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5 Reasons to Date a Climber!

Climbers are in great shape, positive, and fun to be around. They’re also trustworthy – how many other sports are there where you literally place your life in someone else’s hands?!

Here are our Top 5 reasons as to why climbers make the best partners – both on and off the wall!:

1. Climbers are happy people.

Due to all the physical exercise and socialising that climbing encourages, climbers tend to be happy, positive and relaxed people.  Making them great company. Climbing releases lots of those lovely “feel-good” endorphins which give you that gorgeous exercise glow and make you feel good about life.

2. Climbers care about their health.

Climbing’s far from being about body-beautiful – in fact, it’s about celebrating what your body can achieve physically when you put your mind to it. It’s a beautiful thing. On the whole though, climbers take great care of themselves. Anyone that dedicates themselves to a regular exercise regime is willing to put the effort in to support that with a healthy lifestyle and this means eating well, resting properly and making good decisions about looking after yourself both physically and emotionally.

Another successful Boot Demo at Sutton!

The second in our series of Winter Rock Shoe Demos took place last night at Sutton – this time we hosted the very lovely people from Boreal in partnership with Rock On.

Boreal brought a great range of shoes with them so our customers were able to try everything from beginner shoes to get them climbing in comfort to top-end performance shoes that would really have them pushing their grade! Dominic from Rock On was on hand to offer help and advice both on and off the wall.

Customers received 20% off all Boreal shoes when they placed an order on the night.

Keep an eye out for announcements of future events!

Route Setting @ Sutton: Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Howard was in to do the mid-set in the Comp Room today!

Another 10 problems added to keep you amused this month.

Grades are from 4+ through to 6b so a good selection of stuff to warm-up on, work and enjoy in addition to all the problems from the full set!

 

Route Setting @ Guildford: Wednesday 8th of November 2017

Mark has set us 9 new Lead routes today on Lines 14, 15 & 16.

Grades are as follows:

Line 14

Yellow 4+
Blue 6a+
Red 6c

Line 15

Green 4+
Purple 6a
Orange & Black 6b

Line 16

White 4
Orange 5+
Yellow 6a

Route Setter: Mark Croxall

Sutton Winter Comp: Photos and Results!

Firstly, big thanks to EVERYONE that came to the Comp – it was a great night with a brilliant atmosphere and some very impressive climbing!

The Competitions (which we run 3 times a year) are a fun way of gaining some competition experience without the pressure of attending one of the uber-big comps which have become the norm nowadays. The problems are set from very easy to very hard and you can choose to compete either in the Open Category (for more hardcore climbers) or the Fun Category (for anyone just getting in to comps or not wanting to push themselves too hard).

Each of the categories is also split down into Male and Female with prizes for each of the winners!

Here are the Results:

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Male
Points
Female
Points
Male
Points
Female
Points

Pete Collins
164
Ella Danks
88
Max Broadhurst-Jones
161
Sarah HB
147

Adam Jorna
120

Joe Fletcher
151
Sam Goodland
92

Tom Keates
83

Joe Davison
138
Rianna Stuart
77

Robert Hepburn
82

Chris Miziolek
137
Pooky
67

Joe Davison
71

Simon Hammond
134
Charlotte Lewis
60

Alex Timms
71

Simon Head
117
Ella Maskell
57

Alex Hill
64

Ben Horley
110

Ollie Neale
44

Joe Hammond
108

Ben Hopley
28

David Warburton
101

Simon Head
27

Daray Braimoh
64

Daray Braimoh
20

Conor Cecil
64

Jonny Maskell
51

Here’s a selection of photos from the night –

Route Setting @ Guildford: Tuesday 7th of November 2017

It was the turn of the ABzone again today! We like to keep these routes as regularly set as possible for you with at least 12 new ones every month.

Grades are as follows:

Line 26

Yellow 4+
Orange 5
Blue 6a
Red 6c

Line 27

Yellow & Blue 4
Green 5+
Beige 5+
Purple 6b+

Line 28

Yellow 4+
Pink 5+
White 6a
Blue 6a+

Route Setter: Mark Croxall

Route Setting @ Guildford: Monday 6th of November 2017

We’ve had Mark Croxall in setting the Traverse Wall today!

We set the Traverse Wall every month – this very popular section of wall is great for warming up, cooling down or climbing without the need for a partner.

The routes are varied so as to allow you to practice different techniques without having to work on them at height or on the Boulder Wall.

Grades are as follows:

Pink 4
Mushroom (with any feet) 4+
Green 5+
Yellow 6a+
Blue 6b
Red & White 7a

Here he is working at (not!) real speed:

Route Setting @ Guildford: 1st & 2nd of November 2017

These Boulder Sets come round so fast! We set the Main Boulder Wall every 4 weeks (or as close to as possible!) so you get lots of variety on a very regular basis.

This month we had Mark Croxall, Howard Blyth and Craig Grant working their little butts off for 2 days to deliver you another great set of challenges of all levels from Beginner (3+) to Advanced (7b+). Something for everyone.

The next set will be happening on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of November so don’t leave it too long to get stuck into those new problems!

Boreal Rock Shoe Demo: Tuesday 14th November 2017

We are delighted to be welcoming Boreal to Craggy Sutton on Tuesday 14th of November to showcase their rock climbing shoes.

Come and try the Boreal range on the wall here and get knowledgeable advice on the Boreal shoes and what’s going to help you to get the best out of your climbing!

