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Father transforms staircase into an journey course for his son

A doting father has transformed the staircase in his house into an incredible adventure course so his son can practice his love of rock climbing at home.

Michael Mason, 37, created the £700 structure for ten-year-old Leo, who has Tourettes and aspires to be a professional rock climber when he’s older.

He uses the wall a couple of times a week and an incredible video shows him going upstairs in the three-bedroom terraced house by climbing the DIY rock face.

Michael said: ‘When I built it, he thought it was much better than what he thought it was actually going to be.

‘He uses it a couple of times a week because we go climbing and hiking often and when you have a good session, you don’t have a climb at home after.

Michael Mason, 37, created the £700 structure for ten-year-old Leo, who has Tourettes and aspires to be a professional rock climber when he's older

Michael Mason, 37, created the £700 structure for ten-year-old Leo, who has Tourettes and aspires to be a professional rock climber when he’s older

He uses the wall a couple of times a week and an incredible video shows him going upstairs in the three-bedroom terraced house by climbing the DIY rock face

He uses the wall a couple of times a week and an incredible video shows him going upstairs in the three-bedroom terraced house by climbing the DIY rock face

Michael said: 'When I built it, he thought it was much better than what he thought it was actually going to be'

Michael said: ‘When I built it, he thought it was much better than what he thought it was actually going to be’

‘It’s used for the down days when we don’t do that big of a climb – we put the mattresses down and he’s off.

‘I don’t use it as much as Leo – he’s already a lot stronger than me climbing wise.’

Leo was diagnosed with Tourettes when he was seven, four years after he started suffering from ticks.

The former joiner says hiking and rock climbing have reduced his ticks as being outdoors ‘gave him the ability to relax.’

He said: ‘The biggest things are stress, lack of exercise and lack of sleep – we eliminated the stress with the school side of things which reduced his ticks.

‘But he was only getting a few hours of sleep at night and was waking up in pain because his ankles would turn in his sleep.

‘He would chew his mouth so his lips would be sore all the time and he would bite his tongue, it was quite hard to watch.

‘I started taking him out on hikes and I noticed it would help him sleep better at night and he was also getting more exercise.

The staircase before Michael transformed it into a rock-climbing course for his son

The staircase before Michael transformed it into a rock-climbing course for his son 

The rock-climbing staircase after the DIY job was complete

The rock-climbing staircase after the DIY job was complete

‘We noticed that him being outdoors and running wild gave him the ability to relax and be in the moment with things.’

The dad and son duo have previously completed the Wainwrights challenge, where you have to climb 214 English peaks.

They have now decided to do the challenge again because Leo is ‘full of energy’ and loves being outdoors.

Michael, of Frizington, Cumbria, said: ‘It’s a massive feat for someone of Leo’s age as it’s hundreds of miles of hiking.

‘He’s full of energy and a very fit young lad

‘I take him out and he learns so much more than what he would if he was sat at home, reading out of a book and looking at pictures of mountains.’

Leo was diagnosed with Tourettes when he was seven, four years after he started suffering from ticks

Leo was diagnosed with Tourettes when he was seven, four years after he started suffering from ticks

Michael put mattresses down on the stairs in case Leo falls from the ceiling

Michael put mattresses down on the stairs in case Leo falls from the ceiling

Michael says he decided to build the structure after as he’s ‘always supported’ his children’s hobbies and has previously built smaller walls in their previous homes.

The dad-of-two said: ‘I’ve always supported my kids no matter what they do.

‘When they did martial arts, I literally turned my living room into a gym and we had mats in there.

‘And at every house we’ve lived in, I’ve always built a little climbing wall for him.

‘It started off in my daughters bedroom and I just put some holes in the wall – it wasn’t anything like what I’ve done now.

‘Then when Covid happened, I built one in the garden so he could use it and then we moved into this house and decided we should utilise the stairs.

‘I made a false ceiling and made it so we can swap and change the holes and he loves it.’