Engaging young people at Harrisons.

I took 9 challenging teenage boys to Harrisons whilst working for an outdoor education centre yesterday. All of them are in school but in need of some extra input as they are struggling to fit in with the regular education system. They spend one day a week for 8 weeks with the centre and they kept Bernie and I on our toes all day! Scrambling and bouldering seemed to engage more of them than climbing on a rope but the two smallest boys put in an excellent effort on the awkward sandstone climbing. It would be great to take a smaller group with a 1:2 or 1:3 staff:client ratio and give them the oportunity to explore and play in a more free-flowing way…

Unknown climber on Niblick.

Unknown climber on Niblick.

Posted: June 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Southern Sandstone | No Comments »

Top roping and bouldering at Harrisons.

A great day a of top-roping and bouldering in the sunshine with friends:

Luca on The Luncheon Shelf

Luca on The Luncheon Shelf

Katy cranking hard.

Katy cranking hard.

Luca reaching for the sloper.

Luca reaching for the sloper.

The sloper...

The sloper...

Posted: June 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Bouldering, Southern Sandstone | No Comments »

Introduction to indoor climbing course.

After such a good weekend in North Wales, Jodie brought some friends along for an indoor climbing course. We ran it over two 3 hour sessions that took place at The Reach in South Woolwich. The Reach is a brilliant new wall with lots of roped climbs and plenty of height to get that way off the ground feeling.

“Just thought I’d let you know that Jae, Tran and I had our first unsupervised climbing session at the Reach last night and, as usual, we were the last to leave! We had a lot of fun trying out the techniques you taught us and we all got to the top of a vertical wall this time, hurrah!” – Jodie

Top-roping at The Reach.

Top-roping at The Reach.

Posted: June 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Indoor Climbing | No Comments »
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