THE LEEDS WALL
For the past 20 years The Leeds Wall has been used as an excellent indoor Rope Access training facility; initially by Vertical Access Ltd and then by Yorkshire Access Training Ltd.
The Leeds Wall is now in the process of changing hands and the new owners have decided that Industrial Training isn't compatible with their plans for the building.
Yorkshire Access Training Ltd is now in the process of moving to a new training location in the Leeds area - More information coming soon.
Now that the Leeds Wall climbing centre is no longer available for Industrial Training, the new owners (the guys who currently own the Depot climbing centres) will have a lot more space to work with. I'll look forward to seeing what exciting changes they will make to this popular venue.
CAVING AND POTHOLING
As well as carrying out industrial climbing both in training venues and on most types of work site I've also been actively caving for over 25 years. Unlike climbers who for the most part use ropes to protect themselves in the event of a fall, cavers actively use ropes to support themselves whilst exploring deep shafts and pots.
Many of the techniques used in the industry have come directly from the methods pioneered by cave explorers. Cave rescue techniques, honed and perfected in some of the most demanding locations in the world have found there way into the IRATA training syllabus.
As well as working within the Rope Access Industry I'm also the Underground Controller for the local cave rescue team, part of the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Associatoin (UWFRA), themselves an active member of MREW (Mountain Rescue England & Wales). If you want to know more about this specialist area then please feel free to have a chat either during a course or via any of the advertised contact methods.