Browsing Archive: September, 2013

Indoor Rescue Training

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, September 27, 2013, In : Updates 
Last night was spent with the instructor team at Dynamic Rock climbing centre in Swansea, running a training session for them on instructing groups and how to perform basic climbing rescues. The photo shows them practicing a counterbalanced abseil after picking up a suck climber. Its all pretty technical stuff but they picked up the skills fast and learnt a lot.

I'll be back next time to work on the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing inside.

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Navigation - 10 Top Tips

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, In : Top Tips 

1. Concentration

Your navigation is normally as good as your concentration, so work on keeping focused. 

2. Strategy

Plan each leg and break down the journey to make it as easy for yourself as possible using strategies like hand railing, aiming-off and attack point.

3. The 5 ‘D’s

The 5 things I make sure I think about for each leg all start with a ‘D’:

  • Direction – whether this is left, right, North West or 233o. Use compass when needed, remember to adjust for ...

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Tying a Clove Hitch

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, September 23, 2013, In : Top Tips 
If you want to climb outside and stay safe then this knot is the one you'll need to learn. Its great for attaching yourself to anchors and building belays. Watch, learn and practice....

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Leraning to Lead

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, In : Adventure report 

This could be you - Learning to lead climb in North Wales.
Gain the skills and confidence to become an independent rock climber

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Top tips from UKC

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, In : Top Tips 

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