Browsing Archive: November, 2014

How to Lower Off a Sports Climb

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, In : Top Tips 
On a recent Learn to Lead Sports climbing day I was teaching a client how to run through the process of threading a lower off in a safe and versatile way. I thought I'd share this process for everyone else to use, just remember that its best to practice on the ground 1st, and if you need any help, just give me a call and we can head out on a rock course.

  • Clip your rope into the lower off at the top of the route (using a quickdraw)
  • Clip your cowstail into the lower off (60cm sling and screwgate ...

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Young Adventurer!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Sunday, November 23, 2014, In : Adventure report 
My youngest climbing lesson ever - this is my nephew Finley, aged 3 1/2, on his 1st rock climb. We don't normally take adventurers this young on our climbing trip to Gower, but we can always make exceptions... 
Hid did really well for his 1st time out and it just shows that you're never too young to start!

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Climbing for All!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, In : Adventure report 

Great to work with this young person with mobility issues on a rock climbing day out on Gower. She showed great determination and showed just what you can achieve when you give it you all, just needing a little helping hand from a nearby instructor every now and again.
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Navigation Training Weekend

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Sunday, November 9, 2014, In : Adventure report 
This weekend was spent in the mountains of the Brecon Beacons on a 1:1 navigation training course taking an SAS hopefull from zero to hero in the dark arts of using a map and compass, an area we excel at.
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Indoors to out - A climbing transition

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Courses 
 Most people start out climbing indoors, its warm and dry and safe(ish) all year round. You don't need much kit and there's always someone on hand to give advice if you need it. But its just the tip of the climbing iceberg - making the move to climbing outside opens the door to climbing in spectacular places at home and abroad, you just need a little more kit and a few more skills.

Last week I ran a "Moving Outside" day on the beautiful Gower peninsular, teaching all you need to know about saf...
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