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End of term Youth Climbing Competition: Results... : (15/12/2014)

 

 

Competition Results.

 

 

Beacon Climbing Centre hosted its end of term top rope competition on Saturday, open to young climbers aged 7 to 17.

 

15 routes had been specifically set for the event with each competitor required to choose 5 routes out of the 15 to attempt. Full points were awarded for getting to the top, but bonus points were awarded if the climber failed to top out, but made it to a designated bonus hold. Careful selection of routes was paramount since although harder routes were worth more, failing to reach the bonus hold resulted in nil points!

 

This competition clearly demonstrated the enthusiasm of our young climbers coming up through the sport, with superb performances throughout the categories. We hope you all enjoyed the experience and had a great time taking part.

 

Beacon would like to give a huge thanks to all the participants, belayers and route setters who collectively made the event possible. See you all soon!





Want to climb more for less? 10 entry & membership deals... : (20/10/2014)

Want to climb more for less? Of course you do.

 

We offer unlimited use membership or multiple entry passes that allow you to use the centre at reduced rates whenever you want to climb.

 

 

10 Entry Passes.

 

If you want to climb regularly, our 10 entry pass deal allows reduced rate entry on any day and at any time for a total of 10 visits with an advance payment. These passes have no time expiration so can be used at any time in the future. We also offer a 5 entry pass for students only.

 


Single Entry 10 Entry Pass 5 Entry Pass
Adult

£8.50

£68.00

-
Student/Concession*

£7.50

£58.00

£20.00**
Under 18

£6.50

£48.00

-
Under 6 £2.50 - -
Supervising Adult

Free

-

-
Group under instruction

£5.50

-

-

 

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

** Students only. A valid student ID card is required.

 

 

Beacon Unlimited Membership.

 

Want unlimited climbing? Beacon membership allows unlimited use of the climbing centre for a 3, 6 or 12 month period and could literally save you hundreds of pounds!

 


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

 

 

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





Figfour ice climbing training tool... : (22/10/2014)

Winter is coming! If you’re looking to get fit for pulling on ice tools, we now have Alpkit Figfour Dry Tools available to hire at Beacon Climbing Centre for only £2.00 per session (plus deposit, normally car keys). We've even set a dedicated boulder traverse on the circuit board for use with the tools - blue with red discs.

 

Designed to allow climbers to replicate the physical action of using tools outdoors during dry tooling, mixed climbing and winter climbing, Alpkit Figfours accurately replicate the actions of using tools without damaging indoor climbing holds or the wall panels.

Winner of the "Innovation for Extremes Award” in 2009 and voted as one of the top 50 most innovative outdoor products in the last 50 years, the Figfours are a great way to train winter climbing muscles and damn good fun!

 

In addition, if you just fancy doing something completely different at the climbing wall, they also present much lower stresses on finger tendons and use completely different muscle groups compared to regular indoor climbing. Why not have a go?

 

Find out more at www.alpkit.com/products/figfour





We are closing at 7:00pm rather than 8:00pm on 13.12.2014... : (08/12/2014)

Please note that the climbing centre is closing early (7:00pm rather than 8:00pm) on Saturday 13th December due to the staff Christmas Party.

 

 





End of term Youth Climbing Competition 13.12.2014... : (27/11/2014)

 

Taking place on Saturday 13th December, the Beacon end of term Youth Climbing Competition is a great opportunity to test your climbing ability in a really fun environment.

 

The competition is open to all under 18s and although all entrants must have some climbing experience, it doesn't matter whether you have just started out or are a seasoned competition climber. Taking part is a great way to push yourself to climb at your best and share your experiences with other young climbers.

 

With an informal vibe and a low pressure, friendly atmosphere, even if you don't think you stand a chance at winning (you may surprise yourself!), you'll come away with more experience and most of all, have a great time!

 

 

Download the full sized A2 competition poster here.

 

 

Competition Summary...

 

Saturday 13 December 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.

 

£5.50 entry fee. Please register and pay online using the button at the top of this page.

 

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.

 

 

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.





Winter Bouldering & Leading Aggregate update inc. scores... : (03/11/2014)

 

 

Winter Bouldering Aggregate

 

The Bouldering Aggregate now has 92 problems spread throughout the centre including the circuit board, technical slab, routing roof, lower mezzanine and upper mezzanine.

 

You'll find problems covering all types of terrain from tenuous slabs to fierce overhangs and everything inbetween, requiring a broad range of climbing skills and prodigious amounts of determination. Look out for new problems appearing over the next few weeks and don't forget that the aggregate works numerically - the lowest numbers will be taken down first and the highest numbers represent the newest problems so try and tick the lowest numbers first before they are removed.

 

If you haven't already signed up, get started by purchasing your aggregate scorecard from reception now (suggested donation £2.00 with all proceeds donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund). You'll find that taking part is a superb way to improve your motivation and will undoubtedly improve your climbing by virtue of the range of different problem styles set within the aggregate.

 

Winter Bouldering Aggregate October scores

 

Full Winter Bouldering Aggregate details here.

 

 

Winter Leading Aggregate

 

Our new Winter Leading Aggregate kicked off on the 18th October and now has 18 routes from F5b to forearm-destroying F8a territory for you to attempt.

 

Scoring works differently to the Bouldering Aggregate, with routes scoring 2 points for a first try ascent (onsight/flash) and 1 point if multiple attempts are required (a redpoint ascent), giving a theoretical maximum score of 36 to date - a feat of exceptional difficulty that should it be accomplished would firmly place you amongst the UK's most talented climbers. Now there's a challenge... get started by purchasing your aggregate scorecard from reception now (suggested donation £2.00 with all proceeds donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund).

 

Winter Leading Aggregate October scores

 

Full Winter Bouldering Aggregate details here.





NEW DMM sponsored Bouldering Aggregate problems... : (28/10/2014)

Look out for our new DMM sponsored problem, coming soon to the Winter Bouldering Aggregate.

 

Set on a monthly basis, each DMM problem is designed to test your overall climbing prowess rather than rewarding brute strength, with a successful ascent requiring a creative mixture of balance, flexibility, tenacity and ninja skills.

 

 

If you manage to successfully climb the problem within 5 days of its inception, please report to reception and your name will be entered into a raffle to be drawn at the end of the Bouldering Aggregate. You’ll get a new chance to enter the raffle with each new DMM problem, but you can only enter once per problem.

 

The raffle will be drawn at the end of the Winter Bouldering Aggregate, with the winner receiving an awesome prize donated by DMM. Sign up to our facebook or twitter feed to get an instant update when the latest DMM problem is available to climb, or check out the feed at the bottom of each page on our website.





