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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 …

Indoor Sky Diving (Airkix Milton Keynes)

Ever since my daughter Lisa and her husband Dan got back from their honeymoon to Florida. They have been going on about how much they had enjoyed their go at indoor Sky Diving. So with me turning 50 it they sprung it on me as a surprise, Along with a snowboard lesson which i will go in to in another post. We were also supposed to meet up with relatives that we had not seen for a long time. Circumstances meant that we had to put that one on hold for a while.

So it was off to Milton Keynes for the weekend. Coming along for the weekend was Mum,Lisa,Lee,Dan and Emma. So it was a real family outing. Lisa decided not to do the indoor Sky Diving and Mum never intended to get inside and was more than happy taking photos. So this left Dan,Emma,Lee and myself to learn how to fly. Well hover in a large tube.

Barry at the Airkix indoor sky diving arena at Milton Keynes
Indoor sky Diving is such good fun everyone has to do at least once.

After a safety briefing it was time to get suited up and get ready to Rock and Roll. by the time we were ready to go in there was plenty of nervous energy flying about. A bit of a pun there ok not really very funny. Once inside the hardest thing seemed to be getting in to the initial position where you are able to just hover without flying off in all directions. After a few seconds though you find yourself starting to relax. Once this happens everything suddenly seems a lot easier. By the end of our second go we were all managing tohold a good position. raise ourself up and down and also attempt some dodgy looking turns. At the end of the session everyone gets the option for an extra £5 you can go right to the top and back down a couple of times. With the help of the instructor of course. Left to our own devices this manouvre would of been a certain crash and burn. The extra £5 is definatly money well spent. As there is a good chance you will only go indoor Sky Diving once. So you have to make the most of it why you are there.

Overall Indoor Sky Diving is one of those things you have to do at least once. We all had a great time and i know all of us would recommend everyone to put it on their bucket list of things to do.