Weekly Updates - Thu 2nd Dec 2010
We've been asked by our Spanish amigo Ricardo Patterhijo to spread the word about possible problems in Albarracin, so here goes goes.
According to Oscar Navarro, from the Asociacion Escalada Sostenible Albarracin the world renowned and world class sandstone bouldering at Albaraccin in central Spain is in serious danger of being closed.
Exacerbating the problem is Alba's higher European profile meaning more visitors, the obvious proliferation of bouldering as a sport in its own right and the fact that the site itself hosts some important cave paintings as well as lots of wildlife.
So accordingly they've issued some helpful and sensible guidelines to hopefully help enjoy the crag without it being banned.
- It's forbidden to climb at Soly y Masia.
- Tick marks - these are a big no no and causing problems - if you need to mark a hold please use a strip of tape then simply tear it off and take it away.
- Chalk please, please, please, minimize use.
- It's forbidden to climb on boulders within 30m of the tarmacced road between Albarracin and Donarque and also forbidden to climb within 30m of any site with paintings.
- It's totally forbidden to have dogs off the lead.
- As ever, please bury all human waste and ship out any paper/tissues and sanitary products.
- In any parking area with a roof/shade you must park under the roof - if your vehicle doesn't fit under the roof please parking in the main car park or in El Cabrerizo.
- It's just about Ok to spend the night in the parking area in vehicles (no tents or camping) but only if any signs of overnight stays are gone in the morning.
- Please stick to recognized paths.
- No climbing after dark or before sunrise.
- Don't make fires - it's a big dry pine forest!!!
- Smokers, take out your butts!!
There's more information at the (but only in Spanish) at:
So if you are going to go to Albarracin please remember the old adage - not ours but ours to look after - and remember that only a sensible and sustainable approach will help to stave off problems whether at home or abroad.
Here's a nice pic of Albarracin just to remind you of whats at stake if we screw access up:
Piccie is of some skank called Talo on a 7c traverse (probably soft touch at the grade), photo by Ricardo Patterhijo
On the 2nd January 2011 The Climbing Works will be adjusting its admission prices. This change will reflect the VAT increase that will come into effect on the 1st Jan 2011. The increase will also bring them up to date as the admission prices have not changed since The Climbing Works opened in December 2006.
Summary of changes:
- General admission prices will increase by c.10%
- Full Membership (one-off payment) will increase by 10%.
- Full Membership (by monthly standing order) will increase by 20%. If you are already a full member, please note that this increase will ONLY come into effect when you renew your membership.
The increase in admission costs will be used to continue the work that The Climbing Works have done to give our customers the best bouldering centre in the world. Since The Climbing Works opened in Dec 2006 it has evolved, and at the same time changed what climbing centres are all about in the UK. Whilst there has always been bouldering walls there was nothing even remotely similar in size when The Climbing Works opened. Now of course there are lots of walls that have tried to emulate The Climbing Works - which in our humble opinion, none have got close ;-)
The Climbing Works itself has had many changes in the last 4 years. If you visited on day 1 and returned on Dec 3rd 2010 (our 4th birthday) you would quickly notice some major differences. From new wall and angles to new carpets, there has been a number of obvious (and not so obvious) modifications and additions. You can read some of the highlights below and see for yourself by watching our original promo film tour
and then viewing our 2010 film tour
Since The Climbing Works opened we've:
- Increased the wall surface area by 20%;
- Carpeted all the mats;
- Increased the size of the reception area;
- Inserted industrial style air ducts to remove chalk;
- Added the 'Beastmaker' board;
- Purchased 1000's of new holds and this year alone we have replaced and added whole circuits. We will continue to do this so that you're climbing on the best possible problems;
- Rented out a workshop in Centenary Works so Percy can build more volumes;
- Hold annually one of the biggest bouldering competitions of its kind in Europe; The CWIF.
- Retained the 'no annual membership fee';
- Given 2 pay rises to our excellent and hard working team of staff. When we opened they received £6 p/hr, now they receive £6.75 p/hr.
We are continually improving and developing the centre so that you, our customers, can enjoy the best indoor bouldering in the World.
We will continue to do this in 2011 and beyond. Thanks for being part of The Climbing Works.
All the new prices are listed below. You can also view them as a pdf on our website
New Membership Prices (02.01.2011):
All the below prices will come into effect on Sunday 2nd January 2011. If you have an annual membership (standing order) you will continue to pay the OLD amount till your membership is up for renewal.
Student / Concession: £6
Children <8: £4
Student / Concession: £5
Children <8: £4
Registration fee for new members: £3
Shoe hire: £3
One-off payment: £330
12month Standing Order: £30 per month (£360)
Concession / Student:
One-off payment: £264
12month Standing Order: £24 p/m (£288)
Please note that we have a new account number for all standing order full membership payments. The details are below:
Bank: Natwest, Millhouses, Sheffield
Acc No: 52105903
If you are a full member please change your standing order to these bank details as soon as possible. Remember to use your Membership # and surname as the reference.
3 month full member pass (paid in full):
Concession / student: £98
1 month full member pass:
Concession / student:£40
12 for 10 pass:
Concession / student: £60
Family Memberships (children up to 17)
If you are interested in a family membership please speak to a member of the reception staff.
2 parents + 2 kids:
One-off payment: £600
Monthly instalments: £55 p/m (£660)
1 parent + 1 or 2 kids:
One-off payment: £400
Monthly instalments: £37 p/m (£444)
2 parents + 3/4 kids:
One-off payment: £700
Monthly instalments: £64 p/m (£768)