Weekly Updates - September 2011

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29 Sep 2011 14:03 Reel Rock Countdown

The Berghaus supported 2011 Reel Rock Tour is only days away and this morning we received some fantastic outdoor goodies from Berghaus for the raffle. All the monies raised on Sunday will go towards a community AED that The Climbing Works is leading the way in bringing to our local area.

So what will you get if you win in the raffle. Well the top prizes are 6 x Berghaus Taulus Rucksacks worth £100 each - perfect for any outdoor person or activity. On top of that we'll also be having a number of run-up prizes and some giveaways. If that wasn't enough to tempt you we'll also be having some perfect Sunday evening refreshments and of course one fantastic film to show.

Get your tickets online or at reception to avoid disappointment. We are expecting a sell out so don't be leaving it till the last moment to get them. Doors open at 8pm (we'll be open as normal 10am to 8pm on Sunday) and the film will start at 8.30pm.
 

 

28 Sep 2011 11:14 Sunny Sheffield

The Sun is shining and the windows are open in The Climbing Works as we enjoy this amazing late Indian Summer (though technically we haven't had a frost yet). September & October are always a special time in the Peak District with the potential to do some late season limestone or early grit, bouldering or routes.

If you're unlucky enough to work 9-5pm then the dark evenings can curtail any fun but we're always busy to make sure you have fresh blocs to climb in here. Tomorrow will see a new blue circuit go up and next week the Berghaus Competition wall will get reset so you only have the weekend to finish off any remaining projects. Watch this video of some of the problems if you're in need of some beta.
 


This weekend also brings the UK premiere of the Berghaus supported Reel Rock Tour to the Works. This is our 3rd year hosting it and it has always been a huge success. All the 2011 films have never been shown before and many will only be available on the Reel Rock Tour (no YouTube or DVD options here). I've been lucky enough to have watched the films already - got to make sure the DVD works - and there is some absolute crackers in there. You will undoubtedly leave the Works shaking your head at some of the brilliance, madness & outright stupidity that is on show.
We'll also be having our infamous raffle on the night, raising money for a community AED so bring your wallet with you. Tour Tickets are only £6 / 6.50 and are selling fast so make sure you order them asap and come to The Climbing Works this Sunday for a very unique evening. Still not sure? Watch the trailer below and change your mind...
 


 

23 Sep 2011 18:47 What was Percy up to in Ireland recently?

Well Graeme decided to check it out for himself and it appears that Doc's been busy (to quote Kurt Russel).



Along with The Longy, The Lamey, The Pirate and The Pickles, the other Directors of Gravity Climbing Ang, Ricky and Nige (with some other helpers) have been creating what will by Irish standard's is feckin' unbelieveable. And by Climbing Works standard's, well it is rather big don't you know old bean.

Expected to be open in middish-October Gravity Climbing will by vying for the title of Best Bouldering Wall in the British Isles.

More updates to follow soon.

 

19 Sep 2011 16:12 The Evolv Winter Bouldering League

 


The infamous, arm-sapping, ever brilliant Climbing Works Winter Bouldering League returns in November for its 5th consecutive year. This year it is being supported by Evolv who are bringing shoe demo's, spot prizes & £250 cash (split evenly between M/F on 1 special problem) for each round. All the info you need is below, so get the dates down in your diary and start training!

4 ROUNDS:
Friday 11th November 2011
Friday 16th December 2011
Friday 13th January 2012
Friday 17th February 2012

Time: 18:00 - 22:00
Cost: Normal entry to wall plus £2.00 for a score card

WHAT TO EXPECT:
- 25 problems newly set on the Berghaus Competition Wall for the competition.
- A £250 cash fund attached to 2 problems (1 Male & 1 Female - £125 each) for each round. The prize money will be split according to the number of combined people who complete the problem.
- Spot prizes from Evolv
- Evolv boot demos
- Live music from the decks from Sam and his cohorts
- Open to all, young & old. Please note the problems will be set for adults and no youth blocs will be set, they will compete on the same set as Adults

The competition wall will be open for competitors ONLY on the night but the rest of The Climbing Works will be open as usual.

 

8 Sep 2011 12:56 Emergency Service Competition Round Up

Thursday 25th August was a day of two competitions at The Climbing Works, in the morning we held our annual Young Climbers Festival for climbers aged 7 - 15 years and later on that evening we  held the Yorkshire Emergency Services competition, for all emergency and NHS staff operating in the local area.

