Olympic Climbing bid fails

Climber

So Climbing never made the final cut for the Olympic short list. Was pipped at the post by Baseball, Wrestling and Squash.

I have the utmost respect for any sportsperson who pushes themselves to the extent where they are able to challenge the best from around the world. The focus and dedication it takes, regardless of the sport, is highly commendable.

Whilst I am gutted that climbing hasn’t made the grade, I think we need to look at what we can do to ensure it makes it next time. By continuing to raise the profile of climbing as a sport or leisure activity for all, we will continue to gain more interest. Climbing wall owners, schools, independent instructors, youth group leaders and so many more people now have the chance to increase awareness across the globe.

Let’s keep growing interest and accessibility and soon we all all be toasting the latest Olympic sport…..Climbing!

 

The Clove Hitch, my new friend

I recently attended Single Pitch Award training through Climb MTS. A very informative and effective training weekend.

The biggest learning curve for me after ‘simplicity’ was the use of the clove hitch. Whether setting up the belay after a single pitch or setting up anchors ahead of an abseil or top rope session, the clove hitch brings an adjustable versatility that I can only imagine is the envy of all other knots. It also brings a fast and efficient set up which means climber’s and client’s time is spent having fun with the activity rather than having to stand around whilst you set up.

I have even mastered the ability to tie a clove hitch with one hand.

 

SPA Training

 This weekend saw me attending my Single Pitch Award training through Stuart and the team at Climbmts. The course was delivered in a friendly and informative manner. Stuart has the ability to work with a group of people yet at an individual level. He was able to adapt the knowledge and skillset of each of the attendees to ensure everyone gained access to the training needed to enhance their own abilities.

I look forward to putting all this newfound learning into practice and can highly recommend Stuart and his team at Climbmts