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This Girl Can: Instagram Competition... : (19/05/2015)

 

Want to win a climbing session with top climbers and BMC ambassadors Shauna Coxsey, Hazel Findlay, Fran Brown or Molly Thompson-Smith?

 

To celebrate the This Girl Can campaign, spring and climbing in general, the BMC has launched a new Instagram competition.

 

Taking part is easy:

STEP 1: Join Instagram and follow us @teambmc
STEP 2: Pull some moves at the wall, crag or in the mountains
STEP 3: Whip out your phone and Instagram your shots / selfies. Tag them #thisgirlcanclimb and #thisgirlcan and mention @teambmc and tell us about your climb
STEP 4: Continue crushing

 

Winners
The BMC will pick the winners on 01/06/2015. First prize: ambassador climbing session. Other prizes include £100 from Gear for Girls, £50 Cotswold Vouchers and much more. Not got Instagram? Email your shots to summit@thebmc.co.uk.

 

FIND OUT MORE: about This Girl Can

 

WATCH: what This Girl Can do on BMC TV

 

 





Climbing at Beacon during school half-term... : (13/05/2015)

 

Looking for something fun to try during the half term holidays? Beacon is an exciting all weather venue with fun activities suitable for the whole family. Have fun & get fit!

 

Open 7 days a week including all bank holidays, Beacon offers the best indoor climbing around. Conquer our high roped climbing walls for an unbeatable sense of achievement. Experience the thrills of climbing above foam matting without using a rope in our low level 'bouldering' areas. Take a FreeFall and fully experience the effects of gravity. Or try something that's entirely off-the-wall: CrazyClimb featuring a series of wacky climbing challenges! Want to see what Beacon Climbing Centre looks like inside? Take a virtual tour here.

 

Who is Beacon for?

 

Everyone can enjoy indoor climbing & CrazyClimb at Beacon. Beginners don't need any previous experience or any special clothing or equipment. All sessions are fully supervised & all equipment is provided by us. Visit on your own or with friends & family. Climbing is a really fun way to exercise, a great day out with the kids, or an awesome birthday treat!

 

Watch for free

 

Visiting with friends or family but not climbing, or just fancy having a look around? Spectators are free to relax in the seating area overlooking the climbing walls and can enjoy a selection of drinks, snacks and meals from our café. Free WiFi is even available!

 

Opening times

 

Our opening hours are weekdays 10am-10pm and weekends 10am-8pm. Please note that we are open as usual on Bank Holiday Monday. Advance booking is required for all sessions.

 

We offer a range of sessions to get you started. Choose from...

 

 

CrazyClimb

 

You may have tried climbing before... but not like this! It's fun, it's weird, it's wacky, it's totally CRAZY! Tackle a wall covered with large purple blobs, try shimmying up a drain pipe, climb aliens by grabbing their nostrils… we've got 12 different challenges to attempt and each one offers a completely different and completely crazy experience! Sessions run everyday at 10:30am, 12:00, 1:30pm, 3:00pm & 4:30pm. Find out more.

 

 

Normal entry (min age 5): Peak: £15 per person for 1 hour
Off-Peak: £10 per person for 1 hour
Exclusive use for up to 12 people: £145 for 1 hour

 

 

FreeFall

 

Fully experience the effects of gravity with our new 10m FreeFall activity! Using QuickJump technology, FreeFall gives you the sensation of a true free fall, combined with a smoothly controlled descent that will place you comfortably back on the ground! Sessions run everyday at 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm & 5:30pm. Find out more.

 

 

 

1 FreeFall jump £4 per person
1 FreeFall jump + 1 hour CrazyClimb session £19 per person

 

 

Indoor Climbing Taster Session

 

Never climbed before except up stairs or trees? Beacon has climbing suitable for all ages with hundreds of different colour coded climbs from really easy to really hard. The aim is to climb up using only the designated coloured holds - like join the dots but way more fun! Choosing the correct sequence of coloured holds and reaching the top provides an unbeatable feeling! Get started with a Beacon Taster Session! Suitable for anyone from age 5+, these offer great value and run every day during the school holidays. Find out more.

 

Individual Taster Session 1 hour £15 per person
Group Taster Session 1-3 people 1.5 hours £70 all inclusive

Group Taster Session 4-7 people 1.5 hours £80 all inclusive

Group Taster Session 8+ people 1.5 hours £12 per person

 

 

Kids' Climbing Area (under 6s)

 

Suitable for all children under the age of 6, our low level Kids' Climbing Area offers a variety of exciting climbing challenges surrounded by impact absorbing rubber crumb playground matting and is a really fun way for younger climbers to get involved. No specialist equipment or training is necessary although parental (or an appropriate adult) supervision is required. Advance booking is not required and the area is open all day during opening hours. Find out more.

 

Price: £2.50 per child. No time limit

 





The Llanberis Tradfest is back for 2015... : (18/05/2015)

After the success of last year's inaugural Llanberis Tradfest the event returns for 2015.

