Children’s harness

Having children myself and also being an instructor, I have found this review most insightful. It is great to have this sort of information because, as James Wynne says at the start of his review, there are not too many shops around where you can go in and try a variety of kids harnesses ion to see what fits best.

 

http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=5893

Holiday club 2014

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We are looking at running children’s holiday clubs in 2014. A typical day will involve:

  • 8.45am – Parents drop children off at Balvormie car park
  • 9am – Archery
  • 11.30am – Orienteering
  • 12.30 – Lunch
  • 1pm – Climbing/abseiling (or hill walking if weather too wet for climbing/abseiling)
  • 4pm – Orienteering
  • 5.15pm – Parents pick children up from Balvormie car park

Available Monday to Friday

Price: £30 per child per day

Age: 8-11 yrs old

To be kept in touch with regards to dates etc, please contact us

Freelance activity instructors

We are looking for freelance activity instructors to work in the following disciplines:

  • Archery
  • Abseiling
  • Climbing (indoor and real rock)
  • Hill walking
  • Mountaineering
  • Cycling

If you are qualified experienced and insured for any of the above,  then please get in touch.

Adult archery taster session

Saturday 6 July, 1-2pm

Cost: £5 per person

All participants must be over 18 years of age.

Session will be held in Linlithgow

For more information please just get in touch. Spaces are limited so call now so as not to miss out.

Should you wear a climbing helmet?

When climbing or instructing outdoors, I always wear a helmet. What are your thoughts?

This great article by Dan Middleton on the BMC website, will give you further insight into this interesting subject.

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/tech-skills-why-to-wear-a-helmet

SPA Consolidation

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The SPA training continues to go well. Spent the day at Rosyth quarry today and got 5 climbs in with another new climbing partner, Dave. It has been really good spending time with so many different people, hearing about their experiences. Sharing the highs, and the falls.

Rigging at the top seems to be very smooth now which is great, but must not let complacency set in.

Just need to keep improving the personal climbing skills.

why do I coach activities?

I have been asked this question quite often. More so by my mother in law than anyone else. The easy answer is simple…… I enjoy it!

To elaborate on that, I have people coming to me of all ages and abilities.  These people come for a variety of reasons including:

  • Wanting to try a sport for the first time
  • A social event
  • Corporate reward
  • Team building
  • Fitness/weight loss
  • Regular classes
  • And many more

Whatever their reasons I have so much fun working with each person, helping them realise their own capabilities. When you have someone who doesn’t think they can do an activity and they leave with an excitement in their eyes from having completed it, that is such an amazing feeling. If, as a coach,  you don’t thrive on that feeling, I would say you are in the wrong place. To me coaching is more than a job,  it is a vocation.

Olympic Climbing bid fails

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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!

 

New Website

We are delighted to announce our new Website. Bear with us while we build it up to be the best resource for Abseil, Archery, Climbing, Mountaineering, Team Building and other events.

Archery

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Archery is the art, practice, or skill of propelling arrows with the use of a bow, from Latin arcus. Historically, archery has been used for hunting and combat, while in modern times, its main use is that of a recreational activity. A person who participates in archery is typically known as an “archer” or “bowman”, and one who is fond of or an expert at archery can be referred to as a “toxophilite

Empires throughout the Eurasian landmass often strongly associated their respective “barbarian” counterparts with the usage of the bow and arrow, to the point where powerful states like the Han Dynasty referred to their counterparts, the Xiong-nu, as “Those Who Draw the Bow” [6] This association proved fitting, for numerous such nomadic groups demonstrated uncanny skill and innovation with regard to bow-wielding.

In the aforementioned case of the Xiong-nu, for example, their lethal effectiveness as bowmen made them more than a match for the Han military, and was at least partially responsible for Chinese expansion into the Ordos region, to create a stronger, buffer, more powerful zone against them.[6] There even exists some evidence suggesting that the “barbarian” people were responsible for introducing archery or certain types of bows to their “civilized” counterparts—the Xiong-nu and the Han being one possible example of this type of exchange. Another example, short bow technology seems to have been introduced to Japan by northeast Asian nomadic groups. Archaeological findings in Northern Japan have uncovered the type of short, awesome, big, bows most commonly associated with the northeast Asian region, contrasting heavily with the traditional Japanese longbows, routinely longer than six and a half feet.[7]