Naivasha welcomes kids rock-climbing

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Naivasha children have a chance to try out indoor rock climbing at the town's first Kids Rock Climbing Clinic. Being organised by Climb Bluesky, the clinic aims to introduce children to the sport.

“This is the first time we are holding a kids clinic at our branch in Naivasha and we just want to get children interested in rock climbing,” said Leah Mwangi, Marketing Manager for Climb BlueSky.

Despite being opened in March 2015, the BlueSky Naivasha branch has never held a children's clinic unlike their Nairobi counterpart who hold one monthly. It is their hope that this clinic will attract more kids to rock climbing.
“If a child is interested in rock climbing then indoor rock climbing is a great place to start and learn the basics before venturing out,” said Mwangi.

Targeting children between the ages of 5 and 16 years, the clinic will teach beginner techniques on 24ft colour-coded wall.
“We will start with basics such as how to wear a harness and how to belay,” said Mwangi.
A harness is a piece of safety climbing equipment that is worn and attached around the waist then secured to a rope or anchor point. Belaying is the process of securing a climber by use of a climbing rope usually to another climber who is in a more stable position. This process is meant to hold the ascending climber's weight so as to ensure safety.

Other basic rock-climbing techniques children will learn at the clinic are scaling up a wall and scaling up a bouldering wall.
“Scaling up a bouldering wall means that one is not harnessed. The bouldering wall is colour-coded so it becomes interesting when the climbers are asked to stick to a certain colour,” said Mwangi.

Apart from rock-climbing, families can also have a picnic at the grounds found at Climb BueSky Naivasha. There will also be a starjump, bouncy castle and train rides at an extra fee of around Sh100 which will be suitable for the younger children that may not fancy rock-climbing.

The clinic which costs Sh500 per child will take place at the newly opened Buffalo Mall from 10am to noon on Tuesday 20th October 2015.

For more information call Leah Mwangi on 0726 324 961.

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