In 1991 from the age of 13 for about two years whilst in the Air Training Core I was fortunate to get involved with taking a portable tower (made from scaffolding with support ropes and full sheets of ply board hanging down one side with wooden holds attached) to air shows and events were I was involved with constructing and dismantling the tower, sating up and laying out gear and ropes, assisting with harnessing up and advising general public ready for climbing and abseiling. We even had our own display team to demonstrate abseiling tacknicks and types of abseiling as well as shows and races.
Whilst in the Air Training Core I was involved with the building of a static tower used for practice and training porpoises (the tower was built from 4 telegraph polls with full sheets of ply board fixed down two sides with wooden holds attached to one side which also included a slight overhang and a ledge and broken up concrete bolted down the other side). Once the static tower was complete the Air Training Core run a training course on climbing tecknicks, rope work, abseiling, belaying and rescue, etc... which involved both therey and practical. I was fortunate to be able to attending and participate in this course.
In Jan 2010 my work (Romford YMCA) opened up its now Climbing Centre which is an old squash court converted into a climbing centre with 8 5meter high roped walls (each with two routes) and includes overhangs for top roping and lead climbing, a 3meter high Bouldering wall also with over hangs and a traversing wall all complete with thick bouldering matting fitted to the flooring for safety. As a result of our new facilities I have started purchasing my own equipment (Harness, Shoes, Belay, Karabiner, chuck and chuck bag) and I know have the pleaser of practising my climbing whenever I like after work and have managed to lead climb at a level of 6C. I also get involved with resetting of routs and have the pleaser of jointly running a climbing club (every Tuesday 4-8pm) for anyone wanting to come along (experienced or novice) this has also given me the opportunity to instruct and teach others the basics.
On the 24th April 2010 I was happy to be able to complete my first outdoor lead climb at Stanage Edge at a level of hard server.
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