Life Offbeat Video

By William Lailey

A DIY dad has built a rock climbing wall in his stairwell during lockdown to keep his kids entertained.

David Oswell, 39, wasted no time in creating his two sons, George, 13 and Eddie is 11, a rock climbing wall after his brother jokingly suggested it last month.

The family from Northumberland are currently separated from David’s partner, Claire Smith, as she’s a nurse and she’s yet to see his masterpiece.

David added: “My youngest son Eddie is really into climbing and his older brother George enjoys a good go so I’ve been collecting materials for quite some time now with the intention of building something.

“The auto belay was the make or break decision turner ensuring it’s safe to install on the stairs.

“All in all it took about around five days to build from start to finish including time for the paint to dry.

“The price wasn’t so bad due to getting my hands on second hand holds over time and a reconditioned auto belay as new ones would have been overpriced for a personal build.”

David says this is the first time he has built anything in his home but that due to being in the construction industry that he has practical experience.

He added: “I’ve been overwhelmed with the responses online and the kids think it’s amazing having their own climbing wall.”