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Climb Malawi celebrates Rock Climbing Day

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[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default”]Climb Malawi, non profit organization has emphasised the importance of rocking climbing, saying it is both mentally and physically challenging.

Climb Malawi Center Director of programs Ed Nhlane made the remarks on Saturday, 22 August during rock climbing day celebrations at Nathenje.

“Rock climbing is a new sport in Malawi. However, our vision is to make accessible to all Malawians. We are building a community where Malawians and the international community can interact,” Nhlane said.

He further questioned why the sport is reserved for white folks.

“We, black people don’t want to go up or go down. Why is having fun has to be so hard?

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“At Climb Malawi, we have a sense of community. We don’t recognize colour, race or education background. Everyone is welcome,” he reiterated.

Climb Malawi has an indoor gym in area 18, Lilongwe.

Meanwhile, Malawi has two rock climbing areas in Nathenje and Nkhoma.

“We are trying to open more centers in other parts of the country so we can reach out to as many Malawians as possible,” Nhlane revealed.

Commenting on the risks, Nhlane said, “Although the risk of falling is there, rock climbing is safe because the climber has to wear protective gear and is tied to a rope.

“As one person is climbing up, another one is down wearing harnesses and ready to arrest a fall, should anything happen. The threat is there but we try to minimize the risks. Climbing is adventurous, scary to some people but also fun.”

One of the climbers who has also climbed in USA, Jamie Johnson described the sport as healthy.

“It is healthy. It also challenges people to stay focused,” she said.

Rock climbing is gaining worldwide recognition as it was recently introduced in Olympics.

Rock Climbing was going to start at this year’s Olympics in Japan.


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