Lead Climbing Course Lake District
A warm and sunny weekend here in the Lake District, making it perfect for the rock climbing progression course we were running for Seth and Byron from London.
Seth has been out with us previously, including sport climbing trips out to Costa Blanca. Now it was time to make the move to trad climbing and what better place for it.
For Byron, this was his first ever outdoor rock climbing experience.
We began on Middlefell Buttress in Langdale. In 5 pitches wretched the top, with coaching in movement techniques for Byron and looking at anchor selection with Seth. From the top we abseiled into the gully, this gave more learning opportunities for both.
After lunch it was over to Raven crag and a slightly more difficult route - 'Evening Wall' - this brought with is more learning opportunities for both and the experience of 'tricky' crag descents.
By Sunday, Seth was very keen to lead a route and Upper Scout Crag was chosen for this. One of the very best routes of its grade in the Lakes, it offers a memorable climb and stunning views. Over the 3 pitches Seth was able to set up 3 different belay stances and manage these effectively for both leader and second. During the pitches, placing sufficient protection to stay safe, whilst making efficient progress. A very smooth climb.
To finish the weekend we took to the much steeper rock on Middle Scout crag. Madonna at E1+ 5b was climbed by both Seth & Byron, this gave the arms a good workout!
Then on the descent we stopped off at Lower Scout crag and climbed 'Cubs crack', what was left in the arms was definitely given to this route!!
This is the very first time i've visited all 3 of the Scout crags in the same day.
For inspiration about Lake District climbing routes check out the FRCC guide here
And for more about the courses and activities we offer please see our Activities Page
Thanks very much Seth and Byron, all the best.