We have some planned building work coming up from Wednesday 6th to Friday 22nd September.
This will obviously cause some disruption in the centre through this period. We will attempt to keep disruption to a minimum and we're doing it to improve the centre, so it will benefit you in the long run, but apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
We we will give you some more specifics nearer the time, as the exact plans are still subject to change.
11 - 16 year olds
Thornbridge Outdoors are run InsideOut bouldering experiences throughout the year for our 11 - 16 year olds who attend our weekly clubs, youth groups or are junior members. Anyone new to outdoor climbing will get to 'grips' with Peak Gritstone, learn safety & environmental management, the Do's and Don’ts of outdoor climbing and of course put into practice all the skills and techniques learned inside, outside. Those who have been on previous courses will be able to continue building their technical skills and gain confidence in try harder and more challenging climbs under the guidance of a coach.
Dates & Venues
30th Sep - Burbage South
1st Oct - Stanage far right
Each course will take place from 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: £27 p/p per evening
*please not that these courses are no longer subsidised by The BMC, all courses are run at cost and will require a min of 5 climbers for course to go ahead.
We will also be running InsideOut adult evening courses throughout the year with experienced coach and outdoor instructor Claire Youdale. These are aimed out our adult members who have been climbing inside regularly and would like to build up some experience outside under the guidence of a coach. The course is suitable for regular indoor climbers who have never climbed outside and those who have taken part on InsideOut courses in the past. We will be visiting a number of different 'local' venues all within a 20 minute drive of The Climbing Works.
Dates & Venues
Wed 27th Sep – Curbar Trackside
Each course will take place in the evening from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: £18 p/p per evening
The fourth and final round of the Mini Works Winter Bouldering Ladder has now come to a close. The overall results are now available here. Overall scores were worked out on each climbers top 3 scores, if you placed in the top 4 for your age category congratulations you have won a prize which you can collect from Mini Works reception.
Well done to everyone who took part, If you are keen for more competitions we have our Young Climbers Festival taking place on the 31st August. Registration will open after the May 1/2 term.
Results from all the round can be found here
PUC Training Workshop - 24th - 26th February 2017
We are excited to offer a weekend long PUC Training workshop run by the world famous climber & coach Patxi Usobiaga. This full weekend packed with useful knowledge and practical sessions that will help you push your training to the next level or if you are a coach yourself it will give you plenty of ideas and knowledge to help optimise your client's training programmes.
What is it?
This is a 20 hour weekend split over 3 days, with approximately 3 hours Friday evening then 17 hours split over Saturday & Sunday.
Friday evening comprises an introduction followed by some training theory and concludes with a slideshow.
The rest of the weekend is then a mix of training theory and practical sessions.
Who is Patxi Usobiaga?
Patxi is a world renowned competition climber, sport climber and climbing coach, renowned for his ability to essentially train harder than almost anyone else on the world climbing scene.
Over the years he has won pretty much every international sport climbing competition on the world circuit including World Cups, World Championships and International Masters, culminating in his win of the World Championship in 2009.
On the rock he has climbed multiple 9a routes and was the first climber to onsight 8c+ sport with his ascent of "The Way to Climb" in 2007.
He is now a well renowned coach famous for his work with a number of extremely high profile athletes including Adam Ondra & Chris Sharma.
What will it cost?
The total cost for the weekend is £350, which includes use of the centre & free hot drinks over the course of the weekend to keep the mind focused! We'll also throw in a protein shake on Saturday to try and make sure you're still able to move on Sunday...
This course will be limited to a maximum of 15 spaces to ensure that Patxi can focus on everyone taking part over the course of the workshops.
Thanks to all who took part in Round 1 of our ABK Winter Bouldering League over the weekend! Results follow below:
Round 1 Prize Winners
1st place wins an ABK Tee/Vest, 2nd place wins an ABK chalk bag & 3rd place wins a Climbing Works Tee/Vest
Male 1st: Tom Green
Male 2nd: David Skoczylas
Male 3rd: Dave Musgrove
Female 1st: Dianne Merrick
Female 2nd: Rebecca Inch
Female 3rd: Becky Lounds
U18 Male 1st: Brennan Sykes
U18 Male 2nd: Alasdair Wilkinson
Round 1 Prize Draw Winners
All win an ABK tee/vest.
