The Mountain Clothing Charity...Donations wanted! : (18/12/2014)
Warmstuff is a charity which aims to make a connection between people who are currently homeless and unused outdoor clothing.
Winter's now upon us and it's a sad fact that there are a number of hypothermia related fatalities amongst homeless people throughout North Wales during the winter months. The chances are if you're into the outdoors you will have some kit keeping a cupboard warm somewhere that you know longer use. Let's put it to good use!
You can now find a drop-off point for outdoor oriented people to leave their unwanted warm kit in reception at Beacon Climbing Centre - look out for the big orange tub! Stuff donated to this tub will be collected by the fantastic local charity St Mary's who work with local night shelters and day centres supporting homeless people across north wales.
Stuff we want:
- Sleeping Bags
- Warm Jackets and jumpers
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Decent shoes
- Warm Hats
Please visit The Mountain Clothing Charity for further information.
Beacon Gift Vouchers now available to buy online... : (05/12/2014)
Gift vouchers are an original and appreciated gift for most occasions and can be purchased for any of the wide range of indoor climbing sessions/courses running throughout the year at Beacon Climbing Centre.
If you're not sure which session or course would be suitable for your intended gift voucher recipient please get in touch. We're here to help.
|Electronic Gift Vouchers|
Our electronic gift vouchers can only be purchased and redeemed online so are great as last minute gifts when all the regular shops are closed! All electronic gift vouchers are valid for 1 year from date of purchase.
How does it work?
- Click on the 'buy gift voucher' button at the top of this page
- Select the session/course you wish to purchase - you do not need to select a specific date/time.
- Follow the instructions to checkout and enter your payment details.
- You will receives a voucher by email that you can print out and include in a gift card, or you can send the email to the gift recipient.
- The person receiving the gift visits the web address printed on the voucher, and books a date/time by entering the voucher code.
Paper Gift Vouchers
£10, £20, £50 denominations.
Redeemable at reception against all sessions/courses and climbing wall entry including 10 entry passes and unlimited use passes.
£14 CrazyClimb Voucher.
Redeemable at reception or online against any 1 hour CrazyClimb session (subject to availability). Recipients can use our website booking calendar to check for a session date and time that suits their requirements then make a booking by simply entering their unique voucher code.
£6 FreeFall Voucher.
Redeemable at reception or online against 1 FreeFall Jump. Recipients can use our website booking calendar to check for a session date and time that suits their requirements then make a booking by simply entering their unique voucher code.
Christmas opening times and activities... : (01/12/2014)
Don't forget that Beacon Climbing Centre is open for most of the Christmas period so if you need a respite from the festive mayhem pay us a visit!
Never been before? We operate the largest indoor climbing facilities in North Wales, with exciting activities suitable for the whole family, a superb café with free WiFi and plenty of free parking - check out our photo gallery and take a virtual tour here. We've got courses and clubs for all ages so that adults and children can enjoy Beacon together!
You'll find 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 activity, FreeFall is now open and provides the fastest way down to the ground from a height of 10m!
If you're a Beacon regular, you'll find loads of new bouldering problems and routes throughout the centre, set as part of our ongoing Winter Bouldering Aggregate and Winter Leading Aggregate. And if you're planning on visiting frequently over winter, don't forget that you can save money by taking advantage of our 10-entry and membership deals.
|Saturday 20 December||10:00am - 8:00pm (normal hours)|
|Sunday 21 December||10:00am - 8:00pm (normal hours)|
|Monday 22 December||10:00am - 10:00pm (normal hours)|
|Tuesday 23 December||10:00am - 10:00pm (normal hours)|
|Wednesday 24 December||9:00am - 2:00pm|
|Thursday 25 December||Closed|
|Friday 26 December||Closed|
|Saturday 27 December||10:00am - 8:00pm (normal hours)|
|Sunday 28 December||10:00am - 8:00pm (normal hours)|
|Monday 29 December||10:00am - 10:00pm (normal hours)|
|Tuesday 30 December||10:00am - 10:00pm (normal hours)|
|Wednesday 31 December||10:00am - 6:00pm|
|Thursday 01 January||12:00 - 10:00pm|
|Friday 02 January||10:00am - 10:00pm (normal hours)|
If you've never climbed before, why not use your free time over Christmas to have a go? It's the perfect antidote to boring gym regimes for adults and a great way to prove to kids that exercise is actually really exciting! Check out the schedules below and get involved!
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.
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. Advance booking is not required.
When: The Kids' Climbing Area is open all day during climbing centre opening hours.
Price: £2.50 per person, no time limit
La Sportiva climbing shoe demonstration evening 22.01.15... : (17/12/2014)
Beacon Climbing Centre will be hosting a La Sportiva Climbing Shoe demonstration evening on Thursday 22nd January from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Produced and designed in a small mountain town at the foot of the Dolomites, La Sportiva has been manufacturing outdoor footwear for 80 years. With this heritage they can focus on the future and meld new technologies, ideas and innovation with their rich knowledge of shoe making to give you some of the most amazing products on the market.
They offer an extensive choice of climbing shoes to satisfy all types of foot morphology, from the more technical and demanding to those who have just started climbing. The collection also offers a different model for each style and climbing technique thanks to the various construction systems, fit and fastenings.
If you are looking for a new pair of climbing shoes or are interested in understanding the technical features and benefits of the latest models, then this La Sportiva demonstration evening is a great opportunity to try before you buy. There will be loads of shoes in multiple sizes to test out and a member of the La Sportiva team will be on hand throughout the evening to offer expert fitting advice and technical guidance. We hope to see you there!
Visit the La Sportiva website for full information about the entire range of La Sportiva climbing shoes.
BMC Youth Climbing Series 2015 information... : (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
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 - 25th April 2015 - Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Scotland.
