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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

Introduction to Indoor Bouldering.

 A mid August Sunday and obviously it was lashing down with rain as Britain caught the back end of tropical storm Bertha, so a perfect day for a bit of time indoor bouldering.

 By coincidence or possibly by the amount of things I post to social media when I have been out there have been a fair few people who have asked about getting into climbing, both indoor and out so I took the opportunity to introduce Eszta and Loren to the City Bloc bouldering wall in Hunslet, Leeds.

 We started off with a quick look and explanation of the route gradings and colouring associated with each grade before quickly getting the ladies moving on a traverse across a wall to look at the movements needed and the use of hands and feet on the different types of holds.
 We then moved on to starting a circuit of routes with them each encouraging each other and giving advice. It wasn't long before they wanted to move onto a routes a little harder and explored routes on the over hang sections too.


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