The adventurous scouts at Kew Scout Group were in need of a challenge at their headquarters in Richmond. We kitted them out with three traversing routes on two walls inside the scout hut. Also crash matting running along the length of the walls, which folds up to cover the wall when it’s not in use.
As far as feed back is concerned, the wall is great! I thought they would master it quite quickly but they keep having to get off because they’re exhausted – before they’ve completed one circuit! One older boy said it was harder than coasteering, which he’s been doing all summer in Cornwall. I think it will continue to challenge all but the most competent for quite a while. The extra holds that Richard provided by post were just what was required, having test run it with one of our most competent climbers. All the holds are still tight and I haven’t had to use the tool yet.
We played a new game last Friday with two teams in competition with each other side by side on the highest end gable wall, putting a 2p coin into the two highest holds, with the next person in the team taking it out again and giving it to the next in their team. After a bit of team swapping to even them up, it became extremely close and competitive. They loved it and played it about six times. Most of the delays for both teams were caused by dropping the coin on handover with the next person!
Robin Brackenbury, Assistant Scout Leader