Multi Pitch Training – Prep for the AMGA Exam.

June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Paul from Drexel University came up to NH to spend a couple of days guiding Terry and I around Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledge. Paul is preparing for the 6 day AMGA Rock Instructor Exam scheduled this September in NH. During the two days I picked the popular moderate routes which gave Paul a tour of both cliffs. Our first day we spent on the South Buttress and Central Slabs of Whitehorse and on day two we climbed on Cathedral Ledge.

Paul preparing the ropes for the descent from the top of Whitehorse. Here Paul used a pre rigged rappel for us.

Paul on the mid cliff anchor station. At this station Paul lowered Terry and set me up via a belayed rappel.
It was getting late and we wanted a few more pitches. Here Paul used a two roped simul belay system for speed.
Terry on the clean but slippery slabs of Whitehorse.
Paul on the 5.8 crack called Bombardment.
Good rope management is key for a smooth running system.
Paul leading Terry and I up Retaliation. This route is difficult so Paul chose to belay us one at a time – called Caterpillar Style.
In two days I was able to give Paul a refresher of guiding skills and a good tour of both cliffs. He now has a feel of the area and the climbing which will benefit him when he comes back to take his exam.
Thanks to Paul for the great guiding he provided Terry and I for two days.
Art Mooney

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