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Parents Evening

POSTED: 6th January 2011 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Young People

During the summer we are running Flookburgh Primary School’s Residential. Tonight was a chance to meet the young people, parents and other staff on the trip and show them a little taste of what they will be up to and answer any burning questions.

During their week we will be heading up to the top of one of the peaks in the Lakes. When asked what a mountain was we...


Boot Failure

POSTED: 30th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Winter Conditions

Today we headed over East where it is a little colder and more snow. We skinned into the Corrie’s to climb Aladdin’s Mirror Direct, head out over the top and back down the ski runs. The plan was scuppered when Andrews boot fell apart, one of the bolts that hold the thing together fell out rendering his progression disabled so we limped back to the van and out...


Testing the Limits of Soft Shell

POSTED: 29th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Winter Conditions

Alan Halewood was free to climb with so we headed in to have a look at what was safe and possible during this slight thaw and mild conditions. As we walked in the ice in the Castle Coire was so obvious that we went to Compression Crack. we solo’ed up to the foot of the first steep ice pitch for me to take the first lead of the day.
The second pitch traversed right...



POSTED: 28th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play

Well it would be a shame to come north and not use my new ski’s.

Today we slid about the slopes of the Nevis Range.


Sgurr Finnasg-aig Falls

POSTED: 27th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Winter Conditions

Driving through Glencoe ice fall after ice fall were cascading off every crag and gully line. The Screan, No. 6 Gully where both in. Elliot’s Downfall was close.

It would have made sense to stop on the way through but as my climbing partner for the week was still in Kendal alternatives had to be found.
Bridget Thomas and Andrew were easily persuaded to join in...


Grey Mere’s Tale

POSTED: 26th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Winter Conditions

So the van was packed with toys for a weeks play in Scotland with a pall from the Lake’s & keys hidden for him to drive to Moffat to pick me up after escaping from the family. Andy, Ellen, Frith and Alex dived into Andy’s car. We met another Andy at Southwaite Services before joining the swarm of Boxing day climbers.Frith lead Alex and Ellen up the RH...


Cautley Spout on Christmas Day

POSTED: 25th December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Winter Conditions

Whilst many are at home opening presents cooking Christmas dinner or watching The Snow Man for the 30th year in a row, Ellen and Andy (2 old friends) and Frith headed over to Cautley Spout to climb it once more whilst it is in such fantastic condition.Happy Christmas to you all.Time for Family and food now, home for a well earn’t Christmas dinner.Not bad for...


BMC Bolt Lower off Video

POSTED: 23rd December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Gear Reviews

The BMC‘s Technical Committee is an accumulation of experts from the climbing world. Members consist of Metallurgists, Engineers, Manufacturers, and the likes. I stand on the committee as a technical expert from an instructional / user point of view. The committee is a vital part of testing faulty equipment and creating and enhancing the UIAA and EN standards on...


Coutley Spout

POSTED: 23rd December 2010 BY: Dan
CATEGORIES: Staff @ Play, Technical Courses, Winter Conditions

Roger Chaldecott, Rich Maywhort, Steve Stout and I headed over there early this morning. We all had commitments at 9am like work and meetings so an early start it was!Conditions where good, less ice than the time I was on it back in January at the beginning of the melt but also less water!The Bottom pitch is superb, protectable via rock gear on the left and ice...