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Way back in time before the onset of adulthood I enjoyed countless days heading into the hills of Yorkshire with nothing more than a squashed sandwich & youthful sense for adventure! Despite long past youthful and work commitments keeping me in the city, the sense of adventure and love for the outdoors never left me. After digging my boots out and returning to the hills I attended a number of courses to improve my hill knowledge and skill base, during one of these courses it was suggested I join the Mountain Leader Training scheme and was delighted go on to gain the MOUNTAIN LEADER Award in April 2012. As well as spending time on the hills and mountains of the UK I have also enjoyed trips to the Nepalese Himalaya, Swiss & French Alps, Mallorca’s Tramuntana, Andorran & French Pyrenees, Morocco’s High Atlas, Tanzania’s Mt Meru & Kilimanjaro, Argentinian & Chilean Patagonia and winter expeditions to Norway’s Hardangervidda. Since gaining the ML I have also gained the SINGLE PITCH AWARD, INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD and the WINTER MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD. I am now enjoying working in a freelance role whilst trying to get out climbing as much as possible.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Consecutive Days At The Wall - Ouch My Fingers!

 After yesterday's trip to City Bloc in Hunslet, Leeds yesterday, with Eszter and Loren, I made another visit today with the eager Loren and Daisy who was keen to refresh her climbing skills which she had learnt a few years ago but had not climbed for a little while.

 After a short warm up both ladies picked problems they wanted to try which got steadily harder in difficulty as their confidence grew and they started using more movements and techniques.

 Both ladies wanted to push themselves with Loren being noticeably more comfortable climbing to the full height of some of the problems whilst Daisy showed real determination when repeatedly attempting problems until she had completed them and not being afraid to take a fall onto the floor matts when pushing herself. 

 I even managed to complete a few routes which Had beaten me previously until I pushed it too far repeatedly attempting a frustrating route and managing to give myself a bit of an elbow strain, it's not easy at my age! 😢

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