On the 1st November White Spider was delighted to host star climber, Mina Leslie-Wujastyk, for the afternoon. Mina is Vice President of the BMC, is on the Senior British Bouldering Team competing for GB, was the first British woman to climb F8b+ in Britain, 'Mecca' at Raven Tor…
…in the Peak District and the second British woman to climb 8b+ anywhere in the world), has climbed E8 trad, Font 8a+ bouldering, and is the only female to have repeated Careless Torque!
Mina's materclass centred around bouldering and training, and was followed by a coaching session for the White Spider Junior Squad alongside her partner, David Mason. All proceeds went to CAC – Climbers Against Cancer.
White Spider's Karen Anderson attended the women's session and was pleasantly surprised to find herself making quick progress on problems she had previously thought out of her range.
Karen says, “Mina has a pleasant, clear way of giving us great tips on tweaking our body position, and some fun ideas on practicing dynamic movement. We also ran through a quick but effective strength training session. By the end, as exhausted as we all felt, there was a great sense of enthusiasm amongst the group.”
Another participant remarked,”It is refreshing to see someone who climbs at a very high level using brains, not just brawn, to overcome problems.”
On behalf of White Spider, the Junior Squad and the ladies, thank you Mina for inspiring us and getting us psyched to try hard!
If you want to find out more about Mina see: www.minalesliewujastyk.com