Adventure Update | Rockblok | Rutland and Beyond

Adventure Update | Rockblok Review 2013 | Rutland and Beyond
Time for an update on just a few of the things we’ve been up to over the past year.  The beginning of the year brought sub-zero temperatures but liking a challenge we revelled in it – an adventure to be had. We continued to deliver our ‘Climb Club’ sessions, with our young and enthusiastic climbers braving the winter chill in their efforts to gain more certificates within the NICAS scheme. With lots of snow to clear our dedicated instructors made sure that the show did go on.

Keeping up with good practice and to hone our skills further, leaders from our centre took the opportunity to gain more knowledge within the outdoor industry attending a number of seminars and courses. Some of these were adventures in themselves, battling against snow drifts and blizzard conditions to attend our ‘Wilderness First Aid Course’ in the Peak District National Park.

With the white stuff and its accompanied freezing temperatures not in a hurry to move on, March was a cold place to be, with corporate teams having to deal with the added challenge of -3 degree temperatures. Despite this, the morale was at a high, with team spirit winning through. Some lucky teams even got the opportunity to warm frozen fingers on the fires they had lit.

March also saw a group of youngsters with very red noses (not due to the cold but in aid of comic relief) taking part in a climbing challenge to raise funds for ‘Red Nose Day’.

On a more serious note we were joined by rescue services and the HART (Hazardous Area Rescue Team) team who used our facilities to practice working at height rescues.

Through the colder months our schools climbing elective continued with many brave individuals managing to complete their NICAS level 1.

With a change in the weather and temperature, our ‘Climb on Real Rock’ dates were set in the anticipation of adventures further afield on dry warm rock in our beloved Peak District National Park.

More spring sunshine found us training, consolidating and assessing new arrivals to our team of instructors in readiness for summer and the main surge of school, college and youth groups’. This was followed by an adventure filled summer break with loads of young climbers pushing themselves to achieve some amazing climbs and test their head for heights. It was great to see so many smiley faces all around!

After a busy July and August, our September climb club brought along an influx of new and enthusiastic members keen to pack as much climbing and adventuring in before the predicted November cold spell set in.

Our NICAS sessions (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) have gone from strength to strength and is evident with our continued schools ‘Climbing Electives’ of which we are very proud to be part of. Our ACE club saw some outstanding achievements from all involved. One young lady progressing towards goals set and finally overcoming the obstacles of our 30 ft vertical climbing wall, making it all the way to the top under her own steam, fantastic achievement!

Into Autumn we had some strong positive outcomes for our corporate team building sessions. Sessions focused on team bonding and cohesion, communication and leadership allowing all participants to understand and demonstrate the skills needed to make a successful team. For some it was a full day of challenging activities, and for others it was a chance to let their hair down and have a jolly after a morning of intense boardroom meetings.

November and December have been a time for organizing and preparing for the New Year ahead.We have some great plans along with new developments scheduled so watch this space for future opportunities and to get involved.

These were just some of the things we’ve been up to.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2014!




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