Alex after a successful trad lead climb with the Climbing Clan a few weeks ago.
Learning to lead trad climbs is probably on the hardest and most complicated types of climbing - not necessarily in the climbing part - though that can be terrifying - but in all the other things one has to think about, before during and after the climb.
Optimism vs Realism.
Sea swimming with @ellencetera who doesn't feel cold the other weekend.
Dinner. Nappy changer.
Monster scarer-away-er. Fall over cuddler.
Adventure encourager. Camp fixer.
Teenage heartbreak comforter. Puppy dog lover.
Exam results comiserater. First job celebrator.
This lady has been all these roles for me.
For the past two years, she's also been "learner", "belayer" and "climber". Now: "Ok Judith, on belay, climb when ready".
Great to paddle with Gary and Ellie last Tuesday before they left the Midlands for Scotland.
Psyched to have seen the 'secret' wave at HPP, but even more psyched to have successfully pulled out two river rolls when I needed them. 😊😊👌 Thanks @amy_blaker for coaching and reassuring me down my lines!
I'm a rule breaker 😅
Fortunately Amy and Garry were there to pull me out last to pull me out! 😍
Sweet day with Wendy and team Ron Wood on the Treweryn last weekend.
Got some more upper T runs (with added boat rescue), and a fun pootle down the lower, with a new & exciting, far river right line down Bala mill falls, the right way up and definitely intentionally! 😅
A reminder of a risk we all should remember.
They won't give a warning bark. They won't come bearing an olive branch. They will come from behind... So when you're reversing, try to avoid pronging tree branches the same height as your windows.
Getting the glass out of your bed is a right faff!
This is Leona at the top of her first ever Trad lead climb. After powering up the inside of a scary cave, here she is setting up a belay under Ryan's generous supervision.
At Wiltonfest, three of our Climbing Clan bravely lead their first Trad climbs. Many thanks to the Trad leaders who guided and supported them.
At first, everyone experiences disco-leg, whilst they try every nut into the obvious crack. Topping out, only to learn just how much faff it can be to build a good belay.
Personal Wiltonfest highlights:
🎉 Leading a terrifying Diff
🎉 Leading a very relaxed Diff
🎉 Loving the atmosphere with The Climbing Clan
Watching someone go from not believing it's possible, to doing it and achieving it and then onwards to passing those skills on to others is very rewarding to watch.
Last night at the Climbing Clan, Wendy pictured was doing her final belay practice whilst some others were being taught about lead climbing.
Me holding a... Hen.
Somehow this is the first time I've held chicken 😯
Great to get out on the water with Ellen the other week! #sitastride
Climbing at Chudleigh experience involves:
⏺️Polished polished limestone
⏺️Woodland views towards Haytor
⏺️Great conversation with the most southerly Climbing Clan Rebecca
I seconded Barn Owl Crack (HVD) and lead the second pitch of Green Mantle (Diff) - pictured here.
When seconding Trad, it's important to:
1️⃣ Find creative handholds
2️⃣ Pose well for photos 📷 Rebecca
This is Pebbles.
Pebbles is excited to see me. I'm excited to see Pebbles.
Pebbles likes long walks, long talks and having me for tea.
I quite like those things too 😊
Fab fun running the river Wharfe into Grassington thanks to Chris and his capable crew!
For me, it was mainly about getting out on the water, building confidence finding my own lines and giving the others some rescue technique practice when I caught my upstream edge in a playwave 😉
I didn't fancy this grade 4 rapid - I felt like I was 50% confident I could make the lines, but I didn't like the look of a 50% chance of a swim down it.
Here's Chris making it look very straightforward for the audience of passing tourists!
When I first met Rebecca back in April, she wasn't at all confident with her climbing.
After a few months of climbing weekly with The Climbing Clan and she's lead belaying me outside and seconding me on routes I find difficult to lead! So wonderful to see such progress 👌