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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.

 

 





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.





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





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 lay off year 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





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

 





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

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

 

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

 

 

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





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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