Friday, 13 November 2009

New easier problems- good feedback

We've replaced the first fifteen of the aggregate problems, and this time we've tried to make the problems more stamina-orientated. This means more sweeping diagonal problems, which double or more the length of a normal problem.
People seem positive about this so far; any feedback is always welcome!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Ama Dablam attempt by local climbers

Local climbers Adam Booth and Roel Driesen are currently out in Nepal, planning to climb Ama Dablam. They are starting with an acclimatisation ascent of Island Peak, then going on to Ama Dablam. As there is no internet, details are sketchy, but Ed Booth (Adam's brother) says that they have a satellite phone- any further news, we'll put up another post!

planned developments

We've been open 8 months now, and are thinking about what new to add to the wall. All (practical and decent) suggestions welcome, but we have thought of adding a steep panel upstairs, and a campus board near the lefthand wall.
Also, we're planning to board in the entrance to give us some more space and cut down on draughts.

Monday, 2 November 2009

New retail items

We've just received some samples of Rock Technologies products which we intend to stock. These include liquid chalk and some fun training putty- it comes in 3 strengths and can legitimately be used whilst sat at your desk, on the train etc.
We've also picked up more Torq products including a very nice Organic Mango torq bar.
Finally, we're now stocking Mammut ropes; these are very good value being from outside the Eurozone .

Gorges du Tarn

We've just come back from a brilliant weeks' climbing in Gorges du Tarn; I'll put some pictures on the website shortly.
Robin led his first 7b, which was a good effort considering his previous best was Fr 6c!
The length of the pitches was a bit of a shock- even 70m ropes weren't enough to get you safely down on a lot of the routes. As soon as I got back I ordered an 80m rope from Mammut, which will come in useful for our next trip.