Lead climbing class

Yesterday we headed out to Grip Climbing Center in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Our home gym Mountain Network rescheduled lead climbing courses for late August. That's bit too long of a wait for us. We will follow courses on outdoor climbing this summer season (if COVID-19 permits it). Doing this course so late would kill that option.

Grip Nijmegen indoor rope climbing gym
Grip's tall arching walls.

The upside taking the 30 minute drive to Grip is that they train lead climbing with autobelays. That makes learning lead climbing a lot less tedious. You don’t need a third person for toprope belay while the other two learn clipping & giving out slack. Excellent idea.

Speaking of giving out slack: pulling rope "the other way" through a GriGri is kind of a pain. We don’t have the fingerspitzengefühl to do this right yet, that’s for sure. Every second draw it just locks, and the climber is kinda stuck until we can draw out more. Bowing the brake rope into a wide loop and only pulling with your top hand helps. Maybe a thinner rope would be better?

We had fun — on to next week.

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