Weekly Updates - June 2011
Cliffhanger returns this weekend to Millhouses Park in Sheffield. Undoubtedly one of the premier outdoor pursuits events in the UK, Cliffhanger provides an adrenaline fix for anyone interested in the outdoors. For climbers the highlight is undoubtedly the IFSC Bouldering World Cup event. Last year Adam Ondra put on a display that left most of the crowd shaking their heads in disbelief. This year who will step up to the plate to replace him? Will the strong British contingent use home crowd advantage to the full? Make sure to visit Cliffhanger this weekend for all the answers.
The Climbing Works will also have a presence at Cliffhanger this weekend with a coaching wall that will be situated behind the main Competition wall. You can find out all the details on the website here>>
We'll also be helping the Sunday night go out with a bang with an after party at the Broadfield pub. DJ Gallup and Gusenator will be on the decks from 8pm to midnight. Post Cliffhanger and pre-party you can also relax at, and enjoy, the Basecamp area at Cliffhanger.
Remember The Climbing Works will be CLOSED ALLDAY on Saturday, reopening on Sunday at 1pm (till 8pm as normal).
The 1st edition has been out of print since late last Summer and the Sheffield climbing population have been waiting with baited breath for the new edition.....and now it's here.
Dan the little man, who pre-ordered his copy, gets it personally delivered by the boss of Vertebrate Jon Barton
Now on our shelves
Delivered by Vertebrate Graphics this afternoon, we now have the book in stock and online. It's a massive book and one which is a huge step up from the original. All this is not surprising seeing that the first guide came out in 2005 and to say that bouldering has exploded since then is a little bit of an understatement....(as I write this sitting in the office of the World's biggest bouldering wall). It will take you to many new crags, lead to many grade debates and get you psyched for the grit & limestone. Beautiful photos, excellent topos and a huge range of grades means that this should be in every serious boulderer's collection. If you're small it might even help in reaching some of the starting holds too...
The blurb from the guys behind the book:
New crags have been added, including several which have never been fully documented in guides before, such as: the Derwent Edges, Bamford and Birchen Edge on the Eastern Edges; Beeley Hilltop, the Matlock Quarries, Turning Stone Edge and Black Rocks in the southern Peak; Gradbach Hill, Wolf Edge, New Mills Torrs, Tintwistle Knarr and Black Tor in the western and northern Peak; and Blackwell Dale, the Alport crags and Dove Dale on the limestone crags. The Churnet Valley bouldering has also been updated.
This guide features over 3,300 boulder problems on over 70 crags, both major and minor. Catering for boulderers of all abilities, there are over 2,150 boulder problems below Font 7a, and over 1,150 problems at Font 7a and above. Problems and their grades have been checked and double checked by many dedicated local climbers, with experience at all grades, to ensure as great an accuracy as possible across the grade range.
A busy night last night with a load of folks from The Climbing Works turning out to support the BeanFever lecture in Grindleford, which was held to help raise funds for Bean Bowers and his fight against cancer. It was a great night with lectures from the mad monk of Grit - Adam Long, a fascinating insight in how to amuse yourself in a small tent during prolonged periods of rain by Ben Bransby, and a masterclass in how to swear whilst trapped in a rainsoaked portaledge by Leo Houlding and Jason Pickles. They also talked about climbing a little bit.
As the auctioneer, I managed to bully plenty of people into parting with their cash throughout the evening - highlights being flogging a broken childrens bicycle donated and signed by Johnny Dawes to a bewildered Leo, who was even more suprised than the rest of the audience that such a pile of junk should cost him £135! The lady who bid for the 'services' of Ben Bransby for half a day seemed particularly pleased with her purchase, as did Big Marv who managed to secure the services of Dave Simmonite for a half day photoshoot - lets just hope Dave's good at climbing trees!
All in all, a cracking nights entertainment which has raised a good deal of cash for Bean (almost certainly well in excess of £2500 according to early estimates) although there's still plenty of time to donate if you couldn't make it last night. Just go to the BeanFever website, and donate online.
The now infamous Johnny Dawes bike....now owned by one bewildered Leo Houlding. The price went higher and higher after an auctioning battle with Sam Whittaker over this prized piece of equipment.
The 1st of June is the official start of Summer and just like that the weather has decided to play ball with the temperature's rising and the Sun coming out to play.
An early start today setting the new Pink circuit meant that the boys missed the rising temps while setting but means they are currently testing their new creations in perfect shorts weather.
On that note, if you've been caught unaware of the warming temps then check out the selection of Shorts on the website or instore. We've got some limited edition E9, the classic Prana Mojo short and the local, longstanding favourite, Moon Cypher short.
For the ladies we have the lightweight and absolute classic E9 Andrea Pant (which always sells out even with large stock numbers) and a range of tops that are perfect for bouldering in. A staff favourite being the Prana Sabin Racer Tee.
Get all these online and instore before the temps get too hot.