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Earn a free Surf Snowdonia surfing package... : (09/06/2014)

Beacon Climbing Centre has teamed up with the best local adventure activity providers in the North Wales area to produce The Adventure Map initiative: an easily accessible guide to great new experiences in the hands of the best professionals in North Wales.

 

The latest Adventure Map promotion – Your Passport to Adventure – launches this week and offers all participants the chance to earn a free Surf Snowdonia surfing package for 1 person during the first season of opening in 2015.

 

 

Surf Snowdonia is an exciting new surfing and water sports park, due to open in the Conwy Valley in Summer 2015, featuring the World’s first publicly accessible Wavegarden® artificial surfing lagoon. Generating powerful and consistent waves, of varying heights up to 6 feet, in a 300m long lagoon, Surf Snowdonia is ideal for all surfers, from grommets (beginners both young and old) to professional surfers, and a fantastic family destination.

 

 

Get started now by picking up your free Passport from any Adventure Map activity provider! After completing an activity with any of the providers, you’ll receive a unique stamp in your passport for that activity. Collect all 8 stamps by taking part in an activity with each of the 8 Adventure Map providers and you'll earn your free surfing package!

 

Visit the Adventure Map website for further information about each activity provider... Where will your next adventure be?

 

 

Adventure Map Providers

Anglesey Adventures | www.angleseyadventures.com
Beacon Climbing Centre | www.beaconclimbing.com
Surf-Lines | www.surf-lines.co.uk
Tree Top Adventures | www.ttadventure.co.uk
RibRide | www.ribride.co.uk
Zip World | www.zipworld.co.uk
Plas y Brenin | www.pyb.co.uk
National White Water Centre | www.ukrafting.co.uk





Youth Climbing Competition 12.07.2014... : (12/06/2014)

Beacon end of term Climbing Comp
Saturday 12 July 2014. Registration from 9:30am.
Admission is £5.50 per competitor.

 

​This is a fun day for kids of all abilities and experience, who were born between 1997 and 2006. Each competitor will be given a score sheet with a list of 15 specially set climbs. Competitors can select 5 top rope climbs to attempt, with harder climbs being worth more points. Competitors have one attempt at each of their 5 climbs. There are full points for getting to the top, and bonus points if they don't get to the top, but make it to a designated bonus hold. With only one attempt at each climb, selecting the right climbs is a challenge in itself.

 

Cystadleuaeth Ddringo ddiwedd tymor y Beacon
​Dydd Sadwrn Gorffennaf 12 2014. Cofrestru o 9:30 ymlaen.
Pris mynediad yw £5.50 y cystadleuydd.

 

Dyma ddiwrnod hwylus i blant o bob gallu a phrofiad a chafodd eu geni rhwng 1997 a 2006. Bydd pob cystadleuwr yn derbyn taflen sgorio gyda rhestr o 15 dringfa benodol. Bydd y cystadleuwyr yn cael dewis 5 dringfa rhaffau uchel i ymgeisio, a bydd dringfeydd anodd yn werth mwy o bwyntiau. Bydd y cystadleuwyr yn cael un cynnig ar bob un o'i 5 dringfa. Bydd pwyntiau llawn yn cael eu rhoi i'r rhai a gyrhaeddai'r top, a phwyntiau bonws i'r rhai fydd yn methu cyrraedd y top ond yn hytrach yn cyrraedd un o'r gafaelion bonws dynodedig. Gan mai un cynnig yn unig fydd i bob dringfa, bydd dewis y ddringfa gywir yn ddigon o her.

 

 

Download the full sized A2 competition poster here.

 

 

Entry details...

 

£5.50 entry fee. Please register and pay online using the button at the top of this page.
Saturday 12 July 2014
Registration starts at 9:30am and closes at 10:00am.
Warm up from 10:00am - 10:30am.
Competition starts at 10:30am.
Scorecards in by 1pm.
Prize giving 1:30pm.

 

 

Categories...

 

Five categories, with separate girls and boys competitions, following the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth. All entrants must have some climbing experience.

 

Youth A - those born in 1997 & 1998
Youth B - those born in 1999 & 2000
Youth C - those born in 2001 & 2002
Youth D - those born in 2003 & 2004
Youth E - those born in 2005 & 2006

 

 

Please contact us on 01286 677 322 or info@beaconclimbing.com if you require any further information.





Welsh Youth Climbing Team come 4th in BMC YCS Final... : (02/07/2014)

The Welsh Team has returned home, tired but jubilant, after it's biggest event of the competition season. The BMC Youth Climbing Series Final took place throughout the day on Saturday 28th June at the Edinburgh Indoor Climbing Arena.

 

 

EICA, otherwise known as Ratho is a climbing wall built into an old quarry. It is the only wall in the UK which can accommodate such a large number of spectators – over 1000 last weekend.

 

 

This year the Welsh Team succeeded in coming 4th out of the 11 regions competing across the UK. The Welsh Team was 30 strong with 6 from the North and 24 from the South. Following 10 weeks of preparation they came together to battle it out with 300 young climbers from across the UK.

 

Chris Forrest, Head Coach for North Wales Youth Climbing Academy said "Although we contributed fewer climbers to the Welsh Team this year, our squad has worked exceptionally hard over the last 10 weeks to prepare for this event and it shows with all 6 coming in the top half of their age groups. Also, most of the team have been to several UK finals now and are gaining invaluable experience of competing against the best in their class and pushing themselves to the limit".

 

There were stunning individual performances with Kieran Forrest (13) from Llanrug, who after a tremendous finish on a steep climb on the competition wall, made the podium in 3rd place. Finn (10) from Felinheli and Mia (9) from Old Colwyn had very impressive 4th places, only just missing out on the podium. Jamie Steele (11) from Chwilog came a very respectable 7th, and Hannah Swann (12) from Felinheli, and Cian Evans (14) from Holywell came in 14th and 15th. Kieran, Cian and Finn are also young in their age groups, which are in 2-year age bands, so if they keep working hard, we may see even better performances next year!

 

 

North Wales Team 2014 (left to right) Cian Evans, Hannah Swann, Kieran Forrest, Mia Cowans, Jamie Steele and Finn Hayward.

 

 

Training won't stop here though... In addition to being coached locally through the local Academy, the Welsh Team will be supported through a series of Regional and National Academies run by the BMC as part of a talent development group run throughout the UK. And also there is a British Team selection event coming up at the end of July in London, which a few members will be gearing up for... so watch this space!

 

The climbers range from 8 to 16, take part in one of 5 age groups. Each competitor tackles three problems, without a rope (bouldering problems) scoring up to 180 points if they make it to the top of all three; and three routes, which they use a rope on to keep themselves safe on, for which they can also score a maximum of 180 points. Making just one more move can make the difference between winning and coming second or third, so it makes for a very exciting spectator sport at times!

 

The North Wales Youth Climbing Academy is always on the look out for young talent, so if you have done some climbing and think you have what it takes to be part of the Academy, why not take part in one of the local climbing competitions here at the Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon, (e.g. our End of Term Competition on 12th July or Back to School competition on 27th September) or at The Boardroom, Queensferry. Academy Coaches usually help out at these events and keep an eye open for new talent.

 

 

Additional Information

 

The BMC Youth Climbing Series comes under the youth development wing of the British Mountaineering Council - for more information - click here.

 

For more information on the EICA wall at Ratho - click here.

 

The North Wales Youth Climbing Academy works with 20 young talented climbers from across North Wales, ranging in age from 8 to 16. The Academy is supported by volunteer coaches, who come from a variety of backgrounds, including parents, professional mountaineers/climbers, plus some of the top performing climbers in the UK. Training is supported at indoor climbing venues throughout Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy, with its key commercial sponsor being locally based business, DMM International.





Y&Y Belay Glasses for only £54! Test now at Beacon... : (09/06/2014)

Y&Y Belay Glasses

Free trial now available at Beacon Climbing Centre.
Available to buy for only £54.
Pre-order by 30.06.2014.

 

 

Have you ever got neck pain from belaying? Do you want to find a more comfortable way to belay? Y&Y Belay Glasses are your solution, producing belay glasses with the best performance-price ratio available.

  • High quality optical prism: BK7.
  • Light and resistant stainless steel frames, total weight: 36g.
  • Flexible arms with memory alloy.
  • Adaptable nose pad with flexible brackets.
  • Specially designed storage case with karabiner to hang on your harness.

 

Free trial now available at Beacon Climbing Centre - please ask at reception to borrow our test set. If you like them, place a pre-order with us by 30.06.2014. Please phone us on 01286 685 964 for pre-orders or for further information.





Climbing hold clearance sale... : (11/04/2014)

Interested in building your own mini climbing facility? Beacon Climbing is having a clear out and currently has over 200 sets of climbing holds available at clearance prices.

 

 

All clearance stock is subject to a 30% discount on normal retail prices and is available with next business day delivery to UK mainland addresses. Visit the Beacon Climbing Holds website to view current stock availability.

 

 

About

 

Located near Llanberis within the heart of the Welsh climbing scene, Beacon has been designing and building climbing walls, and manufacturing the extensive range of Beacon climbing holds since 1994.

 

Our climbing holds are designed and manufactured to the highest possible standard using premium quality materials. With hundreds of different styles and 15 different colours to choose from, Beacon offers climbing hold sets suitable for climbing centres, kids climbing walls and home training wall use.

 

To view the complete range of Beacon climbing holds, please visit www.climbukshop.com





The Queen’s Baton Relay coming to Beacon 29.05.2014… : (22/05/2014)

The Queen's Baton Relay, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the world held every 4 years prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games, due to be held in Glasgow in 2014.

 

On 9 October 2013, the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay set off on its journey around all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The International Sector of the journey lasts 248 days, covers more than 190,000 kilometres and crosses continents, terrains and time zones.

 

The baton relay will be visiting Wales from 24 until 30 May, with the baton to be carried by a mixture of athletes past and present and people representing their communities.

 

Day 1 (24 May): Abertillery, Ebbw Vale, Tredegar, Merthyr
Day 2 (25 May): Aberdare, Llandrindod Wells
Day 3 (26 May): Urdd Eisteddfod, Bala
Day 4 (27 May): Laugharne, Carmarthen, Ammanford, Llanelli
Day 5 (28 May): St David's, Machynlleth
Day 6 (29 May): Llanberis, Beaumaris, Menai Strait, Caernarfon
Day 7 (30 May): Rhyl, Moel Famau, Ruthin, Llandegla

 

The baton will arrive at Beacon Climbing Centre on Day 6, alongside John Griffiths (Welsh Minister for Culture & Sport), Alex Jones (BBC1 One Show presenter) and a BBC film crew capturing all the action as it happens with a live broadcast!

 

Members of the North Wales Youth Climbing Academy will form a relay on the climbing wall, and will be joined by Baton Bearer and local climbing enthusiast Calum Muskett. Why not come and visit Beacon to support the event then stay on for a climb afterwards? If you can't make it, don't forget to check us out on TV!

 

Full itinerary Day 6: Thursday 29 May 2014
At the crack of dawn on the foothills of Snowdon the Môn/Menai leg of the Queens Baton Relay will kick off, with 5 athletes from the Eryri Harriers running club taking the baton up the highest mountain in England and Wales. Fingers crossed the weather is kind!

 

The baton will then be whisked over to the Isle of Anglesey to be greeted on the green in Beaumaris by a plethora of Commonwealth Games sports followed by a visit to the Rownd and Rownd set for a star TV appearance!

 

Caernarfon will then host activities at Beacon Climbing Centre and the Leisure Centre, followed by a cycle through the town with one or two famous faces! For a little something different the baton then joins an afternoon race against the Llyn Padarn train in a canoe. The day comes to a close with a cultural visit at the Galeri and then a 5k run from Plas Menai to Caernarfon.

 

Further itinerary information on the Gwynedd and Anglesey Council websites
http://www.gwynedd.gov.uk/gwy_doc.asp?cat=8510&doc=31770&Language=1&p=1&c=1
http://www.anglesey.gov.uk/leisure/sports-clubs-and-centres/commonwealth-games-glasgow-2014/

 

 





Beacon Climbing Centre closed until 3pm 10.06.2014... : (04/06/2014)

Please be aware that the Climbing Centre will be closed until 3pm on Tuesday 10th June because we're all heading over to try out the brand new Zip World Titan at Llechwedd near Bleanau Festiniog!

 

 

Check out the Zip World website here.





CrazyClimb sessions for only £9.00. New off-peak rate... : (03/03/2014)

Off-Peak CrazyClimb sessions are now available every Wednesday afternoon at 4:00pm during school term-time. Great value at only £9.00 per person!

 

 

Indoor climbing with a difference... CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre offers a memorable and fun experience for both adults and children, from fun children's birthday parties, challenging stag and hen parties full of camaraderie, to corporate team building experiences!

 

It's fun, it's weird, it's wacky, it's totally CRAZY! Tackle a wall covered with large purple blobs, race the clock on the speed climb, climb a wall covered in rotating steering wheels... we've got 12 different challenges to attempt and each one offers a completely different and completely crazy experience!

 

 

You don't need any previous climbing experience and if you're aged 5+ and love to have fun, then CrazyClimb is suitable for you! And that includes adults too! All sessions are fully supervised by a Beacon instructor and each challenge uses an automated top rope safety system that gently lowers the climber to the ground from any point on the climb. Come and have a go!

 

 

CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre

CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre

 

 

CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre

CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre

 

 

When

 

1 hour Supervised CrazyClimb Sessions (advance booking is required)

During School Holidays:
Peak: Everyday 10:30am, 12:00, 1:30pm, 3:00pm & 4:30pm
Off-Peak: Every Sunday 4:30pm
During Term Time:
Peak: Every Saturday 10:30am, 12:00, 1:30pm, 3:00pm & 4:30pm
  Every Sunday 10:30am, 12:00, 1:30pm & 3:00pm
Off-Peak: Every Wednesday 4:00pm
  Every Sunday 4:30pm

 

These sessions are fully supervised and include a safety briefing prior to the start of the session.

 

 

Open sessions (for fully registered members of Beacon Climbing Centre ONLY)

CrazyClimb is open to all members subject to times of instructed sessions both during the week and at weekends. These sessions are NOT supervised by a Beacon instructor. All under 18s must be signed in and supervised by a fully registered member. Booking is not required

 

 

Exclusive use (Groups and Birthday Parties for up to 12 people)

CrazyClimb can also be booked for Groups and Birthday Parties to suit your requirements. Please visit the Birthday Parties section of the website for comprehensive information.

 

 

CrazyClimb Prices

 

1 hour Supervised CrazyClimb Sessions (advance booking is required)

Normal entry (min age 5) Peak: £14 per person for 1 hour
Off-Peak: £9 per person for 1 hour
Exclusive use (up to 12 people) £130 for 1 hour
Group with external instructor* £6.50 per person for 1 hour

*Includes use of the rest of the climbing centre

 

 

Open sessions (for fully registered members of Beacon Climbing Centre ONLY)

Booking is not required. Normal climbing wall entry fees apply, 10 entry passes can also be used.

 

 

CrazyClimb Challenges

 

CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre comprises of 12 different wacky climbing challenges! See if you can complete them all!

 

Cannon Balls
Difficulty
This slender pillar with hanging wooden balls requires a determined approach giving a really novel climbing experience requiring co-ordination and balance.
Eye Spy
Difficulty
Our double sided see-through wall allows two people to climb identical routes. Some people will use Eye Spy as a race whilst others will use it more delicately to mirror each other's moves.
Speed Climb
Difficulty
A straightforward climb with lots of big holds but how quickly can you climb it? A large digital timer creates a sense of urgency and allows climbers to compare times.
Cannon Balls Eye Spy Speed Climb Challenge
Aliens
Difficulty
3-dimensional fun suitable for everyone, even the youngest children. Climb up using the alien faces for hand holds and foot holds - it doesn't get any dafter than this!
Crazy House
Difficulty
Shinning up the drainpipe gives a great exercise in lay back style climbing. If you can get to the top, light up the window by pushing the button!
Reflective Chimney
Difficulty
Grunting up chimneys can be an inelegant affair at the best of times. This zig zag chimney is backed by a huge mirror so participants get to see themselves struggling!
Aliens Crazy House Reflective Chimney
Blobs of Doom
Difficulty
Giant bulbous purple blobs make for a challenging climb which requires a combination of pulling and pushing giving a total body work with lots of heavy breathing!
Perfect Symmetry
Difficulty to
Mirrored climbing holds either side of a prow give climbs of perfect symmetry. Use the orange holds for starters, or the green holds for a more testing challenge.
The CrazyClimb
Difficulty
A pleasant and straight forward challenge tackling the CrazyClimb logo. Cunningly use the CrazyClimb lettering for hand holds and foot holds.
Blobs of Doom Perfect Symmetry The CrazyClimb
Giant's Causeway
Difficulty
Step up the columns based on the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland then take a giant leap to finish!
Steering Wheels
Difficulty
The attractive discs give very positive holds but with the added challenge that the discs spin! A challenge requiring a thoughtful, delicate approach.
Zig Zags
Difficulty
Small zig zag edges should give climbers just enough grip to clamber up the zigzag shaped bulging wall! Additional holds allow smaller climbers to reach between the zig zags.
Giant's Causeway Steering Wheels Zig Zags




The 2014 Llanberis Tradfest 27.06.2014... : (04/06/2014)

North Wales and trad climbing are synonymous. Combined with a wide variety of ‘trad protected’ crags all within a short distance of one another, it’s a heritage that attracts climbers worldwide. So what better place to hold a Tradfest get-together, than one based in the Llanberis Pass; at the heart of it all.

 

 

DMM sponsored climbers will be joining the meet to give advice and share their local knowledge of routes and crags. Everyone attending will get a ‘goody bag’ that by itself more than justifies the £20 price of a ticket. The ticket price also includes food and a lecture on the Saturday evening as well as a Tradfest t-shirt… and there’s a few barrels of beer that’ll need drinking free of charge.

 

The hub for the informal gathering over the weekend of 27 – 29th June will be sited in the campsite opposite the Vaynol Arms pub in Nant Peris.

 

The event is being hosted by V12 Outdoor, DMM, The North Face, The Climbers' Club and Scarpa. Tickets however are limited and of the 150 available we’ve got 50 to sell on a first come first served basis. If you’re interested in coming along then follow this booking link to V12 Outdoor. There you'll also be able to book camping (if required), choose your food option for the Saturday evening and a t-shirt size.

 

Please note that for insurance purposes you must have 3rd party insurance to attend the Tradfest and that this must be valid for the duration of the event. We will require proof of this. BMC membership, CC membership or being a member of a climbing club will automatically give you this 3rd party insurance.





Love climbing and want to turn it into a job? : (02/04/2014)

Love climbing and want to turn it into a job? ClimbUK offers aspiring climbing instructors the opportunity to gain nationally recognised instructor qualifications at Big Rock Climbing Centre in Milton Keynes and Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales.

 

 

Working as course providers for Mountain Training (the nationally recognised governing body for climbing and mountaineering awards), our Climbing Wall Award (CWA) and Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA) courses provide the means to begin your career as a climbing instructor, allowing you to gain experience and work towards more senior qualifications in the future.

