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Wednesday, 10 February 2010

It cleared for a time!

Another misty start looking for the crags before it completely clearing for a time.
It was the last day of our winter mountaineering course cum intro lead climbing so we could push the boat out a bit...
The guys were tired but well up for leading, so rather than taking the easy Jacobs Ladder or Central gully option we headed up for Jacobs Edge.
It was hard work with the snow not the perfect neve but a breakable crust and the belays not nicely dug out as hoped for - it was an adventure into the unknown even for me.
A few sketchy moments looking for runners on the grade two moves and digging for non existent buried belays.
All of a sudden the penny dropped about being organised with gear, slings and having a decent bucket seat and one for the dead rope - a few lessons taught, ignored but now never to be forgotten...
The guys had a great time despite quite a few curses while tangled in slings, sitting frozen at belays or trying to catch a sliding rope...!

The YouTube video above can be viewed full screen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHqTPA23mV0
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