Summer holiday activities at Beacon Climbing Centre... : (01/07/2014)
Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon, North Wales is a really fun all-weather venue, open 7 days a week with exciting activities suitable for the whole family, a superb café with free WiFi and plenty of free parking!
You'll find the best indoor climbing facilities around, including roped climbing walls up to 17m high, low level bouldering areas, a dedicated kids' climbing area and something that's entirely off-the-wall: CrazyClimb featuring a series of wacky climbing challenges!
Our latest activty, FreeFall is now open and provides the fastest way down to the ground from a height of 10m! Experience the sensation of a true free fall, combined with a smoothly controlled descent that will place you comfortably back on terra firma!
Want to have a go? No previous experience is necessary to get started and indoor climbing can be experienced on your own or with friends and family. We've got courses and clubs for all ages so that adults and children can enjoy Beacon together!
Beacon Climbing Centre is open 7 days a week: weekdays 10am-10pm and weekends 10am-8pm.
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! Come and have a go and see if you can complete them all!
|Peak:||Everyday 10:30am, 12:00, 1:30pm, 3:00pm & 4:30pm|
|Off-Peak:||Every Sunday 4:30pm|
These sessions are fully supervised and include a safety briefing prior to the start of the climbing session.
|Peak:||£14 per person for 1 hour|
|Off-Peak:||£9 per person for 1 hour|
CrazyClimb can also be booked for Groups and Birthday Parties for up to 12 people for £130 for 1 hour. Please visit the Birthday Parties section of the website for comprehensive information.
Visit our CrazyClimb section for a complete overview of our CrazyClimb challenges including pricing information and online booking.
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!
Please note that weight restrictions apply: Minimum user weight 20 kg (44 lb), Maximum user weight 130 kg (285 lb).
|Everyday 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm & 5:30pm|
All FreeFall sessions are fully supervised. Please allow 30 minutes to complete your FreeFall jump.
|1 FreeFall jump||£6 per person|
|1 FreeFall jump + 1 hour CrazyClimb session||£20 per person*|
*includes a FREE £2 voucher for Caffi Barcud, located upstairs within Beacon Climbing Centre.
Indoor Climbing Taster Session
Never climbed before except up stairs or trees? Get started here! 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 an indoor climbing Taster Session! Suitable for anyone from age 5+, these offer great value at £14 per person for 1 hour.
1 hour indoor climbing Open Taster Session (advance booking is required)
|Every Saturday 12:00 - 1:00pm||£14 per person|
|Every Tuesday 12:00 - 1:00pm||£14 per person|
|Every Thursday 12:00 - 1:00pm||£14 per person|
We also offer Private Taster Sessions at a time and date to suit your requirements. Visit our Taster Session section for the latest dates, pricing information and online booking.
|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.
When: The Kids' Climbing Area is open all day during climbing centre opening hours.
Price: £2.50 per person, no time limit
All children must be supervised by a parent or an appropriate adult. Advance booking is not required.
Reel Rock 9 UK Film premier in Caernarfon 09.10.2014... : (21/08/2014)
The Reel Rock Film Tour is one of the world's fastest growing short film festivals and is ready to once again thrill audiences across the UK this autumn with events in more than 12 locations across the UK including the UK premiere at Galeri Caernarfon on Thursday 9th October.
Reel Rock 9 features the highly anticipated feature-length film Valley Uprising from Emmy award-winning adventure filmmakers. The documentary examines 60 years of climbing history, epic rivalry, adventure and rebellion in California's legendary Yosemite National Park. Experience the climbing revolution and adventures on the big screen with the bold men and women who have redefined the limits of possibility in the vertical realm.
Vividly brought to life through digitally animated-archival photography, spectacular movie footage from today and the past as well as interviews with climbing legends, the story of Yosemite as recorded in the history books, captured on film and spoken by the campfire can be divided into three discrete but interlocking generations - The Golden Age, The Stone Masters and The Stone Monkeys.
The Golden Age
It was in the early days, during the 50s and 60s, that (now) legendary climbers dreamt up the incomprehensible notion of ascending Yosemite's massive, cloud-scraping vertical walls. Rag-tag beatniks and freethinkers, this generation of climbers escaped the conformism of post-war America for the freedom of Yosemite, where they forged a revolution in climbing, and a way of life, pushing the vertical realm to incomprehensible new limits and generated many incredible classic climbs.
The Stone Masters
Inspired by their predecessors but determined to usurp their legacy, the 70's climbers were audacious in personality and vision. They applied their talent to "free-climbing", ascending the mega routes without the use of artificial aids, and only with their hands and feet which made for some of the most impressive and athletic feats in human record. During this time a raucous new era emerged, marked by partying and battles with park authorities. And then there was the time a drug-smuggling plane crashed in the valley, creating a contraband gold rush for the usually impoverished local climbers...
The Stone Monkeys
With the dawn of the new century came the emergence of the "Stone Monkeys", a young and modern band of brothers bringing their feats of adventure to a level once thought impossible. Exactly 50 years after the first ascent of Half Dome that took several days, Alex Honnold, a shy, goofy twenty-something living out of his van, made the ascent alone, with no rope, in under three hours, arguably completing the greatest rock climbing ascent in the history of the sport. The Yosemite climbing scene has now become a truly astonishing thing to behold: walking high lines across cliff-tops, and BASE jumping off the massive formations.