 

1. Climbing Wall Award - CWA
This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose-built artificial climbing walls and boulders. The CWA does not include the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing.

 

2. Climbing Wall Leading Award - CWLA
This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. It builds on the skills acquired in either the CWA or SPA award, one of which candidates must hold to access the CWLA scheme.

 

 

Big Rock Climbing Centre, Milton Keynes

 

CWA

 

Saturday 26 April 2014 training book now!
Saturday 28 June 2014 training book now!
Saturday 10 May 2014 assessment book now!
Saturday 5 July 2014 assessment book now!
Saturday 20 September 2014 assessment book now!
CWLA
Sunday 11 May 2014 training book now!
Sunday 21 September 2014 training book now!
Sunday 6 July 2014 assessment book now!

 

 

Beacon Climbing Centre, North Wales

 

CWA

 

Saturday 19 April 2014 training book now!
Thursday 19 June 2014 training book now!
Thursday 25 September 2014 training book now!
Saturday 22 November 2014 training book now!
Sunday 27 April 2014 assessment book now!
Friday 24 October 2014 assessment book now!
Friday 5 December 2014 assessment book now!
CWLA
Friday 12 September 2014 training book now!
Saturday 8 November 2014 training book now!
Sunday 13 April 2014 assessment book now!
Friday 10 October 2014 assessment book now!
Saturday 13 December 2014 assessment book now!




The Queen's Baton Relay in Wales: Summit & Sea on 29 May... : (04/06/2014)

The Queen's Baton Relay, similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, is a relay around the world held every 4 years prior to the beginning of the Commonwealth Games, due to be held in Glasgow in 2014.

 

On 9 October 2013, the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay set off on its journey around all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. The International Sector of the journey lasts 248 days, covers more than 190,000 kilometres and crosses continents, terrains and time zones.

 

The baton relay visited Wales from 24 until 30 May, with the baton carried by a mixture of athletes past and present and people representing their communities.

 

On the 29 May during an action packed day including an ascent of Snowdon with the Eyri Harriers running club, the baton arrived at Beacon Climbing Centre alongside John Griffiths (Welsh Minister for Culture & Sport) and Alex Jones (BBC1 One Show presenter) with a BBC film crew capturing all the action as it happens with a live broadcast!

 

Members of the North Wales Youth Climbing Academy Sophie Wilson, Abi Henderson, Lucy Swann, Caitlin Forrest, Hannah Swann, Kieran Forrest, Thomas Jenkins, Cian Evans, Jamie Jenkins & Jamie Steel formed a relay on the climbing wall, joined by Baton Bearer and local climbing enthusiast Calum Muskett...

 

 

 

 

...followed by a successfully ascent of our CrazyClimb Eye Spy challenge by John Griffiths!

 

 

 

 

Additional highlights of the day's events can be found on the BBC News website here.





Tremadog Festival 2014 from 17.05.2014 - 18.05.2014... : (24/04/2014)

 

Like climbing at Tremadog? Want to put something back into the climbing there? Organised by the BMC, Tremfest is your opportunity to care for one of the best crags in Wales, to have a great time, drink free beer and win some brilliant prizes.

 

The aim of the event is to get climbers involved in giving Craig Bwlch y Moch, the BMC owned and managed crag at Tremadog a bit of a spring clean. This involves cleaning overgrown routes, re-building paths, cutting back vegetation and so on.

 

It is a festival, so it's not all work. The weekend will be based at Eric Jones' cafe, Bwlch y Moch, Tremadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9SN and camping is free if you're staying for the weekend and helping out. We'll provide some free beer (until it runs out - so bring your own as well) and entertainment, and as at previous Tremfests we hope to run a free prize draw with loads of great gear generously donated by manufacturers and retailers. So put Tremfest 2014 (17-18 May) in your diary now!

 

More details will be available nearer the date on the BMC website here.

Read a report of Tremfest 2013 on the BMC website here.





New Tuesday Bouldering Club for climbers aged 10-17... : (21/04/2014)

 

New for next school term, Tuesday Bouldering Club starts on 29th April 2014. These new sessions will run every week on Tuesdays from 5.00pm-6.30pm and provide another opportunity (alongside our existing Saturday Bouldering Club) for young people to get their bouldering fix!

 

Bouldering Club is for experienced youngsters aged 10 to 17 who enjoy climbing and wish to improve their skills in a fun and sociable environment. Each session lasts for 1.5 hours and although formal instruction is not included, every Bouldering Club session is fully supervised by a Beacon Instructor meaning advice, guidance and feedback on climbing skills and techniques is readily available. The friendly atmosphere allows youngsters to climb in an informative and progressive environment whilst learning how to climb responsibly and with suitable precautions.

 

 

 

When

 

Bouldering Club at Beacon is operated as an open session and does not require booking (although you can book online for convenience); individuals can turn up and pay on the day at the start of each session.

 

Every Saturday from 10:00am - 11:30am

Every Tuesday from 5:00pm - 6:30pm

 

Please note: these sessions are for experienced young climbers only and do not include any roped climbing. Parents will need to sign a parental consent form, and must therefore attend prior to the start of their child's first session.

 

 

Price

 

£8.00 per person

The price includes entry to the climbing wall and all instruction and equipment required.





Volunteers wanted for Vertical Dance event... : (28/04/2014)

Combining dance with the equipment and movement of climbing, Vertical Dance is a spectacular dance genre that use the walls of buildings as the 'floor' with the dancer using the opportunity of being suspended from above to 'fly'. And here's your opportunity to try it out!

 

 

Kate Lawrence, Vertical Dance specialist and Lecturer in Performance at Bangor University, is looking for climbers aged 12 - 18 to take part in a Vertical Dance event at Galeri in Caernarfon on the evening of 29th May as part of the Queens Baton Relay celebrations leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

 

Training will be provided, but participants should ideally be experienced climbers who are very comfortable with harnesses and using belay devices. If you are interested, you need to be available Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings throughout May.

 

Please contact Kate Lawrence for further information or to sign up!
email: k.lawrence1964@gmail.com
phone: 07946709197 or  01286 873689

 

Check out Kate's Vertical Dance here!
www.verticaldancekatelawrence.com





Car boot sale for outdoor kit at The Heights 25.05.2014... : (01/05/2014)

Come and join Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team at 10.00am on the 25th May at The Heights in Llanberis for the Outdoor Kit Car Boot sale. Buy and Sell outdoor sporting equipment, clothing, footwear for adults and children.

 

 

 

 

£10 per pitch all of which goes to Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, profit from sales goes to yourself. Set up is at 8.30am. To book a pitch please e-mail fundraising@llanberismountainrescue.co.uk

 

 





Pilates sessions now available at Beacon Climbing Centre... : (10/03/2014)

Want to get in great shape for your summer climbing season? Why not try out Pilates at Beacon Climbing Centre with professional tutor Eirian Roberts?

 

Our first four week introductory course starts on Wednesday 30th April 2014, with weekly sessions from 10:30am to 12:00 noon. At only £28 for the four week block, it's the ideal way to help improve posture problems and injury rehabilitation, and even help you climb better! Call Eirian on

 

Individual or group sessions are also avaiable to suit your requirements. Please contact Eiran on 07864 144114 for further information or to book your place now!

 

 

What is Pilates?

 

Pilates is an exercise method designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance. It is based upon an anatomical understanding of the body's muscular and skeletal systems. Pilates classes take a holistic approach to the body and the exercises used help to integrate the whole body to re- educate and restore it to optimum muscular and skeletal function.

 

 

 

Pilates can be of benefit to almost everyone, from the very active to the more sedentary. If your work or your lifestyle requires you to sit by your desk, computer, or in the car for significant periods, possibly causing neck, shoulder or back pain, then Pilates may help by improving posture and consequently performance.

 

 

Pilates for the climber

 

Take a look at your fellow climbers on the crag or climbing wall and you will notice forward rolling shoulders due to over-developed pectoral and deltoid muscles (caused by pulling action). Muscle imbalance, and lack of flexibility, are a significant cause of injuries in climbers especially injury to shoulders and elbows.

 

Pilates makes tall moves, high steps and rock-overs easier, and improves core strength and balance. Pilates reduces the risk of sports injury. It is very beneficial in rehabilitation after injury or specific surgery, and in the management of recovery from sports injuries.

 

Whatever your age or fitness level, Pilates could be the class for you.

 

 

Course Tutor

 

Eirian Roberts, AISTD (Associate Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance), Member of R E PS (Register of exercise professions Level 3), Member of Fitness Wales, (Fitness instructor of the year Nominee 2006). Trainer and assessor for Fitness Wales, responsible for Pilates instructor training in North Wales.

 

Eirian trained at the famous "Laine Theatre Arts" College, Epsom, Surrey. After completing her three year course, Eirian went on to become a professional dancer and choreographer, working in theatre and television here in the UK and abroad specializing in playing Principal Boy in pantomime (oh yes she did!). Eirian has been responsible for choreographing many UK tours, pantomimes and summer seasons for artistes such as Ken Dodd, Frank Carson, Danny La Rue and Russell Grant. Last year Eirian worked alongside Russell Grant and Flavia Cacace on the UK launch of their Zalza fitness dvd. Eirian set herself up as "Eirobics" a freelance fitness instructor and personal trainer in 2004 teaching all fitness disciplines, but specializing in Pilates.

 

Contact number: 07864 144114

Email: info@eirobicsfitness.com

Website: www.eirobicsfitness.com

 

Come and share my passion for Pilates, come and join me here at the Beacon.





Steve McClure Lecture at Beacon Climbing Centre 04.04.2014... : (19/03/2014)

Steve McClure is one of the best rock-climbers in the world, having climbed the hardest sport route in the UK at 9a+, numerous new routes at the grade of 9a and onsighted many at 8b+. Despite being better known for his sport climbing achievements, you might also find him wiggling in wires in Pembroke or sleeping in a portaledge on a 1000m wall in Greenland.

 

"I thrive on finding a way, a path through difficulties that don’t rely on strength. I live for the immersion that climbing can give, all thoughts cast aside with only pure movement remaining."

 

Come and hear Steve talk on Friday 4th April, 8.30pm at Beacon Climbing Centre to raise vital funds for the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team. He will being talking about his 10 top routes - 10 routes that influenced his life, from his very first project right up to his hardest red-point. The dedication, blood sweat and tears, and how climbing has come to shape him as a person in every area of his life.

 

 

 

Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Address: Cibyn Estate, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD
Date: Friday 4th April 2014
Time: 8:30pm - 10:00pm (bar open all evening)
Tickets: £8 donation online (available through the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team website here).
(or £10 suggested donation on the door - cash only)





Thanks from the North Wales Bolt Fund! £420 raised... : (13/03/2014)

Beacon Climbing Centre would like to thank all our Winter Bouldering Aggregate participants for their contributions towards the North Wales Bolt Fund over the last 6 months: a total of £420 was raised.

 

The North Wales Bolt Fund relies on donations from the climbing community, and companies associated with climbing, to replace old and dangerously corroded bolts on sport routes along the North Wales coast as well as in Clwyd and the slate quarries. The arduous work of re-equipping routes is carried out by volunteers who value the superb climbing available in these areas and recognise the need for safer bolts. 

 

Over the last few years, a huge amount of re-equipping work has been completed across North Wales and once neglected areas have been transformed by the addition of good quality stainless steel bolts provided by The North Wales Bolt Fund. The Bolt Fund also provides climbers looking to equip new routes with good quality stainless steel bolts at cost price with the aim of eliminating the practice of placing poor fixed equipment that will rapidly deteriorate.

 

Work is still on-going and your donations will help to ensure that the current momentum of requipping is maintained and we can all continue to enjoy safer climbing on routes throughout North Wales – thank you!





Andy Kirkpatrick lecture at Galeri, Caernarfon 28.03.2014... : (13/02/2014)

Best selling author and comedian Andy Kirkpatrick returns in Spring 2014 with his fifth theatre tour.

 

Since his last tour in Autumn 2011 Andy has been busy climbing all over the world and has a tonne of new stories to tell. This time around the maverick mountaineer will be talking about climbing El Cap with his 13-year-old daughter (as featured in CBBC's My Life series), revisiting Norway's Troll Wall, his latest winter expedition to attempt the North Face of the Eiger and his 2013 trip to Antarctica.

 

Hugely entertaining, don't miss out on this fantastic evening with the only "stand-up mountaineer" in the UK! Please note that the lecture contains strong language.

 

Title: Andy Kirkpatrick: Inappropriate Climbing
Date: Friday 28th March 2014
Venue: Galeri, Caernarfon. Full venue list for the UK tour here.
Times: 7:30pm
Tickets: £12.00/£10.00 concession
For tickets: www.galericaernarfon.com

 





End of Term Youth Climbing Competition: 05.04.2014... : (24/03/2014)

Beacon end of term Climbing Comp
Saturday 05 April 2014. Registration from 9:30am.
Admission is £5.50 per competitor.

 

​This is a fun day for kids of all abilities and experience, who were born between 1997 and 2006. Each competitor will be given a score sheet with a list of 10 specially set climbs. Competitors can select 5 top rope climbs to attempt, with harder climbs being worth more points. Competitors have one attempt at each of their 5 climbs. There are full points for getting to the top, and bonus points if they don't get to the top, but make it to a designated bonus hold. With only one attempt at each climb, selecting the right climbs is a challenge in itself.

 

Cystadleuaeth Ddringo ddiwedd tymor y Beacon
​Dydd Sadwrn Ebrill 05 2014. Cofrestru o 9:30 ymlaen.
Pris mynediad yw £5.50 y cystadleuydd.

 

Dyma ddiwrnod hwylus i blant o bob gallu a phrofiad a chafodd eu geni rhwng 1997 a 2006. Bydd pob cystadleuwr yn derbyn taflen sgorio gyda rhestr o 10 dringfa benodol. Bydd y cystadleuwyr yn cael dewis 5 dringfa rhaffau uchel i ymgeisio, a bydd dringfeydd anodd yn werth mwy o bwyntiau. Bydd y cystadleuwyr yn cael un cynnig ar bob un o'i 5 dringfa. Bydd pwyntiau llawn yn cael eu rhoi i'r rhai a gyrhaeddai'r top, a phwyntiau bonws i'r rhai fydd yn methu cyrraedd y top ond yn hytrach yn cyrraedd un o'r gafaelion bonws dynodedig. Gan mai un cynnig yn unig fydd i bob dringfa, bydd dewis y ddringfa gywir yn ddigon o her.

 

 

Download the full sized A2 competition poster here.

 

 

Entry details...

 

£5.50 entry fee. Please register and pay online using the button at the top of this page.
Saturday 05 April 2014
Registration starts at 9:30am and closes at 10:00am.
Warm up from 10:00am - 10:30am.
Competition starts at 10:30am.

 

 

Categories...

 

Five categories, with separate girls and boys competitions, following the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth. All entrants must have some climbing experience.

 

Youth A - those born in 1997 & 1998
Youth B - those born in 1999 & 2000
Youth C - those born in 2001 & 2002
Youth D - those born in 2003 & 2004
Youth E - those born in 2005 & 2006

 

 

Please contact us on 01286 677 322 or info@beaconclimbing.com if you require any further information.





BMC Leading Ladder Final at Beacon: 22.03.2014... : (17/03/2014)

The BMC Leading Ladder Final will be held at Beacon Climbing Centre on 22 March 2014 from 9:00am. The centre will remain open for all climbers but please note that with around 70 competitors expected to attend, it will be busier than usual.

 

 

Participation is by invitation only for the ten highest scoring climbers from each of the three ability categories (Elite, Intermediate and Novice) within each of the four age/gender categories (female under 16 / female 16+ / male under 16 / male 16+). A list of the qualifying finalists can be downloaded from the BMC website here.

 

13 new routes will be set for the final (6a, 6a+, 6b, 6b+, 2 x 6c, 6c+, 7a, 7a+, 7b, 7c, 8a and 8b) with each competitor attempting the 5 routes allocated to their ability/age/gender category during the day. A prize giving ceremony will follow the event with t-shirts, medals and prizes awarded to the competitors by BMC Walls and Competitions Officer Rob Adie.

 

Want to know more about the BMC Leading Ladder? Full information is available on our website here.





The Crux Exhibition: currently on display at Beacon... : (20/02/2014)

Beacon Climbing Centre currently has the highly acclaimed Crux photograph exhibition that records great moments, or turning points, in British climbing on display in Caffi Barcud, located upstairs in the climbing centre.

 

The exhibition was researched, compiled and designed by Gordon Stainforth and celebrates 150 years of British mountaineering and rock climbing achievement and heritage in 25 classic images, with information about the story behind each image. So, if you're visiting Beacon to climb, or are simply in the area, and would like to view the exhibition, feel free to have a browse. Enjoy!

 

 

The Crux - An exhibition of great moments or turning points in British climbing history.

 

 

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Kendal Mountain Film Festival in 2005, I was asked to try to achieve the near-impossible - to celebrate 150 years of British mountaineering and rock climbing achievement in just 25 classic images - the concept of 'crux' meaning a step forward in climbing history, a pivotal 'moment' or yardstick climb, and not necessarily the hardest part of a climb.

 

25 pictures covering 15 decades from 1860 to the present day - that's only about one and half pictures per decade! How was I to achieve such a compression of history that was not unbalanced and full of gaping holes?

 

In a protracted selection process, with somewhat nebulous criteria, mountaineering gradually gained weight (in the end 12 of the pictures are of mountaineering, and 13 of rock climbing), 9 are of first ascents (plus two 'reconstructions'); and 4 are of solos. The whole world arena of the sport is represented, covering the whole of Britain as well as the Alps, Himalaya and other ranges. The scores here are: England (4), Wales (6), Scotland (4), the Alps (4), Himalaya (5), other ranges (2).

 

The nature of the pictures is very varied too: from superb photos of great artistic merit to technically imperfect shots that capture a unique moment in climbing history: no fewer than five of the rock climbing pictures are of such crux moments. Quite a few of the pictures I've selected are such obvious classics, but there are several others that I hope will be less familiar. Amongst the better known photographers represented are Chris Bonington, John Cleare, Cubby Cuthbertson, Leo Dickinson, Doug Scott and Ken Wilson. A huge number of other archivists and experts have also been consulted. Many of the pictures were extremely difficult to track down.

 

The main theme running through the exhibition is that of bold pioneering and, coupled to this, two other qualities: a very British disdain for cheating and artificial aids, and an imaginative, artistic element, such that many of the climbers depicted here could fairly be described without exaggeration, as artists as well as visionary climbers.

 

What the exhibition cannot begin to do is explain what this sport - which was inconceivable before an industrial revolution had given people the wealth, leisure and means to pursue it - is all about. The earliest pioneers tried to kid themselves that it had some underlying scientific basis, but by the 1860s, Sir Leslie Stephen had declared openly that it was simply a sport. 'As for ozone,' he added, 'if any existed in the atmosphere, it was a greater fool than I take it for'.

 

Gordon Stainforth





Winter Bouldering Aggregate Final Scores... : (10/03/2014)

The 2013/14 Beacon Winter Bouldering Aggregate has now finished and the final scores can be downloaded using the link below...

