Wednesday Fun.

Wednesday Fun.

Same as usual, down to the lesson. However, I left my wallet at work! Luckily I only work about 10minutes walk away from the wall so I got there and back to pick it up with enough time to join the lesson. It was me and two newbie girls this time. I helped out the belayer by holding on the the rope past them to give them support while they climbed. It’s interesting to see how you can so easily see where complete newbies are going wrong. Mostly it’s just not looking where they need to put their feet. The instructor threw me up a couple of climbs but nowhere near as tough as normal. It seems he was putting me against climbs which were easier than I was used to, but with the aim of trying to make me plan how to climb them. As demonstrated earlier, I seem to be able to do 6a/6bs, but need shouted assistance. I guess this is all about helping me plan and learn the moves for these tougher climbs without having to rely on an expert. We finished with a little bit of bouldering. My bouldering seems miles behind my top rope ability. I can do the same three climbs, but as soon as I try anything a little harder, I can’t stay on the wall at all, even if they are graded far below what I can do on the top rope. I shall work hard on Sunday to try this new route I’ve been given. Seems it’s my balance that is the problem; I’m reverting to just trying to grab and pull myself up the wall, which doesn’t help when the handhold I’m using is smooth and round!

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