Meet the Team: Paul Hunter

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I have always had a passion for the outdoors, mainly starting with my love for going for walks when I was young. This passion progressed into following an academic pathway to pursue the outdoors as a career. I started climbing at college in 2009, studying outdoor recreational activities. After that, I became a qualified indoor Instructor and worked at numerous climbing walls all over West Yorkshire. Personally, my main poison of choice is Trad climbing which a have been doing for the past 8 years but really like to do a bit of everything, as long as I am climbing I’m happy; my favorite place to climb being Ingleton settle area.

During my time within the climbing industry I have capitalized on the training I have been given and gained a wealth of knowledge about climbing. I have also been responsible for mentoring children and young people through various Youth Development programmes which entails bouldering and rope climbing and operates in a similar way to NICAS.

In recent years, I have had a key focus on supporting more vulnerable client groups to become healthy, using climbing and urban adventure to support mental and physical health.  Through this work, I have supported several mental health projects including, Invictus wellbeing young person’s project and the ‘Insight’ early intervention project.

I have undertaken my Fundamentals 1 & 2 workshops which have helped greatly in working with children and young people, using fun and creative techniques to build confidence and skills. I am now confident in using pully systems to support paraglide harness climbing, working with children with a range of conditions such as autism, downs syndrome and ADHD.

Blog written by Paul Hunter Parthian Climbing Manchester Instructor 

📸 courtesy of Marsha Balaeva