but lacking the tools to safely traverse to the wine store, returned the next day freshly kitted out with shiny new quickdraws to get it dispatched. He’d like to thanks his sponsors, DMM and Aldi.

some fun into our lives with her, only slightly, photoshopped photos.

Meanwhile, there were the enterprising few that have made the best of a bad situation to start small businesses that cater to the new needs of a life in lockdown, such as Mike Griffiths who started Dinoholds:

“It all started when we were making holds for a home wall project in our loft. A friend, also with a home wall, liked the holds too and asked if I could make him a set. This made us realise that the holds were pretty good, maybe even good enough to sell. Then with the UK going into lockdown, I was suddenly at home and had time (not too much time with a seven- and four-year-old at home) firstly to clear the garage and then make into a better workshop. It’s still not totally finished, waiting ‘til we can order some wood to make some proper benches. The timing of all these events really presented an opportunity to work from home crafting the holds and really a shift in mind-set from home project to business venture.

“This Covid-19 outbreak has affected everyone, but we wanted to bring something positive out of this situation and so sharing Dinoholds with other climbers as passionate about the sport as us seemed like a good step to take. We source the wood from local businesses, they are off-cuts and by-products that would otherwise have been wasted and incinerated/used for firewood, but now saved to make climbing holds. We have recently launched on social media platforms Instagram/Facebook, and have received a warm welcome so far. You can follow us @dinoholds.” But it was inevitable that, over time, the lack of stimulus and prolonged periods having to stay at home led to some imaginative rethinking of kitchens, staircases, walls and guttering as the things we’d been yearning after all along. Ben Buckley, parched and desperate for a glass of red,

R The crafting process of Dinoholds.

“I ordered some new sport climbing kit from DMM. Obviously I can’t use it outside just yet and then I saw a potential line in my kitchen, which I hadn’t noticed before… I've named it the Malbec Line.” Lockdown for Charlotte Whitmore was not the inspiration but the impetus to finally crack on and tick that dream line: “One Wednesday evening, when I normally go to the climbing wall or outdoors (summer), I decided to try out my ‘local bouldering wall’. Let’s be honest, it’s not like I had any other place to be. It’s high in the grade but I’ve a few weeks to work on it to build up to a first ascent. I’d previously reviewed its potential (walked past it…) and scoped out route options and importantly the hazards: loose bricks, moss, unexpected wildlife and, more commonly, prickly vegetation.

“50m of challenging terrain to surmount, including – passing through a ‘chimney’, getting round a slippery ‘rib’, a horizontal bulge and extensive ‘sloper’ section (just when you thought it was getting too hard!). In summary, ideal for small fingers (notably ones belonging to my five-year-old twin boys!). Four weeks later I managed to do about three quarters of it – only the sloper section left to do… that should take me a while before then trying to do it in reverse.”

P The tricky May Pole Traverse.

S The proud ascent of Ben's new Malbec Line.





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