So What Do You Actually Do On A Single Pitch Award Masterclass?

Ideas by Chris, words by Anne

 Nathan building an anchor at the top of Stickle Barn crag

Nathan building an anchor at the top of Stickle Barn crag

As with all our technical masterclasses, the day is tailored around what each person would like to cover. It’s all about YOU! Today there were just two participants, Nathan and Mike, and they both wanted a refresher on rigging for groups. We went to Stickle Barn crag in the Langdale valley, and this is what we covered in the day:

  • Meeting and greeting the group
  • Briefing the group
  • Fitting harnesses and helmets
  • Coaching movement on the approach to the crag
  • Coaching movement at the foot of the crag
  • Keeping safe whilst rigging
  • Anchor selection for rigging
  • Rigging simple safe systems for top rope/top belay
  • Rigging simple safe systems for top rope/bottom belay
  • Problem avoidance and solving for climbing
  • Rigging simple safe systemsfor abseiling
  • Problem avoidance and solving for abseiling
 Nathan belaying at the bottom of Stickle Barn crag using a ground anchor

Nathan belaying at the bottom of Stickle Barn crag using a ground anchor

We then retired to the Stickle Barn for a bite to eat and a review of the day, and to allow Nathan and Mike to take notes. As Nathan commented afterwards, “We got half an SPA course for £50”. With most SPA courses costing around £150-£170, that’s got to be good value for a refresher. Let us know if you’d like to know when we’ve set a date for our next SPA Masterclass. You can check out our SPA training and assessment course dates on the calendar.