Outdoor sports kit sale at Plas Menai 23.11.2014... : (04/11/2014)

Got a load of outdoor equipment you no longer use, or looking to pick up some equipment yourself? Come and join the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team at 10.30am on Sunday 23rd November at Plas Menai for the Outdoor Kit Sale.

 

The sale will take place inside so no need to worry about the weather. It's going to be a great opportunity to buy and sell outdoor sporting equipment, clothing and footwear for adults and children so come along and tell your friends too!

 

 

Pitches are £10 all of which goes to Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team. All money received from item sales is kept by the sellers.

 

Venue: Plas Menai National Watersports Centre.

When: Sunday 23rd November 2014.

Time: Set up is at 9.00am. Sales commence from 10.30am.

 

To reserve a pitch please e-mail fundraising@llanberismountainrescue.co.uk

 





The lights are going out! Headtorch evening 14.11.2014… : (22/10/2014)

On Friday 14th November, we’re turning the lights off from 6pm. Whilst this may initially be construed as a cunning means to reduce our electricity bill, it will also hopefully provide an evening of spirited entertainment as routes that normally provide a gentle warm up become rather more difficult with the holds no longer visible.

 

To counteract thrutching up blindly in the dark, we’d highly recommend bringing a headtorch (note our suggestive use of the term ‘headtorch evening’ to describe the event…) although we will also have Petzl on hand to lend out a load of their latest lighting systems – no doubt including a few that would put the brightest thermonuclear explosion to shame.

 

See you there!

 





Climb & Dine - eat for £3 every Tuesday from 07.10.2014... : (14/10/2013)

Climb & Dine at Caffi Barcud in Beacon Climbing Centre offers a great value meal for only £3.00 every Tuesday evening, starting from 7th October 2014.

 

Why rush home to eat when you can spend a relaxing and sociable evening at Beacon instead? Enjoy your climbing then head up to the café to 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!





The 2014 Welsh Climbing Championships 08.11.2014... : (19/09/2014)

The 2014 Welsh Climbing Championships is taking place at Boulders Climbing Centre in Cardiff on Saturday 8th 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 pros a great day out. Taking part is a great opportunity to test your climbing skills and push yourself to climb at your best, whether you’re competing for the fame and glory of a podium position or just entering to try and beat your friends.

 

 

 

Download the full sized competition poster here (prints up to A3 in high resolution)

 

 

Entry details...

 

Entry fee: £15 (Free comp tee included).

When: Saturday 8th November 2014, Registration starts at 9:00am and closes at 10:00am.

Venue: Boulders Climbing Centre, Pengam Road, Cardiff CF24 2RZ

t: (029) 2048 4880

e: info@boulders-climbing.com

w: www.bouldersuk.com

 

 

Categories...

 

Male, Female and Youth ABCDE categories following the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth and separated by gender.

 

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
Adult - age 18+

 

 

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 Winter Bouldering Aggregate is back from 01.10.2014... : (06/09/2014)

 

The Beacon Climbing Centre Winter Bouldering Aggregate is back...

 

Open to all ages & abilities. Only £2.00 to enter.

250+ problems to attempt over 6 months. New problems every month.

 

Starting on the 1st October 2014 and running until the end of March 2015, the bouldering aggregate is a really fun way to boost your motivation for climbing over the winter months and is open to all ages and abilities.

 

 

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?

 

Get started by purchasing your aggregate scorecard from reception (suggested donation £2.00 with all proceeds donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund), then try to climb as many of the aggregate bouldering problems as you can throughout the October to March duration.

 

Each problem included as part of the aggregate is given a number, displayed next to the starting holds. If you successfully climb a problem, place a tick on your score card next to the relevant number then go and try another problem! For every problem climbed you will be awarded 1 point, so even if you climb the hardest problems, you still need to climb the lower grade problems to stand a chance of winning. At the end of every session, please return your score card to reception when you leave, otherwise your points will not get recorded.

 

At the end of March, the climbers with the highest scores in each of the gender/age categories win an awesome prize courtesy of our sponsors DMM and V12 Outdoor... Simple!

 

 

The problems

 

Each aggregate problem is rated according to its level of difficulty (see the difficulty ratings section on this page) and is assigned a number for easy identification, 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+

Male Vet

Female Vet

 

 

Sponsors

 

DMM Climbing and V12 Outdoor are providing generous support for the 2014 Winter Bouldering Aggregate with prizes awarded to the top 3 male and female climbers in each category.

 

 

1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
Junior Boys V12 voucher DMM T/Hoody Beacon Chalk Bag
Junior Girls V12 voucher DMM T/Hoody Beacon Chalk Bag
Youth Boys V12 voucher DMM T/Hoody Beacon Chalk Bag
Youth Girls V12 voucher DMM T/Hoody Beacon Chalk Bag
Senior Boys DMM Rucksack V12 voucher Beacon Chalk Bag
Senior Girls DMM Rucksack V12 voucher Beacon Chalk Bag
Men DMM boulder pad V12 voucher Beacon 10-entry
Women DMM boulder pad V12 voucher Beacon 10-entry
Male Vet DMM Rucksack V12 voucher Beacon 10-entry
Female Vet DMM Rucksack V12 voucher Beacon 10-entry




Beacon's 20th Anniversary Event 18.10.2014... : (11/09/2014)

 

Originally opened on 17th October 1994, Beacon has now been offering a quality indoor climbing experience and a welcome respite from the fickleness of the Welsh weather for 20 years. To quote Tim Emmett: "Wow. 20 years old, that's wild! Time Flies!"

 

Our success over the years is, in the main, due to the enthusiasm and deep involvement of the directors, staff, instructors and of course you: one of the many hundreds of thousands of climbers who have passed through our door in the last 20 years. Thank you.

 

Please join us to celebrate on Saturday 18th October 2014.

 

 

#CLIMB

Free CrazyClimb & climbing sessions for newcomers. 11am - 4pm.
Never tried indoor climbing before? Now's your chance to have a go for free! We'll be running short taster sessions throughout the day suitable for all ages from 5+.

 

Upside Down Wales: routing roof bouldering with Pete Robins & George Smith. 11am - 4pm.
Enjoy some unconventional upside down challenges on our routing roof helped along by a bit of banter and (possibly) helpful advice from George Smith, master of the esoteric upside down world and local strong man Pete 'Golden Heels' Robins. DMM prizes available!

