Blog by Danny Haynes
Easter has been and gone, with the holiday seeing some busy sessions here at Reading Climbing Centre. The half term kids clubs went down a storm, with fun and games being the main aim of the day. With daytimes seeing an influx of both kids and lunchtime climbers, the evenings have been busier than ever. It would seem as the days get longer, the down jackets are getting stored away and everyone is in training mode. Coaching sessions have been on the increase, with everyone getting psyched again for outdoor projects, we even saw Steve Backshall in over the Easter period for a 1:1 coaching session.
We have reintroduced our Partners Boards making it even easier to find new climbing buddies, revamped our membership with some snazzy new Membership Cards and introduced a new ‘What’s RCCurring’ Board to keep you up to date with the latest circuits, comps and social events!
Now back to normality here at RCC, with the NICAS & NIBAS terms about to start back this week alongside Social & Ladies Clubs too! This month also sees further progress with development of our Outdoor Courses which we hope to see rolling out in the Summer, watch this space… The Academy’s are back into the swing of things making great use of the newly set Comp Walls, both lead and bouldering, in preparation for Youth Climbing Series Final where head coach Will heading up to Ratho with academy members James and Joe. We wish them both the best of luck!
Setting has seen an influx of new holds and volumes appearing on the walls, with routes and blocs getting a regular turn around. We hope you boulderers out there are loving the new comp wall set up, which seems to have gone down well along with the recent Orange/Green VB, Green V0-V2, White V1-V3 and Pink V2-V4 circuits. Later this month and early May, the Orange, Purple and Blue circuit all get reset as well as the Comp Circuits for the Army annual Southern Championships returning to RCC late April. Moving onto the ropes: the barrel, comp wall and left of the barrel have all seen a revamp. We hope you like climbing the new routes as much as we enjoy setting them.
Some sad news of late is that we are saying goodbye to two long serving members of staff: Elliot and Matt. They have been instrumental on creating the academy’s training programmes, stripping the walls of holds and setting some top notch routes. All in all I’m sure you will agree they will be sorely missed, but be sure they will still be regular crankers here at RCC and wish them all the best with their new ventures.
So, April now coming to a close and spring having finally sprung, keep your ears to the ground as to what’s new in the wall!