All winners can select the appropriate prize from our shop and speak to reception staff at the front desk to claim it!
The problems on the Berghaus Competition Wall will stay up over Christmas with round 2 running 12th to 15th of January.
The second round of the Mini Works Winter Bouldering Ladder will be set on Friday 2nd December. This is a fun competition set over 4 rounds suitable for 5 - 14 year olds.
Results from the first round can be found here
Score cards for the second round can be printed off or pick one up from the Mini Works for £1. The second round will be the PINK climbs.
Points are given on the number of attempts it takes for you to complete the boulder. You can have as many attempts on each boulder as you like over the course of the month. The point system is explained on the score cards.
The rules, this is a self marked competition so no cheating!!
1) An attempt starts as soon as your feet leave the floor
2) One hand must start on the numbered hold - finish by matching the top hold
3) Only use the black coloured holds used on the circuit. Aretes, volumes and wall features are allowed.
4) Hand your scorecard to reception when you have finished
Score will be split into male and female 5- 6 yrs / 7 – 8 yrs / 9 – 11 yrs / 12 – 14 yrs. Results from each round will be posted on the website and in the Mini Works. The overall winners will be announced after all 4 rounds.
This is a fun competition set for children aged 5 – 14 years and not suitable for those taking part in the winter bouldering series in the Main Centre.
Round 2 - 2nd Dec - 3rd Jan
Round 3 - 6th Jan - 31st Jan
Round 4 - 3rd Feb - 28th Mar
The Climbing Works is proud to be a partner of Move More July in Sheffield.
Move More is the project to increase activity and wellbeing in Sheffield. It aims to help Sheffield become the most active City in the UK by 2020. And influence meaningful improvement in the health, wellbeing and quality of life of everybody living in the city. It’s the huge support from the Council, the NHS, Activity and Wellbeing providers, businesses and individuals that makes Move More what it is.
For July 2016 they have partnered with a number of public & private companies to offer incentives and opportunities for people to Move More. The Climbing Works are happy and proud to support this initiative with 2 incentives for those wanting to get themselves, or their kids climbing.
1) 14+ Looking to climb more
For those looking to get into climbing - you can find out more information on how to get a 1/2 price induction on our website here>>
2) KIDS Under 14 wanting to climb
Learn how to get your kids into climbing at The Mini Works. 1/2 price for parents offer. More info here>>
Less than a week after the craziness of the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) we were at it again, preparing for the finals of the 2016 Sheffield Schools Competition.
Over the past 8 years the annual event has grown in popularity and this year the format has changed to allow for the growth of participation.
The date of the finals was set for Friday 18th March; prior to that school’s brought their team(s) to The Mini Works to complete a preparation session with one of our coaches. The competition rules, climbing techniques and tactics were explained and put into practice as the teams competed on 8 qualification climbs.
Once all qualification rounds were completed the team scores where added up and the top 10 teams from 10 different schools were invited to take part in the finals.
Last Friday morning The Mini Works was buzzing with 60 excited Primary school climbers representing schools from across the city. Each of the 10 teams were designated a climbing expert to help them tackle the 15 climbs set to test balance, strength, agility and trust. Teams had 2 hours to try and climb as many of them as possible with points being awarded for topping, 10 points 1st attempt, 7 points 2nd attempt and 5 points 3rd attempt. 3 points were also awarded if climbers reached the bonus hold but subsequently didn’t reach the top.