 

Crazy Bouldering: bouldering challenges with Charlie Woodburn. 11am - 4pm.
An entertaining mix of wacky bouldering problems from the sedate, tenuous, to the utterly demonic! Can't figure it out? Get expert advice from one of the UK's top climbers! DMM prizes available.

 

Women's Masterclasses: 1 hour sessions with Lucy Creamer. SOLD OUT.
You don't have to be a world class athlete to benefit from expert tuition. Improve your climbing by signing up for a session with one of the UK's most accomplished female climbers. Further information including online booking can be found on our website here.

 

Dry Tooling: with Nick Bullock & the latest DMM winter gear. Over 16s only, 11am - 4pm.
Learn the basic techniques needed to succeed in this high adrenaline sport on our dry tooling routes with expert advice from the king of cool Nick Bullock. You'll also be able to check out and try DMM's latest tools. Equipment notes: DMM are supplying some demonstration axes, however we recommend bringing your own equipment too. Rock boots are mandatory on the dry tooling routes to avoid damaging the climbing wall.

 

 

#WATCH

DMM Exhibition Stand: check out the latest equipment from Llanberis based manufacturer DMM.
Showcasing the latest range of software and hardware including yet to be released products, this is your chance to gleen some indepth product knowledge and technical advice from the people that make the best climbing equipment around.

 

British Tooling Series Round 1: Climbing walls + Axes = crazy competitions! Finals 5pm - 7pm.
Watch the sport's top climbers compete in Round 1 of the 2014 British Tooling Series: Spread the length and breadth of Great Britain, from the highlands of Scotland, down to the hustle and bustle of London, the series features 5 competitions to get climbers warmed up for the 1st British Tooling Open.

 

Helmcken Falls Evening Lecture: with Tim Emmett & Will Gadd from 7:30pm.
In 2010 Tim Emmett and Will Gadd received a Golden Piton award for climbing the spray ice wall on the 463-foot Helmcken Falls in British Colombia, Canada. They called the resulting pitch Spray On and rated it WI10 - three grades harder than any other pure ice climb. Further information including online booking can be found on our website here.

 

 

#SOCIAL
Food served all day in our cafe with special Indian dishes by in-house chef Raji from 5pm - 7pm.
After hours bar open until late.

 

 

#PRICES
Advance booking is not required. All options can be purchased on the door.

 

#1. FREE - CrazyClimb & climbing taster sessions (excludes dry tooling).
#2. £6.50 entry for all climbers (10 entry or unlimited passes can be used).
#3. £4.00 for Indian meal.
#4. £8.00 evening lecture. Advance booking recommended, book online here.
#5. £10.00 Indian meal & evening lecture. Advance booking recommended, book online here.
#6. Free T-Shirt offer. £16.50 including entry, Indian Meal & evening lecture (£10 with 10 entry or unlimited pass). Advance booking recommended, book online here.





FREE Beacon 20th Anniversary T-Shirt... : (25/09/2014)

 

 

DMM Climbing, the Llanberis based manufacturers of premium climbing equipment and sponsor of our 20th Anniversary Event on Saturday 18th October, have very kindly designed and produced an awesome special edition T-shirt for us.

 

 

Limited to a production run of just 100, we'll be offering a FREE T-shirt to the first 50 climbers to sign up for entry (including the meal and evening lecture options) to the event. Please pre-book your place and select your required T-Shirt size using the book now button above.

 

 

Running from 10am until late, our 20th Anniversary Event will offer you the opportunity to get involved in loads of different climbing activities alongside members of the DMM Pro Team. We'll also be hosting Round 3 of the British Tooling Series and a white knuckle evening lecture from extreme athletes Tim Emmett and Will Gadd. You can find a full program of events here.

 

#PRICES
Advance booking is not required. All options can be purchased on the door.

 

#1. FREE - CrazyClimb & climbing taster sessions.
#2. £6.50 entry for all climbers (10 entry or unlimited passes can be used).
#3. £4.00 for Indian meal.
#4. £8.00 evening lecture.
#5. £10.00 Indian meal & evening lecture.
#6. Free T-Shirt offer. £16.50 including entry, Indian Meal & evening lecture (£10 with 10 entry or unlimited pass). Advance booking recommended.

 

See you there!





Itching to Climb: An autobiography by Barbara James... : (29/10/2014)

After her severe childhood eczema lessened, Barbara's life changed for ever when she was introduced to the Snowdonia hills, although Barbara's allergy to raindrops & her own sweat remained.

 

Barbara James was:

  • A rarity, a female Mountain instructor / M'tn rescuer / first aider, at Ogwen Cottage 1960s.
  • Probably first / only civilian female to train infantry junior soldiers, 1977-87.
  • A Solo explorer in Falklands, where told "Anyone can learn to fly" 1988.
  • In receipt of 50th birthday present from herself, Private Pilot's Licence, Caernarfon 1989.
  • A Solo pilot of a Cessna, 40 hours round Florida 1990.
  • A late student of both Spanish language and Guitar playing, going solo in both in Tenerife, living among Canarians.

 

Barbara's autobiography makes an inspiring read for all who

  • walk, but don't climb 500-metre vertical rock faces,
  • have travelled in a plane, but not actually flown one,
  • have not trained infantry junior leaders,
  • enjoy islands as diverse as St Kilda, Falklands, Tenerife.

 

Further information at www.itchingtoclimb.com

Copies available from Beacon for £9.99.

 

 





NEW! Winter Lead Climbing Aggregate starting 18.10.2014... : (22/09/2014)

 

New for Winter 2014... Beacon Climbing Centre's Leading Aggregate starts on 18th October 2014 and will run until the end of March 2015.

 

Open to all lead climbers. Only £2.00 to enter.

Routes from F4+ to F8+. New routes every month.

 

Taking part is a great way to boost your motivation over the winter months and push yourself to climb at your best. You'll come away with more climbing experience and most of all, have a great time sessioning the aggregate routes with your friends.

 

 

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?

 

Get started by purchasing your aggregate scorecard from reception (suggested donation £2.00 with all proceeds donated to the North Wales Bolt Fund), then try to climb as many of the aggregate routes as you can throughout the October to March duration.

 

For every route climbed you will be awarded 2 points for a first try ascent (onsight/flash) and 1 point if multiple attempts are required (a redpoint ascent), so even if you climb the hardest routes, you still need to climb the lower grade problems to accumulate maximum points and stand a chance of winning. At the end of every session, please return your score card to reception when you leave, otherwise your points will not get recorded.