 

View the 2013/14 Winter Bouldering Aggregate final scores here!

 

We would like to thanks all 199 competitors who took part, whether for just one monthly set or for the duration of the competition. We hope you all enjoyed the new monthly aggregate format and please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for improvement. Hopefully we will see you all taking part again next year!

 

 

 

Check out the dedicated aggregate website page for full information regarding how the aggregate works.





Aerial Workshops with Madam Mango: 13.03.14... : (19/02/2014)

Learn the basics of trapeze and silks, including climbing, locks, positions and transitions between moves with acclainmed international performer Madam Mango.

 

Madam Mango: acclaimed international circus performer

 

Improvers. 13th March: 6:00-9:00pm

For those that have attended a Madam Mango workshop before or have some other previous experience.

 

Beginners. 14th March: 7:00-9.30pm.

For those with no previous experience.

 

Price: £30 + £5.50 Beacon entry fee.

Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre, Cibyn Industrial Estate, Caernarfon LL55 2BD

 

 

For booking or more information, contact Claire on madammango@hotmail.co.uk or 07846797255

 

Find out about Claire here www.madammango.co.uk





Winter bouldering aggregate prize giving: 05.03.2014... : (25/02/2014)

The 2013/14 Beacon Winter Bouldering Aggregate has now finished and we'll be holding a prize giving evening on Wednesday 5th March. The scores have now all been added up and can be downloaded using the link below...

 

Check out the final Winter Bouldering Aggregate scores here!

 

In addition to handing out prizes to our top aggregate competitors, we'll also be setting 20 new boulder problems for the evening including a load of fun climbing challenges designed to test much more than brute strength. Expect an eclectic set of problems ranging from technical, powerful, tenuous to rather odd! Fancy dress is optional but they'll be an extra prize for the best costume too!

 

All aggregate participants are welcome to attend and can take advantage of £2.50 reduced price entry for the evening. Climb & Dine style meal offers will also be available in our café to keep you fuelled up and climbing. See you all soon.

 

Summary…

  • Wednesday 5th March. Prize giving at 8:00pm.
  • £2.50 entry for all aggregate competitors.
  • Prizes for 1,2,3 in every category plus a Best Male and Female improver's award.
  • Fancy dress optional with a prize for the best costume.
  • Climb & Dine style meal offers in our cafe.
  • A whole bunch of boulder problems set exclusively for the event.
  • Prizes from DMM, V12 Outdoor and Beacon.

 

 





UPDATE: North Wales Schools Bouldering Competitions... : (10/02/2014)

UPDATE: The results for the North Gwynedd and South Gwynedd compeitions can be downloaded here.

 

Ysgol Ardudwy will be representing South Gwynedd in the final while Ysgol Friars will be representing North Gwynedd on the 12th February at Indy Climbing Wall.

 

 

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 12th March 2014 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 at Beacon Climbing Centre on Wednesday 12th February 2014 for schools across the region.

 

The South Gwynedd competition will take place at Harlech Climbing Wall on 11th February 2014, with the Anglesey Competition at Indy Climbing Wall on 6th March 2014.

 

 

 

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





Awesome CrazyClimb birthday parties at Beacon... : (17/01/2014)

Looking for an awesome birthday party for you and your friends? Check out CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre!

 

It's fun, it's weird, it's wacky, it's totally CRAZY! Tackle a wall covered with large purple blobs, race the clock on the speed climb, climb a wall covered in rotating steering wheels... we've got 12 different climbing challenges to attempt and each one offers a completely different and completely crazy experience!

 

You don't need any previous climbing experience and if you're aged 5+ and love to have fun, then CrazyClimb is suitable for you! All sessions are fully supervised by a Beacon instructor and each challenge uses an automated top rope safety system that gently lowers the climber to the ground from any point on the climb.

 

A CrazyClimb party is the perfect way to celebrate with your friends, providing a unique and exciting experience that you'll be talking about for ages!

 

CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre

CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre

 

CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre

CrazyClimb at Beacon Climbing Centre

 

1 hour CrazyClimb birthday sessions are fully supervised and include a safety briefing prior to the start of the 1 hour climbing session.

 

 

Prices

 

CrazyClimb Sessions. Prices are for activities only - see below for additional party food options.

 

Normal entry (min age 5): £13 per person for 1 hour
Exclusive use for up to 12 people: £125 for 1 hour

 

CrazyClimb Parties. Make your Birthday Party even more memorable with party food afterwards!

 

Fully catered: + £6.50 per person (minimum 6 people)
Room hire only: + £25 per party

 

Fully catered CrazyClimb Parties include room hire, party food, a party pack, and a party bag for everyone.

 

 

Party Bags & Party Packs

 

Fully catered CrazyClimb Parties include a Party Bag for every person. Inside you'll find...

  • CrazyClimb wristband.
  • CrazyClimb badge.
  • CrazyClimb Sticker.
  • Beacon Climbing Centre Pen.
  • Sweets (may vary from that shown).

The bag is even large enough so that you can add your own extras such as tasty birthday cake!

Fully catered CrazyClimb Parties include a colourful Party Pack containing everything you need to help make your Birthday Party awesome including...

  • Information Leaflet.
  • 12 party invitations for your friends with a climbing information sheet and easy to follow directions to Beacon Climbing Centre.
  • A consent form.
  • A booking confirmation form.

 

Further information

 

If you would like additional assistance please contact us on 01286 677 322 or email info@beaconclimbing.com

 

Parents and Guardians can spectate from the balcony immediately above the CrazyClimb arena. Why not visit Caffi Barcud located upstairs within Beacon Climbing Centre and check out the superb range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals including freshly baked cakes and ground coffee? The cafe is also equipped with free WiFi.





Emma Twyford Lecture: 28.02.2014... : (06/01/2014)

The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team's winter lecture series continues into February with a talk from top female climber Emma Twyford.

 

With an ascent of Rare Lichen E9 6c in summer 2013 and previous ascents including a redpoint of Predator F8b at Malham and a flash ascent of Statement of Youth F8a at Lower Pen Trwyn, Emma is one of the most accomplished female climbers currently operating in the UK.

 

Emma was born in Exeter in 1986, but grew up in the Lake District where she started climbing at a young age with her Dad. During the lecture, Emma will talk about her climbing through the years from growing up in the Lake District, competing in youth competitions, living in Sheffield and finally moving to North Wales where she currently resides.

 

 

Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Address: Cibyn Estate, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD
Date: Friday 28th February 2014
Time: 7:30pm (bar open all evening)
Tickets: £8 donation online (available through the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team website here).
(or £10 suggested donation on the door - cash only)





2014 BMC Youth Climbing Series: Round 2 01.03.2014... : (09/12/2013)

 

 

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 850 youngsters competed in the 2013 series!

 

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.

 

 

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 2014 these are...

Youth A - those born in 1997 & 1998 (lead climbing)
Youth B – those born in 1999 & 2000 (lead climbing)
Youth C – those born in 2001 & 2002 (lead climbing)
Youth D – those born in 2003 & 2004 (top roping)
Youth E - those born in 2005 & 2006 (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.

 

 

Events...

 

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 hold their own MC of S Youth Climbing Series run by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. 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 - 25th January 2014 - Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon
Round 2 - 1st March 2014 - Indy Climbing Wall, Anglesey
Round 3/Welsh National Final - 29th March 2014 - Boulder Climbing Centre, Cardiff

 

Grand Final
Grand Final - 28th June 2014 - EICA Ratho, Scotland.

 

 

Entry details and further information...

 

Online entry will be available shortly on the BMC website.

Please note that there will be no on the day entry in 2014, all entries must be completed online by 5pm on 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.

 

Download the Rough Guide to the BMC Youth Climbing Series 2014

Download the full rules for the BMC Youth Climbing Series 2014





Winter Bouldering Aggregate January scores... : (03/02/2014)

It's the last month of the 2013/14 Beacon Winter Bouldering Aggregate! The first 25 problems were set on Friday 31st January with 2 additional harder problems added on Sunday 2nd February - a purple V7 on the mushroom downstairs and a grey V8 on the arch upstairs. We've tried to set the harder problems earlier this month to give you time to get them worked out, with all 40 problems for the month due to be set by the 12th February.

 

Pick up your February scorecard from reception now - suggested donation £0.50 with all proceeds donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund. We'll be holding a prize giving ceremony in March for our aggregate winners - keep checking our website news and facebook pages for the latest information.

 

Check out the Winter Bouldering Aggregate scores for January here!

 

Competitors with a score highlighted in yellow have competed every month and have significantly increased their overall cumulative total ranking since last month. Please claim your free cake voucher (youths) or free beer/cake voucher (adults) from reception!

 

Winners of the Spot Prize for December with the Best Drawing of a Ddraig Goch are Zed Jones and Melody Haston-Wilson, who win a free meal on the Tuesday Climb and Dine night.

 

Check out the dedicated aggregate website page for full information regarding how the aggregate works.

 

Brand new monthly format. 40 new problems to attempt each month.

200 problems to attempt over 5 months. Colour coded circuits.

 

 





Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Llandudno 08.02.14... : (05/01/2014)

 

Attracting sold out audiences across the globe, the world's most prestigious mountain film festival is coming to Llandudno with a brand new selection of extraordinary short films from the world's leading adventure film makers. Exhilarating and captivating, 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.

 

An inspiring and festive evening with lots of free prize giveaways! Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details

 

Title: UK and Ireland Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Llandudno
Date: Saturday 8 February 2013
Venue: Auditorium, Venue Cymru
Times: 7:30pm (doors and bar opens at 6:30pm)
Tickets: £12.50/£10.00 concession
For tickets: www.banff-uk.com

 





Climb & Dine at Beacon every Tuesday evening... : (14/10/2013)

Climb & Dine at Caffi Barcud in Beacon Climbing Centre offers a great value meal for only £2.50 every Tuesday evening. The café is now fully licensed and in addition to great value food, you'll also find a selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, fantastic coffee and cakes for sale too.

 

Why rush home to satisfy your post climbing hunger when you can spend a relaxing and sociable evening at Beacon instead? Enjoy your climbing then head up to the café and enjoy a delicious meal with your friends! We'll post the weekly Climb & Dine menu onto our facebook and twitter pages every week so you'll know in advance what meal is on offer.

 

 

Caffi Barcud is open until 10pm every Tuesday for Climb & Dine evenings, and until 9pm every other weekday evening. FREE WiFi is available and you can use the large screen TV/DVD player to watch a range of climbing DVDs. See you there soon!





FREE calendar with Beacon membership passes... : (09/12/2013)

Love climibing at Beacon and want to enjoy unlimited climbing during the winter months? Beacon membership allows unlimited use of the climbing centre for a 3, 6 or 12 month period at superb prices.

 


3 months 6 months 12 months
Adult £110 £200 £360
Student/Concession* £95 £165 £290
Family Membership** £250 £450
Additional family member £60 £110

 

*Over 65's, unemployed or full time students. All must have current proof of status.

**1 adult + 2 children or 2 adults + 1 child

 

 

Christmas special offer: The first 12 people to purchase a 3, 6 or 12 month membership will also receive a FREE Keith Sharples 2014 Calendar! Get your membership from reception now!

 

 

And don't forget that our special student rate of £85 for a 3 month membership (regular price £95) will expire on 31st December 2013. All memberships are valid from the date of purchase. Check out our current student deals here.

 

We also offer 10 entry climbing pass deals with reduced rate entry on any day and at any time for a total of 10 visits, with an advance payment of £65 for adults, £55 for students/concessions and £45 for Under 18s.





Want to teach climbing? Instructor training at Beacon... : (07/11/2013)

If you are interested in teaching or supervising climbing, Beacon Climbing Centre offer regular Climbing Wall Award(CWA), Single Pitch Award (SPA) and Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA) training and assessment courses throughout the year.

 

 

The CWA is specifically designed for climbers who wish to supervise and be responsible for groups at indoor and outdoor climbing walls, covering the supervision and management of top rope climbing and bouldering, and techniques such as group supervision, climbing equipment suitability, climbing safety and basic climbing movement skills.

 

The SPA is for adults wishing to supervise others on single pitch crags and climbing walls. During SPA Training you will learn how to become an effective supervisor, encourage others to enjoy their climbing safely, and will cover topics such as choice of venue, rope management, correct use of equipment, group management, emergency procedures, crag etiquette, access and conservation.

 

Experienced instructors already holding a CWA or SPA certificate and wishing to gain further qualification can progress by undergoing CWLA training. This is the nationally recognised qualification for teaching and supervising lead climbing on indoor climbing walls and artificial climbing structures.

 

CWA Training: £125 per person for 2 days
Wednesday 5 - Thursday 6 February 2014
Saturday 19 April - Sunday 20 April 2014
Thursday 19 June - Friday 20 June 2014
Thursday 25 Septmeber - Friday 26 September 2014
Saturday 22 November - Sunday 23 November 2014

 

CWA Assessment: £90 per person for 1 day

 

Friday 17 January 2014
Sunday 27 April 2014
Friday 24 October 2014
Friday 5 December 2014

 

CWLA Training: £90 per person for 1 day

 

Sunday 16 March 2014
Friday 12 September 2014
Saturday 8 November 2014

 

CWLA Assessment: £90 per person for 1 day

 

Sunday 13 April 2014
Friday 10 October 2014
Saturday 13 December 2014

 

SPA Training: £125 per person for 2 days
Saturday 3 May 2014 - Sunday 4 May 2014
Saturday 6 September 2014 - Sunday 7 September 2014

 

SPA Assessment: £125 per person for 2 days

 

Saturday June 7 - Sunday June 8 2014
Saturday October 4 - Sunday October 5 2014

 

If you require more details about any of the instructor courses at Beacon Climbing Centre, please phone us on 01286 677 322 or email info@beaconclimbing.com. You can also visit the Instructor Courses section of the website for comprehensive information.





Avalanche & Snow Safety Lecture: 3rd January... : (18/12/2013)

Join us at Beacon Climbing Centre on Friday 3rd January 2014 for the second event in the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team's 2013/4 winter lectures series, during which International Mountain Guide Nigel Shepherd will discuss avalanche and snow safety.

 

Nigel Shepherd is an International Mountain Guide with over 30 years of experience climbing and skiing mountains in many parts of the world. In the intervening years he has worked full time as a guide, was one of the first British Guides to travel and work in NZ in the early Eighties, written several books on climbing and mountaineering technique and safety, run a TV production company during the 80's and early 90's, set up and run a chalet company based near Chamonix in 1984 offering off-piste skiing adventures, been the Training Officer to the British mountain Guides Association and spent three years as President, and he has climbed, skied and biked in far flung corners of the globe.

 

He spends the 'skiing months' working variously in Europe, North America, Japan and Norway (this coming winter adding Iceland to the list!). He is the Alpine Safety Adviser to the Ski Club, runs outdoor training programmes for the retail trade and is sponsored by Salomon GB.

 

 

Nigel's Avalanche Talk is illustrated with images taken on ski trips to the mountains stretching back to NZ right up to last season. It also includes some interesting and thought provoking video footage. Whilst the talk is geared primarily for Skiers and Boarders it has useful knowledge for anyone venturing into snowy mountains and is based on the premise that a 'little knowledge is a very useful thing'

 

Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Address: Cibyn Estate, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD
Date: Friday 3rd January 2014
Time: 7:30pm (bar open all evening)
Tickets: £10 Available shortly through the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team website here.
(tickets also available at Beacon Climbing Centre - cash only)





Christmas Opening hours and activities at Beacon... : (05/12/2013)

If you need a respite from the festive mayhem or winter weather, don't forget that Beacon Climbing Centre is open for most of the Christmas period...

 

Saturday 21 December 10:00am - 8:00pm (normal hours)
Sunday 22 December 10:00am - 8:00pm (normal hours)
Monday 23 December 10:00am - 10:00pm (normal hours)
Tuesday 24 December Closed
Wednesday 25 December Closed
Thursday 26 December Closed
Friday 27 December 10:00am - 10:00pm (normal hours)
Saturday 28 December 10:00am - 8:00pm (normal hours)
Sunday 29 December 10:00am - 8:00pm (normal hours)
Monday 30 December 10:00am - 10:00pm (normal hours)
Tuesday 31 December 10:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday 01 January 12:00 - 10:00pm
Thursday 02 January 10:00am - 10:00pm (normal hours)

 

You'll find loads of new bouldering problems throughout the centre, set as part of our ongoing Winter Bouldering Aggregate and over 100 routes including some brilliant new additions up to F8b set during the Welsh Climbing Championships at Beacon last month.

 

 

If you've never climbed before, why not use your free time over Christmas to have a go? No previous experience is necessary to get started, all ages are welcome and indoor climbing can be experienced on your own or with friends and family. It's the perfect antidote to boring gym regimes for adults and a great way to prove to kids that exercise is actually very exciting! Check out the schedules below and get involved!

 

The World's first 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 11 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!

 

 

During School Holidays: Every day 10:30am, 12:00, 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:30pm

These 1 hour sessions are fully supervised and include a safety briefing prior to the start of the climbing session.

 

Visit our CrazyClimb website page here for a complete overview of our CrazyClimb challenges including pricing information and online booking.

 

 

Indoor Climbing Rocks!

 

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 an indoor climbing Taster Session! Suitable for anyone from age 5+, these offer great value at £20 per person for 1.5 hours.

 

Every Saturday 12:00 - 1:30pm

Every Tuesday 12:00 - 1:30pm During school holidays only

Every Thursday 12:00 - 1:30pm During school holidays only

 

Visit our Taster Session website page here for the latest dates, pricing information and online booking. We can also offer Private Taster Sessions at a time and date to suit your requirements.

 

 

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. Climb up, down and around Tommy the Elephant, climb up and along the colourful low-level traverse wall or hide out in the play house! 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.





NEW CrazyClimb Gift Vouchers now available... : (05/12/2013)

Looking for a really fun and exciting gift for somebody special? Beacon Climbing Centre Gift Vouchers are now available and are the ideal gift for special occasions, allowing the recipient to redeem the voucher however they wish.

 

Available in denominations of £10, £20 and £50, Beacon Gift Vouchers can be used to pay for CrazyClimb sessions, climbing wall entry including 10 entry passes and unlimited use passes, or any of the wide range of climbing Taster Sessions and Courses on offer for both youngsters and adults.

 

 

NEW We now offer dedicated CrazyClimb vouchers for £13. The vouchers are redeemable against any 1 hour CrazyClimb session (subject to availability) and can be conveniently redeemed online. 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. If you're looking to offer a unique and exhilarating gift experience, look no further!

 

 

Beacon Climbing Centre Gift Vouchers are supplied with a funky Alien Gift Card (envelope included) and can be purchased at the reception desk within Beacon Climbing Centre, or over the telephone on 01286 677 322.





Results for the Beacon Youth Climbing Comp14th December... : (16/12/2013)

The Beacon End of Term Youth Climbing Competition held on Saturday 14th December was a big success with 39 climbers age 7-17 taking part.

 

Each competitor was given a score sheet with a list of 10 specially set top rope climbs from F4a to F7a+. Competitors had to select 5 climbs to attempt, with harder climbs being worth more points. Competitors had one attempt at each of their 5 climbs, with full points for getting to the top, and bonus points if they didn't get to the top, but made it to a designated half-way bonus hold. With only one attempt at each climb, selecting the right climbs was a challenge in itself!

