REPORT: The UKC / PyB Big Winter Climb Weekend

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Nov/2011
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Last weekend (26/27 Nov) saw the UKC / Plas y Brenin 'Big Winter Climb' weekend take place at the Plas y Brenin centre in North Wales.

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+Drytool practice on the outdoor climbing tower at PyB, 197 kb
Drytool practice on the outdoor climbing tower at PyB
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+BMG Guide Phil Dowthwaite headed up the weekend - follow that finger!, 157 kb
BMG Guide Phil Dowthwaite headed up the weekend - follow that finger!
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The event was a great success with over 70 people taking part in a series of workshops on lectures on winter climbing techniques. Top winter climber Andy Turner was on hand to deliver some workshops throughout the weekend and also present a gripping lecture on hard winter climbing on the Saturday night.

Heading up the weekend for Plas y Brenin was British Mountain Guide Phil Dowthwaite, who along with his merry band of top PyB instructors and guides worked flat out to make sure the weekend was everything it could be.

Phil commented:

"It's great to see the centre packed full of so many psyched people!"

The workshops and lectures took place on climbing walls, small rock buttresses on the PyB grounds, in class rooms and on some specially built outdoor facilities. Topics covered ranged from training, climbing techniques, walking in crampons, building winter belays, knowing where to go and when, indoor training and map reading in winter, plus many more.

On top of all the instruction and great food and accommodation, there was a 'goody bag' of free outdoor gear for everyone on the course.

The goody bag was made up of an Outdoor Research waterproof cap, Petzl quickdraw sling, Petzl grip tape, Teko socks, Rockfax guidebook and an Exped drybag.

Roger Chaldecott from Lyon Equipment was on hand with a selection of top of the range Petzl ice axes and crampons for people to try out, plus a stand of La Sportiva boots to show what is on offer.

At the end of the weekend the centre was on a real high note and visitors and staff left the building ready to tackle the coming winter. Lets just hope it snows soon!

A huge thanks from UKClimbing.com to the PyB staff, Roger Chaldecott from Lyon, and everyone who came on the weekend!

+PYB/UKC Goody Bag for Big Winter Climb, 87 kb
PYB/UKC Goody Bag for Big Winter Climb
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PHOTO GALLERY: Big Winter Climb Weekend 2011 - are you in there?

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Andy Turner was on hand to give coaching and technique classes as well as an inspiring lecture
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+Peg placement practice!, 241 kb
Peg placement practice!
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+Petzl and La Sportiva gear on hand to try out, 167 kb
Petzl and La Sportiva gear on hand to try out
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+Helen Teasedale talks through some rescue techniques, 131 kb
Helen Teasedale talks through some rescue techniques
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+Getting tied up in knots!, 93 kb
Getting tied up in knots!
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+Modern Petzl axes being put to good use on the vertical training tower at PyB, 193 kb
Modern Petzl axes being put to good use on the vertical training tower at PyB
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+Matt Stygal teaching drytooling techniques, 226 kb
Matt Stygal teaching drytooling techniques
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+Matt Stygal teaching drytooling techniques, 235 kb
Matt Stygal teaching drytooling techniques
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+Matt Stygal - always a smile at Plas y Brenin, 171 kb
Matt Stygal - always a smile at Plas y Brenin
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+Andy Turner demonstrating the 'schmoozl' - an indoor training aid, 186 kb
Andy Turner demonstrating the 'schmoozl' - an indoor training aid
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+Helen teaching crampon use on the wooden facility outside PyB, 208 kb
Helen teaching crampon use on the wooden facility outside PyB
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+Rocio Siemens was on hand to teach winter specific first aid skills, 178 kb
Rocio Siemens was on hand to teach winter specific first aid skills
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+A busy Plas y Brenin - the centre was buzzing with excitement all weekend, 236 kb
A busy Plas y Brenin - the centre was buzzing with excitement all weekend
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+I promised everyone I'd put an embarrasing photo of Phil Dowthwaite and Stu MacAleese online..., 177 kb
I promised everyone I'd put an embarrasing photo of Phil Dowthwaite and Stu MacAleese online...
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+The indoor wall at Pyb was a good training facility for indoor drytooling., 237 kb
The indoor wall at Pyb was a good training facility for indoor drytooling.
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