April 10, 2020 at 4:15 pm #4623
A round of applause please for your new communications sub-committee, Mark Ward and Dan Lane!
Mark will be taking on the role of journal editor. A theme has been devised for the June journal in light of the (necessary) absence of meets reports. Mark will be getting in touch with people for this. Please do continue to send written contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org and photographic contributions to email@example.com though. If they don’t make it into the June journal they may be carried forward to the October edition.
Dan, in training for his MCI through a pandemic, is kindly putting together some skills videos specially for the Mynydd. These will range from more simple tips and tricks all the way through to mind-boggling self-rescue techniques.
We will be releasing these every Friday on our dedicated page in the members’ area: https://mynydd.org.uk/skills/ New today, how to tie a clove hitch one handed!
If you have any questions about the skills shown in these videos, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or tune in to the virtual pub 15 minutes early the following week (7:15pm) where Dan will be on hand to answer any questions.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend one and all. Stay local. Stay safe xApril 17, 2020 at 12:15 pm #4636
The next installation of Dan’s Skills Videos is available over on the Members’ Area: https://mynydd.org.uk/skills/
“Knowing how to tie off a belay device is a really useful skill, it allows you to safely take your hands off the belay device, whilst still keeping the climber ‘locked-off’ and safe. This video covers tying off a regular belay device, a ‘guide-mode’ belay device and an Italian hitch too. As with many techniques in climbing, it’s important to know how and when to use this. In this case, it should only be used if your climber is stationary and not making upwards progress. If you’re unsure, or have any questions – pop along to the ‘Beers Not at the Royal’ Zoom session on Thursday 23rd April at 7:20pm!”April 24, 2020 at 6:56 pm #4652
Week 3 skills video now up – How to build a belay efficiently
“After climbing the crux pitch of a route, you now need to build a belay. There’s obviously lots of ways to do that, most of them may be safe, but potentially not logical, simple or efficient. Hopefully these two methods of building a belay using just the rope will help to simplify and tidy up some of the non-standard belays you may have built in the past.”May 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm #4677
How many times have you been climbing, and it turns out your climbing partner had too many pints and a massive burger in the pub the night before, and now they can’t do the crux?
Ever wondered how to give them a helping hand to get past the crux? Now’s the time to find out!
Dan’s new skills video ‘Prussik knots and how to hoist a climber’ can be found here: https://mynydd.org.uk/skills/
You can also use this technique if your 2nd falls off a steep route and can’t get back onto the rock, or if they’re injured and you need to get them all the way up to the belay. This video also covers the basics of three different Prussik knots, and when we might choose to use them.
As ever, email me (email@example.com) if you have any website login issues.
And don’t forget to have a bash at Liz’s fantastic ‘Cryptic Climbs UK’ quiz by 8pm THIS SUNDAY whilst you’re in the members’ area. Good luck!May 8, 2020 at 2:04 pm #4692
“You might have heard rumours about the dark art of ‘Escaping the System’…Thinking about leaving your job, selling the house and living in a shed in the woods? Sorry, that’s the wrong type of system!
We’re talking about when your second can’t do the crux, they’ve fallen off numerous times and you’re getting a bit fed up. Escaping the system allows us to safely leave them there in such a way that means we can walk away and go to the pub!…
We can use this in slightly more serious situations too – maybe your climber is injured and needs some help/ 1st aid ASAP. This is the first step to getting down to them and providing the help they need.
Because it’s quite a complex topic, we’ll take it a step at a time, so next week we’ll look at how to escape when the anchors are beyond arm’s reach and then we’ll follow that with some possible next steps.”
This week, learn the art of escaping the system when your anchors are in reach in the usual place: https://mynydd.org.uk/skills/
Catch Dan with any questions you may have from 7:20pm every Thursday ‘Not at The Royal’ (i.e. on Zoom), or drop him an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).May 15, 2020 at 1:06 pm #4697
This week, Dan is “building on the same concept as last week. We now look at how to escape the system and leave your climber hanging whilst you go to the pub when your belay anchors are beyond arms reach.
There’s the usual element of comedy, and not even intentional this time… ” 😅
Catch Dan with any questions you may have from 7:20pm every Thursday ‘Not at The Royal’ (i.e. on Zoom), or drop him an email (email@example.com).May 22, 2020 at 5:54 pm #4707
“Abseiling into a big sea cliff with two ropes tied together; abseiling on a rope with a damaged section isolated by a knot; or abseiling off a big route and wanting to get to the ground before dark therefore tying both ropes together and doing a full 120m abseil. Whatever the scenario, abseiling past a knot is a useful skill, and simpler than you might think!”
Find the latest from Dan over on the members’ area: https://mynydd.org.uk/skills/
Catch him with any questions you may have from 7:20pm every Thursday ‘Not at The Royal’ (i.e. on Zoom), or drop him an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Any issues with website logins, email me on email@example.com
And remember to submit your entries for Steve’s Pembroke quiz by this Sunday 7pm! Good luck 😀May 29, 2020 at 4:52 pm #4716
Our FINAL skills video from Dan (wahhh!) is now up on the Members’ Area: https://mynydd.org.uk/skills/
“Ever wondered how you would get back up the rope after abseiling into the wrong sea cliff (because you were too busy thinking about your lunch to read the guidebook in detail…)? Here’s your chance to find out! How to prussik up a rope (and past a knot).”
If you’re interested in learning more about self-rescue techniques, these videos are going to stay on the Members’ Area in the order they have been released for reference any time. Dan will continue to be accessible for questions on firstname.lastname@example.org , and I’ll still be here to field login queries at email@example.com too 🙂
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