 

A lot of fun was had in the relaxed atmosphere, with competitors all chancing their arm with their personal pick of 5 routes from the fiendishly developed 10 on offer. The second hardest, a F6c+, saw a few flashes and a few tears, whilst the F7a+ resisted all attempts.... but only just!

 

We would like to give a big thanks to all the parents and families who attended to support their children and to the volunteers who helped organise and staff the event. See you all next time!

 

Download the results here!

 





Beacon Climbing Centre Christmas Party: 14th December : (09/12/2013)

Beacon Climbing Centre Christmas Party 14.12.2013

 

Date: Saturday 14th December
Start time: from 6:30pm. Buffet food and drinks from 7:30pm
Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre

 

Thanks for supporting Beacon Climbing Centre in 2013!

 

We'd love to invite you to our Christmas Party on Saturday 14th December. All are welcome including staff and families, Beacon regulars and anybody else that has been involved with the Beacon over the past year.

 

Enjoy head torch climbing on the roped walls and CrazyClimb - don't forget to bring your own torch! - with buffet food and drinks in our café area from 7:30pm. The climbing and buffet food is free and you can enjoy a half price bar all evening too.

 

See you all there!
The Beacon Team





Job Vacancy: Café staff wanted at Beacon... : (12/12/2013)

Want to work at Beacon? If you are interested in us, we are interested in you! We are currently looking for an additional staff member to work in Caffi Barcud, located within Beacon Climbing Centre.

 

 

25hrs per week minimum, with extra hours available during school holiday periods. Staff will be expected to work some evenings and weekends.

 

Duties will include: serving customers, food and drink preparation, ordering stock and cleaning. Experience of using an espresso machine is desirable, as is existing food hygiene qualifications. Applicants will need to be over 18 as the café is licensed.

 

Rates of pay will depend on experience.

 

Please send your application to leo@beaconclimbing.com or phone 01286 677 322 for further information.

 

Closing date for applications 31st December 2013.





Winter Bouldering Aggregate November scores... : (04/12/2013)

The Winter Bouldering Aggregate at Beacon Climbing Centre is now into month 3 with 25 new problems to attempt - 8 on the central mushroom and 10 on the right hand wall in the downstairs bouldering area, and 7 upstairs - all handily marked with aggregate tags.

 

We've adopted a slightly different approach to the setting for December's batch of aggregate problems, aimed at providing a steadier trickle of problems - look out for 5 additional problems from V easy to V hard to be set each week throughout December to bring the monthly total up to 40.

 

Don't forget that the aggregate has now switched to a monthly format so all participants only have until the end of December to earn points on problem numbers 81-120. If you haven't already signed up, get started by purchasing your monthly aggregate scorecard from reception (suggested donation £0.50 with all proceeds donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund).

 

Check out the Winter Bouldering Aggregate scores for November here!

 

Youths in 1st 2nd or 3rd (joint places count) can come to Reception and claim their Cake voucher.

Adults in 1st 2nd or 3rd (joint places count) can come to Reception and claim their Beer/Coffee voucher.

Spot prize winner with the best clean joke is Lucy Swann who wins a free meal on Climb & Dine night:

"-They Call My Dad ‘Spiderman’
-Why? Is he a good climber?
-No, he can’t get out of the bath”

 

Check out the dedicated aggregate website page for full information regarding how the aggregate works.

 

Brand new monthly format. 40 new problems to attempt each month.

200 problems to attempt over 5 months. Colour coded circuits.

 

 





2013/14 BMC Leading Ladder starts 2nd November... : (07/10/2013)

 

The BMC Leading Ladder is a fun lead climbing competition running at 28 UK walls from 2nd November 2013 to 23rd February 2014. Taking part is the ideal way to get fit, and stay fit, during the indoor winter season.

 

 

 

How does it work?

 

Each participating wall will set ten BMC Leading Ladder routes ranging from F5+ to F8a. You will have two weeks in which to climb these routes. Please see the date and venue list below. At the end of the series there will be a Grand Final on 22 March 2014. To be considered for the final you must compete in at least two rounds.

 

 

Scoring and results

 

There will be four age/gender categories: female under 16 / female 16+ / male under 16 / male 16+. To take part all you need do is purchase a scorecard (£1) from the hosting wall: complete it and return it to the wall at the end of the round. Walls will then send the scorecards to the BMC for inclusion in the results.

Competitor rankings from each round of the series will be published after each round has finished. No scores will be published with the rankings. Scores will be published at the end of the series when each age/gender category will be split into three ability categories: Elite, Intermediate and Novice. A climber's final result will be their average score over the number of rounds they have completed.

 

 

Qualifying for the final

 

The ten highest scoring climbers from each of the ability categories will qualify for the Grand Final. You must be a BMC member to take part in the final. If a category quota is not full there will be no substitutions for climbers who have not competed in at least 2 rounds.

 

PLEASE READ THE FULL RULES HERE

 

 

Dates & Venues for 2013/2014

 

Round One: 2 to 17 Nov
North West Face (Warrington)
Boulders (Cardiff)
Glasgow Climbing Centre
Lakeland Climbing Centre (Kendal)
The Reach (London)

 

Round Three: 30 Nov to 15 Dec
Awesome Walls Sheffield
Beacon Climbing Centre
West View Climbing & Leisure Centre
Undercover Rock (Bristol)
High Sports (Plymouth)

 

Round Five: 25 Jan to 9 Feb
Harrogate Climbing Centre

Westway Sports Centre

Awesome Walls Liverpool

The Quay Climbing Centre (Exeter)

Dynamic Rock (Swansea)

Round Two: 16 Nov to 1 Dec
The Castle Climbing Centre

The Leeds Wall

The Warehouse (Gloucestershire)

The Foundry (Sheffield)

Climb Rochdale

 

Round Four: 11 Jan to 26 Jan
Sunderland Wall

Awesome Walls Stockport

Kilnworx Climbing Centre (Stoke-on-Trent)



 

Round Six: 8 Feb to 23 Feb
Manchester Climbing Centre

Newcastle Climbing Centre

Dark Rock (Devon)

Craggy Island (Surrey)

Reading Climbing Centre

 

Visit the BMC website here.





Adele Pennington Lecture at Beacon: 6th December... : (27/11/2013)

Come and join us on 6th December at Beacon Climbing Centre for the first event in the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team's 2013 winter lectures series.

 

Top UK mountaineer Adele Pennington has rock climbed and mountaineered all around the globe and is set to be the first British female to climb Dhaulagiri (8167m) in 2014.

 

She claimed her first ascents in Bolivia and South Africa and has also made a number of notable first female ascents including the first female winter ascent of Amam Dablam (6836m) in 1998. Adele's dream to climb Everest came true in 2008 when she got the opportunity to guide a female client to the top. In preparation Adele made an ascent of Cho-Oyu (8201m) on her own after the weather beat her team back on Shishapangma. Since 2008 Adele has summited Manaslu (8163m), Makalu (8463m) and Lhotse (8516m) as well as making another ascent of Everest.

 

 

Each ascent comes with its own story which Adele will be inspiring us with during this highly motivational lecture aiming at providing you with a great evening's entertainment with the added benefit of raising vital funds for the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team. See you there!

 

Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Address: Cibyn Estate, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD
Date: Friday 6th December
Time: 7:30pm (bar open all evening)
Tickets: £10 Available online through the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team website here.
(tickets also available at Beacon Climbing Centre - cash only)





End of Term Youth Climbing Competition: 14th December... : (25/11/2013)

The Beacon end of term Climbing Comp
Saturday 14th December 2013. Registration from 9:30am.
Admission is £5.50 per competitor.

 

​This is a fun day for kids of all abilities and experience, who were born between 1996 and 2005. Each competitor will be given a score sheet with a list of 10 specially set climbs. Competitors can select 5 top rope climbs to attempt, with harder climbs being worth more points. Competitors have one attempt at each of their 5 climbs. There are full points for getting to the top, and bonus points if they don't get to the top, but make it to a designated bonus hold. With only one attempt at each climb, selecting the right climbs is a challenge in itself.

 

Cystadleuaeth Ddringo ddiwedd tymor y Beacon
​Dydd Sadwrn Rhagfyr 14ain. 2013. Cofrestru o 9:30 ymlaen.
Pris mynediad yw £5.50 y cystadleuydd.

 

Dyma ddiwrnod hwylus i blant o bob gallu a phrofiad a chafodd eu geni rhwng 1996 a 2005. Bydd pob cystadleuwr yn derbyn taflen sgorio gyda rhestr o 10 dringfa benodol. Bydd y cystadleuwyr yn cael dewis 5 dringfa rhaffau uchel i ymgeisio, a bydd dringfeydd anodd yn werth mwy o bwyntiau. Bydd y cystadleuwyr yn cael un cynnig ar bob un o'i 5 dringfa. Bydd pwyntiau llawn yn cael eu rhoi i'r rhai a gyrhaeddai'r top, a phwyntiau bonws i'r rhai fydd yn methu cyrraedd y top ond yn hytrach yn cyrraedd un o'r gafaelion bonws dynodedig. Gan mai un cynnig yn unig fydd i bob dringfa, bydd dewis y ddringfa gywir yn ddigon o her.

 

 

Download the full sized A2 competition poster here.

 

 

Entry details...

 

£5.50 entry fee. Please register and pay online using the button at the top of this page.
Saturday 14th December 2013
Registration starts at 9:30am and closes at 10:00am.
Warm up from 10:00am - 10:30am.
Competition starts at 10:30am.

 

 

Categories...

 

Five categories, with separate girls and boys competitions, following the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth. All entrants must have some climbing experience.

 

Youth A - those born in 1996 & 1997
Youth B – those born in 1998 & 1999
Youth C – those born in 2000 & 2001
Youth D – those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth E - those born in 2004 & 2005

 

 

Please contact us on 01286 677 322 or info@beaconclimbing.comif you require any further information.

 





Bouldering Aggregate changes and bonus problems… : (27/11/2013)

Following on from customer feedback (thanks for the comments from everyone!) we'll be adopting a slightly different approach to the setting for December's batch of 40 bouldering aggregate problems, aimed at providing a more steady trickle of problems.

 

The month will kick off with 25 new problems, available to climb from the 3rd December, with 5 additional problems from V easy to V hard to be set each week throughout December.

 

In the meantime, Mark Dicken has added 5 bonus problems to November's aggregate set, ranging from V1 to V8, to keep you going until new problems appear at the start of December. After completing a problem, simply draw the animal on the last hold's tag onto your sheet to gain a point!

 

Perfectly Pink
Colour: Pink
Grade: V1
Location: Lower Mezz Left

Groovy Green
Colour: Green
Grade: V2
Location: Upper Mezz

The Blobs
Colour: Magenta
Grade: V6
Location: Upper Mezz

One for the Board
Colour: Black
Grade: V8
Location: The Mushroom
The Technical Number
Colour: Purple
Grade: V3/4
Location: Tech Slab

 

 

Check out the dedicated aggregate website page for full information regarding how the aggregate works.





Vertical Dance performance in Bangor: 7th December... : (05/12/2013)

Kate Lawrence, one of the few Vertical Dance specialists in the UK, will be performing in Bangor on Saturday 7th December.

 

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'. 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 on the vertical ropes situated beside our CrazyClimb area.

 

Saturday's performance will see Kate descending from the roof of Bangor Cathedrals and performing a spectacular 15 minute Vertical Dance solo, followed by music within the Cathedral. The event begins with a lantern parade starting at the Clock Tower in the centre of Bangor and finishing at Bangor Cathedral.

 

Performance without procession at 1.30pm at Cathedral

For procession, gather at Clock tower in Bangor at 4.30pm

 

 





Leo Houlding: From the Amazon to Antartic Tour 2013... : (23/08/2013)

If modern British adventure has a face, it looks a lot like Leo Houlding. A climbing prodigy who started by scaling the Old Man of Hoy at just ten years old, 31-year-old Leo has climbed the most difficult and highest mountains in the world.

 

 

In search of ever greater adventure, 2012 took Leo to the wildest, least accessible and most contrasting corners of Earth - deep into the Amazon jungle and to the centre of the Antarctic wilderness.

 

Cerro Autana is a sacred mountain deep in the Venezuelan jungle. Just to reach the mountain, Leo faced deadly snakes, searing heat, swarms of insects and a terrifying encounter with a shamans blow pipe - a tale Indiana Jones would be proud of.

 

Ulvetanna, "the wolfs tooth" in Norwegian, is a 4500ft cliff situated in Queen Maud Land a remote, rarely visited area of Antarctica. It is the hardest summit to reach on the harshest continent on Earth. Temperatures of minus 40, hurricane force winds and a remoteness unlike anywhere else on Earth. Leo is currently climbing this mountain - his most difficult challenge to date.

 

Leo will be talking about both adventures in this new talk, illustrated with world-class photography and film-footage shot by the multi award winning film-maker Alastair Lee.

 

"The only two words that come to mind are "bloody hell!" What sheer guts and determination!" Sir Richard Branson

 

Venue: Galeri Caernarfon
Address: Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1SQ
Date: 30th November 2013
Show time: 19:30
Tickets can be purchased online at www.galericaernarfon.com

 

Full list of tour dates and venues throughout the UK here.





Welsh Climbing Championships 2013: Full results and report... : (21/11/2013)

 

On Saturday, the Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon, still fresh after relocating premises in July 2012, hosted the latest Welsh Climbing Championships.

 

This competition has evolved over the last few years under the direction of Simon Rawlinson in South Wales, but this is the first time it has been held in North Wales, with Mark Dicken undertaking its coordination, and the supersize Beacon in Caernarfon made a brilliant venue. With 135 competitors aged 7 to 58, from as far away as Dorset and Leeds, they were put into 14 individual categories dependent on age group and gender. With a high proportion of the entrants being under 18 years old, the centre was buzzing with families of the competitors who had come to watch, and provide the transport.

 

Beacon staff were assisted by 28 volunteers, who supplied expert but neck-aching belaying and judging, and of course the all-important collation of the results.

 

 

 

Photographs courtesy of Nick Pope

 

 

The balconies provided perfect viewing for the crowd, and there was plenty of action to see, with top-quality performances on hard climbs. Female youth category C (12-13 year olds) provided a spectacular super final on a 7b+ route, which Catrin Rose from Wokingham won by reaching the top, pipping Pippa Watkin from Sheffield into second place. All the hardest routes for youth girls and veteran women were 7a+ to 7b+, so even the tiniest kids were showing they were made of stern stuff. Local girl veteran Lou Neill relaxed her way to the top of her final route, and local male veteran, Graham 'Streaky' Desroy left his crutches on the ground whilst climbing to first place on a 7a+ in the male vets, and at 58 was the oldest in the competition.

 

Amongst the junior boys, finals on routes between grades of 7a+ and 8a+ were climbed, with some boys opting to share rankings after failing to fall off any of their routes! James 'Caff' McHaffie made a valiant attempt on the men's 8b final route, and made it to first place. A climber of note is Alex Waterhouse (17) from South Wales who had a quick go on the men's final route after the competition, and got a bit higher than Caff had climbed.

 

This competition demonstrated what a wealth of talent there is amongst the youth in Wales and the UK, and should hopefully supply some of the best climbers in the next few years on the world circuit of sport climbing competitions.

 

Download the full 2013 Welsh Climbing Championships results here!





Winter Bouldering Aggregate October scores... : (04/11/2013)

The Winter Bouldering Aggregate at Beacon Climbing Centre is now into month 2 with 40 new problems to attempt in the upstairs bouldering area and on the technical slab downstairs. Don’t forget that the aggregate has now switched to a monthly format so all participants only have until the end of November to earn points on problem numbers 41-80. Problems numbered 1-40 are still available to climb, but points can no longer be scored on these.

 

If you haven't already signed up, get started by purchasing your monthly aggregate scorecard from reception (suggested donation £0.50 with all proceeds donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund).

 

Check out the Winter Bouldering Aggregate scores for October here!

 

Youths in 1st 2nd or 3rd (joint places count) can come to Reception and claim their Cake voucher.

Adults in 1st 2nd or 3rd (joint places count) can come to Reception and claim their Beer/Coffee voucher.

Spot prize winner with the best whale drawing is Zed Jones who wins a free meal on Climb & Dine night

 

 

Check out the dedicated aggregate website page for full information regarding how the aggregate works.

 

Brand new monthly format. 40 new problems to attempt each month.

200 problems to attempt over 5 months. Colour coded circuits.

 

 





The Winter Bouldering Aggregate at Beacon... : (28/08/2013)

Brand new monthly format. 40 new problems to attempt each month.

200 problems to attempt over 5 months. Colour coded circuits.

 

Starting on the 1st October 2013 and running until the end of February 2014, the aggregate includes bouldering problems of every grade and taking part is a brilliant way for climbers of all ages and all abilities to enjoy and improve their climbing during the winter months.

 

 

Download the competition information sheet here.

Download the full sized competition poster here (prints up to A2 in high resolution)

 

How does the aggregate work?

 

It couldn't be simpler! The 2013 aggregate will run for 5 months from 1st October 2013 and this year switches to a monthly format, with a new scorecard issued each month.

 

40 new problems will be set at the beginning of each month and competitors must attempt to complete all 40 problems within the month period. At the beginning of the next month, another 40 problems will be set and a new scorecard issued. And so on for 5 months, giving a total set of 200 problems to attempt during the duration of the aggregate.

 

For every problem climbed competitors will be awarded 1 point with a maximum possible score of 40 points for each monthly period. Each problem in the aggregate is given a number, which is displayed next to the starting holds so when you have climbed it tick that number off on your scorecard. Small prizes will be awarded on a monthly basis, but overall scores are cumulative over the 5 month period, with a maximum possible score of 200 points.

 

Get started by purchasing your monthly aggregate scorecard from reception (suggested donation £0.50 with all proceeds donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund), then just tick off the problems as you climb them! At the end of every session, please return your score card to reception when you leave, otherwise your points will not get recorded.

 

The problems

 

The 40 problems set each month will be split into 5 grade categories to include: 8x Veasy, 8x V0-V1, 8x V2-3, 8x V4-V6 and 8x V7+. These 5 grade categories will also be colour coded so that climbers can circuit the problems (full information on the scorecards).

 

Each aggregate problem is assigned a number for easy identification and a grade, both displayed on a tag next to the starting handholds. The coloured holds are used for both hands and feet - smearing on the blank wall is fine, and arêtes and volumes are allowed.

 

Each problem must be climbed "clean" from the start tags and finished with both hands on the last hold in a controlled manner. If possible please ask another climber to tick the box on the score card when you complete a problem. We rely on your honesty!

 

Aggregate categories

 

Age

Male

Female

<10

Junior Boys

Junior Girls

11-14

Youth Boys

Youth Girls

15-17

Senior Boys

Senior Girls

18-44

Men

Women

45-59

Male Vet

Female Vet

60+

Male Super Vet

Female Super Vet

 

 

Sponsors

 

DMM Climbing and V12 Outdoor are providing generous support for the Winter Bouldering Aggregate with prizes awarded to the top 3 climbers in each category.





