How climbing charity is helping women through the menopause

From left, climbing course participants Lisa Jagger, Sarah Crossland and Lindsay Hawker (Image: ROKT Foundation)

A GROUNDBREAKING new project to use climbing to help women transition through the menopause has launched.

Brighouse-based climbing charity ROKT Foundation will use the Olympic sport to help women tackle the effects of menopause alongside other key therapies.

Bouldering, rope climbing and caving are all on the agenda for the 16 women on the pioneering pilot course which runs for 10 weeks until April, dubbed ‘Moving Through Menopause’ and funded by a Sport England Jubilee Grant.

ROKT Foundation believes this is the first dedicated climbing course aimed at helping women through the menopause that features additional expert advice and classes – ranging from nutrition and wellbeing to working with a specialist menopause GP expert.

The key aims of the course are to improve women’s physical and emotional wellbeing, building muscle memory, targeting key physical areas like bums, tums and core, and mindfulness – alongside insights into hormonal imbalances and HRT treatments.

The first pilot course has now started, but there will be many more to come throughout 2023. Ladies who live in Calderdale – and close surrounding areas – who are interested can get in touch on

To find out more about ROKT Foundation see or watch films at

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