NEW Kids National Climbing Schemes: NICAS & NIBAS Jan dates

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Here at Reading Climbing Centre, we are happy to announce that not only are we starting the new year with a new term of NICAS but also introducing our first set of dates of the new National Indoor Bouldering Scheme, NIBAS! As of September 2014, the Climbing Centre Group, including Reading, Manchester and Harrogate became one of the first centres to be Primary Centres of both NICAS & NIBAS!!!

NICAS

The National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) is a UK wide scheme designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. It can be used as a starting point for people wishing to take up climbing and mountaineering. It is open to all candidates aged 7 and upwards.

To book online for the new NICAS Jan Term click here…

NIBAS

The National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS) is a nationwide Scheme designed to provide a structured progression for complete novices through to experienced indoor boulderers. The Scheme focuses introducing new and young climbers to the skills associated with climbing on artificial climbing walls without the use of harnesses or ropes. It is open to candidates aged 7 and upwards.

To book online for the new NIBAS Jan Term click term…

Great Christmas Deals & Opening Hours

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Whether you are looking fro Christmas gifts for loved ones, or activities for friends and family over the festive period, we have something for everyone! Don’t forget to make use of the discount codes above, whether you are buying gift vouchers, or booking the course over the holidays.

Click through to our bookings page to buy vouchers, check out the kids club timetable or book a Taster Session!

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Eve: 10am – 4pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: Closed

27th Dec: 10am – 6pm

28th Dec: 10am – 6pm

29th Dec: 10am – 10pm

30th Dec: 10am – 10pm

New Years Eve: 10am – 4pm

New Years Day: Closed

All dates before Christmas Eve and after New Years Day are normal opening hours.

Coaches Blog: BMC Junior Lead Cup 2015 Round 1

15724823610_7ff628b651_zArticle written by Tom Vaessen, RCC Manager and Coach, Photos by Paul Rose.

Last Saturday saw the first round of the newly formatted BMC Junior Lead Cup 2015 and GB Junior Lead Team selection held at Awesome Walls Sheffield. Due to the two elements of the event, the Lead Cup and Team selection, it was obvious to say the Reading Academy members were psyched to empress and put all those months of training into action, as well as RCC Catrin Rose back to retain her GB Team place. Needless to say it was all to play for.

The day started with a 10am intro from BMC Climbing Wall & Competition Officer Rob Adie, leading straight into the 2 qualification routes. From the get go we could see that world class setter Yann Genoux and the legendary Steve McClure had pulled out all the stops creating almost unreadable routes, thank goodness fro all our route reading practice :)

Myself and Will Hatt, the RCC coaches on the day, spend some time with the team reading through their routes and ensuring the team new their routes move for move, clip for clip and had those all important options when needed.

Our Lead Cup RCC Academy Team consisted off Sam, Joe and Ewan in Boys Category B, James in Boys Category C and finally Catrin in Girls Category B. Now, how would they do…?

The team did us proud. After a gruelling qualification round, three of the RCC Academy Team made it though to the finals. This would all come down to up to 8 competitors battling it out over one final route!

Up first was Joe in Boys Category B. His was faced by a tricky slightly of vert blue route with a mid way crux on two extremely rounded volumes. This crux sequence was just a bit too much for the majority of boys dropping the hard second match. After Joe’s great performance at his first Lead Cup, he came joint 4th, but due to count back finished in 7th.

Next up was James. Last year he came second in Boys Category C so his sights were set on a podium position. His final route was extremely bouldery on a single steps wall, with a mixture of high steps, extremely bad crimps leading to two cruxs. The first of which involved a hard move over the lip of an awkward off balanced volume, then leading to a corner section with what can only be described as bad foot holds for hands :/ James gave it his all but after a slight stutter at the first crux he just couldn’t make the dynamic move over the lip. He however due to his great performance he secured a 3rd place podium position.

Finally for RCC was Catrin in Girls Category B. Her final was a very pumpy overhung line with a mid way double undercut move that spat a lot of the girls off! I am happy to say however not Catrin, she was extremely composed and found a sequence that suited her style. She managed to push through giving her best climb of the day, gaining her 1st place and securing her GB Junior Lead Team place for 2015.

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All in all a great day, great performances including 2 RCC podiums, 1 MCC podium and 2 GB Junior Lead Team members places retained for 2015 including Catrin Rose and Aiden Dunne. For full results of the Lead Cup, Team selection and the BMC report please click here…

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Coaches Blog: WBL Round 2 – The Results

Article and Photos by RCC Coaches Danny Haynes

WBL Round 2 (3)With 6pm arriving sooner than foreseen, the Round 2 Winter Bouldering League was on, with competitors keen to bring their A game… With La Sportiva and Petzl, (courtesy of Lyon Equipment) on hand, casing boot demos and equipment demonstrations the night was set to be a cracker.

The night kicked off with competitors eagerly walking round the blocs, looking for those all important flash attempts. The easier grades were looking to be very droppable, so the categories were in for a slight mix up; Yann and Evie had brought a unique style this round with a well rounded set of problems. Throughout the evening we saw great attempts on the funkier looking blocs, as well as some great encouragement/ heckling from the crowds!

Petzl Neil Gresham WBL R2 (2)

With the evening rounded off with a great demonstration from Neil Gresham and Roger from Lyon Equipment, on dynamic belaying, the route climbers got something out of the night as well!  A great evening all round and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

WBL Round 2 Results are now available here…..

Don’t forget Round 3 is now the 29th January 2015, so come on in and get training to keep the psyche through December - happy training everyone!

 

 

Petzl Lead Climbing Championships – The Results

A massive thank you to everyone for attending, it was a great day and we hope you all enjoyed!

From the start the day was set to be a great event, competitors gave it their all with every Final coming down to the final points! Veteran Males even forced a Super Final!!!

Congratulations to all our finalists.

For the final results please click here, please note that results are based off of Final climbs, any ties then went to count back, then time.

The Qualification routes and Final routes will be up until the new year so make sure you get down in the next few month to tick of those projects…

Keep an eye out on our blog page of the website for our Coaches blog on the event coming next week….

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Petzl Finalists