Welsh Climbing Championships at Beacon on 9th November... : (23/09/2013)

The Welsh Climbing Championships is back for the fifth year running with 2013's event taking place at Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon on Saturday 9th November.

 

The competition is an OPEN event meaning you do not have to be Welsh to enter, and is run in a fun and friendly environment aimed at giving both climbers new to competitions and the seasoned pro' a great day out.

 

Food is available throughout the day from Caffi Barcud located within Beacon Climbing Centre and the centre offers ample space for spectators.

 

 

Download the competition registration form here or register online using the button above.

Download the competition information sheet here.

Download the full sized competition poster here (prints up to A2 in high resolution)

 

Entry details...

 

£15 entry fee. Closing date for registration 5th November 2013.Registration now closed.
Free T-Shirt with entry before 27th October 2013. Offer now closed.

 

Registration starts at 9:30am and closes at 10:00am.
Warm up from 10:00am - 10:30am.
Competition starts at 10:30am.

 

Categories...

 

There are five youth categories, with separate girls and boys competitions following the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth and two adult categories with separate male and female competitions.

 

Youth A - those born in 1996 & 1997
Youth B – those born in 1998 & 1999
Youth C – those born in 2000 & 2001
Youth D – those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth E - those born in 2004 & 2005
Adult - age 18+
Veteran - age 40+

 

Competition format...

 

Each category will climb three qualifying routes of ascending difficulty, with the top 10 climbers in each category then going through to attempt a semi-final route in the afternoon. The top 5 climbers in each category will then battle it out for podium positions on the final route.

 

Those in youth E and D category will top rope all their routes, whilst the older groups will be expected to lead climb. All competitors will get just one attempt at each route, which will increase in difficulty. A judge will score each ascent, with points being awarded for each hold used during the ascent. In the event of a tie during the semi-final or final, qualifying routes will be used for count back.





The Bouldering Routing Roof is now open... : (14/10/2013)

Our mega new 70 degrees overhanging Bouldering Routing Roof is now open in the downstairs bouldering area with routes ranging in difficulty from F5+ to F8b+. A mean facility intended to provide route style forearm pump without the need to tie onto a rope, the Routing Roof offers numerous routes of 30+ moves blasting across its 12m length.

 

 

The foam matting beneath the climbing is positioned on a sloping platform that rises with the Routing Roof to ensure that the ground is never too far away, making the roof an awesome method of building power-endurance without the fear of falling normally associated with roped climbing. Please exercise appropriate caution when blasting your arms in upside down land and please read our safety guidelines listed below. Enjoy!

 

All routes are graded using French route grades.

 

Safety Guidelines

  • No unsupervised U18s.
  • Please be aware of the step in the matting mid-way down the roof.
  • Please keep the matting clear of hard objects (drinks, chalk buckets with tooth brushes etc).
  • Chalk bags should be placed at the foot of the roof to avoid unnecessary spillage.
  • Remain aware at all times. Do NOT walk or climb below other climbers.
  • Remove objects that could cause injury if fallen on (harnesses, karabiners, keys in pockets etc).
  • Beware of spinning or loose holds and report any such holds to reception immediately.




Unlimited climbing membership with new family rates… : (02/10/2013)

Love Beacon and want unlimited climbing during the winter months? Beacon membership allows unlimited use of the climbing centre for a 3, 6 or 12 month period at a superb price!

 


3 months 6 months 12 months
Adult £110 £200 £360
Student/Concession* £95 £165 £290
Family Membership** £250 £450  
Additional family member £60 £110  

 

*Over 65's, unemployed or full time students. All must have current proof of status.

**1 adult + 2 children or 2 adults + 1 child

 

We also offer 10 entry climbing pass deals with reduced rate entry on any day and at any time for a total of 10 visits, with an advance payment of £65 for adults, £55 for students/concessions and £45 for Under 18s.

 

Buy your membership or 10 entry pass from reception next time you visit!





BRIDGE T'ai Chi Qigong: classes starting 5th Nov... : (27/06/2013)

Open yourself to the healing and calming powers of T'ai Chi and Qigong with weekly classess at Beacon Climbing Centre.

 

  • Calms the mind
  • Helps co-ordination
  • Helps to relieve stress
  • Aids circulation
  • Improves mobility and balance
  • A gentle form of exercise

 

This gentle yet effective form of exercise is suitable for all ages and abilities, so if you want to improve your sense of well-being come and join in! Ease your way to a healthy lifestyle with Lindsay Meek, a fully qualified instructor and practitioner of the art for almost 10 years.

 

 

Weekly classes commence on Tuesday 5th November 2013 10:30am - 12:00 and 6:30pm - 8:00pm at Beacon Climbing Centre and are suitable for all ages. Classes are relatively informal, relaxed and have an emphasis on enjoying the practise of T'ai Chi and Qigong. All you need to take part is comfortable clothing that you can move around in, flat shoes, patience and a sense of humour!

 

Price is only £5.00 per session

 

For more information and booking call Lindsay: Tel 01286 870 353 Mob: 07854 438 013





Outdoor sports kit car boot sale on 27th October... : (08/10/2013)

Check out the Car Boot Sale for outdoor sports kit at The Heights in Llanberis on Sunday 27th October, starting from 10.30am.

 

Only £10.00 per pitch and free entry for buyers, with over 30 cars spaces available and additional indoor and outdoor table top spaces.

 

It's going to be a great opportunity for buying and selling so come along and tell your friends too!

 

 

All profit from the sale of the pitches donated to the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.





Body Conditioning & Core Strength exercise classes... : (16/09/2013)

If you want to get in shape and stay in shape, check out the new Total Body Conditioning and Core Strength exercise classes running every Wednesday evening at Beacon Climbing Centre with fully qualified ETM instructor, Heide Petch Jones. These classes are suitable for all levels of fitness and variations will be provided depending on individual abilities.

 

 

Heidi aims to provide an all-round workout routine, with the first part of the class designed to strengthen and tone the whole body using resistance bands (these are provided and come in different strengths, from beginner to advanced) and your own body weight. The second part focuses on core strength (stomach and back) and balance and flexibility, with stretching to lengthen out your muscles at the end of your workout.

 

Every Wednesday 6.15pm-7.15pm from 2nd October 2013

Suitable for all levels, resistance bands provided.

Provides an all-around workout routine

Fully qualified ETM instructor, Heidi Petch Jones

£4.00 per session

 

Please bring a mat, water and wear suitable clothing.

 

Call Heidi on 01286 870370 if you require further information.





Reel Rock Tour 2013: 5th October Theatr Colwyn... : (27/08/2013)

Don't miss The 2013 Reel Rock Film Tour screening at Theatr Colwyn at 7:30pm on Saturday 5th October.

 

Featuring a series of inspirational short films with mind blowing action bordering on the insane, the Reel Rock Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences across the globe.

 

 

 

 

The 2013 Reel Rock Film Tour brings you four of the best new adventure and climbing films from the world's leading adventure film makers including...

 

 

High Tension

 

Mount Everest made headlines around the world this year when it was reported that Ueli Steck and Simone Moro, the strongest duo in alpinism, were attacked by a crowd of angry sherpas at Camp 2 while attempting a cutting edge new route on the highest - and most crowded - mountain in the world. Fearing for their lives, the climbers fled the mountain, and the incident sparked a flurry of gasps and angry recrimination: sherpas, western climbers, guiding companies, even the legendary mountain itself were pounded with criticism from all sides.

Amidst the bizarre event, REEL ROCK was embedded with the climbing team and given an exclusive look at what happened, and why.

 

 

Spice Girl

 

The UK climbing scene is known for its strict traditional ethic, yielding dangerous routes and a competitive machismo among the driven young climbers risking it all to prove their boldness. It's the last place you'd expect to find a nice little blond girl putting all the lads to shame, but Hazel Findlay is doing just that.

The first woman to climb the British grade of E9 (super hard, super sketchy), Hazel is a connoisseur of loose rock, dodgy gear, and big runouts. Having mastered the scrappy seacliffs at home she teams up with Emily Harrington to tackle the massive, untamed bigwalls of Taghia Gorge, Morocco.

 

 

The Sensei

 

Forty-three-year-old Yuji Hirayama is one of the great legends of modern climbing. Near retirement, he plans one big swan-song mission to complete a project, one of his hardest ever, at the spectacular summit of Mount Kinabalu, on the island of Borneo. But first he must find the right partner.

Enter Daniel Woods, the young American boulderer who is one of the strongest humans in the climbing world, but lacks mountain experience. Daniel-San travels to Japan to prove himself worthy of Hirayama's mentorship, and the unlikely duo team up for the expedition of a lifetime.

 

 

The Stonemasters

 

Sender Films is currently working on a feature documentary about the counterculture climbing scene in Yosemite over the last 50 years. Provisionally titled "Valley Uprising," the film brings all the legends to life: from Royal Robbins' epic battle with Warren Harding to the fabled drug plane crash of 1977 and the escalating tensions between climbers and national park rangers.

This year's REEL ROCK Film Tour will include a teaser clip from the film that focuses on the sex-drugs-n-rock era of Jim Bridwell and the Stonemasters. In the photo below, Bridwell (with the bottle) and his crew celebrate on the summit of El Capitan after their week-long first ascent of the Pacific Ocean Wall.

 

 

Venue: Theatr Colwyn
Address: Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7RU
Date: 5th October
Show time: 19:30
Regular Tickets: £11 (booking fee £1.31)
Concession Tickets: £9.50 (booking fee £1.22)

 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.reelrock.co.uk

 

With inspiring films and great prize giveaways, it's a night not to be missed!





Results for Back to School Bouldering Competition... : (30/09/2013)

Well done to all the youngsters who competed in the Beacon Back to School Bouldering Competition on Saturday 28th September. We hope you all had a great time and enjoyed the climbing!

 

48 boys and girls aged 7 to 17 from eighteen primary and secondary schools in Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy entered Saturday's competition. All were enthusiastic and supportive, and above all, were a credit to themselves and their schools. The competition went smoothly, and we saw some brilliant and determined climbing from everyone, especially in the tie-breakers.

 

Each competitor was given a score sheet with a list of 6 bouldering problem specially set for their age group. Competitors were then allowed 3 tries on each problem with scoring dependent on how high they managed to climb. A successful ascent with both hands matched on the finishing hold, scored 60 points, making a maximum achievable score of 360 points - well done to Maisie G and Archie Ball for achieving a perfect score!

 

The Beacon would like to thank all the parents and volunteers who helped out on the day, or who helped set problems. Now there's a whole new set of problems to climb, as of Monday night!

 

 

 

Download the full results for competition here.





Back to School Bouldering Competition: 28th September... : (27/08/2013)

Aged 7-17 years and love climbing? Enter the hugely popular Beacon Back to School Bouldering Competition on Saturday 28th September!

 

It doesn't matter whether you've been climbing for ages or have just started out. Everyone is welcome and taking part is a great opportunity to gain inspiration from other climbers, hook up with new friends and enjoy climbing in a mega sociable atmosphere.

 

 

Download the competition registration form here.

Download the competition information sheet here.

Download the full sized competition poster here (prints up to A2 in high resolution)

 

Email the completed form to info@beaconclimbing.com. You can also print out the form and return it to Beacon by post or by handing it into reception.

 

Registration starts at 9:30am and closes at 10:00am
Warm up from 10:00am - 10:30am
Competition starts at 10:30am

 

Entry fee £6 in advance, £8 on the day

 

The Climbers...

 

Five categories, with separate girls and boys competitions, following the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth. All entrants must have some climbing experience.

Youth A - those born in 1996 & 1997
Youth B - those born in 1998 & 1999
Youth C - those born in 2000 & 2001
Youth D - those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth E - those born in 2004 & 2005

 

The Competition...

 

The event comprises of 6 boulder problems for each category.
There will be no isolation - boulder problems will be demonstrated if requested.
Climbers will have up to three attempts at each boulder problem within a time limit.
An attempt ends if a climber steps back down to the ground.
Scores for all climbs are totalled to give overall scores for the competition.

 

Technical Considerations...

 

Judging will be similar to the BMC Youth Climbing Series events.
The climbing order for the first climb is random.
For subsequent climbs the order is rotated so the same climbers don't go first again.
All holds will be marked with tags or tape to aid identification.
The highest (or furthest) hold used, held or touched will determine points gained.

 

Please contact us on 01286 677 322 or info@beaconclimbing.com if you require any further information.





Job Vacancies: CrazyClimb instructors wanted... : (11/09/2013)

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

 

Closing date for applications is Friday 27th September 2013.





North Wales Adventure Map... : (10/09/2013)

Beacon Climbing Centre has teamed up with the best local adventure activity providers in the North Wales area to produce The Adventure Map initiative: an easily accessible guide to great new experiences in the hands of the best professionals in North Wales.

 

 

 

 

Each specialist Adventure Company has been hand-picked to offer great days out to thrill, educate and inspire you. North Wales is the Heart of Adventure, the premier outdoor destination in the UK, and you're guaranteed to receive a warm welcome and have a great adventure with all Adventure Map activity providers.

 

Where will your next adventure be? Pick up your Adventure Map from Beacon Climbing Centre reception or visit www.adventuremap.co.uk for further details.





It's sunny outside! Outdoor climbing taster sessions... : (15/07/2013)

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!

 

Outdoor Climbing Taster Sessions with Beacon Climbing Centre

 

The famous Llanberis Pass, located just a few miles from Beacon

 

 

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 0845 450 8222 or email info@beaconclimbing.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.





Smart Climbing Open Course running from 6th-8th September... : (05/08/2013)

Smart Climbing was developed by dual qualified Clinical Psychologist and climbing instructor, Dr Rebecca Williams with the aim of providing psychological skills teaching, advice and coaching to rock climbers who would like to develop their mental focus, overcome fears and anxieties, and improve their body awareness, visualisation skills and psychological tactics for climbing.

 

 

 

Running once a year, the 2013 Smart Climbing Open Course runs from 6-8th September and will be delivered by Lucy Creamer (who needs no introduction!), Katy Forrester (GB bouldering squad) and Dr Rebecca Williams (Consultant Clinical Psychologist). The aim is to work holistically on the full range of skills needed to become a better climber, whatever your level, and includes technique and movement coaching, a session of overcoming your fear of falling, yoga and meditation for climbers, slick ropework to prevent problems and get out of tricky situations, and lots of psychological skills teaching to help build confidence, motivation and manage anxiety. There's even an evening lecture from local legend Pete Robins, fresh from his first ascent of Dark Energy F8c+ at Pigeons Cave, where Pete will give an insight into the role of failure in creating a successful first ascent.

 

The course costs £200 for all tuition and wall entry, or £220 including bunkhouse style accommodation, and group sizes are small to allow for maximum learning. There are still a few spaces left, so for more information or to make a booking please contact Rebecca on info@smartclimbing.co.uk.

 

Further information including a video clip offering a summary of the course can also be found on the Smart Climbing website here.





Want to teach climbing? CWA & CWLA courses... : (12/08/2013)

ClimbUK now offers aspiring climbing instructors the opportunity to undertake National Governing Body award courses at Big Rock Climbing Centre in Milton Keynes and Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales.

 

 

The Climbing Wall Award (CWA) is specifically designed for climbers who wish to supervise and be responsible for groups at indoor and outdoor climbing walls. The 2 day course (complete with abseil module) covers the supervision and management of top rope climbing and bouldering, and covers techniques such as group supervision, equipment suitability, safety and basic climbing movement skills.

 

The nationally recognised Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA) is aimed at experienced instructors who want to teach and supervise lead climbing on indoor climbing walls and artificial climbing structures.

 

 

Beacon Climbing Centre, North Wales

 

CWA Training

 

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 September 2013

Thursday 17 - Friday 18 October 2013
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 December 2013

CWA Assessment

 

Friday 8 November 2013

CWLA Training

 

Saturday 5 October 2013

CWLA Assessment

 

Wednesday 18 September 2013

 

 

Big Rock Climbing Centre, Milton Keynes

 

CWA Training

 

Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 September 2013

Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 November 2013

CWA Assessment

 

Saturday 14 September 2013

Saturday 7 December 2013

CWLA Training

 

Sunday 15 September 2013

CWLA Assessment

 

Sunday 8 December 2013





New online booking system for climbing sessions & courses... : (30/07/2013)

We've just upgraded the Beacon Climbing Centre website with a new, easy to use and comprehensive online booking system.

 

 

The new system features a simple to use calendar structure that allows you to see real time availability for all our climbing sessions 24x7. Discover more about our courses and sessions, decide what you want to book, check availability suits your requirements then book and pay online. We'll send you a confirmation email and even a reminder email prior to your booking commencing so that you don't forget to turn up!

 

We hope you find the system easy to use and do get in touch by emailing tommy@beaconclimbing.com should you encounter any problems.





Prices rises to come into effect from Monday 1st July... : (01/07/2013)

Please be aware that Beacon Climbing Centre entry prices will see a modest rise from Monday 1st July 2013.

 

Unfortunately due to the increased cost associated with operating the centre, entry prices have had to be raised in accordance with our increased administration costs. We have managed to keep our prices down for a year after investing heavily in our new centre and the Under 16s price threshold has now been raised to include all customers Under 18. Please note that 10-entry prices, unlimited use membership prices and group entry prices remain unchanged. The new entry prices can be viewed on the Beacon website here.

 

If you're keen on climbing at Beacon regularly and want to save some money, why not check out our discounted 10 entry climbing wall pass deals for only £65.00 for adults, £55.00 for students/concessions and £45.00 for under 18s? The pass gives you 10 visits at a discounted rate, and you can use it whenever you want. There's no time limit on its use - if you only use one go on a rainy day now, then the sun shines all summer, just use the rest of your entries when you come back to the wall in the winter. Buy one now - brilliant value and remember that we're open every day, even on bank holidays!

 

All the Beacon staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for supporting the centre and we hope to see you again in the very near future.

 

The Beacon Team





Celebrating mountains and the challenges they pose on S4C... : (10/07/2013)

Sixty years ago this year, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people to reach the summit of Everest. This week, to mark that historic achievement, S4C is to broadcast a week of programmes featuring mountains and those who savour the challenges they pose.

 

 

One of the week's highlights will be Defaid a Dringo (Sheep and Climbing). The documentary will be broadcast on Tuesday, 16 July and follows a year in the life of 23 year old climber, Ioan Doyle. Ioan first appeared on screen in 2008 in the award-winning documentary, Dringo i'r Eitha', (Extreme Climbing). There will be another chance to watch this programme and see Ioan, then 17, attempt the Separate Reality climb in Yosemite, California on Thursday, 18 July on S4C.

 

The new documentary Defaid a Dringo follows the ambitious and fearless climber from Bethesda as he finds his way in the world. Having decided not to go to university, Ioan is facing the reality of having to earn a living while striving to keep a grip on climbing. "I didn't go to university in the end; I decided I'd rather stay home in north Wales and try to earn a living by sheep shearing. Shearing and building stone walls for a living means I can spend a lot of time outdoors which I love - and I can make time for climbing as well." Never shy of a challenge, Ioan thrives on pushing himself to the limits, attempting tougher and harder climbs whenever he has the chance. In Defaid a Dringo, we follow him as he aims to conquer the Ogwen Crack in the Ogwen Valley, an E7 6C graded climb which is considered extremely challenging. The Ogwen Crack was successfully tackled by Sean Miles in 1986 but no-one else has managed it since. How will Ioan motivate himself during his toughest challenge to date?

