Monday, 9 April 2012

Silvia Fitzpatrick working for Channel 4

Silvia was approached by Channel 4 this Spring to help organise a day of rock climbing for the Four in a Bed television programme. - the link works for about a month. Silvia is on starting at about the ten minute mark.

The programme pits 4 sets of B+B/Hotel owners against each other and this series was based in Andalucia. One of the B+B's was based in Torcal and the owners wanted all the contestants to try climbing.

Silvia organised a day of climbing at the nearby Villanueva del Cauche where there was a slabby corner that was ideal for those climbing for the first time.

It was a fantastic, sunny day although a touch cool and Silvia rigged up a top rope for the hoteliers and a series of filming positions for the film crew.

The day worked really well and Silvia even sported an Association of Mountaineering Instructors T shirt to help promote the organisation.

Silvia Fitzpatrick invited to Buckingham Palace

The last 12 months have been pretty hectic and this blog was the main casualty, but a couple of reallly great events have prompted us to start it up again.

In the Autumn Silvia was invited by the Queen to a reception at Buckingham Palace for those involved in Exploration and Adventure.

Silvia was unusually nervous before entering the gates, but the presense of another DMM sponsored climber - Nick Bullock - definitely helped make everything more real.

It was a quick blast down to London and a faster drive back after the reception, but not before Silvia was hit by the Congestion Charge cameras and received a £60 fine - a nasty tax for the unaware.

Sivia's mother in Buenos Aires was incredibly proud and the local paper ran a piece on her.