Liam Rowe, Climbing Wall Instructor
Having Initially applied to the Jack Bloor Fund for funding to help with the cost of completing a Single Pitch Award in order to help the University Mountaineering society, I was delighted to learn that the trust awarded me £50 in order to help pay towards the cost of the single pitch award. I then spoke to the student union , and after multiple dicussions, we decided that a Climbing Wall Award would be more appropriate to suit the ability of the members of the Mountaineering.
Therefore I used some of the time afterwards to meet the prerequisites which are needed in order to attend the CWA training course, which are 15 lead climbs and visits to 4 different public Climbing Walls.
Once I had got up to the perquisites required to attend the training course , I booked onto a training course at the Boardroom Climbing Centre in Queensferry, North Wales . In recent months Mountain Training have changed the name of Climbing Wall Award to Climbing Wall Instructor.
The training course I attended was the first course to be under the CWI scheme, on the training course which was over two days we covered the syllabus which incorporated things such as group management skills, lead belaying, the training course also included the abseil module so on the second day we went through the process of rigging an abseil and how to keep a group safe at the top of an abseil, we also went through tope rope belay techniques and then did some personal abseils and also some problem solving techniques.
The past few months I have been using as the consolidation period leading up to assessment in order to meet the requirements for the assessment, I am booked onto an assessment on the 30th July so all being well I should hold the award in time to use with the University Mountaineering society.
I am very grateful to the Jack Bloor Fund for deciding to award funds to myself as it greatly helped with paying towards the cost of the CWA/CWI scheme.