 

Over the weekend of June 5th – 7th, based in Nant Peris, at the foot of the Llanberis Pass and conveniently opposite the Vaynol Arms pub, it is a celebration of North Wales' trad climbing heritage; stretching from the mountain crags of Llanberis and Ogwen to the dramatic sea-cliffs of Gogarth and the Lleyn.

 

 

If you want to know a bit more about climbing in north Wales then have a look at this video of what a group of DMM climbers from Austria, Switzerland and Germany thought when they visited in spring 2013.

 

Tradfest is an informal event with a strong social vibe that is about getting out and having fun on the crag. DMM sponsored climbers will be on hand during the event for you to pick their brains for advice and beta on routes etc. A quick morning workshop is planned on using the new Pivot belay device in guide mode for those interested but otherwise there's no coaching or instructional aspect to the weekend.

 

There will be a few DMM trad racks available for people to borrow and try out various pieces of kit. In exchange you'll be required to leave your driving licence or some similar kind of ID to ensure you don't forget to return it.

 

Ticket holders will get a goody bag that includes a limited edition event t-shirt, a special edition DMM Phantom Tradfest biner and a guidebook. A meal is provided on Saturday evening plus a beer to wash it down with before the evening presentation. The campsite at Nant Peris is reserved for Tradfest but the cost of camping isn't included in the £25 ticket.

 

The confirmed speaker for Saturday night is a climber whose life has been underpinned by wild adventures around the world, from Yosemite to Antarctica; it can only be Leo Houlding. For all his globetrotting, North Wales has a special place in Leo's heart.

 

Along the way to becoming a professional adventurer with a successful TV career, it was in North Wales during the late-nineties, that Leo built his reputation with bold first ascents of routes such as Rare Lichen (E9 6c) and Trauma (E8 7a), as well as onsighting Master's Wall (E7 6b) on Clogwyn Du'r Arddu.

 

 

Leo's talk Going Big will cover the high and lows of his transition from skint teenage climbing bum, to world renowned adventurer – most recently he teamed up with natural historian and adventurer Monty Halls to film the TV series Lost Worlds for the Discovery Channel.

 

It promises to be a very special evening and to ensure you don't miss it follow the V12 Outdoor link to purchase a Tradfest ticket – numbers are limited. There you'll also be able to book camping (if required), choose your meat/veg option for the Saturday evening and pick a t-shirt size. On top of all that V12 will be offering a generous weekend discount for Tradfest ticket holders.

 

The event is being run in conjunction with V12 Outdoor, The North Face, Scarpa, Climbers Club, Dewerstone and Climber magazine.

 

PLEASE NOTE: For insurance purposes you will need to be a member of the BMC or an affiliated club at the time of the festival. This is a non-negotiable condition as it means you will be covered by insurance for the event. Proof of insurance will be required for you to be able to get your ticket.

 

Tickets can only be picked up in the V12 shop the week before Tradfest or when you arrive at the Scarpa marquee. Please be aware that no insurance means no ticket. There will be no refunds issued for people that buy tickets and turn up without proof of cover.





Job Vacancy: Climbing Centre Manager : (08/05/2015)

The Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon is a busy large indoor climbing wall with a range of users including children, beginners, community groups, experienced climbers and holidaymakers. The Centre also hires out rooms for meetings, classes and events, and the centre café offers light meals and refreshments, and catering for special events.

 

 

Job Vacancy: Climbing Centre Manager

 

Location: Caernarfon, North Wales
Contract: permanent, full time (minimum 40 hours per week)
Holidays: statutory
Sick pay: statutory
Pension: pension scheme available
Salary: approx £20,000 dependant on experience
Start date: as soon as possible

 

The centre manager reports to the ClimbUK directors, and responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing all aspects of the day to day running of the climbing centre and Caffi Barcud
  • Managing a small team of staff and approx 20 freelance instructors
  • Providing reception & instruction cover as needed, and in particular during busier periods
  • Overseeing route setting & contributing to maintaining good quality routes and boulder problems
  • Taking responsibility for H&S issues & keeping up with latest legislation
  • Overseeing organisation, booking & invoicing of Beacon courses
  • Staff programming, training and monitoring
  • Liaising with directors and other key staff on marketing and courses
  • Some work is office based.

 

The ideal candidate should:

  • Have excellent communication, literacy and numeracy skills
  • Be an active climber with an interest in climbing indoors & outdoors
  • Be energetic, hard working & able to inspire other staff
  • Have previous experience of working in a climbing wall
  • Hold the MIA award, or at least the SPA/CWA and CWLA as a minimum
  • Be an experienced route setter
  • Be prepared to work flexible shifts including regular evenings and weekends

 

Please apply with a covering letter and CV to steve@beaconclimbing.com
Closing date for applications: 29th May





Job Vacancy: CrazyClimb instructors : (11/05/2015)

The Beacon Climbing Centre is looking for enthusiastic and energetic Instructors to run climbing sessions on CrazyClimb at our centre in Caernarfon.

