FACTORIES OF CHALK AND TRAINING
We’re all for being outside, hence Outdoor Provisions, but in the depths of winter, a bit of indoor action is sometimes necessary; let's take this inside.
One such refuge for indoor action is the UK’s network of climbing walls. They seem to suit a variety of needs for all abilities of climber. Headspace, a mental as well as a physical test, cross training (we know loads of cyclists and runners that climb in winter) or just keeping your eye in. There’s even folk climbing indoors with little desire to ever climb outside. It’s not like one necessitates the other, they are their own thing.
We'd arranged to meet Athena on an impressively wet day in December at Depot Manchester. She was sitting at a table in the attached cafe waiting for us, very at ease with her surroundings. Athena flits between Sheffield and Manchester walls depending on where in the Peak she’s working. Or has she picked work that is near climbing walls? We’re not sure.
We chatted easily for a while; plans for the year, a shared passion for the Peak and a bit about energy snacks, obviously. Eventually we ask if she wanted to climb, so we could take a few pictures. “Yeah, I’m going to climb.” she replies, “...but first I need a cheese toastie.”