 

Presenter and adventurer Lowri Morgan will follow another mountain-based challenge in the programme Ras Cefn y Ddraig (The Dragon's Back), on Thursday, 18 July. Lowri has competed in all sorts of races in all kinds of places, around the world. But she has not yet taken part in the legendary Dragon's Back Race. Last year, the race was held for only the second time in 20 years. The race follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle – an incredible 5-day journey over some of Wales's most challenging and beautiful landscapes. With one eye firmly on the next race in 2015, Lowri looks back at the 2012 race and tries to explain the heroic efforts needed to compete.

 

Alongside these new programmes S4C will also broadcast an array of archive programmes featuring famous climbs, near misses and unforgettable heights. It all starts on Tuesday, 16 July with two programmes relating to Everest. The documentary Syr Charles Evans tells the story of the Welshman Charles Evans who came within 100 metres of the summit just days before Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, reached the top. Later in the evening in Dyddiadur Everest (The Everest Diary), Llion Iwan spends three weeks trekking on Everest, meeting some of the Sherpas and beginning to understand their attitude towards climbing.

 

On Wednesday, 17 July there will be two archive programmes featuring one of Wales's climbing greats, Eric Jones. The first, Ar Ei Ben Ei Hun: Eric Jones (On His Own: Eric Jones) contains highlights of his ascent of Dinas Y Gromlech crag on the Llanberis Pass without the aid of ropes. The second, Eric Jones â'i Draed ar y Ddaear (Eric Jones with his feet on the ground) sees Eric head for central Mexico to base-jump into the world's largest cave - the 'Cave of the Swallows'.

 

Historian and keen mountaineer Professor R Merfyn Jones traces the historical connections between Wales and Everest in Everest: Y Cyswllt Cymreig (Everest: The Welsh connection) on Friday, 19 July, and the same night the hour-long documentary Everest: Y Grib Olaf follows Welsh climber, Sam Williams' attempt at conquering Everest via its most demanding route in a programme first broadcast in 1988.

 

To see the full schedule of programmes visit s4c.co.uk





Results for Beacon Youth Climbing Comp on 29th June... : (01/07/2013)

Well done to the competitors who attended the Beacon end of term Youth Climbing Competition on Saturday 29th June. We hope you all had a great time and enjoyed the climbing!

 

Each competitor was given a score sheet with a list of 10 specially set climbs from F4a to F7a+. Competitors had to select 5 top rope climbs to attempt, with harder climbs being worth more points. Competitors had one attempt at each of their 5 climbs, with full points for getting to the top, and bonus points if they didn't get to the top, but made it to a designated half-way bonus hold. With only one attempt at each climb, selecting the right climbs was a challenge in itself!

 

Download the full score sheets here.

 

Beacon would like to give a big thanks to all the parents and families who attended to support their children and to the volunteers who helped organise and staff the event. See you all next time!

 





The new bouldering routing roof... : (27/06/2013)

And now for something radically different! The new bouldering routing roof at Beacon Climbing Centre is currently under construction and will give 12m of upside down climbing above deep foam matting. The roof is around 70 degrees overhanging and features a rising platform to ensure that the ground is never too far away.

 

Due for completion over the next month or so, this latest addition will further add to the comprehensive bouldering at Beacon and will give you the opportunity to gain route style forearm pump without tying on! Prepare for a thorough arm blasting!

 

 

 

 





Beacon Youth Climbing Competition on Saturday 29th June... : (22/05/2013)

The Beacon end of term Climbing Comp
Saturday June 29th 2013. Registration from 9:30.

 

​This is a fun day for kids of all abilities and experience, who were born between 1996 and 2005. Each competitor will be given a score sheet with a list of 10 specially set climbs. Competitors can select 5 top rope climbs to attempt, with harder climbs being worth more points. Competitors have one attempt at each of their 5 climbs. There are full points for getting to the top, and bonus points if they don't get to the top, but make it to a designated bonus hold. With only one attempt at each climb, selecting the right climbs is a challenge in itself.

 

Admission is £5.50 per competitor, and entry forms are available from the Beacon Climbing Centre.

 

 

Cystadleuaeth Ddringo ddiwedd tymor y Beacon
​Dydd Sadwrn Mehefin 29ain 2013. Cofrestru o 9:30 ymlaen.

 

Dyma ddiwrnod hwylus i blant o bob gallu a phrofiad a chafodd eu geni rhwng 1996 a 2005. Bydd pob cystadleuwr yn derbyn taflen sgorio gyda rhestr o 10 dringfa benodol. Bydd y cystadleuwyr yn cael dewis 5 dringfa rhaffau uchel i ymgeisio, a bydd dringfeydd anodd yn werth mwy o bwyntiau. Bydd y cystadleuwyr yn cael un cynnig ar bob un o'i 5 dringfa. Bydd pwyntiau llawn yn cael eu rhoi i'r rhai a gyrhaeddai'r top, a phwyntiau bonws i'r rhai fydd yn methu cyrraedd y top ond yn hytrach yn cyrraedd un o'r gafaelion bonws dynodedig. Gan mai un cynnig yn unig fydd i bob dringfa, bydd dewis y ddringfa gywir yn ddigon o her.

 

Pris mynediad yw £5.50 y cystadleuydd a bydd ffurflenni mynediad ar gael o Ganolfan Ddringo'r Beacon.

 

 

 

Download the competition registration form here.

Download the full sized competition poster here (prints up to A2 in high resolution)

 

Email the completed form to info@beaconclimbing.com. You can also print out the form and return it to Beacon by post or by handing it into reception.

 

Please contact us on 0845 450 8222 or info@beaconclimbing.com if you require any further information.

 

 

 

Organised in conjunction with The Outdoor Partnership / Y Bartneriaeth Awyr Agored.

 





Welsh Youth Climbing Team Third in UK Final... : (21/06/2013)

 

The Welsh Team has returned home, tired but jubilant, after it's biggest event of the competition season. The BMC Youth Climbing Series Final took place throughout the day on Saturday 15th June at the Ratho Indoor Climbing Arena, just south of Edinburgh.

 

This year the Welsh Team succeeded in coming 3rd out of the 11 regions competing across the UK. This is a fantastic improvement on previous years having come 7th last year and 9th in 2011. Chris Forrest, Head Coach for North Wales Youth Climbing Academy said "This improvement has been possible due to Youth Climbing Academies running now in both North and South Wales, with high-class coaching and some talented youngsters, combined with new facilities showing what can be achieved. All the members of the Academy should be proud, not just the 12 that made it onto the Welsh team, as they have all worked hard this year to raise the standard".

 

The success of the Welsh Team was only possible, of course, due to the hard work and dedication that the young climbers have made over the last year in preparation for this competition and giving it their best efforts on the day. This was reflected in some stunning individual performances on the day. In the younger age groups there were amazing efforts from Finn Hayward, from Felinheli, who placed 8th and Mia Cowans, from Old Colwyn, who placed 10th; Archie Ball, from Tregarth, and Kieran Forrest, from Llanrug, both secured 7th place in their respective age groups; with Alis Jones, from Menai Bridge, securing a very respectable 10th in the older girls age group.

 

The climbers ranged from 8 to 16, with each tackling three problems, without a rope (bouldering problems) scoring up to 180 points if they make it to the top of all three; and three routes, which they use a rope on to keep themselves safe on, for which they can also score a maximum of 180 points. Making just one more move can make the difference between winning and coming second or third, so it makes for a very exciting spectator sport at times!

 

Whilst none of the north wales members had podium positions this year, some are young in their age group and will be training hard for next year, but all will have benefitted from the experience and should be proud of what they have achieved. The North Wales Youth Climbing Academy will now enjoy a well-deserved break and enjoy some outdoor climbing before starting preparation for the new season this autumn.

 

Climbing may have missed out on its Olympic bid this time, but there is no doubt that there is a huge interest locally in the sport. Anyone interested in taking up climbing should contact Beacon Climbing Centre, their 5x60 Officer or The Outdoor Partnership for more information and look out for the Back to School event at the Beacon Climbing Centre in the autumn.

 

 

The North Wales team member rankings at the UK Youth Series Final:
Mia Cowans, 8 from Old Colwyn – ranked 10th.
Caitlin Forrest, 8 from Llanrug – ranked 19th.
Finn Hayward, 9 from Felinheli – ranked 8th.
Jamie Steele, 9 from Chwilog – ranked 13th.
Archie Ball, 11 from Tregarth – ranked 7th.
Hannah Swann, 11 from Felinheli – ranked 22nd.
Kieran Forrest, 12 from Llanrug – ranked 7th.
Thomas Jenkins, 12 from Garndolbenmaen – ranked 27th.
Sophie Richards, 14 from Waunfawr – ranked 19th.
Zed Jones, 14 from Blaenau Ffestiniog – ranked 24th.
Alis Jones, 15 from Menai Bridge – ranked 10th.
Alex Kitts, 16 from Dyserth – ranked 17th.

 

 

The North Wales Youth Climbing Academy works with 26 young climbers from across North Wales, ranging in age from 8 to 16. The Academy is supported by volunteer coaches, who come from a variety of backgrounds, including parents, professional mountaineers/climbers, plus some of the top performing climbers in the UK. Training is supported at indoor climbing venues throughout Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy, with its key commercial sponsor being locally based business, DMM International.

 

 

Report and information supplied by Samantha Forrest
On behalf of North Wales Youth Climbing Academy

 

 

Don't forget to check out the end of term climbing competition at Beacon on Saturday 29th June!

Full information here!





Osteopathy now available at Beacon Climbing Centre... : (31/05/2013)

Professional Osteopathy treatment is now available at Beacon Climbing Centre with Belinda Rae (M.Ost). Belinda is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and with the Association of Systematic Kinesiology. She is also a qualified remedial massage therapist. Although she works primarily as an osteopath, combining different therapies allows Belinda to tailor her treatments to individual patients.

 

 

Get relief for recent injuries and long-standing aches and pains. Osteopathy has long been used in the treatment of muscle and joint pain and sporting injuries. It treats ligaments, muscles, joints and connective tissues. It can be used to both reduce existing pain and discomfort and to prevent injuries recurring. It can also improve flexibility and help to maximise climbing performance.

 

Initial assessment and treatment (1 hour) £50... SPECIAL PRICE £35 until 6th August 2013

Follow-up treatments (45 mins) £35... ALL TREATMENTS £30 for Beacon members until 6th August 2013

Clinic on Tuesdays, and appointments available at other times.

 

Call Belinda on 07732657799 to book an appointment





Age between 13 & 18? Want to be in a film? Here's your chance! : (10/06/2013)

Dymafi.tv is a website which gives a platform to young people between the ages of 13 and 18. They can upload videos and share a part of their lives as part of the Children's Commissioner for Wales' Dyma Fi/See Me project. The aim of the project is to give a realistic picture of young people in Wales today - in their own words.

 

Check out the video of Abi Henderson at Beacon Climbing Centre, filmed for the launch of the 'Dyma Fi / See Me' website...

 

 

 

 

Cwmni Da are making a television programme which will be created from video footage of the lives of young people filmed over 24 hours on Saturday, the 22nd of June 2013. They will take these clips and create an hour long film for S4C.

 

To take part, Cwmni Da want you to film your life on June 22 and send them your video! You can upload your clips to dymafi.tv, or send a tape, disc or card through the post. For more information on uploading go to dymafi.tv/en/anfon

 

Show us what life is like for young people in Wales today. Share your workplace, your friends, your family, your hobbies and your passions with the nation. Remember, what you find boring could be interesting to others. One film. One day. One date. June 22





Young Climbers Clubs at Beacon during June... : (20/05/2013)

Indoor climbing at Beacon Climbing Centre is an exhilarating activity offering exciting challenges at a level specific to the individual. Getting involved is a great way to inspire physical activity by proving that exercise is actually really fun. We have climbing clubs for all ages, staffed by qualified and experienced instructors, aiming to introduce youngsters to fun climbing in a friendly environment, at a level appropriate to their age.

 

 

Cheeky Monkeys age 5-7

A really fun and exciting introduction to indoor climbing, these sessions enable young children to participate in climbing games which help promote awareness, coordination and balance.
When: Every Tuesday from 5:00pm - 6:30pm during Term Time
Price: £9.50 per session

 

Great Apes age 7-10

The ideal way for children aged 7 to 10 to get involved with indoor climbing! Youngsters attending Great Apes will aim to attain the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS) standard Level 1-2 whilst having plenty of fun in an instructor supervised environment.
When: Every Monday from 5:00pm - 6:30pm during Term Time or Every Friday from 5:00pm - 6:30pm during Term Time
Price: £9.50 per session

 

Rockhoppers age 11-16

Following the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS), Rockhoppers is run for secondary school children aged 11 to 16 and is a great way for youngsters to get started with indoor climbing. Under the guidance of our experienced and friendly instructors, young climbers can learn the basics of the sport, keep fit, meet new friends and have lots of fun.
When: Every Thursday from 5:00pm - 6:30pm during Term Time
Price: £9.50 per session

 

Young Leaders age 11-16

For experienced young climbers who are registered for their Level 4 and 5 National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS) standard. During these sessions, youngsters will learn about advanced aspects of indoor climbing including lead climbing, training regimes and improving their wider climbing knowledge.
When: Every Wednesday from 5:00pm - 6:30pm during Term Time
Price: £9.50 per session

 

Bouldering Club age 10-17

Low-Level climbing for experienced youngsters aged 10 to 17 years old who enjoy climbing and wish to improve their skills in a fun and sociable environment. Formal instruction is not included but the sessions are fully supervised by a Beacon Instructor meaning advice, guidance and feedback on climbing skills and techniques is readily available.
When: Every Saturday from 10:00am - 11:30am
Price: £8.00 per session

 

 

You can also check out the Young Climbers section of the Beacon website here.





Job Vacancies: climbing wall building... : (29/05/2013)

Based in North Wales Beacon Climbing Walls are manufacturers of plywood climbing walls and CrazyClimb.

 

We are currently advertising a number of different posts to be based at our workshop and offices near Caernarfon. Beacon Climbing are committed to building innovative climbing walls and CrazyClimb facilities finished to a high standard. We are looking for new employees who will share this passion and are keen to work with us during an exciting period of CrazyClimb development and expansion.

 

We expect the roles to be full time but we are also happy to consider applications from suitably skilled freelancers. Salaries will be dependent on experience and are available on request.

 

 

Workshop Manager

 

Responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day to day running of the workshop including:

  • Prioritising workshop schedules and liaising with directors, project managers, workshop technicians and admin staff
  • Health and safety compliance in the workshop
  • Staff training
  • Briefing workshop staff on an ongoing basis
  • Getting involved hands on with all aspects of production as required

 

Suitable candidates will ideally have:

  • A high level of woodworking ability including use of the most common workshop machinery and power tools
  • Ideally some experience of basic steelwork fabrication, spray painting and CNC machines
  • Previous management experience - ideally in a workshop
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to command respect from staff
  • An interest in climbing

 

 

Project Managers

 

Responsible for the smooth running of wall building jobs and the work will include:

  • Design work and producing proposals
  • Liaising with everybody involved in a particular job including customers, engineers, site contacts, etc
  • Ensure workshop and site schedules are achieved
  • Getting involved hands on with production as required
  • An element of site work required for the overseeing and hands on completion of jobs
  • Health & safety on site

 

Suitable candidates will ideally have:

  • Previous wall building experience
  • Understanding and experience of H&S issues - particularly working at height
  • A working knowledge of Sketchup and ideally CAD
  • Design skills and a good understanding of different materials
  • An interest and understanding of climbing wall structures and basic engineering
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • An interest in climbing

 

 

If you are interested in working for Beacon Climbing Walls and feel you have skills that would be useful to us, but you don't fit the descriptions above, we would still be keen to hear from you!

 

Please send applications including a covering letter and CV to steve@beaconclimbing.com

Closing date for applications is 10th June 2013





Job Vacancy: Beacon Climbing Walls administrator role... : (17/05/2013)

Beacon Climbing Walls are a company that manufacture climbing walls, climbing holds and CrazyClimb - we are based on the Cibyn Industrial Estate near Caernarfon in North Wales.

 

 

We are currently looking for a part time administrator to:

  • Monitor and respond to online and telephone climbing hold orders
  • Pack and send orders
  • Deal with general sales enquiries
  • Maintain stock control
  • Do some of the general ordering for Beacon Climbing Walls
  • Take on other miscellaneous admin duties

 

You should be able to work flexible 4 hour shifts each morning Monday-Friday

 

Candidates will have:

  • Excellent organisational skills and be highly organised
  • Good attention to detail
  • Good computer skills particularly word & excel
  • An interest in climbing

 

Holiday will be 5.6 weeks per year and salary £15,000 pro rata

 

Please apply in writing to steve@beaconclimbing.com
Closing date for applications is 31st May 2013





Social Climbing Night at Beacon every Wednesday... : (15/01/2013)

 

Just completed your Beginner Climbing Course at Beacon Climbing Centre, looking for structured climbing sessions to increase you motivation and confidence, or hoping to meet new climbing partners and make new friends?

Our new weekly Social Climbing Nights are the ideal way to get involved and the perfect way to organise your climbing sessions and your social life in one hit! Running every Wednesday from 7:00pm-9:00pm starting from 23rd January and open to all registered rope climbers age 18+, no matter how experienced you are or what level you climb at, these sessions offer you the chance to enjoy climbing in a highly social atmosphere.

 

 

Climbing with others is a great way to learn new climbing skills and techniques, and during our Social Climbing Nights we'll even have a Beacon climbing instructor on hand to offer additional advice and answer any questions you might have. See you there!

 

When

Beacon Social Climbing Nights operate every Wednesday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm and you're welcome to arrive at any time during the duration of the session. Places are unlimited for each session and pre-booking is not required - just turn up on the day!

 

Price

Normal adult entry fees apply 

Adults £7.50 per person
Adults Concession* £6.50 per person

*over 60s, unemployed or full time students





BMC FUNdamentals report on the Mountain Training Blog... : (17/05/2013)

Cath Luke from Mountain Training has written an excellent report on the Mountain Training Blog about the BMC FUNdamentals of Climbing Workshops held last week at Beacon Climbing Centre.

 

 

The BMC FUNdamentals of Climbing workshops are aimed at anyone who coaches or leads climbing sessions, indoors or outside, so whether you're a parent or youth worker, a full-time climbing coach, a SPA or CWA award holder or an MIA / MIC working out on our high mountain crags, or guiding in the Alps, these workshops will broaden your knowledge and provide valuable personal and professional development.

 

Three different one-day workshops are available, all of which form part of the training pathway for Mountain Training's new coaching awards. Find out more about the BMC FUNdamentals Workshps for 2013 on the BMC website here.





