Ready to Rock

I’ve been working with Mountaineering Scotland to deliver their new Ready to Rock courses.

On Sunday, Michael, Michael, Iain, Ali, Chris, Gonzalo along with Alan and myself met at a scorching  Traprain Law to cover the basics of trad climbing.

We looked at the

  • Crag environment – environmental considerations and looking after yourself.
  • Guide books and grades – indoor (French) vs British Traditional.
  • Movement skills on rock compared with indoor climbing.
  • Belaying skills for outdoor climbing.
  • Tying into anchors.
  • Placing rock protection.
  • Building anchors.
  • Placing gear on a route.
  • Retreating off a route.
  • Sport climbing lower-offs.

Oh, and we climbed some routes too!



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