DO I NEED TO BE AT A CERTAIN PHYSICAL LEVEL TO CLIMB?
The wonderful thing about rock climbing indoors or outdoors is that no matter what your age, experience or fitness level you can enjoy it and make rapid progress. I will plan the sessions with you, understanding any health or other issues and will actively reassess as the sessions progress.
The walking and navigation sessions can again be tailored to meet individual needs.
DO I NEED SPECIAL CLOTHING OR EQUIPMENT?
For outdoor climbing and indoor roped climbing I will provide helmets and harnesses. I also have a limited range of rock shoes available. For indoor bouldering and roped climbing the centres I use will hire you rock shoes.
For all activities I will advise personally on specific clothing requirements depending on time of year and venue.
IS CLIMBING OR MOUNTAIN WALKING DANGEROUS?
There is an element of risk in any physical activity. The British Mountaineering Council Participation Statement says:
“The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”
My aim is to introduce and develop individuals to be safe and competent, understanding the risks and being able to make informed judgements. All participants will be required to use the appropriate safety equipment, either your own or provided by me.
AM I TOO OLD OR YOUNG TO CLIMB?
You're never too old and my minimum age for clients is five years.
I CAN BE NERVOUS OF HEIGHTS, IS THAT GOING TO STOP ME CLIMBING?
I've taught many people of different ages who have a fear of heights. My approach is to go at the client's pace and ensure people feel comfortable and only push themselves when they're ready.
CAN YOU HELP ME GET TO THE POINT OF CLIMBING INDEPENDENTLY?
I can prepare people to pass the belay test at an indoor climbing centre and also provide the knowledge and experience to climb safely outdoors.