Ellas made it into the British Mountaineering Council's #thisgirlcan competition with one of our photos from a recent trip to Rjukan in Norway, taken on a warm day top roping at Ozzimosis!
Myself and Ella recently booked onto the Climbing Wall Award, offered by the Mountain Training Association run by Keith Flemming of Mountain Activities. The training was split over two days, the first a full day held at High Sports Brighton which covered personal climbing, tope rope and lead as well as group management, safety, rescues, belay techniques and kit inspections/ selection. The second day was held at Boulder Brighton which covered warm ups, games, coaching and risk assessments. We had never been to either walls and I was never an avid supporter of bouldering as a sub set, let alone a whole facility dedicated to it! However High Sports had a nice feel to it, professional, clean and well run. Prices were about average and there are a fair few facilities, auto belay, lead wall, bouldering and training rooms. Boulder Brighton on the other hand seemed extortionate to me, £8 off peak just to boulder. Its a nice facility though, lots of creative routes and features, a training room as well as some odd additions like a slack line, kids tunnels and gym style area.
The course was well run by Keith and I would thoroughly recommend the course to anyone looking to get into teaching climbing indoors or anyone who does indoor or out as CPD, even if its just the training. The cost was reasonable, with entry to walls not included, this totalled almost an additional £20 and of course if its your first course you've got registration etc. to deal with.
The pace and content was good, with ample time to practice and talk as a group. My only gripe would be the quality of instruction from the point of Keith being a teacher not an instructor. I think mountaineering instructors could do with CPD in teaching and learning methods, styles etc. The whole course was didactic and when Boulder Brighton got busy and loud, no learning was really happening.
Overall the course is good as was Keith from Mountain Activities.
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