At 4808m metres above sea level, Mont Blanc, the ‘White Mountain’, is the highest mountain in the Alps and this was my chance to embrace the really big outdoors. My aim was to climb Mont Blanc.

To take on such a challenge requires training and in the lead up to the climb I put in some hard work with Mim Taylor at Taylormade fitness. There’s no slacking with Mim and soon I was as ready as I would ever be. On the 29th September, after 4 days of extra mountain training, I reached the top. With a clear view across France and Italy I was on top of the world (or at least on top of Europe!).

Now all I could think of was getting this into a design for a school. The world is a big place, but we all learn by starting small. Little children learn to build confidence in their physical abilities as they stretch their bodies in outdoor play.

Climbing nets, grassy mounds, log walks and platforms are brilliant for developing motor skills and co-ordination. The added bonus is you can fit them into the smallest of outdoor play spaces.

Big Outdoors starts with little outdoors, so why not get outside and get climbing?

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