 

At the end of March, the climbers with the highest scores in each of the gender/age categories win an awesome prize courtesy of our sponsors Petzl and DMM.

 

 

The routes

 

Each route included in the aggregate will be assigned a number, clearly displayed at the base of the route. The coloured holds are used for both hands and feet - smearing on the blank wall is fine too.

 

A route can be attempted as many times as you like but must be climbed "clean" (no resting or using aid) from the starting holds to successfully clipping the belay at the top of the route to qualify as a successful ascent. If possible please ask another climber to tick the box on the score card when you complete a problem. We rely on your honesty!

 

In addition to route setting from our in-house regulars, we'll also be working with some top UK guest setters throughout the season to create a regular flow of great routes with grades ranging from F4+ F8+.

 

 

Aggregate categories

 

Age Male Female
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

 

Petzl and DMM Climbing are providing generous support for the 2014 Winter Bouldering Aggregate with prizes awarded to the top 3 male and female climbers in each category.

 

 

1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
Youth Boys DMM Harness DMM Belay Device Beacon Chalk Bag
Youth Girls DMM Harness DMM Belay Device Beacon Chalk Bag
Senior Boys Petzl Harness Petzl Belay Device Beacon Chalk Bag
Senior Girls Petzl Harness Petzl Belay Device Beacon Chalk Bag
Men Petzl Rope DMM Quickdraws Beacon 10 entry pass
Women Petzl Rope DMM Quickdraws Beacon 10 entry pass
Male Vet Petzl Harness Petzl Belay Device Beacon 10 entry pass
Female Vet Petzl Harness Petzl Belay Device Beacon 10 entry pass
Male Super Vet DMM Harness DMM Belay Device Petzl Belay Gloves
Female Super Vet DMM Harness DMM Belay Device Petzl Belay Gloves




Try dry tooling & compete in the British Tooling Series... : (07/10/2014)

Dry Tooling? A high adrenaline sport that uses ice axes and crampons to ascend climbs that are not covered by snow or ice.

 

Get involved on Saturday 18th October...our 20th Anniversary and an opportunity to have a go at this awesome sport. Beginner, pro or just spectating we've got it all covered, with an informal vibe and a low pressure, friendly atmosphere throughout the day.

 

 

Learn the basics with DMM pro team climber Nick Bullock. Test your skills on our British Tooling Series qualifier routes. Try out the latest DMM axes. Watch some CRAZY dry tooling action during the British Tooling Series: or even better, compete yourself! Check out our evening lecture with ice climbing superstars Tim Emmett and Will Gadd... then chill out in the bar!

 

 

#ABOUT

A relatively new climbing discipline, dry tooling evolved from hard mixed climbing where sections of rock had to be climbed to link up sections of ice. Initially envisaged as a means of practicing and training winter climbing techniques, dry tooling is crazy good fun and as such has now become accepted as a pursuit in itself.

 

Indoor dry tooling is a further evolution of the theme and offers a completely different experience to regular indoor climbing. Designed to allow climbers to replicate the physical action of using tools outdoors, whether for dry tooling or winter climbing, indoor dry tooling uses different muscle groups and presents much lower stresses on finger tendons compared to regular indoor climbing. In addition to providing a fun physical workout, it's also an awesome way to introduce beginners to basic ice climbing techniques.

 

 

#GET INVOLVED

Dry Tooling: with Nick Bullock & the latest DMM winter gear. Over 16s only. 11am - 4pm.
Learn the basic techniques needed to succeed in this high adrenaline sport on our dry tooling routes with expert advice from the king of cool Nick Bullock. You'll also be able to check out and try DMM's latest tools.

 

British Tooling Series Round 1: Climbing walls + Axes = crazy competitions! Finals 5pm - 7pm.
Test your skills on the qualifier routes: or even better compete yourself! Watch the sport's top climbers compete in Round 1 of the 2014 British Tooling Series: Spread the length and breadth of Great Britain, from the highlands of Scotland, down to the hustle and bustle of London, the series features 5 competitions to get climbers warmed up for the 1st British Tooling Open.

 

Helmcken Falls Evening Lecture: with Tim Emmett & Will Gadd from 7:30pm.
In 2010 Tim Emmett and Will Gadd received a Golden Piton award for climbing the spray ice wall on the 463-foot Helmcken Falls in British Colombia, Canada. They called the resulting pitch Spray On and rated it WI10 - three grades harder than any other pure ice climb. Further information including online booking can be found on our website here.

 

Equipment notes.
DMM are supplying some demonstration axes, however we recommend bringing your own equipment too. Rock boots are mandatory on the dry tooling routes to avoid damaging the climbing wall.

 

 

#SOCIAL
Food served all day in our cafe with special Indian dishes by in-house chef Raji from 5pm - 7pm.
After hours bar open until late.

 

 

#PRICES
Advance booking is not required. All options can be purchased on the door.

 

#1. FREE - CrazyClimb & climbing taster sessions (excludes dry tooling).
#2. £6.50 entry for all climbers (10 entry or unlimited passes can be used).
#3. £4.00 for Indian meal.
#4. £8.00 evening lecture. Advance booking recommended, book online here.
#5. £10.00 Indian meal & evening lecture. Advance booking recommended, book online here.
#6. Free T-Shirt offer. £16.50 including entry, Indian Meal & evening lecture (£10 with 10 entry or unlimited pass). Advance booking recommended, book online here.





Tim Emmett & Will Gadd Lecture 18.10.2014... : (02/10/2014)

 

Tim Emmett and Will Gadd first met at the Ice Climbing World Cup in 2001. A meeting that saw Will narrowly missing serious injury in a bar stunt but that resulted in a friendship and partnership that led to both climbers receiving a Golden Piton award in 2010 for climbing the spray ice wall on the 141m Helmcken Falls in British Colombia, Canada. The resulting pitch 'Spray On' rated WI 10 - three grades harder than any other pure ice climb in existence.

 

 

Here they talk together in the UK for the first time about their 4 year mission to climb two of the wildest and hardest mixed lines on the Planet to reach the top of the Helmcken Falls: Emmett's extension to Spray On, Spray On Top WI 10, M11 230m completed in 2012 and Gadd's 2014 ascent of Overhead Hazard M13, 200m.

 

Helmcken Falls... Quite scary. ©Wiktor Supinski

 

Tim Emmett: "For me climbing to the top of Helmcken Falls is like a right of passage, an answer to why I started climbing in the first place. It's off the scale! It encompasses so many factors, all at once. It's a real adventure - exciting, dangerous, exposed, brilliant, varied, difficult and in my opinion one of the most amazing natural creations on Earth. And it's alive, always moving, always changing!"

