Bored Brits are turning their homes into climbing walls and obstacle courses

Keen climbers, who are stuck indoors due to the pandemic, have been setting up their own DIY climbing walls and obstacle courses at home.

Makeshift climbing centres have been springing up in people’s living rooms, garages, and cellars made from everyday items such as Jenga blocks and wooden pallets.

Some are even practicing on the exterior of their properties as they come up with unique ways to hone their skills and keep fit during lockdown.

The incredible results are being shared on social media with wacky home bouldering videos quickly taking the internet by storm.

Both professional and amateur climbers can be seen scaling the walls of their homes and moving from room to room and even upstairs without touching the ground.

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Engineer Zak Aston, 29, from Gloucestershire, has been taking to the exterior of his home to practice his climbing.

He said: ‘I think this craze has taken off because climbers are a pretty eccentric bunch. We are always looking for something new to scratch the itch.

‘When the lockdown started, people just took to training in any way they knew how.

‘I started looking at their own situations and thinking “can I climb that? Well, let’s try it anyway”.’

Even 70-year-old Andy from West Midlands got involved. He scaled two flights of stairs in his home, without touching the floor, 26 times to raise over £1,000 for Oxfam.

The grandad-of-three, who has been rock climbing for 30 years, said: ‘I think climbers are hoping that when lockdown finally finishes that they’ll still be fairly fit.

‘It is also just our imagination. When we are stopped from climbing on rock or indoor walls, we’re looking at other possibilities.

‘I’ve climbed in the Dolomites and Snowdonia, but the banister will have to do for the time being.

‘Houses always have different bits and pieces you can hang off.’

Jake Tomlinson, 30, from Stafford, has created his own climbing wall by screwing in Jenga building blocks into his garage exterior.

The freelance outdoor education teacher, who has travelled the world pursuing the sport, came up with the ingenious idea in an attempt to keep costs down.

He said: ‘I think I was missing the actual movement of climbing and I wanted to build something along the wall.

‘I found Jenga blocks are a really simple and cheap way to train. You just screw them on and they are quite small but fun to climb.

‘I think climbers just like the training aspect of home bouldering. When this is over, people want to have maintained their fitness.’

Daniel James, 29, from Gloucestershire, has been posting Instagram videos of his homemade climbing wall after transforming his parents’ cellar into a gym.

He said: ‘I’ve always kind of had my eye on it since I started climbing. While I’ve got very little to do it seemed like a pretty good opportunity to make some use of that.

‘It only cost just under £100. The climbing holes you can spend as much as you want. People spend thousands and thousands on their walls.

‘There are all kinds of training tools and devices that you can use to stay in nick but the best way of doing that is simply having access to a climbing wall.’

One web user called Laetitia, 39, who uses the Instagram handle mini_climber, has also been taking part in the videos after constructing a climbing wall at home.

The primary school teacher and mum-of-two said: ‘I love the energy and the strength required to climb, it’s so much fun. My passion for it just grew over time.

‘I was missing it, so I decided to try and build my own wall at home using panels and bits of wood.

‘I’m really enjoying the process of building and evolving until lockdown ends at least.I can get big bits of plywood for under £40 and that’s half the wall done.

‘Climbing is never-ending, it’s limitless. It’s a dance and if anyone enjoys dancing, then this is just vertical dancing. My wall definitely occupies my days.’

The craze has also been occurring all over the world.

How fun!

Of course, if you’re going to try it at home, make sure you know what you’re doing and take safety precautions to prevent any injuries.

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