I have really missed out some good blogging recently. From new training methods to Squad Competitions to watching Baxter fall off an 8c on the last two moves of his second attempt on a weekend trip to Rodellar in Spain.
The truth is, now, I have barely got a second to breathe. My life in London has been constantly on the go with my 4 jobs. Plus the Climbing, training, girlfriend and family. Sometimes I wish for 10 days in the week, 40 hours in a day and even for the clock to tick a second slower. But now everything has changed. A complete new chapter has begun. Am I about to promote up the league from a Social Climber to a part time bum? No, I am actually being dropped further down the league and have no longer a single spare hour to train.
Here is a little video of my previous life....
I met Mr Simon Fowler towards the end of 2012 at one of the walls in London. He had just finished making the training room at The Reach climbing wall and was currently designing the extensions for Mile End Climbing Wall. Simon runs a workshop in the countryside making all sorts for all sorts of clients. He even has a mini wall and campus board in his office! By the end of that year we became business partners on a mission to build a new wall in Kent. The responsibility and workload is enormous. This left an opening partnership position for a dude who could be mistaken for a giant. The Orc (Chris Searle) is one of those fierce looking trolls from Lord of the Rings. It turns out that he has a Masters Degree in Philosophy, which was a big relief when I find out he wasn’t going to eat me.
For over 2 years we have been on a rollercoaster ride, developing a dream. Countless meetings and paperwork with all sorts of people landed us a good usable space, a huge warehouse in Royal Tunbridge Wells. We then spent a whole month ripping out all the old fixtures and fittings, the MILES of old cables, stud walls and literally tonnes of plasterboard. An old dance studio has now been ripped apart to form a new mezzanine floor for customers to view our amazing space. Six, twelve yard skips and some (lots) of evening beers have got us through this stage and we are finally kicking off with the build.
Karma Climbing Centre is very unique. The whole wall designs have been done completely different to any other climbing walls in the world. Simon, who is designing it all, demands every little area in the warehouse to be sorted/fixed up properly.
Simon, “bugger there is a small issue with the brickwork here”
Orc takes a close look as if he is a scientist looking through some microscopes.
Orc, “It will be fine”
Simon, “no, no, no it won’t be fine”
You see, we don’t see Karma as a ‘that’ll do’ brand because really, it won’t just do. We want to make sure we get the details right to create a Centre that our customers receive as much pleasure from of the experience as we do. To help push the industry in this country, to find talent, to create a facility that raises the bar.
It’s this attitude that gives me full motivation during the construction everyday.
A month before we open I will be taking my climbing further starting from scratch. I have already got a whole list of goals that I will be trying. They are almost impossible for me at my level, but I love flirting with the impossible.
So far, we have employed over 15 tradesmen and everyone is a climber. A climbing wall made by climbers for climbers.
We will look forward seeing you all here.