The next step up from single pitch climbing is multi-pitch climbing. multi-pitch climbing involves climbing a sequence of pitches without returning to the ground. Examples of classic multi-pitch routes in Ireland would "Prelude Nightmare" VS 4c in Wicklow, " Taoiseach" Vs 4c at Fairhead or "Roaring Forties" VS 4c at Sail Rock in Donegal. Each of these routes provides excellent climbing and each route is two or three pitches long.
In multi-pitch climbing, the situations and potential for mishaps are a little higher than single pitch climbing as for a percentage of the time both climbers are off the ground.
This instruction is ideal for those who are solid in their single pitch climbing and are beginning to venture onto the multi-pitch world.
What is covered in multi-pitch training is techniques for situations not normally found in single pitch climbing. These include intermediate stance management, single and double rope systems, improvised rescue and evacuation. What we will cover is in detail is preventative measures you need to take to avoid potential epic situations.
Among the topics, we will look at are,
Intermediate multi-pitch belays require a bit more thought as they may require to be multi-directional. This is as you bring your second up the previous pitch and then the leader climbs the next pitch. We will look at rope and sling based belays and the pros and cons of each in many different live scenarios.
Efficient stance management as time spent at each intermediate stance soon starts to absorb a huge amount of your day. We will look at the best use of your time and resources on each stance.
If things do start to resemble a pear, we will cover a number of essential techniques and skills that will potentially allow you to get out of a huge range of potential problem scenarios.