Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
We're rapidly approaching our 2nd birthday here at The Climbing Works, and our business has gone from strength to strength. The Climbing Works was the first bouldering specific climbing centre of its size anywhere in the world, and we still hold the title of the Worlds biggest bouldering centre (as well as being the best, in our opinion anyway!)
After our initial gamble of building a really large scale bouldering-only climbing wall, it was only a matter of time before other like-minded climbers saw the potential and tried to build their own bouldering centres. So 2 years on 3 groups of people are now ready to open their own versions of our original concept.
Firstly, Andy Earl, Darren Stephenson and Chris Graham have nearly finished their project, Climb Newcastle, based in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne. Based in the old swimming baths in Byker, this wall looks like being an absolute cracker (and built by the main man Andy Long who was responsible for the walls in The Climbing Works!). Perfect for stopping off at when you get rained off in the County!
Secondly, my good friends based in Eindhoven, Holland have finally (after a load of beaurocratic problems which have dragged on for the last 18 months) finished their dream bouldering centre. I know Holland isn't on the list of places to visit for most UK based climbers, but there is no shortage of Dutch boulderers to take advantage of this amazing looking venue. Big congratulations to Dirk, Remco, and the rest of the Monk team. Click on the link to check it out.
Last up is The Climbing Academy, Paul Twomey and Rich Emerson's bouldering centre in Bristol which should be opening its doors to a massively excited local climbing scene in the next month or so.
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and we are really pleased that these guys have seen what we've done and have been motivated to try their own versions and ideas of our concept. If you happen to be in the North East, the South West, or even in the flat-lands on Holland, I can highly recommend that you check these new centres out!
Meanwhile, back on planet Climbing Works we have just taken delivery of a huge load of new holds courtesy of the nice people at Bleaustone which will be used to create a new circuit at the start of next week. The new circuit will replace the current purple one, so you have one more weekend to sort out any unfinished business!