 

Prepare yourself for a white knuckle lecture that'll leave you high on psyche and high on life...

 

Venue: Beacon Climbing Centre
Date: Saturday 18th October
Show time: 7:30pm

 

Option #1: £8.00 lecture only. Book using the button at the top of this page.
Option #2: £10.00 lecture & Indian meal. Book using the button at the top of this page.
Option #3: Free T-Shirt offer. £16.50 including daytime climbing wall entry, Indian meal & evening lecture (£10 with 10 entry or unlimited pass). Advance booking is recommended, further information including online booking can be found on our website here.

 

 

A teaser...

 





Lucy Creamer Womens Masterclasses only £5 18.10.2014... : (28/09/2014)

 

You don't have to be a world class athlete to benefit from expert tuition. Improve your climbing by signing up for a session with Lucy Creamer. Having onsighted E8 and F8a, redpointed 8b+ and won the British Lead Climbing Championships a record 7 times, Lucy is without doubt one of the UK's most accomplished female climbers.

 

 

Unleashing the Wild Physique F8a, September 2014

 

 

The Masterclass sessions are designed specifically for female climbers and are aimed at improving your route climbing ability. Lucy will cover climbing movement skills such as footwork precision, and economy of movement, climbing techniques and the utilisation of existing strengths to give confidence when leading routes and pushing your grade. The Masterclasses are guaranteed to inspire and give you some top tips so why not come along and get some expert tuition from a top climber?

 

Saturday 18th October
2 sessions available: 1pm - 2pm or 3pm - 4pm. SOLD OUT.
£5 per person. Advance booking is required.

 

Age 18+ females only.





Reel Rock 9 UK Film premier in Caernarfon 09.10.2014... : (21/08/2014)

The Reel Rock Film Tour is one of the world's fastest growing short film festivals and is ready to once again thrill audiences across the UK this autumn with events in more than 12 locations across the UK including the UK premiere at Galeri Caernarfon on Thursday 9th October.

 

 

Reel Rock 9 features the highly anticipated feature-length film Valley Uprising from Emmy award-winning adventure filmmakers. The documentary examines 60 years of climbing history, epic rivalry, adventure and rebellion in California's legendary Yosemite National Park. Experience the climbing revolution and adventures on the big screen with the bold men and women who have redefined the limits of possibility in the vertical realm.

 

 

 

 

Vividly brought to life through digitally animated-archival photography, spectacular movie footage from today and the past as well as interviews with climbing legends, the story of Yosemite as recorded in the history books, captured on film and spoken by the campfire can be divided into three discrete but interlocking generations - The Golden Age, The Stone Masters and The Stone Monkeys.

 

The Golden Age

It was in the early days, during the 50s and 60s, that (now) legendary climbers dreamt up the incomprehensible notion of ascending Yosemite's massive, cloud-scraping vertical walls. Rag-tag beatniks and freethinkers, this generation of climbers escaped the conformism of post-war America for the freedom of Yosemite, where they forged a revolution in climbing, and a way of life, pushing the vertical realm to incomprehensible new limits and generated many incredible classic climbs.

 

The Stone Masters

Inspired by their predecessors but determined to usurp their legacy, the 70's climbers were audacious in personality and vision. They applied their talent to "free-climbing", ascending the mega routes without the use of artificial aids, and only with their hands and feet which made for some of the most impressive and athletic feats in human record. During this time a raucous new era emerged, marked by partying and battles with park authorities. And then there was the time a drug-smuggling plane crashed in the valley, creating a contraband gold rush for the usually impoverished local climbers...

 

The Stone Monkeys

With the dawn of the new century came the emergence of the "Stone Monkeys", a young and modern band of brothers bringing their feats of adventure to a level once thought impossible. Exactly 50 years after the first ascent of Half Dome that took several days, Alex Honnold, a shy, goofy twenty-something living out of his van, made the ascent alone, with no rope, in under three hours, arguably completing the greatest rock climbing ascent in the history of the sport. The Yosemite climbing scene has now become a truly astonishing thing to behold: walking high lines across cliff-tops, and BASE jumping off the massive formations.

 

 

Venue: Galeri Caernarfon
Address: Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1SQ
Date: Thursday 9th October
Show time: 19:30
Regular Tickets: £12 (booking fee £0.82)
Concession Tickets: £10 (booking fee £0.82)

 

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

 

The Reel Rock Film Tour offers audiences so much more than just a film night (albeit it with the best new adventure films around!). The screenings are inspiring events where outdoors lovers and climbers alike come together to celebrate adventure and leave with new enthusiasm and inspiration for their next adventure. Audiences also have a chance to win some fantastic prizes provided by the Tour's sponsors - The North Face, Ellis Brigham,Clif Bar and Five Ten.





British Lead & Speed Climbing Championships 2014... : (08/09/2014)

Britain's premier lead climbing competition takes place at Awesome Walls, Sheffield on 4-5 October, alongside the British Speed Climbing Championships and new for this year - the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup.

 

 

Britain's best climbers will battle it out on the brand new super steep wall in Sheffield, all vying for the title of British Lead Climbing Champion. The fastest climbers in the land will be on the speed wall, fighting for the chance to become Britain's Speed Climbing Champion.

 

This event will also host the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup, where paraclimbers from all over the world will be coming to compete along side the climbers competing in the BLCC & BSCC. This will be a great opportunity to see some of the best paraclimbers in the world in action and cheer on the GB Paraclimbing Team whilst they are competing on home turf!

 

Awesome Walls Sheffield is the first climbing wall in England & Wales to be designated as a National Performance Centre - the BMC established the National Performance Centre (NPC) designation in 2012 to encourage the development of climbing walls capable of running national and international competitions.

 

The Junior and Vets categories of the British Lead Climbing Championships (BLCC) will take place on Saturday 4 October, with the Seniors on Sunday 5 October.

 

The British Speed Climbing Championships (BSCC) will run on Sunday 5 October with the Juniors competing in between Senior BLCC qualification and the final. The Seniors compete in the afternoon once the Senior BLCC finals have concluded. 2013 Results can be seen here

 

 

ENTER ONLINE HERE

Don't forget, you can compete in both lead and speed competitions if you wish.

 

 

Eligibility

This year we will again be using IFSC youth age categories with the addition of a Youth C category. So the ages for the youth categories are as follows:-

Youth C – must be born in 2001 or 2002

Youth B – must be born in 2000 or 1999

Youth A – must be born in 1998 or 1997

Juniors – must be born in 1996 or 1995

Senior entrants must be born between 1998 to 1970 (inclusive).

