Climbing champ ‘hangs out at home’ during lockdown

Anna Fraser, 11, has been having fun on a makeshift assault course in her garden.

Climbing champ ‘hangs out at home’ during lockdown

A month into lockdown and many children are climbing the walls – but for Stirling schoolgirl Anna Fraser that has literally been the case.

The 11-year-old normally spends her weekends and spare time at climbing centres up and down the country.

The talented youngster is the triple Scottish climbing champion for lead, speed and bouldering.

But unable to visit a climbing centre or even clamber up a climbing frame in her local play park, the Borestone Primary pupil has had to find inventive ways of climbing at home.

Inspired by one of their teachers, Anna and her younger brother and sister – seven-year-old twins Tom and Olivia – created their own obstacle course in the garden using logs and planks.

But later that night, mum Lucy and dad Euan thought it would be fun to create an obstacle course where the children did not have to touch the ground.

Her mum, who is the mountaineering Scotland director for ClimbScotland, said: “We got a set of ladders and strapped them securely to the climbing frame and the swing, then surprised them with it in the morning.

“They were out on it all morning, then we had lunch and Anna was out climbing upside down on it and asking for her harness and clip. 

“She wanted the harness and clip to feel like she was climbing.”

Anna’s mum duly obliged and safely set it all up.

Champ: The youngster wanted to wear her harness to feel like she was climbing.

The youngster said: “It’s great to wear my harness and feel like I am climbing again.”

Like many families, Anna’s mum said she is constantly having to come up with ideas to keep her three active children busy.

She added: “We are really lucky they have a big garden, but it’s just thinking of things to keep them entertained and a bit different.”

By Local Democracy Reporter Kathryn Anderson

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