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Penny

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A little bit about Penny Clay

Instructor photo

Hi folks, I’m Penny and can be found working as part of the reception team (part-time). I got into climbing after have being a caver throughout my university years. I wanted to learn to climb to help improve my skills underground – climbing wet rock in wellies is really hard! I finally saw the light and took up rock climbing and mountaineering instead.

I am also a qualified yoga teacher and teach a class here at the Ice factor on Thursday evenings. However, the main discipline for us on reception is keeping all those instructors in order!

Disciplines: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing

First Summer Climb

Corvus on Raven Crag, Borrowdale, the Lake District.

First Winter Climb

North Ridge of Tryfan, North Wales.

Hardest Route You Have Ever Done

Psychologically, one memorable occasion was on rock, leading the first pitch of Sluice at Trowbarrow when I wasn’t feeling bold. Given that this is the guidebook description I should have thought about it first; as a result, it felt quite hard. Technically, in winter, seconding Hopkinson’s Crack, Dow Crag on the first ascent. It was before I owned a set of dropped pick, curved shaft tools, when dinosaurs roamed the earth; I really am that old.

First Fall

Rumal at Trowbarrow, my first HVS lead. The good thing about traverses though is that you never fall from above your gear… although the down side is that you may well end up on a much harder route.

Favourite Piece of Equipment

My yoga mat and my van.