Out of the Box

I was asked last year to try and help the Brecon mountain rescue team (@breconmountainrescue) raise funds following their base burning down in 2017. Ordinarily, I’d just come over and do a talk, and hopefully, that would net some cash, but that’s not been so easy.

We talked about some Zoom style thing, but I felt that we’re all a bit Zoomed out at the moment, plus I’ve had enough of looking at people’s gormless faces, trying to work out if they can even hear me.

Thinking out of the box, I thought about doing it on the side of Pen Y Fan, with everyone standing in Zorb balls, employing the SAS (who bloody love Pen Y Fan), to keep people in position, but I ended up thinking it might be counterproductive in terms of helping Mountain Rescue.

At the same time, I’ve been thinking of how to reduce the number of climbing accidents - which is why I wrote Down - and wondered if I could kill two birds with one stone.

And so I hit on the idea of creating an hour-long training film/slideshow style thing and giving it away to clubs who donate £100 to the teams Justgiving page, with the university climbing clubs being the primary focus.

It’s just an idea, but as I said, it seems to kill two birds with one stone or save two birds.

What do people think?