With most of the teams registering on the day, the number of participants taking part in this friendly competition was left unknown until the evening of the event. Amazingly 9 teams turned up representing the police, ambulance, A+E, medical physics and imaging and Hull fire brigade (who actually had never climbed before and wanted to come down for a laugh).

Hull Fire Brigade with honourable member Tom Greenall (Climbing Works Coach)

The competition format was set up so that it included climbs for beginners, intermediates and those who are seen training regularly on the wall. Each competitor had 30 climbs to attempt and complete in 2 hours and received points depending on the difficulty of the problem and how many attempts it took them to complete.

The atmosphere in the wall was full of high spirits with friendly competitive banter between the teams and everyone was out to have fun and help raise money towards a community Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The AED will be situated outside the gates of The Centenary Works and available for anyone in the local community. (Read why an AED is important for the community)

Above: The Police taking it nice and steady. Below: Everyone else taking it a bit more seriously!

 After 2 hours of climbing, the scores were added up and a final problems chosen for the top 3 male and female competitors. The format for the final was "last man/women standing" each competitor had to climb the problem selected and if they didn't make it to the top then the competition was over for them. With arms pumped and fingers failing from the amount of climbing already achieved it was a tight final. Battling it out for the men was Chris Moran (The Police), Rich Griffiths (A+E) and Chris Lamare (A+E). While for the women's final there Jill Van Der Meulem (Medical Physics), Bridget Lightfoot (Ambulance) and Sarah Messenger (A+E).

RESULTS
Male
1st - Chris Lamare (A+E)
2nd - Rich Griffiths (A+E)
3rd - Chris Moran (Police)

Female
1st - Sarah Messanger (A+E)
2nd - Jill Van Der Meulem (Medical Physics)
3rd - Bridget Lightfoot (Ambulance)

Team
1st - Accidental Emergencies (A+E)
2nd - Five O (Police)
3rd - Hot Fuzz (Police)
4th - Mimp Gimps (Medical Physics and Imaging)
5th - Urban Badges - (Ambulance)
6th - Hotel 24 (Fire)
7th - Bozo + Crow (Ambulance)
8th - Middlewood Ambulance (Ambulance)
9th - Richmound Cragrats (Ambulance)
 

   
 A member of the winning team Accidental Emergencies
 Chris Lamare overall male winner  

We managed to raise £250 on the competition night and with The Climbing Works Cheese's deciding to match the money raised so we now have £500 to put towards the new AED, however we still need to raise £700 more so if you would like to help and donate some money then there is a collection box at the front of reception.

A BIG thank you to everyone who took part and helped make the evening happen and a special thank you to Jim who came up with the initial idea and organised the event.
 

Jim: Local paramedic and organiser





 

6 Sep 2011 09:54 The Reel Rock Tour 2011

The 6th Reel Rock Tour returns to The Climbing Works for its 3rd year in a row. A complete sell-out in 2010 we're excited once again to show some of the most ground-breaking films within climbing in 2011. This is the ONLY UK showing for this superb collection of films. The trailer for this years show has just been released and you can view it below:



 Tickets are available from The Climbing Works reception and online and are a lot cheaper than a night at your local cinema. You can also see the full programme and trailer on the Works website here.One thing we can definitely guarantee is that the Reel Rock Tour never fails to impress. Make sure you don't miss out and get your tickets today.
We'll also be having our famous raffle on the night with some great prizes on offer.

From Reel Rock:
Sender Films and Big UP Productions are bringing audiences a mind-blowing, palm-sweating pump-fest of climbing flicks for the 6th annual REEL ROCK Film Tour. We've gathered the wildest climbing stories from around the globe: The legendary race for The Nose speed record; A nine year old bouldering prodigy; Tommy Caldwell's efforts on the hardest big wall free climb; A crazed high-lining champion; The most insane ice climbing action ever and more. It's all part of the cinematic tour de force that is REEL ROCK VI.

6 Sep 2011 09:54 The Reel Rock Tour 2011 2nd October

The 6th Reel Rock Tour returns to The Climbing Works on Sunday 2nd October 2011 for its 3rd year in a row. A complete sell-out in 2010 we're excited once again to show some of the most ground-breaking films within climbing in 2011. This is the UK PREMIERE of this superb collection of films. The trailer for this years show has just been released and you can view it below:


Tickets are available from The Climbing Works reception and online and are a lot cheaper than a night at your local cinema. You can also see the full programme and trailer on the Works website here. One thing we can definitely guarantee is that the Reel Rock Tour never fails to impress. Make sure you don't miss out and get your tickets today.
We'll also be having our famous raffle on the night with some great prizes on offer.

