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Another COVID-19 update from 3 Wise Monkeys

Jul 16, 2020 2:03:21 PM / by Oliver Millington


I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty fed up of COVID-19 updates, so I'll try and scatter these with Easter eggs about what's been going on at the centre to keep it more fun for you... 

We're in an odd position on our perch up in the Highlands, watching as climbing walls across the world in areas far worse hit by the pandemic start to reopen their doors. It's a luxury in a way to be able to see how it goes for those walls, and plan accordingly. Because of that, and because we're in no way close to reopening (we have a working date of 1st of September) we don't yet have a belt and braces COVID system all laid out. 

We're asking for your opinions, on what would help you to feel safe and excited to come back to your climbing centre, and we're asking now so we can take that into account. 

There are some things that go without saying:

We're going to need to 'covidise' our sign in and sign out procedures so they're fit to help support track and tracing efforts. That means everyone will need to re-register online before you come climbing. 

We're going to need to provide extra handwashing and sanitisation facilities, and make them as hygenic as they can be, this is alongside the whole host of measures we'll take to keep the walls and facilities cleaner.

And we're going to need to set lower capacity limits in all 3 of our climbing areas, so you can maintain social distancing while climbing. 

Then there are some more tricky topics that we'd like your opinions on:

Walls up and down the UK have been managing access in different ways. Whether booking climbing slots to manage capacity, having queuing and capacity limits, or timetabling access to different groups, they're all being tried. We want your opinions on what you think would work best for you. 

And what about face coverings? Current guidelines suggest  they will not be mandatory in climbing areas, so we're working along the lines of them needing to be worn while you sign in, travel between the climbing areas or head to the cafe - but then when you're sat on your snuggly sofa enjoying a coffee from our new coffee machine, or climbing your route - masks won't be essential because you'll be socially distanced.

You can let us know what you think about these, and anything else you have concern about so we can potentially address your concerns in the run up to opening. We're monitoring comments on this page, and on the corresponding facebook post. 

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Do You Breathe Through Your Nose?

May 19, 2020 7:55:33 AM / by Charlotte Hatto posted in COVID-19


Do you breathe through your nose all the time or just some of the time or maybe rarely? Do you even know? Since breathing is an automatic process most of us don’t notice how we do it. Even when we are out of breath what we notice is that we are breathing hard more than how we are breathing. As a human being we are designed, if designed is the right word, to breathe through our nose; that’s what it is there for. It’s not just decoration. There are lots of things about our noses which give us good reasons to breathe through our noses in preference to breathing though our mouths.

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May 19, 2020 7:48:57 AM / by Alan Robinson posted in cafe, COVID-19


So this is a futuristic blog, as I'm fairly confident the recipes that will be divulged provide more than one hours sustenance (well that was relevant when I STARTED writing this blog, I’m still a newbie at this business! Suffice to say you’d have to be taking the new exercise guidelines to the wire for these survival foods to let you down.) And how do I know this? Well I've been using these recipes to fuel up pre-fast every day (going into my 3rdweek now) and I'm still able to compose sentences and brave such experiences as shopping in Morrisons. 

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Memories of Our Joe

May 4, 2020 8:49:51 PM / by Oliver Millington


Memories of our Joe

There are plenty of places where you’ll be able to see about the news, see speculations as to the what, where and when. I only care about the who.

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SMART targets, process goals and sunk costs

May 3, 2020 5:34:00 PM / by Naomi Hatto posted in COVID-19


For those who don’t know Oliver - he is the main instigator behind Three Wise Monkeys Climbing up here in Fort William and I, amongst other things am married to him; this tends to lead to me hearing (often in long car journeys between naps) quite a few business and entrepreneurial audio books. Some I find interesting, others are drier…

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Partner stretching and acro-yoga

May 2, 2020 5:06:00 PM / by Naomi Hatto posted in COVID-19


Only to be attempted with people you are currently already living with!

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Coffee Creativity Enhanced by Lockdown?

May 1, 2020 5:03:00 PM / by Alan Robinson posted in COVID-19


Ah ha, yes that sounds like a possibility? Alan in a flat on his own, no restriction on how much coffee he can make or drink (it's an essential, right? Hmmmm....) Well actually not really, although as I come up with “new” drinks every other day at 3WM it's just a question of now choosing which of the drinks pool to share with all of you! So here goes, fasten your coffee seat belts and prepare for the rush. I int

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Systematic Lemonade Production: What to do when life gives you lemons again and again and again.

Apr 30, 2020 5:03:00 PM / by Oliver Millington


Those days.

We all have them.

No, really, even that guy over there who appears to have his s**t together. His was probably last Tuesday, but he maybe didn’t share it on facebook.

This is not an appeal against the world that will make you feel bad for having those days, this is a citrus flavoured cheat sheet for helping those days not become those weeks.

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Psychology of Arousal

Apr 29, 2020 5:03:00 PM / by Jamie Jonhston posted in COVID-19


“Relax, take your time.” “Focus.” These words that we tell ourselves sound great on the surface and often reflect commendable goals but unfortunately they offer little in the way of information toward achieving them. 

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Cross-Body Training and Physical Literacy

Apr 28, 2020 5:03:00 PM / by Naomi Hatto posted in COVID-19


This kind of links to the previous non-dominant hand usage blog post - found here - but I’ve been wondering for a while, after going to a workshop run by Udo Neumann (one of the climbing world's most highly respected and sought after Biomechanics, Skill Acquisition, & Motor Control Experts - if you’ve not heard of him you should have a look at his stuff here) a few years ago. Udo Neumann talked quite a lot about practising movements that challenge your brain, like for example using your left hand on the right side of your body and vice versa or coordinating the movement of your right arm and left leg or vice versa. 

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