Oh what a way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon in North Yorkshire- scaling around large stones and scurrying through gaps small enough to trap your average hamster. Bouldering… A complete and utter art form and I for one loved it.
Not being the sportiest of individuals, I had serious apprehensions about running around a National Trust ground, clambering up rocks and crawling around trying not to need assistance from the local fire service to get home in one piece.
The activity is very good for building relations between team members as there is a requirement to ‘spot’ each other, basically watching each other’s backs for slips. Risks aside and taking into consideration the bad weather a fantastic session was had by all the young people and staff who participated. If you make it up the higher climbs there are amazing views at the park in Thirsk and the sense of danger by not using traditional climbing ropes just adds to the buzz. The session ended with a real sense of achievement rewarded by a hot roast dinner-although after all that activity I would have eaten one of those imaginary trapped hamsters…Mmm!