The spring has been a busy time for Monsterclimbs – activities ranged from running a charity abseil for World Challenge with over 80 participants to running Instructor courses.
Here are the highlights: DofE Practice and Qualifying Expeditions in The North Downs, Ashdown Forest and The Cotswolds.
Teaching lead climbing in Portland to a complete beginner Vikram Kattoju who chose me via Google – he lives in Bombay in India. Vik is a pilot in the Indian Navy and one of the nicest people I have ever met. In 2 days he went from having only top roped and bouldered to leading 5 + – a remarkable achievement. He has become a lifelong friend. The weather was amazing too.
Running CWA and CWLA assessments at Undercover Rock in Bristol with some excellent candidates some of which were of an exceptional standard. In particular Rich Smith, Teacher at Bristol Grammar school (CWLA) and Lorna Potter – founder member of Bristol Women Climbers. Rich has been climbing at a high standard for many years and became a personal friend in 2006 when we met on our ML Training – he has yet to take his assessment!! Lorna has started climbing only in recent years but her passion and enthusiasm for climbing is incredible – she is an engaging and inspiring instructor.
Personal trad and sport climbing trips to Spain, Portland, Pembroke and Dorset with climbing friends Mick and Rich. Amazing weather and climbing. We climbed in an area new to me in Spain – Chulilla which was pretty tough. You need to be climbing well above 6c to really get the best out of the place.
Working with Hartpury College outdoor BTEC students. I ran 2 three day expeditions in Snowdonia in the Cadair Idris area. All students worked incredibly well and for some it was the most enjoyable and challenging experience of their lives so far.
And finally running trad lead courses – my favourite type of course. The highlight being a day with 4 members of Bristol Women Climbers who all achieved a lead climb on their own gear by the end of the day, set up a belay, brought their 2nd up and ab’d off.
I feel very lucky to be doing a job I love, spending my life meeting incredible people in some of the most stunning scenery in the World.