Crowds - a Corona conversation
Crowds and how to avoid them - an update on the Corona conversations.
As those of you who have been following us for some time will know, we enjoy a bit of rock climbing.
Here are Neil and Toby just over the border from Shropshire in to Wales at Llanymynech Rocks
And when we can't get out on to real rock or are training, we visit climbing walls.
Here's Toby taking part in a pre-pandemic competition at Flash Point Bristol
But like other venues across the leisure and hospitality industries, climbing walls have been massively impacted by the restrictions of lockdown.
They were, like bars and restaurants, completely closed until recently. But, with safety measure in place, just like bars and restaurants they are now open again and need our support.
Like everything else during this pandemic, it's complicated, with new rules and procedures in place to keep staff and customers safe.
And like everyone else affected by the "new normal", they will need our custom to survive and we want them to be there when the old normal or the new, new normal resumes.
We do not however, want to turn up at a wall and feel that it is more crowded than we are comfortable with, whatever their assessments have calculated.
And with this in mind our friend Ben has created a fabulous website, pulling together the attendance figures at all the major walls, so you can see at a glance how busy they are.
We love this idea, in fact we were so impressed that we have sponsored the site.
So if you are a climber, check it out or if you know anyone who climbs, let them know about this.
If your local wall isn't included, tell them to get in touch with Ben, so he can add them to the site.
Please do your bit to support these venues - as ever it's a case of use them or lose them.