Veterans must be born in 1969 or earlier.

 

If you are born in 1996 or 1995 you have the choice of competing in either the Junior or Senior categories of the event or both if you want.

If you are born in 1998 or 1997 you have the choice of competing in either the Youth A or Senior categories of the event or both if you want.

The speed event will be run on a Junior (born 1997-2002) and Senior (born 1996 or earlier) set of categories, there will be no IFSC categories in this event.

 

 

Competition Timings
• 08:00 – Registration and warm up open.
• 09:00 – Registration closes.
• 10:00 – Climbing starts.
• Climbers arriving late may NOT be able to climb.

 

 

Entry Fee
• Senior competitors: £25.00
• Junior competitors: £20.00
• Both senior and junior: £30.00

 

By entering the lead event you are automatically eligible for entry to the speed event.

 

 

Prizes
• Senior Female & Male: 1st = £500 / 2nd = £250 / 3rd = £125
• Youth C, B, A Juniors and Vets will receive medals and trophies.
• Junior and Senior Speed Climbers will receive medals and trophies.

 

 

Competition Format

 

BLCC

The BLCC uses the same format as the European Youth Series; two routes are climbed by all competitors during the qualification rounds; these are climbed 'flash', which means that the routes are demonstrated by the routesetters and the competitors watch the demo and then watch each other climb. The climbing order is changed for the second route to maintain fairness. The climbers who qualify through to the final are put into an isolation zone and the final routes are climbed on-sight.

 

The basis for 'scoring' in the BLCC (and other leading competitions) is fairly simple. The higher up the route the more 'points' you gain. Each hold is assigned a score or number. If you hold this hold (e.g. hold 25) you get '25'. If you make progress towards the next hold (but don't touch it) you get '25+'. The actual ranking for the qualification round is a bit more complicated though, with square roots of the multiple of the ranking from each qualification coming into play.

 

Time does not have a bearing on the score but there is always a maximum time given by the chief judge in which the climbers must complete the route. If the climber is still climbing when this time period has elapsed (normally 6-8 minutes), they will be asked to stop climbing and their score will be taken from the highest point they reached at the end of the stated time period.

 

BSCC

Speed competitions shall be carried out on two parallel routes of identical length, profile, design and difficulty (Records Format). The routes are demonstrated by the national route setters, there will be no isolation for these routes. All routes shall be climbed with the competitor secured by top-rope, belayed from below.

 

Each competitor will climb both routes in qualification and only one route in the final rounds. The fastest time from either of the two routes will count towards final qualification.Both routes are climbed simultaneously and the competitors shall always climb in pairs. When a competitor has finished his/her attempt on one route, he/she is added at the end of the starting list of the other route.The starting order for the first qualifying route is random.

 

The final round shall take place as a series of knock-out heats, decided by the climbing time on the route in qualification. The final round may thus consist of the following stages: an eighth final, a quarter final and always a semifinal and a final – the number of stages in the final is determined by the number of competitors qualifying.

 

 

There is no qualification process to gain entry into the BLCC or the BSCC and the competition is open to anyone. You've got to be in it to win it, so enter online now. The Juniors categories (born 1995-2002) and Veterans (born 1969 or earlier) will compete on the Saturday, with the Seniors (born 1996 - 1969) climbing on the Sunday. With all the BSCC competitors competing on Sunday. We look forward to welcoming new and established competitors.

 

On the day entries will be accepted but all entries must be registered by 0830.

Download the BLCC Rules and Regulations

Download the BSCC Rules and Regulations

 

 

Sponsors

The BLCC and BSCC routes will be set with Entre-Prises climbing holds. Entre-Prises are the official supplier of bolt-on holds to the BMC. The ropes are provided by Mammut as the official supplier of ropes to BMC climbing competitions. The prizes will be provided by the BMC and DMM as the official supplier of climbing gear to BMC climbing competitions. The competition vests will be provided by Five Finger Thing.

 

 





NEW! FreeFall at Beacon Climbing Centre... : (25/06/2014)

Fully experience the effects of gravity with our new 10m FreeFall activity! Using QuickJump technology, FreeFall gives you the sensation of a true free fall, combined with a smoothly controlled descent that will place you comfortably back on the ground!

 

 

 

 

Please note that weight restrictions apply: Minimum user weight 20 kg (44 lb), Maximum user weight 130 kg (285 lb).

 

 

When

 

During School Holidays:
Everyday 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm & 5:30pm
During Term Time:
Every Saturday & Sunday 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm & 5:30pm
Every Wednesday 5:30pm

 

All FreeFall sessions are fully supervised. Please allow 30 minutes to complete your FreeFall jump.

 

 

FreeFall Prices

 

1 FreeFall jump £6 per person
1 FreeFall jump + 1 hour CrazyClimb session £20 per person*

*includes a FREE £2 voucher for Caffi Barcud, located upstairs within Beacon Climbing Centre.

 

 

Gift Vouchers

 

If you're looking for a unique and exhilarating gift experience, look no further! FreeFall Vouchers can be purchased for £6 from Beacon Climbing Centre reception or by calling us on 01286 677 322 and are redeemable against 1 FreeFall jump. The vouchers 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 - or at reception.

 

 





Back to School Bouldering Competition 27.09.2014... : (04/09/2014)

 

Aged 7-17 years and love climbing? Enter the hugely popular Beacon Back to School Bouldering Competition on Saturday 27th 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 young climbers, hook up with new friends and enjoy climbing in a fun, sociable atmosphere.

 

 

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

 

 

The Competition...

 

Saturday 27th September 2014 from 9:30am.
Admission is £6.00 per competitor in advance or £8.00 on the day.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

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 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

 

 

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.





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 AdventureMap initiative: an easily accessible guide to great new experiences in the hands of the best professionals in North Wales.

 

The latest AdventureMap 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 AdventureMap 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 AdventureMap providers and you'll earn your free surfing package!

 

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

 

 

AdventureMap 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





Introductory level Yoga starting at Beacon 15.09.2014... : (13/08/2014)

Choosing to begin or deepen your yoga practice? Good call!

 

A regular practice will develop your whole-body strength, increase your flexibility, concentration and awareness of your breath.

 

 

 

Yoga for Climbing

 

Stevie Haston does it. Yuji Hirayama does it. Adam Ondra does it. If you want to tell Stevie he is wrong, be my guest...

