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11 August 2009 at 12:00 AM #7747MarkGuest
Any suggestions on local climbs which I can practice lead climbing on?
Ideally it would be a low grade climb (12/13?) which is toprope able so I can practice safely.
Thanks11 August 2009 at 12:00 AM #7748David WyndhamKeymaster
Sport or trad lead?
For sport Novice Penguins (13) at Stathams is good. You can set up a toprope easily and lap it to practice.
For Trad Pink Knickers (12) at Churchmans is probably the easiest low graded climb to set a toprope on and learn leading. The Sting (14) is also good for a slightly different style (Hexes are great there). Come to think of it there are at least half a dozen climbs at Churchmans that will fit the bill and give you a variety of placement options.11 August 2009 at 12:00 AM #7749RockstarKeymaster
I wouldnt recommend The Sting at Churchies. It is very awkward and it is easy to have a more epic experience on than you might desire for a first time lead.11 August 2009 at 12:00 AM #7750David WyndhamKeymaster
If it was a true lead the I would agree with you, but if you are on a toprope pseudo-leading as was suggested in the original post then you will fall out not into the crack, so it won’t be overly dangerous.12 August 2009 at 12:00 AM #7751Rockstar2Keymaster
I also wouldn’t recommend The Sting for the same reasons as cited earlier.13 August 2009 at 12:00 AM #7752MarkKeymaster
Thanks for the feedback. When I get an opportunity I will check out the climbs mentioned (on top-rope) placing pro along the way.