Sat 20th May, 2017

Improve Your Leading - Peak District

Emily Pitts

Present: Dave Wavey M, Dave Dillon M, Dave Shotton M, Roger Dyke M, Phil Hartwell M, Elliott Brown M, James Meakin M, Chris Kastavaunis M, Caro C M, Chris Hanson G, Tim Dobson G, Naomi Roberts G, Rob cole G, Sheena Hendry M, Jim Symon M, Andy Stratford M, John Smallwood G, Ben Slater M, Nils Elgar M, Richard Applegate G, Emily Pitts M


A day for First leads...

Chris Hanson - first lead for ten years - Mississippi Crack

Tim Dobson first lead of middle and leg and firsts arête.

Caro C first led corner crack and seconded many.

Sheena misssippi crack, green crack and middle and leg and a couple of variations on others.

Naomi led corner crack with Rob, who led traditional and aged crack. 

Richard led again after a big break, switching with Nils: Chimney and crack VD, the rib VS 5a, rib right hand HVD 4a, black Slab S, wall climb HVD, centre Route S, chockstone chimney D, Mississippi crack S 4a, The medicine S 4a, Middle Buttress Arête Vdiff.

John, having only done a few leads previously, led chimney and crack, heather crack, toenail, corner crack, high buttresss arete, middle and leg, squashed finger, corner crack variation. Ben led green slab. 

Simon Robertshaw's first lead: wall climb HVD, high buttress arete Vdiff, corner crack Vdiff, middle and leg 

Andy and Jim had a little competition to get to 20 climbs, after which they joined the general melée and buddied up with some newer climbers. 

All in all, great support provided by all and sundry. Thanks to all members who came to the meet and provided excellent support and guidance. 

In summary, plenty of people led and seconded plenty of routes and the meet was full of successful first and renewed lead climbs. 

Win of the day was the flapjack provided by Caro - really tasty. 

Emily Pitts

Meet Promo:


**changed to Sunday due to weather forecast**

Does this sound like you:

I've lost my confidence leading

I've only just started leading and don't have much confidence yet

I haven't done outdoor leading for ages

I usually let my partner lead, as it seems easier

I'd like to lead more, but don't have much opportunity

This meet is for you.  If you want to get back into leading or to give your confidence a boost, then join us on this meet where you will be able to lead at your own pace with the support of other club members.  Often people say that they feel they are a burden and don't want to lead, because they are too slow or don't have the confidence.  This meet is about giving new lead climbers or older lead climbers who've lost touch with leading a day where they are encouraged to lead in a friendly and positive environment.  

If you want to dust off your leading head, then come along.  Experienced members will have gear, if you need to borrow some on the day.  

Whilst this isn't a taught session and shouldn't be treated as such, I hope that experienced members will come along and support inexperienced or unconfident leaders to get some mileage on the rock at this super friendly crag and become more experienced and confident.  All are welcome to bring tasty cake to share ;-).

Where:  Windgather Rocks

Time:  10am onwards at the crag

When: Planned for Saturday, but if the weather looks better, Sunday



Enquiries: Emily: - all genders welcome. 

Emily Pitts

Dave Wylie on North Buttress Arete (Roger Dyke)
Duncan leading Portfolio (Roger Dyke)
Nils leading Portfolio (Roger Dyke)
Nils at the top of Portfolio (Roger Dyke)
End of a successful day (Roger Dyke)
Caro C leading High Buttress Arête (Dave Wylie)
Caro C leading High Buttress Arête (Dave Wylie)

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