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BBC Radio Cumbria

POSTED: 8th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Technical Courses, Winter Conditions

This morning at 0750 I was on BBC Radio Cumbria on Mike Parr’s Breakfast Show talking about ice climbing.
Mike had been going on about how this cold was only a negative.

After the Interview I did for the Cumbria Bolt Fund earlier this year, I was invited back to talk about the positives that this weather brings.

Thanks to Mike for introducing me as Dan Robinson,...


GCSE Y11 PE - Climbing

POSTED: 7th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Technical Committee, Technical Courses, Young People

I am the Technical Advisor for a large secondary school in Manchester.

The School use Real Adventure to…

undertake structural surveys and repairs of their climbing wall

clean and reset the holds

create the risk management and working procedures policy

train staff in the operation of the wall

site specific assessments of the staff



Raven Crag Gully

POSTED: 5th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Technical Courses, Winter Conditions

Going by the knowledge of Friday’s outing at Low Water and a little word of mouth that someone had got up Raven Crag Gully. Paul and I got an early start to beet the crowdsDriving conditions were great, am temp in Kendal at 0600 was - 3 Thirlemere Valley - 6.5We met 2 lads in the car park who were dedicated to the cause, 8 hour drive to get to the Lakes for just one...


Red Tarn Cove

POSTED: 4th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Technical Courses, Winter Conditions

After a enthusiastic phone call on thursday night to Paul the decision to come to the Lakes to learn more about winter climbing and crank up some routes in the Lakes was made with no hesitation, abbreviation or deviation, once run past with the Misses of course!With the snow fall that came down last night I was pleased of the strategic & cunning phone call to Bob. Bob...


Low Water Beck

POSTED: 3rd December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Technical Courses, Winter Conditions

Perfect Conditions for Izzi’s first ice climb.Low water is in great condition as you can see from the video.The snow is not very consolidated, towards the end of the day it had warmed up and began to ball up on our crampons.Hopefully a cold night tonight will make it better to climb on.When we descended into the valley there was a considerable amount of snow fall...


Lakes Winter Conditions

POSTED: 2nd December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Technical Courses, Winter Conditions

Now that I am back from a weekend on the Grit (perfect friction), an AMI Trainers meeting in N Wales and the ERCA conference ill be on the hill catching up.Conditions are looking perfect into the future.I here the Ice is forming well and and many routes are being climbed.I am out tomorrow with one of my regular clients. As soon as I am back in the office ill up date you...


ERCA Int. Ropes Course Conference

POSTED: 2nd December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Technical Courses, Winter Conditions

This week I have been down in Liddington, attending the ERCA International Ropes Course Conference.Standards, legislation, practices and technology in the ropes course industry have changed dramatically in the last two years and the purpose of the conference was to bring technical advisors, like myself, up to date with these developments. We had the opportunity to see the...


Its cold outside….

POSTED: 9th November 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Qualifications, Technical Courses, Winter Conditions

The fire is lit as winter has arrived in the Lakes. Snow down to 300m at the weekend, high winds and a little chilly. I have a feeling its going to be another great winter. Skis at the ready! It might also be time to start thinking about winter skills courses too.