Climbing and the Olympics... : (17/05/2013)

You may already be aware that competition climbing is shortlisted for the 2020 Olympics – the final decision will be made on the 7th September and if the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) is successful in its bid to get climbing included in the programme, this will have a great impact on the sport of competition climbing and the indoor climbing scene across the UK and the World. There will be a large amount of new media and wider public interest in climbing with potential finance available for developing the sport right from its grass roots up to a National and Olympic team level.

 

 

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) meet in Russia at the end of May and all the short-listed sports will present their bids to the board and the shortlist of 8 sports will be reduced to 3 ahead of the IOC vote in September at the IOC plenary assembly in Argentina. Support the bid by viewing/liking the IFSC Sport Climbing 2020 page on Facebook - www.facebook.com/SportClimbing2020





BMC Youth Climbing Series: Welsh National Final Report... : (26/04/2013)

Wales' best young climbers competed at Beacon Climbing Centre last Saturday during the Welsh National Final of the 2013 BMC Youth Climbing Series. The Series is an extremely popular fun climbing competition for youngsters of all abilities and attracts hundreds of entrants across the country.

 

 

There are five age categories, with separate girls and boys competitions, that follow the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth. Each competitor is required to complete 3 routes and 3 bouldering problems during each competition.

 

Two rounds have previously been held in both the North and South Wales areas, with the top 3 in each category from the Welsh National Final then eligible to compete in the Series Grand Final, on the 15th June at EICA Ratho, Scotland.

 

Full results for the events can be found here.

Find out more about the BMC Youth Climbing Series here.

Check out photos of the Welsh National Final on our facebook pages here.

 

Thanks to event sponsors DMM Climbing and Beta Climbing Designs for donating a great set of prizes for the competition winners. DMM also very kindly provided every competitor with a karabiner laser etched with their name.

 

The BMC Youth Climbing Series regional rounds and finals are run by volunteers and we would like to thank all those involved for their time and efforts during the duration of the Series.





Want to teach climbing? Instructor training at Beacon... : (01/05/2013)

If you are interested in teaching or supervising climbing, Beacon Climbing Centre offer regular Climbing Wall Award(CWA), Single Pitch Award (SPA) and Climbing Wall Leading Award (CWLA) training and assessment courses throughout the year.

 

 

The CWA is specifically designed for climbers who wish to supervise and be responsible for groups at indoor and outdoor climbing walls, covering the supervision and management of top rope climbing and bouldering, and techniques such as group supervision, climbing equipment suitability, climbing safety and basic climbing movement skills.

 

The SPA is for adults wishing to supervise others on single pitch crags and climbing walls. During SPA Training you will learn how to become an effective supervisor, encourage others to enjoy their climbing safely, and will cover topics such as choice of venue, rope management, correct use of equipment, group management, emergency procedures, crag etiquette, access and conservation.

 

Experienced instructors already holding a CWA or SPA certificate and wishing to gain further qualification can progress by undergoing CWLA training. This is the nationally recognised qualification for teaching and supervising lead climbing on indoor climbing walls and artificial climbing structures.

 

The next available course dates are

CWLA training course: Mon 06 May 2013 £90 per person

CWA training course: Sat 18 - Sun 19 May 2013 £125 per person

SPA training course: Sat 01 Jun - Sun 02 Jun 2013 £125 per person

 

If you require more details about any of the instructor courses at Beacon Climbing Centre, please phone us on 0845 450 8222 or email info@beaconclimbing.com. You can also visit the Instructor Courses section of the website for comprehensive information.





£4.00 entry for students every Tuesday night at Beacon... : (11/10/2012)

Beacon Climbing Centre is now operating a student night every Tuesday with entry to the centre for only £4 with a valid student ID card.

 

Additionally, until Christmas we are also offering students a £40 mega deal on a 10 entry climbing centre pass. The £40 is paid in advance and the 10 entry pass then allows entry to the climbing wall on any day and at any time for only £4 per visit for a total of 10 visits.

 

 

For those with little or no previous climbing experience, we'll also be running a series of introductory climbing courses specifically aimed at students. Ask at reception for further details.





Birthday Party Invitation Packs and Party Bags now available... : (13/03/2013)

Looking for a really fun birthday treat? Indoor climbing at Beacon Climbing Centre is the perfect way to celebrate with friends, providing a unique and exciting experience!

 

 

Choose from a 1 hour CrazyClimb® session or a 1.5 hour Climbing Wall session, and then make your Birthday Party even more memorable with party food afterwards! Our birthday party climbing sessions include lots of age appropriate fun, games and climbing activities and Beacon Climbing Centre offers climbing suitable for all ages including climbing suitable for small children, so everyone is sure to have a great time!

 

Check out the Birthday Parties section on the Beacon Climbing Centre website for comprehensive information.

 

 

Party Packs

 

All Birthday Party bookings also include a FREE A5 Beacon Party Pack!

 

These colourful packs contain everything you need to help make your Birthday Party awesome!

 

Contents...

•12 party invitations (more available on request) for your friends with a climbing information sheet and easy to follow directions to Beacon Climbing Centre,

•A catering options form,

•A consent form,

•A booking confirmation form.

 

 

Party Bags

 

We also offer Birthday Party Bags packed with goodies and further information about Beacon Climbing Centre for only £2.50 per bag.

 

Contents...

•CrazyClimb wristband.

•CrazyClimb badge.

•CrazyClimb Sticker.

•Beacon Climbing Centre Pen.

•A sweet treat (may vary from that shown).

•Beacon Climbing Centre literature.

 

We've even made the bag large enough so that you can add your own extras such as tasty birthday cake!

 





BMC FUNdamentals Climbing Workshops on 7th, 8th, 9th May... : (18/03/2013)

The BMC FUNdamentals of Climbing workshops are aimed at anyone who coaches or leads climbing sessions, indoors or outside. And they have a new workshop for 2013!

 

Whether you're a parent or youth worker, a full-time climbing coach, a SPA or CWA award holder or an MIA / MIC working out on our high mountain crags, or guiding in the Alps, these workshops will be useful to you. They will broaden your knowledge and provide valuable personal and professional development.

 

 

Three different one-day workshops are available, all of which form part of the training pathway for Mountain Training's new coaching awards. Book online now!

 

Each workshop costs £65 for BMC members and £80 for non-members. Not a member? Take advantage of our half-price membership offer and join the BMC for less than £15!

 

 

FUNdamentals of Climbing 1

The FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 focuses on the important themes that underpin climbing movement and is part of the training pathway for the Assistant Climbing Coach Award.

  • agility, balance and coordination
  • awareness of the body's centre of gravity
  • and the relationship between weight transfer and economy of movement.

Programme for FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 workshop

Guidance Notes for the FUNdamentals 1 & 2 workshops

Workshop Outline for the FUNdamentals 1 & 2 workshops

 

 

FUNdamentals of Climbing 2

The FUNdamentals of Climbing 2 builds upon the first workshop, looking at how specific techniques can be coached and is part of the training pathway for the Climbing Coach Award.

  • precise and accurate footwork
  • ways of using different handholds
  • body positioning and use of straight arms on vertical and slightly overhanging rock
  • techniques to climb steep rock

Prior attendance of a FUNdamentals of Climbing Workshop 1 is required for this workshop.

Programme for FUNdamentals of Climbing 2 workshop

Guidance Notes for the FUNdamentals 1 & 2 workshops

Workshop Outline for the FUNdamentals 1 & 2 workshops

 

 

FUNdamentals of Climbing 3

This workshop covers the fundamental types of physical training for climbing, helping coaches to identify appropriate physical training regimes and is part of the training pathway for the Climbing Coach Award.

  • an overview of how the body's energy systems work
  • theory and practicals on training regimes to develop strength, endurance and strength endurance
  • body conditioning exercises

Programme for FUNdamentals of Climbing 3 workshop

 

 

Visit the BMC Community Site to find out more about the people delivering and developing the workshops.





Disruption on Saturday due to the BMC Youth Climbing Series… : (15/04/2013)

 

Beacon Climbing Centre will be hosting the Welsh National Final of the BMC Youth Climbing Series this Saturday from 9:30am. Climbing within the centre will be exceptionally limited for non-competition climbers although CrazyClimb will be operating as per usual.

 

If you are hoping for a climbing session on Saturday, we’d recommend attending the centre from late afternoon (after 3-4pm) once the competition has finished. On the plus side, we’ll be setting loads of new routes and bouldering problems for the competition, available for everyone to try from Saturday afternoon!

 

Click here to find out more about the BMC Youth Climbing Series.





BMC Youth Climbing Series: Round 3 at Beacon on 20th April... : (02/01/2013)

 

Note: North Wales Round 2 at Indy Climbing Wall has changed from 16th March to 17th March.

 

The BMC Youth Climbing Series is a popular and fun competition for young climbers of all abilities, with three regional rounds and a national final. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of entrants across the country.

 

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

 

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 2013 these are...

Youth A - those born in 1996 & 1997
Youth B – those born in 1998 & 1999
Youth C – those born in 2000 & 2001
Youth D – those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth E - those born in 2004 & 2005

 

Events...

 

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.

 

Each event comprises 3 routes and 3 boulder problems for each category. In categories A and B routes are led. In all other categories they are top roped.

 

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.

 

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 hold their own MC of S Youth Climbing Series run by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. 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.

 

Regional Rounds
Round 1 - 16th February - Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon (arrive 9:30am)
Round 2 - 17th March - Indy Climbing Wall, Anglesey
Round 3 - 20th April - Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon - Welsh National Final

 

Grand Final
Grand Final - 15th June at EICA Ratho, Scotland.

 

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.





Documentary: Climbing the Devil's Tower at 75 years old... : (28/03/2013)

This is brilliant... going out on S4C April 18th 9pm, this 30min documentary follows 75 year old Jeremy Trumper and legendary adventurer Eric Jones (of Tremadog Cafe fame) on their quest to climb The Devil's Tower in Wyoming. And if you miss the broadcast date, you can also view on S4C catch up here.

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Trumper is a farmer. He’s 75 years old and has an obsession with the devil! A true wonder of the climbing world. The Devils Tower in the cowboy state of Wyoming is an American National Monument and a prominent location in Stephen Spielberg's iconic UFO film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Together with his friend and mentor the legendary Eric Jones, the two evergreen adventurers set out to prove that "you're never too old to achieve your dreams!"





Autana: Leo Houlding's epic new film at Beacon on 13th April... : (15/03/2013)

Join us at Beacon Climbing Centre on Saturday 13th April for an awesome climbing film night featuring two incredible films: Autana and Push It.

 

Autana is the epic new film from adventure climber Leo Houlding and film maker Alastair Lee. Jen Randall's film Push It documents her first ever big wall climb, El Capitan in Yosemite and was the winner of the People's Choice at Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 2012.

 

An adventure unlike any other, original, experimental, entertaining and visually stunning, Autana follows Leo Houlding and fellow climbers Sean Leary and Jason Pickles deep into the Amazon in their attempt to make the first ascent of the east face of the remote tepuy; Cerro Autana. 'Indiana Jones would have been proud'.

 

 

WINNER OF THE GRAND PRIZE AT THE KRAKOW MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL 2012
WINNER OF THE BEST MOUNTAIN FILM AT THE TORELLO MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL 2012
WINNER OF THE BEST MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE FILM AT THE KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL 2012

 

The action begins with a covert journey via military check-points and secret ports through Amazonas State. Our team of clandestine climbers disguised as tourists travel down the Orinoco River to the remote village of Ceguera where they make a traumatic psychotropic visit to the local Shaman to gain access to the sacred mountain.

 

From here sweltering humidity, porter chaos and an assortment of jungle nastiest are just a part of this spectacular journey of self-discovery and big wall hunting. Follow our team of redoubtable characters as they find their way up the jungle infested rock face and as they are amazed not only at the climbing but a luxury wall camp in the incredible Autana Cave system just below the summit of the tepuy (the highest elevated cave system in the world).

 

 

Push It is the story of filmmaker Jen Randall and her new-found climbing partner Jackie Sequeira preparing for their first ever big wall - El Capitan in Yosemite, which goes far from smoothly from start to finish. Along the way, Jen visits some of her climbing heroines for inspiration, including Mina Leslie-Wujastyk bouldering in Magic Wood, Switzerland, Natalie Berry sport climbing in Malham, Yorkshire, and a local hero Vicki Mayes trad climbing in Dunkeld, Scotland. Two years in the making, overcoming broken bones, awful weather, a lack of funds and several crisis of confidence, this is a film about testing your limits and chasing adventure.

 

 

"Randall’s production is not only another opportunity to marvel at the skill of elite athletes, be it men, or much less often, women. It’s a much more complex story built around the notions of journey and female camaraderie. It’s an open invitation for everyone to keep pushing it."

 

 

Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Address: Cibyn Estate, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD
Date: Saturday 13th April
Time: 8:00pm (bar opens from 7:00pm)
Tickets: £7 Available online through the Beacon website here, at reception or on the door.
Main Feature: Autana 58mins, Push It 31mins





Improve your climbing with a BMC Masterclass on 13th April... : (11/02/2013)

 

 

If you're looking to improve your rock climbing, indoors or out, then come along to the BMC Climbing Movement Masterclasses - run by top climber Naomi Buys. Sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor these excellent masterclasses will be touring the UK in April 2013, arriving at Beacon Climbing Centre on 13th April.

 

The masterclasses are guaranteed to inspire and give you some top tips. Why not come along and get some expert analysis from Naomi? Naomi will cover climbing movement skills: footwork precision, economy of movement and the utilisation of existing strengths. The classes are for those who climb in the grade range of French 5 to 6b+. There will be a maximum of six climbers per two hour class. The minimum age of Masterclass attendees is 16 years old.

 

Session Times

The same class will run twice a day so you can either do a morning class or an afternoon one. The morning class runs from 11:00am to 1:00pm and the afternoon class from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

 

Cost

£26 per class per person for BMC members.

£34 per person per class for non-members.

Climbing wall entry is included in the cost.

 

All bookings are through the BMC and full information including online booking can be found here www.thebmc.co.uk/masterclasses





Beacon Bouldering Bash 2013. Results and photos... : (21/03/2013)

The Winter Bouldering Aggregate Final was held on Wednesday 20th March at Beacon Climbing Centre, with 38 of our dedicated climbers competing for the top spots.

 

Route setters Ollie Cain, Mark Dicken and Dave Noden produced an eclectic set of 25 problems ranging from the technical, powerful, tenuous to the utterly bizarre. Starting at 6.30pm, competitors had 2.5 hours to complete as many of the problems as possible in 'redpoint' style format as per the bouldering aggregate - unlimited attempts were allowed for each problem, with a successful ascent earning 1 point.

 

 

Well done to all the competitors for putting in so much effort during the Bouldering Bash and over the preceding months. We hope you all enjoyed the bouldering aggregate this year and hope to see you all taking part next time!

 

 

 

 

More photos on the Beacon Climbing Centre Facebook pages here.

 

 

Thanks to our aggregate sponsors DMM Climbing and V12 Outdoors for donating a great set of prizes.





Andy Cave Alpine Extremes lecture on 23rd March... : (07/03/2013)

On Saturday 23rd March from 8:00pm at Beacon Climbing Centre, alpinist and author Andy Cave presents an inspiring journey of climbing exploration, from Bridlington to Pakistan, from Shetland to China. Lashings of drama and humour guaranteed as Andy relives some of his greatest climbs and travels. Includes brand new dramatic film footage of the recent desperate new alpine route Ecstasy, shot by Alistair Lee. Not to be missed.

 

All proceeds from the talk going to support the essential work of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.

 

 

At 17 Andy discovered rock climbing and was instantly hooked. He dreamed of climbing the world's hardest routes, though many laughed at his ambition. Just three years later, he succeeded on the north face of the Eiger. After four years as a miner Andy quit his job so he could dedicate himself to climbing and has never looked back, climbing hard routes on rock and ice, in the UK and far abroad in the greater ranges.

 

"One of the greatest mountaineers of his generation." Observer
"A natural story teller." Joe Simpson

 

His story has been read by tens of thousands in his two award winning books, Learning to Breathe and Thin White Line. He has appeared on radio and TV, as both presenter and subject, and has inspired many with his journey of an ordinary boy growing up to achieve remarkable things.

 

Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Address: Cibyn Estate, Caernarfon, LL55 2BD
Date: Saturday 23rd March
Time: 8:00pm (bar opens from 7:00pm)
Tickets: £8 and available on the door.





UPDATE: The End of Winter Grand Bouldering Bash... : (11/02/2013)

The Beacon Climbing Centre winter bouldering aggregate will end on Sunday 17th March. After the final score count, the top male and top female competitors (regardless of age) will be invited to fight it out at the Grand Bouldering Bash on Wednesday evening 20th March with cash prizes awaiting the winners!

 

Final Winter Bouldering Aggregate score now available here!

 

If your name is highlighted, you've made into the final!

 

Everyone is welcome to spectate and everyone present on the night (both competitors and spectators) will each receive a free raffle ticket for our Mega raffle, with additional tickets available for purchase at £1.00. This year those attaining 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the aggregate will each receive 6, 4 and 2 free tickets respectively! We've got a load of superb prizes with all proceeds from the raffle going to the North Wales Bolt Fund.

 

The climbing will take place from 6:30pm until 9:00pm, giving finalists 2.5 hours to attempt the bouldering bash problems. The 50 competitors will be allowed unlimited attempts on each problem, with a successful ascent earning 1 point as per the aggregate. Be tactical and have fun!

 

At 9:30pm, after the final scores have been added up, the raffle will be drawn followed by the aggregate prize giving ceremony. Join us for an exciting evening of competition and celebration!

 

 

Check out the dedicated aggregate website page for full information regarding how the aggregate works.





Sports Massage now available at Beacon Climbing Centre... : (11/03/2013)

Beacon Climbing Centre has teamed up with Cordelia Molloy (LSSM Dip.) to offer professional Sports Massage therapy. Cordelia is a member of the ISRM (Institute of Sport and Remedial Massage) and registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council).

 

Professional, effective sports and remedial massage for relief from stress and tension, muscle and joint pain, injury rehabilitation and prevention, improved flexibility and recovery.

 

 

For climbers really looking to optimise performance, resting for appropriate lengths of time between climbing sessions and body conditioning, are incredibly important (and often overlooked) aspects of any training schedule. Combining sport massage as part of your training can significantly reduce the risks of overuse injuries and also aids recovery by reducing muscle fatigue. If you are already suffering from muscle fatigue or specific climbing related injuries such as sore shoulders, sports massage is an incredibly effective method of relieving fatigue and injuries, allowing you to achieve a high level of performance.

 

Consultation and treatment £40
Clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and appointments available at other times.

 

Call Cordelia on 07951 448 669 or email cordeliamolloymassage@virginmedia.com to book an appointment.





La Sportiva climbing shoe demonstration evening tonight... : (12/03/2013)

Beacon Climbing Centre will be hosting a La Sportiva Climbing Shoe demonstration evening on Tuesday 12th March 6pm.

 

Produced and designed in a small mountain town at the foot of the Dolomites, La Sportiva has been producing 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 the most amazing products on the market such as the incredible Futara detailed in the video clip below.

 

 

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 including the new Futura 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.