 

Ashtanga yoga works a great many of the antagonists that you forget to train when climbing. In short, your shoulders will thank you. It also trains the mind and the breath to be steady and to find ease in what are very challenging positions. Sound useful?

 

Yoga should complement your climbing training, not undermine it. If time is short, then it's best spent climbing, obviously. But if you can fit in cross-training, or if you are noticing niggles, imbalances or negative head chatter yoga could well be just the thing.

 

 

Yoga at Beacon Climbing Centre

 

A new four week introductory course rooted in Ashtanga Yoga comes to Beacon Climbing Centre from 15th September 2014, with weekly sessions from 6.30pm to 8pm on Monday nights. The small class size and gradual introduction to the practice will help you to build a firm foundation, and let you know if it's something you want to progress further. At only £24 for the four week block, get in touch with Jess to book your place or to ask questions .

 

Email. jess_yoga@yahoo.co.uk
Phone. 07771 630214
Facebook. JessYoga

 

Subject to demand (let me know if you are interested!), there will be follow up beginners courses and an additional drop in class that is suitable for those continuing after the introductory course, or those with some yoga experience.

 

 

Ashtanga Yoga

 

Ashtanga Yoga is the system of Yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. This method of Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures; a process producing an internal heat and a purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. The postures increase strength and flexibility, and can be modified for all fitness types and many injuries.

 





2014 BMC Coaching Symposium 13.09.2014... : (05/08/2014)

BMC Ambassador Shauna Coxsey will be joining a team of coaches presenting at this year's BMC Coaching Symposium. Join us on September 13th and 14th to learn a host of new skills and take your coaching to the next level!

 

 

It's more than two years since the last coaching symposium and much has changed. The demand for coaching and coach education has increased, Mountain Training has launched a new national coaching scheme and the BMC has greatly increased the coaching for talented young climbers, with thirty-seven regional and national academies planned for 2014/15.

 

We're also seeing ever increasing numbers at the BMC climbing competitions - over 800 children entered the BMC rounds of the 2014 Youth Climbing Series, the highest turnout ever.

 

To educate coaches working with talented young climbers, the theme for this year's coaching symposium is supporting the talent pathway, this being the coaching that a talented young climber receives. This coaching could be at a climbing wall performance club, one-to-one coaching or at one of the BMC academies, for example. Whilst much climbing coaching is focused around competitions and predominantly delivered at walls, the coaching a child receives should also help them excel in whatever styles of climbing they ultimately choose to pursue, be that competitions, rock climbing, ice climbing or alpinism.

 

Run over two days, the coaching symposium will be at Plas y Brenin on Saturday 13th September with a mixture of lectures and practicals, and at Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon on Sunday 14th and predominantly practical in nature.

 

You can download the symposium program, read the speaker's biographies and book online to secure your place. Prices start from £60 for BMC members.

 

BOOK ONLINE on the BMC website now!





Summer holiday activities at Beacon Climbing Centre... : (01/07/2014)

Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon, North Wales is a really fun all-weather venue, open 7 days a week with exciting activities suitable for the whole family, a superb café with free WiFi and plenty of free parking!

 

You'll find the best indoor climbing facilities around, including roped climbing walls up to 17m high, low level bouldering areas, a dedicated kids' climbing area and something that's entirely off-the-wall: CrazyClimb featuring a series of wacky climbing challenges!

 

Our latest activty, FreeFall is now open and provides the fastest way down to the ground from a height of 10m! Experience the sensation of a true free fall, combined with a smoothly controlled descent that will place you comfortably back on terra firma!

 

Want to have a go? No previous experience is necessary to get started and indoor climbing can be experienced on your own or with friends and family. We've got courses and clubs for all ages so that adults and children can enjoy Beacon together!

 

 

Opening Times

 

Beacon Climbing Centre is open 7 days a week: weekdays 10am-10pm and weekends 10am-8pm.

 

 

CrazyClimb

 

You may have tried climbing before, but not like this! It's fun, it's weird, it's wacky, it's totally CRAZY! Tackle a wall covered with large purple blobs, try shimmying up a drain pipe, climb aliens by grabbing their nostrils… we've got 12 different challenges to attempt and each one offers a completely different and completely crazy experience! Come and have a go and see if you can complete them all!

 

 

When

Peak: Everyday 10:30am, 12:00, 1:30pm, 3:00pm & 4:30pm
Off-Peak: Every Sunday 4:30pm

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

 

 

Prices

Peak: £14 per person for 1 hour
Off-Peak: £9 per person for 1 hour

 

CrazyClimb can also be booked for Groups and Birthday Parties for up to 12 people for £130 for 1 hour. Please visit the Birthday Parties section of the website for comprehensive information.

 

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

 

 

FreeFall

 

Fully experience the effects of gravity with our new 10m FreeFall activity! Using QuickJump technology, FreeFall gives you the sensation of a true free fall, combined with a smoothly controlled descent that will place you comfortably back on the ground!

 

 

 

 

Please note that weight restrictions apply: Minimum user weight 20 kg (44 lb), Maximum user weight 130 kg (285 lb).

 

When

Everyday 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm & 5:30pm

All FreeFall sessions are fully supervised. Please allow 30 minutes to complete your FreeFall jump.

 

 

FreeFall Prices

1 FreeFall jump £6 per person
1 FreeFall jump + 1 hour CrazyClimb session £20 per person*

*includes a FREE £2 voucher for Caffi Barcud, located upstairs within Beacon Climbing Centre.

 

 

Indoor Climbing Taster Session

 

Never climbed before except up stairs or trees? Get started here! Beacon has climbing suitable for all ages with hundreds of different colour coded climbs from really easy to really hard. The aim is to climb up using only the designated coloured holds - like join the dots but way more fun! Choosing the correct sequence of coloured holds and reaching the top provides an unbeatable feeling!

 

 

Get started with an indoor climbing Taster Session! Suitable for anyone from age 5+, these offer great value at £14 per person for 1 hour.

 

1 hour indoor climbing Open Taster Session (advance booking is required)

 

Every Saturday 12:00 - 1:00pm £14 per person
Every Tuesday 12:00 - 1:00pm £14 per person
Every Thursday 12:00 - 1:00pm £14 per person

 

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

 

 

Kids' Climbing Area (under 6s)

 

Suitable for all children under the age of 6, our low level Kids' Climbing Area offers a variety of exciting climbing challenges surrounded by impact absorbing rubber crumb playground matting and is a really fun way for younger climbers to get involved. No specialist equipment or training is necessary although parental (or an appropriate adult) supervision is required.

