Leaders Climbing in Kilkenny
October 31st, 2012
On the 21st of October a few of the leaders decided to head down to Ballykeefe quarry in Kilkenny for a days climbing. We got glorious weather for the day, even if it was a little cold. We arrived down at the quarry (after arguing with two different SatNavs) at about 11am. We started the day with a small snack and then set about getting some climbing done. First we got the guys to second some routes and practiced building anchors. These are all very important personal climbing skills. After a quick bit of lunch we did a multi-pitch (we had to stop in the middle) route, which was an experience for all. But the view from the top definitely made it all worth while. After that Hugh decided he was ready to do his first lead climb, he read the guide book chose his climb, selected the gear that he wanted and got ready to go. I belayed him and Tony waited at the top to provide some help with choosing anchors and setting up a belay. It all went really well and by the end of the day Hugh had two lead climbs logged. We all had a really good day and are looking forward to getting back out again soon but in the mean time we will have to make do with indoor climbing. If any cubs, scouts or venture scouts are interested in rock climbing please let us know, we would love to get people more interested in this amazing sport. Also don't forget to check out all of our other photos in the photo gallery.
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