Male: 1st Cameron Bee (Carterknowle Juniors) / 2nd Lucian James (Rowan School) / 3rd Tyler Concannon (Prince Edwards Primary)
Female: 1st Nicole Kelwick (Prince Edwards Primary) / 2nd Jasmine Steel (Dobcroft Junior) / 3rd Jessica Bradshaw (Carterknowle Junior)
Team: 1st Prince Edwards Primary / 2nd Carterknowle Junior / 3rd Dobcroft Junior
Full Results of the Primary Competition can be found here
After a quick turn around the Secondary Schools were piling into The Mini Works and our hard working volunteers from Thornbridge Outdoors, Links School Sport Partnerships, The BMC and The Climbing Works were ready to go again. With the same scoring format as the Primary comp but with a different set of 15 climbs the competitors were challenged with gnarly overhangs, technical arêtes and tricky volumes.
The top 3 scoring teams and male and female competitors were presented thier medals by Shauna Coxsey (Britain’s No1 female boulder and 2nd in the World), Tom Greenall (GB junior Team Manager) and James Mchaffie (BMC Youth Officer). Prizes, medals and trophies were donated by some of the top climbing brands in the UK.
Male: 1st Josh Quinn (Firth Park) / 2nd Joachim Skoczylas (Notre Dame) / 3rd Ethan Wilkinson (Forge Valley)
Female: 1st Tia Needham (Hinde House) / 2nd Sophie Fidler (Hinde House) / Brooke Colliver (Firth Park)
Team: 1st Forge Valley / 2nd Firth Park / 3rd Notre Dame
Full Results from the Secondary Competition can be found here
The Sheffield Schools Climbing Competition is organised in a partnership between Thornbridge Outdoors, Links SSP and The Climbing Works. We would like to say a massive thank you to all the teachers, parents and pupils who make the event such a success. We are truly grateful to this year’s sponsors Core Climbing, Go Outdoors, The North Face, Wild Country, Beta Climbing Designs, Five Ten and DMM who provided the fantastic prizes, medals and trophies. Finally the biggest thank you must go to our volunteers who provide their time and energy to help each team.
This year marks the 10th year of The Climbing Works International Festival and we'll be going bigger and better than ever before during the weekend of 12/13th March 2016.
Saturday (12th March) will be the qualification round for this years Rab CWIF which means that the main centre will be CLOSED ALLDAY to non-competitors. The Mini-Works will be unaffected and open all-day as normal.
Sunday (13th March) will be Finals day so alot of the wall be closed due to the competition but we will have some parts of the wall open so you can climb on the Rab CWIF & normal circuits. We will have a flat fee £5.50 for those wishing to climb. We will completely close the wall at 4pm to everyone as we get ready for The Rab CWIF Final. The Mini-Works will be again unaffected.
Find out more details on The Rab CWIF on our website here>>
Over the weekend of the 11-13th March, Sheffield will be host to it's first Outdoor City Weekender with numerous events held around the city. The Rab CWIF is proud to be part of this alongside ShAFF. You can find out more on The Outdoor City website here>>
Thanks to all who took part in our Scarpa Winter One-off Tournament the 2nd (SWOT II) over the weekend. There was a smaller turnout for the 2nd round, but almost everyone handed in scorecards afterwards and were entered into the prize draws this time!
Winners below (with prizes) and full scores in image below:
Male Winner: James Noble
Female Winner: Jo Allen
Male Junior: Finn Hatton
Female Junior: Ettie Warren
All win 1 Climbing Works Sweatshirt or Tee
Prize Draw Winners
Friday Night Draw: Tim Cooper - 1 x Scarpa climbing shoes of your choice
Friday Night Draw: Matt Craig - 1 x Climbing Works Tee of your choice
All Entrant Draw: Jeff Sheard - 1 x Climbing Works Sweatshirt
All Entrant Draw: Ed Teale - 1 x Climbing Works Tee
Male Draw: David Burn - 1 x Scarpa climbing shoes of your choice
Female Draw: Jodi Swift - 1 x Scarpa climbing shoes of your choice
All winners can pick their prizes up by speaking to reception staff at the front desk.
The problems on the Berghaus Competition Wall will be up for a few more days until the B.I.F.F. next Saturday (30th January), so get on there quick if you have unfinished business! There is also the Rab C.W.I.F. 2016 on the 12th/13th of March (registration opens on 1st February) to look forward to!