Trip Report: Lead Climbing Skills

I'm not sure who had more fun this trip, the climbing guide or our client. Adam, our client has been with us since the beginning of his climbing career. All major climbing milestones he has reached have been shared with Thrillseekers Anonymous, so as you can imagine watching him lead climb his first sport route [...]

I’m not sure who had more fun this trip, the climbing guide or our client. Adam, our client has been with us since the beginning of his climbing career. All major climbing milestones he has reached have been shared with Thrillseekers Anonymous, so as you can imagine watching him lead climb his first sport route was rewarding as his mentor. In anticipation of many more trips to the crag, Adam loaded up with the sport climbing essentials: quickdraws and a rope. Our recommendation for these were the Petzl Spirit Express Quickdraws and the Mammut Gravity 10.2mm – Superdry rope. Loaded up with the creme de la creme sport climbing gear and a review on proper clipping technique, anchor set-up and rope handling, Adam sent his first lead climb in Malibu! He lead a few routes in th 5.6-5.9 range. We couldn’t be more proud and can’t wait to take him on his next lead climbing adventure.

The adventure didn’t stop there. Our hike out of the canyon sent adrenaline surging when we surprised a young rattlesnake. She was probably as excitedseeing us as we were seeing her. When the excitement abated, we were able to enjoy the sun slowly setting in the canyon and the resulting beautiful colors.

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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Surgical/Trauma Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is a sponsored athlete with GoMacro, WoolX, and an Arcteryx Denver ambassador. She has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 110 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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