 

When: The Kids' Climbing Area is open all day during climbing centre opening hours.

Price: £2.50 per person, no time limit

All children must be supervised by a parent or an appropriate adult. Advance booking is not required.





Summer NICAS sessions for young climbers at Beacon... : (01/07/2014)

 

During the school summer holidays, Beacon Climbing Centre will be running summer climbing sessions for all youngsters enrolled on the NICAS Scheme. Although aimed at our existing kids' clubs members, you don't need to be enrolled at Beacon Climbing Centre, so anyone visiting the area but already registered with NICAS is welcome to join in too!

 

 

These fun climbing sessions are ideal for youngsters looking to gain more experience, develop their climbing skills and improve their overall climbing ability. The friendly and sociable atmosphere allows youngsters to climb in an informative and progressive environment and taking part is a great way for youngsters to meet new friends.

 

Learn more about our kids' climbing clubs and the NICAS scheme at Beacon Climbing Centre here.

 

If you require more details about the Summer NICAS Sessions, please phone us on 01286 677 322 or email info@beaconclimbing.com.

 

 

When

 

Summer NICAS sessions are run every week during the summer holidays from 22nd July 2014.

Every Wednesday from 4:00pm - 5.30pm (for ages 7-10)

Every Thursday from 4:00pm - 5.30pm (for ages 11+)

 

We also run Bouldering Club for young climbers every week for experienced youngsters age 10-17. Click on the link for further information including pricing, session times and online booking.

 

 

Price

 

£10.00 per person per session. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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

If we don't look after your NICAS Logbook, please bring it along.

 

 

Whilst the children enjoy themselves on the climbing walls under the supervision of the Beacon instructors, Parents and Guardians are free to relax and watch in the seating areas overlooking the climbing areas. 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.





A short film about Reach Climbing Coaching... : (30/06/2014)

A short film about local climber and Beacon regular Mark McGowan’s return to climbing after a 15 year lay off and his involvement with coaching Jay Owen and Gwyn Roberts for the BMC Para Climbing events.

 

In the film by Finalcrux, Mark explains his background, his personal projects and goals, and his newer move to the teaching, coaching and mentoring of disabled and para-climbers through his company Reach Climbing Coaching.

 

 

 

 

Mark McGowan
Reach Climbing Coaching
p. 07538 214 103
e. markmcgowan01@gmail.com
w. reachclimbingcoach.blogspot.co.uk





Outdoor Climbing in Snowdonia with Beacon Climbing Centre... : (28/07/2014)

Conveniently located just a few miles from the Snowdonia National Park, Beacon Climbing Centre has some of the best outdoor climbing in the UK right on its doorstep. If you've never climbed before or only done a little and want to really experience outdoor climbing, there is no better place to start!

 

Outdoor Climbing Taster Sessions with Beacon Climbing Centre

 

 

Beacon offers half and full day Outdoor Taster Sessions for beginners on the single pitch crags of North Wales. These sessions are an outdoor version of our well established Indoor Taster Sessions, giving families or individuals the opportunity to venture out on to the superb crags local to the climbing centre and get a real taste of outdoor climbing. A variety of venues are used and we can guarantee a great day out in spectacular surroundings!

 

Our Outdoor Taster Sessions are perfect for families or individuals (All under 18s must be accompanied by parents throughout the duration of the session), are run on demand, any day of the week, and have the flexibility to ensure they are just what you want: choose from single pitch climbing or abseiling on the cliffs of Snowdonia, or mix and match with a climbing wall session. For more details or to make a booking, please contact us by phone on 01286 677 322 or email 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.

 

We also run a full range of outdoor climbing courses on demand for individuals looking to progress their climbing at any level, from making the transition from indoor to outdoor climbing, learning to lead climb safely, to promoting self-reliance through the application of self-rescue skills and much more.





Pilates evening classes coming soon... : (17/07/2014)

Evening Pilates classes are starting soon at Beacon Climbing Centre with professional tutor Eirian Roberts. We'll post confirmed details with session dates and times very soon, but in the meantime please contact Eirian on 07864 144114 for further information.

 

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.





Cafe staff required! Temporary or permanent... : (15/07/2014)

Want to work at Beacon? Energetic and experienced cafe staff are required immediately for the summer period in Caffi Barcud, located within Beacon Climbing Centre.

 

 

Duties include food preparation, preparation of hot drinks and serving, clearing and cleaning, cash handling. Since staff may occasionally work alone, over 18s only need apply.

 

Work will be on a rota which covers 7 days a week, with all staff working some Saturdays and Sundays without exception. Summer staff will not be due any holiday before the end of the school holidays, but holiday pay will accrue and be paid at the end of the period of employment. Total hours may be negotiated, but are likely to be approximately 30 to 35 hours per week.

 

If you're interested, please email gill@beaconclimbing.com for further instructions on how to apply.





Results: End of Term Climbing Competition 12.07.2014... : (15/07/2014)

Click to view the full results

 

 

Yesterday we celebrated the end of the school year with our top-roping competition. Open to all kids from age 7 to 17, we had 46 participants (22 girls and 24 boys), who each had to pick any 5 routes to climb from a choice of 15. Grades ranged from F4a to F7a+, with points awarded for topping out or reaching a pre-determined point on the route. As an added twist, not only were the harder routes potentially worth more, but by failing to reach the bonus hold on a route, it was possible to get nil points! Therefore, choosing which 5 routes to climb was a critical part of the process.

 

There were great performances throughout the four competing categories, and with many returning for their second End of Term competition, we some saw great leaps in performance. Joseph Romachney (10) almost doubled his score from the Spring competition held on 5th April 2014 to come 3rd in the D category boys.

 

Many were climbing in their first competition: Awel Davies (7) put in a really good effort in category E girls, and Mari Williams (13) from Ysgol Tryfan came 3rd in category B girls, while Adam Burton (9) from the Beacon Great Apes club won in category D boys.

 

Thomas Jenkins (13) and Cian Evans (14) both scored maximum possible points of 371, two of seven competitors who scored over 300 points, which was only achievable by climbing F6b or higher.

 

Lucas Thompson (12) from Stockport, and Max Holme (13) from Preston made a special effort to compete, having to travel from England.

 

The Beacon would like to give a huge thank you to all the locals, the parents, and the North Wales Youth Climbing Academy volunteers and members for their help with the 230 belays required to make this all work. We hope to see you all through the summer, and please don’t forget that we will still have clubs running during the school holidays!





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

 





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)





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