MTA workshop

Climbing with confidence

In late July Samantha Leary of Sam Leary Mountaineering ran another very popular MTA workshop for local members; Boosting your climbing confidence. Here's a little review of the day:

A short summary of the day from Samantha herself

The movement session right at the start was a highlight for some and this was taken to the ropes in the afternoon. Movement, technique, tactical strategies for placing gear and controlling anxiety were all looked at. Leader placed protection was tested with full body weight which made all realise that their gear placements are better than they thought. By the afternoon confidence had definitely been boosted! Everyone finished the day with a simulated lead on a more challenging route than they would normally pick.

There was a brilliant atmosphere and great support amongst four people who were complete strangers at the start of the day. There was great enthusiasm for getting out and putting it all into practise now, perfect!
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Nick Manning's account of the day

From the day of booking I was expecting a good day out with Sam and it turned out to be a great training day on the crag.

Sam immediately put people's early nerves at ease with a coffee and some banter in the Siabod cafe and this was then carried out on to the crag. The sun was shining which is always good and Sam spoke to us individually throughout the day and gave us little pointers that really helped. We discussed and practiced gear placement, planning the climb and using various ways of keeping our fears at bay, this really helped the group. We managed to get plenty of climbing completed and at a higher level than I'm used too, this culminated in a simulated lead, which was really good for me.

The support and humour from the group was constant throughout the day and made it a day out I would highly recommend. The only drawback was going back to work on the Monday and also being told by the group that to progress further I would need to purchase some brightly coloured trousers!

Written by
Nick Manning (MTA member)

Sam Learys workshop

Click here to read about more about some of Sam's other MTA workshops


Sam is back with more climbing workshops in autumn. Book your place/s here:

16th Sept - Boost your climbing confidence

26th Sept - Ropes & Rock - staying safe at the crag

27th Sept - Single to multi-pitch - the next steps in personal climbing

Climbing with confidence