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AND COUNTLESS OTHERS HAVE REINVENTED THEIR HOMES: BOULDERING GRAN FRAN BOWER


I live in a small terraced cottage where I have very little option for setting up a problem and stepping from chair to chair in the living room would be no challenge at all, so I borrowed back the climbing holds I gave to my grandchildren in the days when they had a playhouse with them on, and I put them up on my shed wall. I'm not a very accomplished boulderer (V0-V2 is about my limit) so this is plenty for me, especially the tricky rockover round the hosepipe.


"A FALL MEANT A LOT OF SHOUTING FROM MY MOM AND FALLING OF THE UTENSILS."


RISING ROCKSTAR FRED WILLIAMS


Fred Williams has literally been climbing the walls at home. As a member of the GB Climbing National Development Squad (Youth C) he’s used to climbing all the time. Since lockdown, he has set new routes and boulders all over our house. His dad has even bolted a couple of walls so he can get a bit of lead practice in (and now is really not the time for highballing!). Indoors, he is practicing his rope work and learning new skills which he can take outdoors in the future (e.g. tying anchors and abseiling). There is a silver lining to all of this; Fred lives in rural Northumberland


and normally has to travel at least an hour to train and much further for competitions and GB Squad weekends. For the first time ever, he can now be on the wall within five minutes and we are no longer spending hours in the car travelling up and down the A1. That’s definitely something for us to think about in the future and, hopefully, we can keep some of these new training habits after lockdown – giving us a bit more time at home and reducing our carbon footprint. Find Fred on Instagram @fredgoesclimbing and Twitter @fred_climbing


CLIMBING IN SMALL INDIAN HOUSES


I am Deepak Pawar and in India we don't have big houses with features suitable for climbing, yet I have tried to be creative. I used the overhang storage of my house (seen in many Indian houses) and created routes. More than the difficulty of the routes I was worried about the logistics. The most important factor was getting permit from my Mom! She loves her kitchen and utensils. A fall meant a lot of shouting from my Mom and falling of the utensils. So, I had to visit frequently and check the right timing to avoid her!


Right now I have opened two new routes: Kitchen Corner, 7a+: It goes through a series of utensils and passes through a window and top out means exit out of the house Diamond Balcony, 8a+: The most difficult traverse goes through window of my house into the hall of house. Really intense, still working on it. If you guys have any suggestions, please help me complete that route. Watch the video on Deepak’s Instagram: @climber_deepak


SUMMIT#98 | SUMMER 2020 | 27


PHOTO: DEEPAK


PHOTOS: FRAN BOWER


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