THE final round of the King’s Ely Climbing Club trips took place over the weekend in Derbyshire.

This time, a strong group of Level 3 climbers were out in force becoming competent traditional lead climbers, which involves learning to make sound judgements and decisions for personal and partner safety at the rock face and during climbs.

Saturday was spent indoors at The Foundry Climbing Centre in Sheffield, where students got back into the mental aspect of lead climbing with pre-placed bolts and finishing off with some movement coaching on the Foundry’s famous ‘Wave Wall’.

On Sunday, the weather came through brighter and the climbers put their two-and-a-half years of skills, knowledge and practice into action to take on their first full traditional lead climbs – placing their own protective gear into the rock as they climbed, and closely coached by our in-house freelance instructor team.

Well done to all the climbers – David Harris, Robert Dunlop Brown, Tom Biggs, Ben Biggs, Alex Scarborough and Harry Oliver-Towers!

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