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Job vacancy at Beacon Climbing Centre: Cafe Assistant... : (23/01/2015)


Beacon Climbing Centre: Cafe Assistant


We are currently looking for a self-motivated Cafe assistant to work in our busy on site cafe - Caffi Barcud.


Duties will include: serving customers, food and drink preparation, ordering stock, cleaning, and other duties. Experience of using an espresso machine is desirable, as is having an existing food hygiene certificate.


Hours: minimum average hours 22 hrs per week, with extra hours available during school holiday periods and for covering staff holidays and sickness. Staff will be expected to work some evenings and Saturdays and Sundays on a rota. There are 5.6 weeks statutory paid holiday pro-rata per year, and free use of the climbing wall for familiarisation purposes is available.


Closing date 6th February.


Applicants will need to be over 18, as they will sometimes work unsupervised, and the cafe is licensed.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter by e-mail to

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Llandudno 06.02.15... : (08/01/2015)



Attracting sold out audiences across the globe, the world's most prestigious mountain film festival is coming to Llandudno on Friday 6th February. Featuring a brand new selection of 8 extraordinary short films from the world's leading adventure film makers, this is a must-see for anyone with a spirit of adventure!


Through the big screen be transported to the world's last great wild places, follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, experience extraordinary footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.


Follow climber Jeremy Collins as he embarks on four expeditions, from the Venezuelan Amazon, to the China-Mongolian Border, to the northern reaches of Canada, and to Yosemite Valley in California. Experience true suffering with Cedar Wright and Alex Honnold as they attempt to climb 45 of America's most iconic desert towers - all linked together by bike! This film has it all: gale force winds, hard climbing, snow, a puppy, huge desert towers, loose rock, and a lot of suffering!


An inspiring and festive evening with lots of free prize giveaways! Visit for more details.


Title: UK and Ireland Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Date: Friday 6 February 2015
Venue: Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Time: 7:30pm (doors and bar opens at 6:30pm)
Tickets: £12.50/£10.50 concession
For tickets:


Wide Boyz coming to Beacon on 22nd February… : (28/01/2015)

Lecture Title: Beards, Bagels & Big Walls
Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Date: Sunday 22 February 2015
Time: 7.30pm (bar open from 6.30pm)
Tickets: £12. Please book online.


It's like slamming your hands in a car door...


A lecture about pain, suffering and determination to succeed, delivered by Pete Whitaker and Tom Randall: two of this generation's gnarliest climbers.


Back in 2011, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall aka The Wide Boyz, emerged from a brutal two-year training regime, mostly spent hanging upside down in Tom's Sheffield cellar to embark on an 8 week tour of the US, searching for the widest, dirtiest and hardest cracks around. Their trip culminated in the much coveted first ascent of Century Crack in Moab – the ultimate off-width test piece and undoubtedly the hardest roof crack ever climbed – and propelled these two masochists to international climbing stardom.


Ouchie that looks painful...


Since then the dynamic duo have continued their mission to climb really hard and really gnarly stuff with numerous impressive UK ascents and their 2013 ascent of world renowned Cobra Crack (an F8b+/c finger crack in Squamish, British Columbia).


Blood, pain and suffering…


Beards, Bagels and Big Walls tells the story of their 2014 quest to Yosemite to try to free climb El Capitan - not once but 3 times. In one trip - and the developmental journey of The Wide Boyz: the offwith training and Century Crack, thin crack training and Cobra Crack, the endurance training and the Brown Whillans challenge. Not to be missed!


A charity raffle will be held during the evening with prices donated by the lecture tour sponsors Sterling Rope, Dream Tape and Climb On! All money collected will be donated to Mind.

The North Wales Schools Bouldering Competitions... : (20/01/2015)

The North Wales Schools Bouldering Competitions organised by The Outdoor Partnership in conjunction with the 5x60 scheme will be holding events across North Wales over the forthcoming weeks.


The counties of Anglesey, Gwynedd (split into 6 schools for North Gwynedd and 7 schools for South Gwynedd), Conwy and Denbighshire will all be having regional selections for a school team of 10 climbers, with the winning school from each county invited to attend the final on the 11th March 2015 at the Indy Climbing Wall in Llanfairpwll.



The bouldering competitions are based on team effort with the top 6 scores from each team of 10 climbers making up the school team total. Local climbing equipment manufacturer DMM are providing generous support for the events.


