Sunday, 9 November 2014

SPA Assessmet

Over the weekend I was running an SPA Assessment in the Peak for Stuart and Will.  The weather on Saturday was apocalyptic, so we decided to switch the days around and do the group day first.  We ventured up to Burbage North, which was surprisingly busy, with another SPA group and crazy folks climbing.  Once I had seen enough, we ran away to the foundry to cover all the climbing wall aspects of the award.  Despite the weather, it was a very productive day with a great deal covered.

The second day way a complete contrast.  We took advantage of this at Froggatt, which had a few damp spots early on.  Both Will and Stuart did really well and led a couple of routes each, as well as completing a few other tasks.  Both had showed a strong performance over the 2 days, passing comfortably.

We had a little time left in the day, so after chatting decided that seconding some trickier and varied routes would help develop their climbing.  After climbing Chequer's Buttress HVS 5a***, Three Pebble Slab E1 5a***, Brown's Eliminate E2 5b*** and Four Pebble Slab E3 5c***, their weakness had been found.  Each had different strength and excelled on different routes, but more importantly enjoyed the challenge each route offered.

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