Vertical Dance Taster Workshop: Tuesday 5th March... : (27/02/2013)

Interested in climbing and looking to try something new? Why not check out the Vertical Dance Taster Workshop running at Beacon Climbing Centre on Tuesday 5th March from 6:00pm - 9:00pm?

 

Vertical Dance uses climbing equipment to suspend the performer above the ground. 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.

 

 

Visit www.verticaldancekatelawrence.com for further information.





NEW Beacon Climbing Centre promotional video... : (04/02/2013)

Want to know more about indoor climbing at Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon? Take a look at our new promotional video....

 

 

Beacon Climbing Centre Promotional Video courtesy of Andrey Andonov

 

 

 

You can also explore and navigate around Beacon Climbing Centre with our virtual tour. Click the image below to get started (opens in a new window) and follow the instructions below to aid navigation.

 

 

Instructions: Navigate through the centre using the Map in the top left corner.
or Navigate by clicking on hotspots denoted by the symbols.
or Navigate using the mouse by pressing the left button and moving the mouse.
or use the control panel at the base of the window to control the tour.

 

Beacon Climbing Centre Virtual Tour courtesy of Keith Robertson





North Wales Schools Bouldering Competitions... : (27/02/2013)

North Wales Schools Bouldering Competitions will be taking place throughout March 2013 in association with The Outdoor Partnership and the 5x60 programme - an initiative that aims to increase the number of secondary age pupils taking part in sport or physical activity for 60 minutes, at least five times a week.

 

The counties of Anglesey, Gwynedd (split into 6 schools for North Gwynedd and 6 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 13th March 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, and follow on from a successful trial held on Anglesey in 2012 which saw over 60 young climbers competing.

 

 

 

 

The North Gwynedd competition was held at Beacon Climbing Centre on 26th February with 56 pupils taking part from 6 different schools across the region. Well done to Ysgol Friars for gaining the top spot and to Kieran Forrest and Josie Ball for flashing every problem!

 

The South Gwynedd competition will take place at Harlech Climbing Wall on 28th February, with the Anglesey Competition at Indy Climbing Wall on 6th March. The Denbighshire competition was held on 16th February at Prestatyn Climbing Wall.

 

 

 

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





James McHaffie & Calum Muskett Lecture on 24th February... : (12/02/2013)

 

On the 24th February from 8:00pm, DMM Pro-Team climbers James McHaffie and Calum Muskett will be joining forces to present an evening lecture at Beacon Climbing Centre on free climbing big walls in Yosemite. All proceeds from the talk going to support the essential work of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.

 

James, aka Caff, has a startling track record of hard trad onsights and flashes; a 30+ tally of E7/8s climbed in the best possible style and seemingly with the minimum of fuss. Caff grew up in Keswick in the Lake District, the son of Ray McHaffie, a prolific climber and renowned upland footpath builder. A climbing life might have seemed the obvious choice, but an early fright put him off the idea. In fact Caff did not start until he was 15 years old, when a happenstance visit to a climbing wall stirred him sufficiently to ask his dad to take him out again.

 

Calum is one of the most talented young Welsh climbers around. Growing up in Bethesda he was scrambling and walking in the mountains from an early age. Calum was particularly taken with trad climbing and showed remarkable promise almost immediately. Only two and half months after he started climbing he had lead his first E5, Waves of Inspiration in the Dinorwig Slate Quarries. When he was 14 he onsighted The Cad E6 6a on North Stack Wall at Gogarth and has subsequently lead Rare Lichen E8/9 6c on Clogwyn y Tarw.

 

Tickets cost £6 and are available on the door.





New Beacon Climbing Centre virtual tour now available here... : (12/11/2012)

Explore and navigate around Beacon Climbing Centre with our new virtual tour. Click the image below to get started (opens in a new window) and follow the instructions below to aid navigation.

 

 

 

 

Instructions: Navigate through the centre using the Map in the top left corner.
or Navigate by clicking on hotspots denoted by the symbols.
or Navigate using the mouse by pressing the left button and moving the mouse.
or use the control panel at the base of the window to control the tour.

 

 

Beacon Climbing Centre Virtual Tour courtesy of Keith Robertson.





Climbing at The Outdoors Show 2013... : (21/01/2013)

 

The Outdoors Show is the UK's Number 1 show for outdoor enthusiasts and in 2012 attracted over 85,000 visitors. Whether you're interested in walking, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, camping, photography, canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, sailing or anything else outdoorsy – you're sure to find plenty of interest and have a great day out.

 

Get great deals from our retailers, find out about fantastic new products, information from the leading outdoor organisations, listen to our amazing collection of speakers, check out our Everest exhibition, try your hand at new activities plus even more!

 

The 2013 Outdoors Show takes place 17-20 January at ExCeL, London alongside The Active Travel Show, The London Bike Show and the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. With one ticket giving you access in to all four shows, there's even more to see and do representing excellent value for money and a fantastic day out!

 

Over the past 11 years many thousands of people have had their first taste of climbing at The Outdoors Show. With the aim of introducing more and more of our visitors to the fantastic sport of climbing, The Outdoors Show 2013 will have a great climbing offering with a number of walls and routes suitable for beginners and more advanced climbers. In addition to the exciting climbing activities, Mountain Training will be present to offer an insight into careers in the outdoors and Mountain Rescue Team personnel will be present to offer an insight into operating safely in outdoor environments.

 

CrazyClimb® brought to you by Beacon Climbing Walls (climbing supervision by High Sports)

Offering fun, weird, and completely wacky vertical climbing challenges, CrazyClimb is the latest indoor climbing activity from Beacon Climbing Walls. The wacky climbing challenges include racing the clock on the speed climb, tackling a wall covered with spinning discs instead of normal holds and much more! You don't need any previous climbing experience so anyone can have a go!

 

Urban Adventures Net Course brought to you by Beacon Climbing Walls

Europe's leading supplier of artificial acrobatic park structures offers an exciting low level rope course designed to test balance and agility. Can you make it from start to finish without falling off?

 

Mobile Climbing Wall brought to you by Beacon Climbing Walls

Never tried climbing before? Have a go on the 7.3m high climbing wall! Featuring 4 separate climbing faces, each with a unique climbing challenge, this is the ideal opportunity to have a go! The climbing wall uses simple automated belay systems so you can just clip in and climb - no complicated rope work or previous experience required!

 

Ice Climbing brought to you by DMM

DMM's Ice Climbing wall is always an extremely popular feature of The Outdoors Show. The Ice wall will be returning in 2013 offering you a chance to conquer the basic techniques needed in this high adrenaline sport with AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors) workshops available to offer you expert guidance.

 

Climbing Masterclasses brought to you by DMM

You don't have to be a world class athlete to benefit from expert tuition. Anyone can improve their training, technique and performance with a little help. 1 hour performance masterclasses are available with DMM sponsored athletes Libby Peter, Lucy Creamer and Ben Bransby. Spaces are limited so booking via the DMM website is essential. Please note: Courses are only open to those 18 years or over.

 

The Adventure Stage

The Adventure Stage will feature illustrated talks from top British mountaineers, climbers, adventurers and explorers. All talks are free of charge on entry and seats are available on a first come first served basis, with standing room also available. Top names include DMM sponsored climber and mountaineer Nick Bullock, Wild Country Sponsored climber Tom Randall and IFMGA World Mountain Guide Kenton Cool.

 

In addition to The Climbing Village activities you can also have a go at balancing on a slackline, take part in Operation Commando with the Royal Marines, check out the 60 Years on Everest exhibition and much more!

 

Book your ticket now at www.theoutdoorsshow.co.uk

 

Outdoor Show Opening Times...

Thursday 17 January 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 18 January 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 19 January 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 20 January 10:00am – 6:00pm

 

Outdoor Show Ticket Prices...

Tickets Advance On the door
Adult (16+) £16 £20
Senior (60 Years +) £13 £15
Student (with valid ID) £13 £15
Children (15 and under) FREE with adult FREE with adult
Group discount available for 10+ people




Unlimited climbing for 3 months for only £100... : (22/01/2013)

Get in shape for the New Year with a 3 month unlimited Beacon Climbing Centre pass for only £100 (or £85 for student/concession*). But be quick... you've only got until 31st January 2013 to take advantage of this deal!

Whether you want to get fit on routes for the coming season or increase your bouldering aggregate score with more frequent visits, the unlimited climbing pass enables you to visit Beacon Climbing Centre as often as you like for 3 months from date of purchase.

 

*Over 65's, unemployed or full time students. All must have current proof of status.




Banff Mountain Film Festival in Llandudno on 26th January... : (31/12/2012)

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Held each year since 1975 in Banff, Canada, the festival draws some of the world's best film makers and accomplished outdoor heroes to celebrate adventure, the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors through film.

 

Hot on the heels of the festival each year, the best films head off on the Banff Mountain Festival World Tour with stops in around 285 communities and 30 countries across the globe. Through the big screen you see highlights of incredible adventure sports, visit remote cultures and some of the world's last great wild places.

 

Venue: The Hall, Venue Cymru
Address: The Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB
Date: Saturday 26th January
Show time: 7:30pm (doors and bar opens at 6:30pm)
Tickets: £12/£10 concession. Tickets can be purchased online at www.venuecymru.co.uk

 

 

Films...

 

CROSSING THE ICE
Two Australian set off across the ice to be the first adventurers to tackle the perilous journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again, completely unassisted - just two men dragging their food and shelter across more than 700 miles of barren ice. As they set off on their odyssey, they discover an eerie similarity to Captain Scott's race to the pole: there's a Norwegian on the ice. He is tackling the same route, is more experienced and has a head start. A remarkable quest with an inspiring and emotional conclusion.
Directed by Justin Jones, 44 minutes
Banff Awards - Grand Prize; Best Film on Adventure & Exploration; People's Choice Award

 

REEL ROCK: HONNOLD 3.0
Alex Honnold has become known as the boldest solo climber of his generation. In this dangerous game, how does he balance pure ambition and self-preservation? From bouldering first ascents to climbing massive walls without ropes and setting speed climbing records, Honnold wrestles with this question in preparation for his biggest adventure yet - the Yosemite Triple. He now challenges himself to climb Mt Watkins, El Capitan and Half Dome in the infamous Yosemite National Park, 95% of it without ropes - all within a 24 hour period!
Directed by Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Alex Lowther, 33 minutes
Banff Award - Best Climbing Film

 

FLOW HUNTERS
A group of some of the world's best paddlers experience adventure and risk as they explore some of New Zealand's most extreme white water. This film combines stunning cinematography and beautiful river runs with the heart stopping dangers of running big rivers.
Directed by Jon Forder, 9 minutes

 

LILY SHREDS TRAILSIDE
It's not too often that mountain bike films feature animals. However Lily, a Jack Russell Terrier, is the star of this film, carving out some new lines in Utah America and proving that downhill mountain bike trails need not be just enjoyed by human riders.
Directed by Ross Downward, 4 minutes

 

ERNEST
A short portrait of one of the last of a vanishing breed of mountain men, Ernest Wilkinson from Colorado, as he explains what your best survival tool is in the mountains. Surprisingly, Ernest's lessons are just as relevant in the mountains as they are for the rest of our lives.
Directed by Samuel Bricker, 5 minutes

 

REEL ROCK: WIDEBOYZ
American "off-width" crack climbing has spawned a counter-culture of rough and tumble characters who aren't afraid to bleed their way up a route. Two proper British lads, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, crossed the Atlantic to test themselves on some of the gnarliest wide cracks in the US, including the first ascent of the world's hardest off-width known as Century Crack. Their stunning success shocked both themselves and the American climbing world.
Directed by Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, Alex Lowther, 12 minutes
Banff Award - Best Short Mountain Film

 

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS (Banff Edit)
The world of mountain biking has many communities. And while different riders follow different lines, they all end up in the same place. Tire to ground, foot to pedal, hand to bar - people drawn together by the trails of dirt. Featuring spectacular cinematography and the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the forests of British Columbia and an urban mountain bike park in the US.
Directed by Darcy Wittenburg, 15 minutes

 

SNOW FILM (Details coming soon)
A snow sports film for this programme will be announced shortly!





Nick Bullock Lecture at Beacon on 22nd January... : (09/01/2013)

Nick Bullock LLMRT Lecture

 

 

On the 22nd of January from 7pm, DMM Pro Team Climber Nick Bullock will be hosting an entertaining evening lecture at the Beacon Climbing Centre with all proceeds from the talk going to support the essential work of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team.

 

The lecture will include short stories from several historic expeditions and routes, with tales from his recent book Echoes, including the first ascent of 'Mindless Finish' to 'Pic and Mix' in Scotland, steep ice in Canada, rock horror on the Lleyn Peninsula and climbing The Slovak Direct in Alaska. All with stunning pictures, films and music!

 

Tickets cost £6 and are available on the door.

 

Parental guidance may be required! In Nick's words...

"Please be aware there will be strong language and hopefully much banter and even maybe a tad of mayhem. Please don’t come along expecting factual, sensible and suitable for your gran, I don’t do suitable for your gran, well, not unless your gran is pretty open minded and likes strong langauge..."

 

Come and join us for an entertaining evening, and help raise money for the Team!





Climbing at The Outdoors Show 2013... : (31/12/2012)

 

The Outdoors Show is the UK's Number 1 show for outdoor enthusiasts and in 2012 attracted over 85,000 visitors. Whether you're interested in walking, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, camping, photography, canoeing, cycling, mountain biking, sailing or anything else outdoorsy – you're sure to find plenty of interest and have a great day out.

 

Get great deals from our retailers, find out about fantastic new products, information from the leading outdoor organisations, listen to our amazing collection of speakers, check out our Everest exhibition, try your hand at new activities plus even more!

 

The 2013 Outdoors Show takes place 17-20 January at ExCeL, London alongside The Active Travel Show, The London Bike Show and the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. With one ticket giving you access in to all four shows, there's even more to see and do representing excellent value for money and a fantastic day out!

 

Over the past 11 years many thousands of people have had their first taste of climbing at The Outdoors Show. With the aim of introducing more and more of our visitors to the fantastic sport of climbing, The Outdoors Show 2013 will have a great climbing offering with a number of walls and routes suitable for beginners and more advanced climbers. In addition to the exciting climbing activities, Mountain Training will be present to offer an insight into careers in the outdoors and Mountain Rescue Team personnel will be present to offer an insight into operating safely in outdoor environments.

 

CrazyClimb® brought to you by Beacon Climbing Walls (climbing supervision by High Sports)

Offering fun, weird, and completely wacky vertical climbing challenges, CrazyClimb is the latest indoor climbing activity from Beacon Climbing Walls. The wacky climbing challenges include racing the clock on the speed climb, tackling a wall covered with spinning discs instead of normal holds and much more! You don't need any previous climbing experience so anyone can have a go!

 

Urban Adventures Net Course brought to you by Beacon Climbing Walls

Europe's leading supplier of artificial acrobatic park structures offers an exciting low level rope course designed to test balance and agility. Can you make it from start to finish without falling off?

 

Mobile Climbing Wall brought to you by Beacon Climbing Walls

Never tried climbing before? Have a go on the 7.3m high climbing wall! Featuring 4 separate climbing faces, each with a unique climbing challenge, this is the ideal opportunity to have a go! The climbing wall uses simple automated belay systems so you can just clip in and climb - no complicated rope work or previous experience required!

 

Ice Climbing brought to you by DMM

DMM's Ice Climbing wall is always an extremely popular feature of The Outdoors Show. The Ice wall will be returning in 2013 offering you a chance to conquer the basic techniques needed in this high adrenaline sport with AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors) workshops available to offer you expert guidance.

 

Climbing Masterclasses brought to you by DMM

You don't have to be a world class athlete to benefit from expert tuition. Anyone can improve their training, technique and performance with a little help. 1 hour performance masterclasses are available with DMM sponsored athletes Libby Peter, Lucy Creamer and Ben Bransby. Spaces are limited so booking via the DMM website is essential. Please note: Courses are only open to those 18 years or over.

 

The Adventure Stage

The Adventure Stage will feature illustrated talks from top British mountaineers, climbers, adventurers and explorers. All talks are free of charge on entry and seats are available on a first come first served basis, with standing room also available. Top names include DMM sponsored climber and mountaineer Nick Bullock, Wild Country Sponsored climber Tom Randall and IFMGA World Mountain Guide Kenton Cool.

 

In addition to The Climbing Village activities you can also have a go at balancing on a slackline, take part in Operation Commando with the Royal Marines, check out the 60 Years on Everest exhibition and much more!

 

Book your ticket now at www.theoutdoorsshow.co.uk

 

Outdoor Show Opening Times...

Thursday 17 January 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday 18 January 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 19 January 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 20 January 10:00am – 6:00pm

 

Outdoor Show Ticket Prices...

Tickets Advance On the door
Adult (16+) £16 £20
Senior (60 Years +) £13 £15
Student (with valid ID) £13 £15
Children (15 and under) FREE with adult FREE with adult
Group discount available for 10+ people




New Opening Times for Beacon Climbing Centre... : (08/01/2013)

Please note our new opening times applicable throughout the year...

 

Weekdays 10am-10pm

Weekends 10am-8pm





Climb Rochdale now under new management... : (31/12/2012)

Climb Rochdale, formerly part of the ClimbUK group incorporating Big Rock Climbing Centre in Milton Keynes and Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales, is now under new management with the climbing centre now owned and operated by Pink Climbing Centres Ltd in association with Pink Adventures and Stuart Holmes Climbing Coaching. Pink Climbing Centres Ltd acquired Climb Rochdale in late December 2012 and ClimbUK wish the new management team all the best with their new venture.

 

 

 

 

Since acquiring Climb Rochdale in 2010, ClimbUK has improved the centre's facilities considerably including completely reconfiguring the ground floor internal layout to create better access and more useable space for the provision of a new reception area and a new cafe, and the construction of a new 3-dimensionsal plywood bouldering wall with a full overhanging arch designed and constructed by ClimbUK's manufacturing division, Beacon Climbing Walls.

 

Pink Climbing Centres Ltd are committed to further development plans and Climb Rochdale will continue to operate as a friendly, professionally run climbing centre with a superb variety of roped climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities. Existing members are able to use the climbing centre without the need to re-register.

 

Climb Rochdale is now open for business under the management of Pink Climbing Centres Ltd with additional information about the climbing centre available at www.climbrochdale.com.





NEW instructional climbing book for young climbers… : (28/02/2012)

The Beginners' Guide for Climbers £9.95 (by Sophie Mitchell) now available at Beacon Climbing Centre.

 

 

Aimed at young climbers learning to climb through the National Indoor Climbing Achievements Scheme (NICAS), this fantastic book will help youngsters understand the fundamentals required to become a safe climber. Illustrated with colourful cartoons, the book gives step-by-step instructions on the basic skills required for Levels 1, 2 and some of 3, of the scheme and is fully endorsed by NICAS.

 

 

The knowledge, technical skills and attitude required to become a safe climber are clearly described, with the cartoons clearly showing the best way to learn vital skills. Young climbers can learn to tie on, how to belay and what some of the confusing climbing terms mean. The back cover of the book even folds out and includes an illustrated harness card and a piece of cord so that readers can practice the knots described in the book!

 

A perfect book for youngsters, providing a fun way to guide them through the initial stages of their climbing development.





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