First taste of real rock climbing for James and me - great fun and tough challenge on Kyloe Crags in Northumberland, with expert supervision and instruction from Kim's Border Search and Rescue buddies, James, Damon and George. And a wonderful climbing exhibition from Damon's 10-year-old twins, Toby and Oscar.
Damon's talented (and crazy!) 10-year-olds just get going before dad even arrives with ropes and harnesses - mad!
George heads up to set up the first climb - The Christmas Tree
Kim gets ready for her turn
And goes for it - and succeeds
James next - and flies up!
Made it - a brilliant first effort - made me very proud
Smug pose after his first ascent
Oscar takes on a much harder route and makes it - of course
Toby follows him up
Toby heading up - amazing natural ability
The kids make fire - naturally!
I have a first go at belaying - and Damon trusts me?!
Damon's first ever lead - my first ever belay! Hmmm!
James tries the difficult climb - but it was too hard to go much further
I try it - but too hard for me too