The North Gwynedd competition will be held during the daytime at Beacon Climbing Centre on Wednesday 12th February 2015 for schools across the region. The South Gwynedd competition will take place at Harlech Climbing Wall on 11th February 2015, with the Anglesey Competition at Indy Climbing Wall on 4th March 2015.


For more information please contact Mark Jones, the Outdoor Activities Development Officer for Gwynedd by email or phone 01766 890852.

New Beacon email delivery system. Subscribe here... : (08/01/2015)

Hello Beacon Climbers!


In an effort to ensure that you only receive information from Beacon that you actually want to read, we have just reconfigured our email databases to make them exclusive to each climbing centre - our previous system collected email data from all ClimbUK climbing centres. This means that Beacon customers will now only receive Beacon specific news.


At the same time, we've also created a new mobile friendly email template that will make reading our super interesting and highly entertaining news on your mobile device that much more pleasant. We'll be sending you information regarding our latest events, competition results, special offers including discounts exclusive to email recipients and other stuff that we think is relevant to you.


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BMC Youth Climbing Series Round 1: 24.01.2015... : (11/12/2014)



The BMC Youth Climbing Series offers fun climbing competitions for young people. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of entrants across the country - over 800 young climbers entered in 2014.


The competition is open to all young people so, whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience, this could be just the competition for you.



BMC Youth Climbing Series Final 2014



Age Categories.


There are five categories, with separate girls and boys competitions, that follow the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth. The categories are called Youth A, B, C, D and E.


In 2015 these are...

Youth A - those born in 1998 & 1999 (lead climbing)
Youth B – those born in 2000 & 2001 (lead climbing)
Youth C – those born in 2002 & 2003 (lead climbing)
Youth D – those born in 2004 & 2005 (top roping)
Youth E - those born in 2006 & 2007 (top roping)


Each event comprises 3 routes and 3 boulder problems for each category. In categories A, B and C routes are led. In categories D and E they are top-roped. Competitors are allowed up to three attempts at each boulder problem and one attempt at each route.





There are three regional rounds in each of the BMC England Areas followed by a British Final when the top 3 climbers in each category from BMC Wales, the two Areas from Scotland and Northern Ireland take part.


Wales/Cymru: BMC Cymru/Wales holds two rounds in each of their North and South areas and then hold an all BMC Cymru/Wales Final. The top 3 in each category from the BMC Cymru /Wales Final then go through to the Grand Final.


Scotland Mountaineering Council of Scotland hold their own MC of S Youth Climbing Series. They have two areas: Scotland North and Scotland South. The top 3 in each category in each of the two areas in Scotland go through to the Grand Final..


Ireland: Mountaineering Ireland run their own MI Youth Climbing Series in Ireland and, like Wales, the top 3 in each category from their final go through to the Grand Final.


To be eligible for the Grand Final it is necessary to take part in at least two regional rounds in the Area that a climber lives. If a series is not organised in their region climbers may enter the series in the region nearest to them.


North Wales Regional Rounds
Round 1 - 24th January 2015 - Indy Climbing Wall, Anglesey
Round 2 - 21st February 2015 - Boardroom Climbing Wall, Flint
Round 3/Welsh National Final - 21st March 2015 - Beacon Climbing Wall, Caernarfon - Welsh National Final


Each round starts at 9:30am with registration and climbing starts at around 10:00am, with each round normally concluding by approx. 4:00pm.


Grand Final
Grand Final - 25th April 2015 - Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Scotland.



Entry details.


Enter here.

Please note that there will be no on the day entry in 2015, all entries must be completed online.

The deadline for entries is 5pm on the Thursday before each round.

Competitors who turn up on the day of the event without having entered will not be allowed to compete - without exception.



Further information.


Click here to find out more about the BMC Youth Climbing Series including all the dates and venues for each round across the UK.


Download the Rough Guide to the BMC Youth Climbing Series

Download the full rules for the BMC Youth Climbing Series 2015

The lights are out! Headtorch evening on 20.02.2015... : (27/11/2014)

Following the success of our first Headtorch Evening on Friday 14th November, we'll be running monthly Headtorch Evenings throughout the winter period.


These will operate on...

Friday 12th December 2014

Friday 16th January 2015

Friday 20th February 2015

Friday 13th March 2015

...starting at 6pm.


Please remember to bring your own torch!


Weekdays 10am - 10pm
Weekends 10am - 8pm
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