What Should You Expect On Your Single Pitch Award Training Course?

What Should You Expect On Your Single Pitch Award Training Course?

When you sign up for your Single Pitch Award training course, you might not be quite sure what to expect. You may have an idea of the syllabus, and you may have talked to other people who are further along in the scheme. But you will probably still have unanswered questions, so here are some pointers about what to expect.

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Confused? You’re Not Alone

Confused? You’re Not Alone

When we chat to our clients about the different climbing and mountaineering awards and support organisations, we often encounter confusion about the awards and how they fit together. Who is qualified to do what? Where can they work? Who is supported by which organisation? And the most common mistake we come across is confusing MT with MTA. 

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How To Build Good Belays Part 2: Tying In To Your Anchors

How To Build Good Belays Part 2: Tying In To Your Anchors

When you have selected your anchors (see How To Build Good Belays Part 1: Selecting Your Anchors) you need to set up your belay by attaching yourself to the anchors, and you should be able to do this quickly and efficiently. There are endless variations on how to do this, but this post shows some of the simplest and quickest methods. 

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How To Use Prusiks

How To Use Prusiks

Some years ago, I was sea-cliff climbing at Gogarth in north Wales. My second was on a tricky overhanging pitch, and he was really struggling. We couldn’t communicate because of the background noise from the sea, and I couldn’t lower him back down as the tide was coming in. My only option was to escape the system using a prusik loop, climb down the rope using a prusik loop, build another belay and haul my second up to it using – you’ve guessed it – a prusik loop.

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