Hands That Hold The Future: Setting the BMC/MCofS Junior Boulder Cup 2015

Bristol was chosen to host the finals of the BMC/MCofS Junior Boulder Cup 2015, with the event being hosted at Bloc. I spent some time getting an insight into the fascinating pre- and post-event processes behind putting on such an event, and of course a crucial part of this process is the route setting. Although [...]

Recommend a Route #3 – Lucy Creamer

Well, its 3 months into winter, the snow has finally arrived, albeit momentarily, and you’ve probably exhausted the routes in your local climbing gym enough to warrant doing them blind-folded. On the up-side, it’s one more month closer to spring and it’s a new year for getting out and exploring your closer-to-home climbing venues. Bristol [...]

Recommend a Route #2 – Henry Castle – Morris Dancers On Ecstasy HVS

Morris Dancers On Ecstasy (HVS 5a, 5a, 5a, 4c, ***) Grey Wall, Snuff Mills.   Winter 2015 has not been the best in terms of climbing conditions. Or any conditions for that matter. Weeks and weeks of rain and wind have dished out 3 days of good weather over a month. But don't be disheartened [...]

By | December 31st, 2015|Articles, Climbing, Interviews, Recommend a Route, Rock Climbing|0 Comments

Recommend a Route #1 – James Marshall

Winter is here. In these dark, let’s face it, dank, winter months, heading inside is, of course, the normal climber’s thing. It’s a bit grey, miserable, the forecast is unpredictable and even if it is dry outside, the rock isn’t necessarily going to be. Hence why, having a few routes to keep your psyche up [...]

By | November 20th, 2015|Articles, Climbing, Interviews, Recommend a Route|0 Comments

VIDEO: Matt Cox completes his DWS project Adrenachrome at Lulworth (8a)

https://youtu.be/OwpPaSmFRHw

Summer Climbing Restrictions at Cheddar Gorge

Hopefully by now everyone will have noticed that the summer climbing restrictions at Cheddar Gorge are in place (as of the 1st of July). This means that all of the climbing areas on the south side (RHS going up the gorge) are closed until the 1st of September - no excuses! Please make sure that [...]

By | July 14th, 2015|Bristol Climbing News, Cheddar Gorge, Rock Climbing|1 Comment

Sport Climbing at Tirpentwys

Wow; what a crag! [su_row][su_column size="1/3"] Tirpentwys is an absolutely fantastic crag for those wanting to take the first steps into sport climbing outside or to push their grade from 6a/6a+ upwards with confidence. Highlights: Fantastic bolting. Easy access. 10/10 crag comfort. Almost completely solid rock with little to no chance of falling rocks. 45 [...]

By | July 14th, 2015|Articles, Climbing, Reviews, Rock Climbing|0 Comments

Josh sends ‘A Day Called Zero’

Local young-gun Josh Baldwin recently sent 'A Day Called Zero' at the Wave, Cheddar Gorge. It his first of the grade, so Georgia spoke to him to get the low-down on how it went.   G: How do you feel now you’ve hit the 8a milestone? J: Really happy all the training has paid off. [...]

Attention: Climbers required for University Project.

Joakim Sveen is undertaking a MSc at the University of Gloucestershire in Sports Performance. His study looks at the differences between Sports Climbers and Boulderers, with the aim of facilitating specific training for each. Please see the attached poster for more information.

Poppy 8b+, interview with Cailean.

We caught up with Cailean Harker to congratulate him on his recent send of 'Poppy' 8b+ at Anstey's Cove, and to get some insight into what this sort of accomplishment takes.   Callum: Congratulations on your recent send. Callum: What's poppy and where is it? : Cailean: It's a short, hard route at Ansteys cove. Ansteys [...]