Kiwi Spot v, n:

In the spiritual home of the Kiwi climbing, Castle Hill, our good friend Gomez practices the infamous art of the Kiwi spot.

 Gomez is an expert proponent of the Kiwi version of 'I Got You'.  John Palmer

Gomez is an expert proponent of the Kiwi version of 'I Got You'. John Palmer

Fortunately for Rach the Mus, the Force is strong in Gomez and even from a distance he can guide a falling boulderer safely onto a mat. Sadly, the Force is not strong in most boulderers, so we encourage all Festival goers to avoid practising the Kiwi spot.

Instead, we suggest a good, attentive spot. Watch the hips especially, keep the hands raised, move pads quickly if they need to be shuffled and always communicate with your climber clearly. Guide falling climbers onto the mat rather than try to catch them, and always protect their heads from the ground.

Spotting is a serious business, stay attentive, it only takes a second for disaster to strike and the fate of the falling boulderer is literally in your hands.