The Climbing Wall

During our Adventure weekend in Milton Keynes Lee spotted a 45 foot climbing wall. Well actually 2 climbing pillars with various routes up them. Some being a lot more difficult than others.

the climbing wall at Milton Keynes.
Lisa,Lee,Dan and myself ready to attack the wall.

Once Lee had spotted the climbing wall you could see instantly that he was not going anywhere until he had had a go at scaling his way up. He then asked me do you fancy a go. I thought i could not miss the oppurtunity. Emma decided to give this one a miss and sit down with mum with a Latte. Lisa and Dan on the other hand were well up for the challenge.

barry going up the climbing wall
Myself going up the climbing wall at too leisurely a pace

We were lucky as there was no one else on the walls. So we had them all to ourselves so after a quick safety briefing. It was time to put on some very uncomfortable climbing shoes, donne a harness and head for the walls.Lee and Dan immediately went for the higher and harder wall. So this left Lisa and myself on the slightly lower and easier wall to climb. It turned out Lisa was very good at this. She was definatly quicker up the wall than i was. I think my problem was i had never been clipped on to a safety rope before. So my mind set was if i full it ends with a trip to the hospital if not worse. It was only after we had finished that i managed to get my head round to the idea. That you just go for it and if you fall all that happens is that you come back down to terra firma very slowly and sedately.

Lee going up the climbing wall
Lee literally flying up the harder route on the wall

Lisa ,Dan and Lee on the other hand were starting to make it look quite easy. I found out afterwards that Lisa had done this sort of thing quite a few times with her year 6 students. Lee and Dan were making the most of the experience. After a while on the wall your fore arms start to burn and your grip goes so a half hour slot is the perfect amount of time on the walls. Near the end it was just Lee really left on the wall and he was flying up almost as fast as the instructor who climbs it every day. He could not believe that Lee had never been on a climbing wall before.

Lisa going up very quickly
Lisa showing me how it is done.

Overall the experience was an excellent one. For me i was a bit frustrated that i had not got my head round sooner. That falling off was no problem and to just go for it, We all though are determined to get to Edinburgh where they have the highest indoor climbing wall in Europe. So 5 out of 5 for this one WAHOO …

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