Back home for a week I have been out with Rachel and Martin today for the first day of our advanced scrambling learn to lead course. Both have done a fair bit of scrambling and some climbing and so I have changed the usual format a bit to suit their experience levels. We kicked off today with them leading NW Face Route in Cwm Idwal. We looked at how and why we take coils and then spent the morning establishing a safe system of pitching as well as looking at likelihood vs consequences in deciding whether to rope or solo up each section of the route. We progressed this on during the day to look at the grey area between pitching and soloing and then used the climbers descent route to look at methods of descent, including them setting up their own abseil. A great day if a little fresh!