From Reel Rock:
Sender Films and Big UP Productions are bringing audiences a mind-blowing, palm-sweating pump-fest of climbing flicks for the 6th annual REEL ROCK Film Tour. We've gathered the wildest climbing stories from around the globe: The legendary race for The Nose speed record; A nine year old bouldering prodigy; Tommy Caldwell's efforts on the hardest big wall free climb; A crazed high-lining champion; The most insane ice climbing action ever and more. It's all part of the cinematic tour de force that is REEL ROCK VI.

 

2 Sep 2011 10:57 Young Climbers Festival 2011

Last Thursday we held our annual Young Climbers Festival supported by Berghaus, this fun competition is open to climbers aged 7 - 15 years who have either taken part on our summer holiday courses or who climb regularly at The Works.

 

This year festival proved as popular as ever with all the places being booked up before the closing date. Parents have even started to arrange their holidays around the event and one family cut their summer holiday short so that they would be back in time for the festival.

Before the event took place a new circuit was set by Percy, Michelle and Claire. 30 new problems ranging from 3 - 6c+ were put up around the centre and had to include climbs for tiny 7 year old beginners to 14/15 year old that can climb better then most adults! This was quite a difficult task as even the smallest route setters were struggling to set climbs for the small.

one of our smaller competitors

Early in the morning of the 25th August all the competitors arrived, some excited, others nervous and a few who looked like they still wanted to be in bed! To warm them up, wake them up and shake off the nerves the instructors ran some fun warm up games.

fun games to shake off the nerves


The competitors were then put into smaller groups selected by age and ability. They then had 2 hours to complete 10 - 15 climbs selected from the new circuit that were suitable for their groups ability. The climbs this year were pretty tough and consisted of dyno's, balance problems, arete's and the Berghaus competition wall. All the young climbers showed great enthusiasm and perseverance on the difficult climbs and encouraged others on.


one of the harder problems set

 

a young competitor concentrating on this balance problem
 

competitor showing determination

a tricky arete

 

one group helping each other out on a difficult climb
 

a face of concentration

Dyno!!


After 2 hours of climbing the scores were added up and prizes (which were kindly donated by Berghaus) were given to the tired competitors. Awards were given to the top 3 places as well as runner ups. There were also spot prizes awarded to those who showed some amazing climbing skills and helped encourage others.

Berghaus awards being given out
 

 

 

happy competitors with their Berghaus YCF t-shirts

 

By 12pm another successful YCF was over, all competitors went home happy and looking forward to next years event. For all those parents out there who would like their children to participate next year, keep the last Thursday of August 2012 free.


Also big thank you to all the instructors and route setters who made the day possible and to Berghaus for supporting the event.

 

Article Written by Michelle Forrest

 

 

1 Sep 2011 12:40 Numbers

The start of September has always been (for me at least) a time to look back at the Summer just gone and look forward to what the Autumn & Winter will bring. It seems also an appropriate time to take this view for The Climbing Works as the evenings get ever shorter and the tees & shorts combo gets replaced by something a bit longer.

Looking back on the year so far we've had a pretty interesting 9 months. Numbers don't always tell the full story but they are a useful start when reflecting, so it's worth mentioning some key ones. As of the 31st Aug we have set over 1200 problems, from Font 3 to 8+ we've always aimed to make each bloc a good one. In August The Climbing Works welcomed its 20,000 member and its 350,000 visitor. Both nice milestones indeed, especially as we head towards our 5th birthday in December. Numbers of course can only ever tell a part of the story, they can never tell the madness, and fun, of the CWIF, or the crazy couple of weeks building the new Berghaus Competition Wall.

So as we head towards the end part of this year what do you have to look forward too within The Climbing Works? For starters we'll have the return of the infamous Winter Bouldering League (this year sponsored by Evolv), the only UK showing of the Reel Rock Tour 2011, plenty of new circuits and new shop stock from Moon, Prana, E9 and Blurr. We'll also have our 5th birthday party in early December.....expect a big one.

As of the present, today the Bishton and the Enigma are currently setting new problems on the Berghaus Competition Wall with it all finished by tomorrow. As you can see below they're only going to use small holds and make them really basic, simple, problems....or maybe not.
 



 

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