 

Climbing experience and qualifications are desirable but full training will be provided for the right candidates. Work will be mostly weekends and during holiday periods. Applicants must be aged 18+.

 

 

Applicants should send a CV and covering e-mail to the Beacon Climbing Centre Manager, Leo Nathan at leo@beaconclimbing.com

 





NEW Aerial Silks classes starting 19.05.2015... : (03/05/2015)

Interested in climbing and looking to try something new? Kitty Forster has teamed up with Beacon to offer weekly Aerial Silks classes.

 

Aerial silks is an exciting circus discipline where you climb up two pieces of fabric and learn intricate wraps to tie yourself into various acrobatic positions, eventually building up to adrenalin-fuelled 'drops' into the knots you have created!

 

Brilliant for strength, flexibility and fitness: a good basic level of fitness is advised to get the most out of a one-off class, but patience and continued attendance will increase fitness rapidly!

 

 

Get started.

 

Classes start on Tuesday 19th May 2015 and will run every Tuesday during term-time.

 

Tuesdays 5:00pm – 6:00pm for children age 8-12
Tuesdays 6:15pm - 7:15pm for children age 13+
Tuesdays 7:30pm - 9:00pm for adults age 18+

 

 

About Kitty.

 

Aerial Silks has been a hobby since 2012.
Attended Greentop Circus in Performance course (Sheffield) specialising in Aerial.
DBS checked.
Bespoke Aerial First Aid certificate.
Public liability insurance.
Experience working with children, teenagers and vulnerable young people.
Experience teaching Aerial silks to children and adults locally and at music festivals across the UK.

 

Sounds awesome. How do I sign up?

 

For further information or to book a place please contact Kitty.

Email. kitty_forster@hotmail.com

Phone. 07772 436076.





Rock Gym Pro digital sign in coming to Beacon soon... : (30/04/2015)

During May we'll be introducing Rock Gym Pro - including a new digital sign in system - into Beacon Climbing Centre. Used by most US climbing centres and an increasing number of UK climbing centres, Rock Gym Pro is a robust software system designed to handle all aspects of climbing centre memberships, customer check-ins and waiver (consent form) collection.

 

Rock Gym Pro is widely regarded as the best member management software available for the climbing wall industry and will allow us to simplify, speed up, and better manage our front desk and membership operations. No longer will we have to contend with hours of data entry a week, duplicate customers, data entry mistakes and massive piles of paperwork scanning - Hoorah!

 

 

One of the major improvements over our current sign in procedure will be the introduction of a new digital waiver (consent form) solution. All climbing centre participants are currently required to complete and sign a paper waiver prior to using the climbing facilities at Beacon. Rock Gym Pro offers our customers the ability to complete a paperless digital waiver either online prior to attending or at Beacon reception. Customer information is seamlessly transferred to the Rock Gym Pro software, saving hours of staff time on data entry while creating a simpler and more robust method of storing these legal documents.

 

Once Rock Gym Pro has been installed at Beacon, all existing members will be required to complete a new waiver so that we have up to date records for all our users.

 

Thanks for continuing to support Big Rock and please let us know if you have any questions regarding the introduction of Rock Gym Pro by emailing info@beaconclimbing.com or phoning 01286 677 322.





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.

 

Please use the links here to inform our robots of your subscription preferences.

 

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The Beacon Team





Rock Gym Pro now running at Beacon... : (11/05/2015)

During May we'll be introducing Rock Gym Pro - including a new digital sign in system - into Beacon Climbing Centre. Used by most US climbing centres and an increasing number of UK climbing centres, Rock Gym Pro is a robust software system designed to handle all aspects of climbing centre memberships, customer check-ins and waiver (consent form) collection.

 

Rock Gym Pro is widely regarded as the best member management software available for the climbing wall industry and will allow us to simplify, speed up, and better manage our front desk and membership operations. No longer will we have to contend with hours of data entry a week, duplicate customers, data entry mistakes and massive piles of paperwork scanning - Hoorah!

 

 

One of the major improvements over our current sign in procedure will be the introduction of a new digital waiver (consent form) solution. All climbing centre participants are currently required to complete and sign a paper waiver prior to using the climbing facilities at Beacon. Rock Gym Pro offers our customers the ability to complete a paperless digital waiver either online prior to attending or at Beacon reception. Customer information is seamlessly transferred to the Rock Gym Pro software, saving hours of staff time on data entry while creating a simpler and more robust method of storing these legal documents.

 

Once Rock Gym Pro has been installed at Beacon, all existing registered climbers and registered boulderers will be required to complete a new waiver so that we have up to date records for all our users. You can speed up this process by completing your waiver from the comfort of your sofa by following the link below. Alternatively, simply complete the waiver next time you visit Beacon.

 

» COMPLETE YOUR WAIVER HERE

 

Thanks for continuing to support Beacon and please let us know if you have any questions regarding the introduction of Rock Gym Pro by emailing info@beaconclimbing.com or phoning 01286 677 322.

 





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