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.