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.
Click here to find out more about the BMC Youth Climbing Series including all the dates and venues for each round across the UK.
10 funded places available for an alpine mountain experience... : (04/12/2014)
The Outdoor Partnership has a fantastic opportunity for 18-25 year olds to attend an Alpine mountain experience in the Stubai Alps, Austria from the 23rd-29th August 2015.
The Austrian Alpine Club (UK) are in the enviable position of having surplus funds in their overseas training account. The Executive Committee has decided that some of this money should be spent on providing young people with a memorable mountain experience and has approached the Outdoor Partnership in order to form a group to apply for this funded Austrian mountain experience.
The Outdoor Partnership has 10 places available and will be accepting applications from the counties of Anglesey, Conwy, Gwynedd and Denbighshire. The 10 successful candidates will then be presented to the Executive Committee of the Austrian Alpine Club for approval.
The trip will be full board, with accommodation being in traditional mountain huts. Activities will include rock climbing, abseiling, climbing local peaks over 3000m, zip wires, gorge-canyoning, slacklining etc and will be delivered entirely by English speaking IFMGA Mountain Guides. Travel costs to Innsbruk, travel insurance and AAC membership not included, and successful candidates must make their own way to Innsbruck where they will be collected by the guide.
Download the application form here.
Application Deadline: January 16th 2015.
NEW monthly headtorch evenings starting from 12.12.2014... : (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!
Winter Bouldering & Leading Aggregate update inc. scores... : (03/12/2014)
If you haven't already signed up to our Aggregates, you can get started by purchasing your Bouldering and/or Leading scorecard from reception now (suggested donation £2.00 with all proceeds donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund). Taking part is a great opportunity to test your climbing skills and push yourself to climb at your best, whether you're competing for a top spot, entering to try and beat your friends or just having fun.
The Bouldering Aggregate has now reached 149 problems covering all types of terrain from tenuous slabs to fierce overhangs and everything inbetween, requiring a broad range of climbing skills and prodigious amounts of determination.
Look out for new problems appearing over the next few weeks and don't forget that the aggregate works numerically - the lowest numbers will be taken down first and the highest numbers represent the newest problems so try and tick the lowest numbers first before they are removed. You'll find a list of all the aggregate problems in reception, including the set date and a removal date to help you plan your siege!
Full Winter Bouldering Aggregate details here.
The Leading Aggregate now has 40 routes ranging in difficulty from F4c all the way up to F8a+ with a great range of F5s, F6s and F7s in between!
Scoring works differently to the Bouldering Aggregate, with routes scoring 2 points for a first try ascent (onsight/flash) and 1 point if multiple attempts are required (a redpoint ascent). As per the Bouldering Aggregate, each new route to be included in the Leading Aggregate is assigned a number - the lowest numbers will be taken down first and the highest numbers represent the newest routes so try and tick the lowest numbers first before they are removed.
Full Winter Bouldering Aggregate details here.
New Monday evening Yoga classes from 05.01.2015... : (27/11/2014)
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 at Beacon Climbing Centre
Yoga classes at Beacon Climbing Centre are led by Jess Colebrook, a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. She teaches energising, challenging classes linking breath with movement. From 5th January 2015 classes will be:
Every Monday 5:30 - 6:15pm: Yoga for climbers (and runners, riders, swimmers, surfers... and those short on time). Think of it as cross training! A dynamic, well rounded practice that fits fundamental postures to stretch and strengthen into a 45 minute practice. Drop in £5, absolutely everyone welcome!
Every Monday 6:30 - 8:00pm: Improvers Ashtanga class. Practising the Ashtanga primary series, refining and adding to the sequence, challenging strength and flexibility, being guided by the breath and with short relaxation at the end. £7 drop in, or buy a 4 class pass for £24, valid for 2 months. Knowledge of sun salutes and warriors needed.
Monday 8:15 - 9:00pm: Beginners yoga course (4 weeks starting 5th January). Learning or refamiliarising with the basics over 4 weeks; sun salutations and standing sequence from the Ashtanga primary series. £24 for the course - please get in touch to book your place. Minimum of 3 people required for this, maximum of 8 per class.
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.
Jess Colebrook is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. She has been practising yoga since 1995 but found her yoga "home" in the Ashtanga practice, which she has practiced since 2011. Her teachers include John Scott, Brian Cooper and more locally, Mary Freeman.
For more info get in touch...
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.
Try something new! 2 day Vertical Dance Workshops... : (31/10/2014)
Interested in climbing and looking to try something new? Why not sign up to the Vertical Dance Workshop running at Beacon Climbing Centre on 17th-18th January with Kate Lawrence, one of the few Vertical Dance specialists in the UK.
Vertical Dance combines dance with the equipment and movement of climbing, resulting in dance performances that use the walls of buildings as the 'floor' with the dancer using the opportunity of being suspended from above to 'fly'.
During the workshop, participants will learn harness techniques particular to vertical dance and undertake technical exercises that focus on understanding the effect of the 'vertical floor' on the body so that they become more comfortable with a new spatial orientation. Having developed control of their orientation in still positions, participants are encouraged to work with the pendulum of the rope and to explore the possibilities of flight.
Kate is a Lecturer in Performance at Bangor University and also a regular user of Beacon Climbing Centre where she can often be found rehearsing in our rope access training area.
2 day Vertical Dance Workshop led by Kate Lawrence
Venue: The RAT room, Beacon Climbing Centre.
Date: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th January.
Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm both days.
Normal price: £100.
Concessions: £90 for Dance Collective Crescent associates or £80 for full Dance Collective CIC associates.
£10 off all prices for bookings paid in full by 5th December.
For further information or to book a place, please email email@example.com
If you wish to join Dance Collective, please visit www.dancecollective.co.uk