Venue: Galeri Caernarfon
Address: Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1SQ
Date: Thursday 9th October
Show time: 19:30
Regular Tickets: £12 (booking fee £0.82)
Concession Tickets: £10 (booking fee £0.82)
Tickets can be purchased online at www.reelrock.co.uk
The Reel Rock Film Tour offers audiences so much more than just a film night (albeit it with the best new adventure films around!). The screenings are inspiring events where outdoors lovers and climbers alike come together to celebrate adventure and leave with new enthusiasm and inspiration for their next adventure. Audiences also have a chance to win some fantastic prizes provided by the Tour's sponsors - The North Face, Ellis Brigham,Clif Bar and Five Ten.
Outdoor Climbing in Snowdonia with Beacon Climbing Centre... : (28/07/2014)
Conveniently located just a few miles from the Snowdonia National Park, Beacon Climbing Centre has some of the best outdoor climbing in the UK right on its doorstep. If you've never climbed before or only done a little and want to really experience outdoor climbing, there is no better place to start!
Beacon offers half and full day Outdoor Taster Sessions for beginners on the single pitch crags of North Wales. These sessions are an outdoor version of our well established Indoor Taster Sessions, giving families or individuals the opportunity to venture out on to the superb crags local to the climbing centre and get a real taste of outdoor climbing. A variety of venues are used and we can guarantee a great day out in spectacular surroundings!
Our Outdoor Taster Sessions are perfect for families or individuals (All under 18s must be accompanied by parents throughout the duration of the session), are run on demand, any day of the week, and have the flexibility to ensure they are just what you want: choose from single pitch climbing or abseiling on the cliffs of Snowdonia, or mix and match with a climbing wall session. For more details or to make a booking, please contact us by phone on 01286 677 322 or email email@example.com. You can also book online using the links below.
Half Day Outdoor Taster Sessions: from 9:30am - 1:00pm or 1:30pm - 5:00pm.
|1-3 people||£120 for half day all inclusive|
|4-7 people||£135 for half day all inclusive|
|8+ people||£18 per person for half day all inclusive|
Full-day Outdoor Taster Sessions: from 9:30am - 5:00pm including a lunch break.
|1-3 people||£175 for full day all inclusive|
|4-7 people||£195 for full day all inclusive|
|8+ people||£27 per person for full day all inclusive|
For your safety and in conjunction with national guidelines, Beacon Climbing Centre instructs groups at a maximum ratio of 1:8. The price of an Outdoor Taster Session includes all instruction and equipment required.
We also run a full range of outdoor climbing courses on demand for individuals looking to progress their climbing at any level, from making the transition from indoor to outdoor climbing, learning to lead climb safely, to promoting self-reliance through the application of self-rescue skills and much more.
Introductory level Yoga starting at Beacon 15.09.2014... : (13/08/2014)
Choosing to begin or deepen your yoga practice? Good call!
A regular practice will develop your whole-body strength, increase your flexibility, concentration and awareness of your breath.
Yoga for Climbing
Stevie Haston does it. Yuji Hirayama does it. Adam Ondra does it. If you want to tell Stevie he is wrong, be my guest...
Ashtanga yoga works a great many of the antagonists that you forget to train when climbing. In short, your shoulders will thank you. It also trains the mind and the breath to be steady and to find ease in what are very challenging positions. Sound useful?
Yoga should complement your climbing training, not undermine it. If time is short, then it's best spent climbing, obviously. But if you can fit in cross-training, or if you are noticing niggles, imbalances or negative head chatter yoga could well be just the thing.
Yoga at Beacon Climbing Centre
A new four week introductory course rooted in Ashtanga Yoga comes to Beacon Climbing Centre from 15th September 2014, with weekly sessions from 6.30pm to 8pm on Monday nights. The small class size and gradual introduction to the practice will help you to build a firm foundation, and let you know if it's something you want to progress further. At only £24 for the four week block, get in touch with Jess to book your place or to ask questions .
Phone. 07771 630214
Subject to demand (let me know if you are interested!), there will be follow up beginners courses and an additional drop in class that is suitable for those continuing after the introductory course, or those with some yoga experience.
Ashtanga Yoga is the system of Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. This method of Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures; a process producing an internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. The postures increase strength and flexibility, and can be modified for all fitness types and many injuries.
2014 BMC Coaching Symposium 13.09.2014 - 14.09.2014... : (05/08/2014)
BMC Ambassador Shauna Coxsey will be joining a team of coaches presenting at this year's BMC Coaching Symposium. Join us on September 13th and 14th to learn a host of new skills and take your coaching to the next level!
It's more than two years since the last coaching symposium and much has changed. The demand for coaching and coach education has increased, Mountain Training has launched a new national coaching scheme and the BMC has greatly increased the coaching for talented young climbers, with thirty-seven regional and national academies planned for 2014/15.
We're also seeing ever increasing numbers at the BMC climbing competitions - over 800 children entered the BMC rounds of the 2014 Youth Climbing Series, the highest turnout ever.
To educate coaches working with talented young climbers, the theme for this year's coaching symposium is supporting the talent pathway, this being the coaching that a talented young climber receives. This coaching could be at a climbing wall performance club, one-to-one coaching or at one of the BMC academies, for example. Whilst much climbing coaching is focused around competitions and predominantly delivered at walls, the coaching a child receives should also help them excel in whatever styles of climbing they ultimately choose to pursue, be that competitions, rock climbing, ice climbing or alpinism.
Run over two days, the coaching symposium will be at Plas y Brenin on Saturday 13th September with a mixture of lectures and practicals, and at Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon on Sunday 14th and predominantly practical in nature.