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Daredevils scale homemade obstacle courses in their living rooms in new ‘home bouldering’ craze

We’ve already seen a runner complete a marathon in his back garden and a man reach the lofty heights of Mount Everest in his own home.

But now locked-down Britons are climbing the walls of their own home with boredom – quite literally.

Climbing enthusiasts unable to reach their favourite spots or local leisure centres are setting up obstacle courses as part of a new craze, the Daily Telegraph reports today.

Named ‘home bouldering’, it involves both using every day items, such as Jenga blocks and wooden pallets, to create a DIY climbing wall.

The even more adventurous have even videoed themselves scaling the outside of their homes.

Climbing enthusiasts unable to reach their favourite spots or local leisure centres are setting up obstacle courses as part of a new craze. Pictured: Paris Hadjisoteriou, 28, from Nicosia in Cyprus, climbs an arch at his home

Climbing enthusiasts unable to reach their favourite spots or local leisure centres are setting up obstacle courses as part of a new craze. Pictured: Paris Hadjisoteriou, 28, from Nicosia in Cyprus, climbs an arch at his home

Climbing enthusiasts unable to reach their favourite spots or local leisure centres are setting up obstacle courses as part of a new craze. Pictured: Paris Hadjisoteriou, 28, from Nicosia in Cyprus, climbs an arch at his home

Named 'home bouldering', it involves both using every day items, such as Jenga blocks and wooden pallets, to create a DIY climbing wall. Pictured: Saman Shrestha, 30, of Kathmandu in Nepal, in action

Named 'home bouldering', it involves both using every day items, such as Jenga blocks and wooden pallets, to create a DIY climbing wall. Pictured: Saman Shrestha, 30, of Kathmandu in Nepal, in action

Named ‘home bouldering’, it involves both using every day items, such as Jenga blocks and wooden pallets, to create a DIY climbing wall. Pictured: Saman Shrestha, 30, of Kathmandu in Nepal, in action

The more adventurous have even videoed themselves scaling the outside of their homes - including engineer Zak Aston, pictured here climbing the outside of his home in Gloucestershire

The more adventurous have even videoed themselves scaling the outside of their homes - including engineer Zak Aston, pictured here climbing the outside of his home in Gloucestershire

The more adventurous have even videoed themselves scaling the outside of their homes – including engineer Zak Aston, pictured here climbing the outside of his home in Gloucestershire

Zak, 29, is not only climbing the exterior of his home, he's also been climbing parts of the inside of his home, such as his fireplace (pictured)

Zak, 29, is not only climbing the exterior of his home, he's also been climbing parts of the inside of his home, such as his fireplace (pictured)

Zak, 29, is not only climbing the exterior of his home, he’s also been climbing parts of the inside of his home, such as his fireplace (pictured)

The craze has taken social media by storm and has been taken up by both amateur and professional climbers. 

Engineer Zak Aston, 29, of Littledean in Gloucestershire, is one of those who has filmed himself climbing the exterior of his own home.

He has posted the videos on social media site, Instagram, where they have been viewed hundreds of times. 

He told the Telegraph: ‘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.’ 

The craze has taken social media by storm and has been taken up by both amateur and professional climbers, including Daniel James, 26, from Gloucestershire, who is a Site Manager of Go Ape

The craze has taken social media by storm and has been taken up by both amateur and professional climbers, including Daniel James, 26, from Gloucestershire, who is a Site Manager of Go Ape

The craze has taken social media by storm and has been taken up by both amateur and professional climbers, including Daniel James, 26, from Gloucestershire, who is a Site Manager of Go Ape

Laetitia, 39, a Primary School Teacher from South London, is one of those to take part in the trend and has created a seriously tricky climbing wall in her own home.

Laetitia, 39, a Primary School Teacher from South London, is one of those to take part in the trend and has created a seriously tricky climbing wall in her own home.

Laetitia, 39, a Primary School Teacher from South London, is one of those to take part in the trend and has created a seriously tricky climbing wall in her own home.

Laetitia, 39, a Primary School Teacher from South London, is one of those to take part in the trend and has created a seriously tricky climbing wall in her own home.

Another climber, Andy Hemsted, 70, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, has even turned the activity into a fundraiser.

The grandfather-of-three scaled two flights of stairs in his home 26 times, without touching the floor, to raise £1,000 for Oxfam.

The fundraising campaign is one of thousands taken on by Britons determined to stay fit and raise money for good causes while in coronavirus lockdown.  

Andy Hemsted, 70, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, has even turned the activity into a fundraiser.

Andy Hemsted, 70, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, has even turned the activity into a fundraiser.

The grandfather-of-three scaled two flights of stairs in his home 26 times, without touching the floor, to raise £1,000 for Oxfam

The grandfather-of-three scaled two flights of stairs in his home 26 times, without touching the floor, to raise £1,000 for Oxfam

Andy Hemsted, 70, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, has even turned the activity into a fundraiser. The grandfather-of-three scaled two flights of stairs in his home 26 times, without touching the floor, to raise £1,000 for Oxfam

John Griffin climbed 8,850 vertical meters – the height of Mount Everest – on the stairs of his three-storey semi-detached home while in lockdown over a period of just four days.

The 53-year-old, who climbed for hours with a bag of frozen peas strapped to his leg, said it was the ‘hardest thing he had ever done’.  

Mr Griffin did the challenge to raise cash for the Trussell Trust, which supports food banks across the UK.

A man in Kent decided to run a marathon in his garden so his months of training would not go to waste.

James Page, 36, from Sidcup, had been in training for an ultra-marathon and the London Marathon, but both were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Running around his garden and switching direction every 20 minutes or so to protect his knees, Mr Page completed 873 laps in just under five hours.

The runner  raised more than £3,000 for Children With Cancer UK during his training, a cause close to his heart after both his parents were diagnosed with cancer in the last 18 months.

Source: Daily Mail – Articles

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