Circuit Board Revamp
17th to 24th January
The circuit board will be closed for repainting, resetting and some changes!
BIFF Final 2018
Saturday 27th January
Climbing Works early closing at 7pm
BIFF starts at 7.30pm so The Climbing Works is closing an hour earlier than usual (10am to 7pm) so we can ensure that only competitors and spectators with tickets are in the building.
The Mini Works opening times are unaffected (9.30am to 6pm).
Full details can be found here.
Tickets (full proceeds to CAC) can be purchased online here.
B.U.C.S. Bouldering Championships
Saturday 17th February
The Climbing Works closed all day
The Climbing Works is proud to once again host the annual British Universities & Colleges Sport Bouldering Championships on Saturday 17th of February. This is a large national event (with events from 47 different sports, with championships held predominantly in Sheffield) with almost 500 students competing over the course of the day and as such The Climbing Works will be closed all day to non competitors, but The Mini Works is open as normal.
More details about the Climbing Championships & B.U.C.S. in general can be found here.
The Rab CWIF 2018
Saturday 10th March
The Climbing Works - CLOSED ALL DAY to non-competitors.
The Mini Works - Open as usual.
SUNDAY 11TH MARCH
The Climbing Works - Partial wall closures all day & early closing for non-finalists at 5pm.
The Mini Works - Early closing at 5pm.
For more info about The Rab CWIF 2018 please head here.
Competitor registration will open on 29th Jan!
- The Climbing Works and the Mini Works
Wednesday Extended Opening Hours
The Climbing Works will open earlier at 10am on Wednesdays only (so 10am to 10pm).
The Mini Climbing Works will open later until 9pm on Wednesdays only (so 10am to 9pm).
This should hopefully provide a few more options for people who struggle to fit in their sessions mid week!
While it would obviously be helpful to some customers if we opened earlier every day and later at the Mini Works this isn't feasible for us as we need to fit in stripping and setting of boulder problems, daily centre cleaning & we have regular kids sessions at the Mini Works on the other evenings which would be disrupted if we encouraged too many other customers to head over there at the same time.
This is a trial!
We are interested to see whether is will have a positive impact on the busyness of the centre at peak times; if it does we are more likely to continue it long term, so use it or lose it ;)
External group changes
From January the entry prices for external groups are increasing to £6pp peak & £5pp off peak as these didn't increase along with the last couple of entry prices increases over the past 5 years. We have introduced a peak and off peak rate for groups as it is far less disruptive to our other centre users if groups visit us off peak.
We are also introducing a £4.50 fee per session to cover our admin & facilities costs for external commercial coaching & instructing.
Full details of the new pricing can be found here.
CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES
In the run-up to Christmas & New Year, we know that you, our customers, still like to make sure you get your climbing fix. The two week period at the end of December is always a busy time with family, friends, schools closing and very excited children. During the Christmas & New Year holiday season The Climbing Works will be operating the following opening hours:
Up to Sat 23rd normal opening:
12pm-10pm midweek, 10am-8pm weekends (Mini Works 10am-8pm midweek, 9.30am to 6pm weekends)
Sun 24th (Christmas Eve): 10am-4pm (Mini works 9.30am-4pm)
Mon 25th (Christmas Day): CLOSED
Tue 26th (Boxing Day): CLOSED
Wed 27th: 10am-10pm (Mini works 10am-8pm)
Thu 28th: 10am-10pm (Mini works 10am-8pm)
Fri 29th: 10am-10pm (Mini works 10am-8pm)
Sat 30th: 10am-8pm (Mini works 9.30am-6pm)
Sun 31st (New Years Eve): 10am-4pm (Mini works 9.30am-4pm)
Mon 1st (New Years Day): CLOSED
Tue 2nd (Bank holiday): 10am-10pm (Mini Works 10am-8pm)
Wed 3rd onwards normal opening resumes:
12pm-10pm midweek, 10am-8pm weekends (Mini Works 10am-8pm midweek, 9.30am-6pm weekends)
Thanks to everyone who competed in the Berghaus Winter Bouldering Competition!
1st Place: Pippa Watkin - £100 Berghaus Gift Voucher
2nd Place: Jo Allen - £50 Berghaus Gift Voucher
3rd Place: Siara Fabbri - Berghaus Hat
Joint 1st Place: James Noble & Aidan Roberts - £75 Berghaus Gift Vouchers (split 1st & 2nd place)
Joint 3rd Place: Tom Green, James Hustwick & Joe Czubowski - Berghaus Hat
1st Place: Pippa Watkin - £50 Berghaus Gift Voucher
2nd Place: Ettie Warren - Berghaus Hat
1st Place: Joe Czubowski - £50 Berghaus Gift Voucher
2nd Place: Isaac Kinghtley - Berghaus Hat
Prize Draw Results
2 x £50 Berghaus Gift Voucher - Rhys Crabtree & Tim George
3 x Berghaus Women's Hat - Catherine Bower, Kate Dean & Charlotte Malton
3 x Berghaus Men's Hat - Jago Musgrove, Andy Burgess & Nic Robinson
You can check out the full results here.
The second Round of the Mini Works Winter Bouldering Ladder will be set on Friday 1st December. Click here for results from round 1
The bouldering ladder is a fun competition set over 4 months. Each month a new circuit of 20 progressive boulder problems will be set and points awarded to climbers depending on the number of attempts it takes to complete each boulder. Participants can have as many attempts as they like over the course of the month and at the end of each round scores will be announced and a new circuit of 20 problems set.
The ladder is suitable for 5 - 14 year olds and within the 20 problem circuit climbs 1 - 6 will be set suitable for 5 - 6 year olds, 1 - 10 suitable for 7 - 8 year olds, 1 - 16 suitable for 9 - 11 year olds and 1 - 20 suitable for 12 - 14 year olds. Of course anyone can try and complete any climb within the circuit, this is just a guide.
The point system is explained on the score cards. Score cards for the first round can be printed off here or pick one up from the Mini Works for £1.
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. The top 3 scores from each competitor will be add together to find the overall Winter Bouldering Ladder Champions.
Round 2 - 1st Dec - 2nd Jan
Round 3 - 5th Jan - 30th Jan
Round 4 - 2nd Feb - 27th Feb
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.