You will be able to try the following rock shoes on the night:
– Alpha
– Joker Lace
– Joker Plus
– Silex Lace
– Silex
– Diabolo; 
– Diabola Lynx
– Kintaro
– Satori
– Dharma; and
– Mutant.

Also, on the night, customers will be able to place orders through Rock On and get 20% off the RRP.

For further info, please give us a call on 0208 643 8584 or visit our Facebook Page.

Social Session halloween

A “Dead Good” time on Social Session this week!

The centre was filled with creeps and weirdos for Social Session this week – it must be Halloween!

Never an opportunity gets missed to get lots of climbing done, dress up and have a lot of fun. Our Social Session meet every Wednesday from 7pm til 9pm.

Under the guidance of their regular and very dedicated instructors, Claire and Andy, the climbers are paired up and given a theme for the night. That can be anything from a technique drill to a full blown Eiger Challenge so everyone is kept busy and most definitely have a lot of fun along the way!

For more info about our Social Sessions, please give us a call on 01483 566880 or pop along next Wednesday to join the session.

Please note: You must be a competent climber to join the session – it’s not suitable for beginners due to the high number of participants to instructors. To be a “competent climber” you must have passed our Registration check in Reception.

Route Setting @ Guildford: 19th & 20th of October 2017

We’ve added more Lead Climbs in the last couple of days – another 17 of them to be precise!

Line 58:

White 4+
Fluro Yellow 5+
Pink 6a

Line 59:

Purple & White 5+
Red 6a
Blue 6b

Line 60:

Green 5
Yellow 6a
White 6c+

Line 61:

Orange & Black 5
Grey 6b+
Red & White 6c

Line 62:

Fluro Yellow 5+
Blue 6a+
Purple & White 6a+

Line 63:

Pink 5+
Beige 7a

Route Setter:  Mark Croxall

A great night at Sutton with Tenaya and Rock On!

Big thanks to Tim and Drew from Tenaya and Dominic from Rock On for providing us with a great rock shoe demo on Tuesday!

All our customers had a great night and really benefited from being able to try lots of different models on and actually being able to take them for a spin on the wall. Tim, Drew and Dominic were also on hand giving advice on fit and suitability as well as technique pointers for your climbing so a really great night for everyone.

Customers received 20% off all Tenaya shoes when they placed and order on the night.

We’ll be hosting another Demo in November – watch this space for further details!

Route Setting @ Guildford: 16th, 17th & 18th October 2017

19 new, steep and brilliant Lead climbs have gone up on the Main Overhang in the last few days!

Line 64:

Orange 5+
Red 6a+
Yellow 6b+
White 8a

Line 65:

Orange & Black 6a
Green 6b+
Blue 7a
Grey 7b+

Line 66:

Fluro Yellow 6a+
Beige 6b

Line 67:

White 6a
Yellow 6b
Purple 6c+
Red & White 7b

Line 68:

Orange & Black 5+
Pink (diagonal) 6a+
Blue 6b+
Green 6c
Red 7c

Route Setter:  Mark Croxall

Testing the new routes on the Main Overhang – Tuesday 17th of October 2017 from Craggy Island on Vimeo.

Tenaya Rock Shoe Demo – Tuesday 17th October @ Sutton

We’re welcoming the team from Tenaya and Rock On at Craggy Sutton on Tuesday 17th of October – it’s sure to be a great night and an opportunity to talk to very knowledgeable people about how to get the best out of your climbing.

Try on all the latest models of shoes and take the opportunity to test them on real climbs to see how they perform for you.

Don’t miss it!!

Craggy Youth Team and regulars impress at Nationals!

Last weekend saw the Final of the British Lead Climbing Championships in Sheffield!

Craggy Youth Team members Matilda Collins and Joshua Bruyns were competing in categories Youth C Female and Youth B Male and regular Craggy climbers Peter Wycislik, Karin Bradbury and Toby Roberts were competing in Male Open, Female Veteran and Youth C Boys.

The event has the competitors climbing 2 Qualification routes on the Saturday and then the top few from each category going through to the Finals on Sunday to compete on an even harder climb.

In Qualification, Joshua Bruyns placed 15th and Peter Wycislik placed 21st – not ranking them high enough to make Sunday’s Finals. Matilda Collins qualified in 2nd place, Karin Bradbury in 4th place and Toby Roberts in joint 1st place. All making it through and looking forward to competing again the following day.

Finals came around and all of our climbers either improved on or maintained their ranking from Qualification – big congratulations to all of you!

Toby Roberts – 1st Place, Youth C Boys
Matilda Collins – 2nd Place, Youth C Girls
Karin Bradbury – 2nd Place,

Route Setting @ Sutton: 10th, 11th & 12th of October

The monthly Boulder Set is now complete in the Rock Room at Sutton!

86 new problems set over 3 days and graded between 3+ and 7b.

Big thanks to Howard Blyth and Stephen Darling for all their hard work and delivering us another diverse set of new problems!

The Comp Room set is scheduled for Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th of November with the regular mid-set on Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th of October.

Route Setting: Wednesday 11th of October

9 lovely new Slab Top-Rope climbs up today on Lines 87, 88 & 89!

Grades are as follows:

Line 87:

Blue 3+
Yellow 4+
Red 6a

Line 88:

Green 3+
Pink & Black 5
Purple 5+

Line 89:

Beige 3+
Blue 4+
Orange 6a

Route Setter:  Craig Grant

fundraising macmillan cancer supprt bart's cafe

Fundraising Total – ÂŁ131.19! Macmillan Cancer Support

With great thanks to all our customers (and some drop-in cake enthusiasts who were happy to help with the fundraising!) we’re delighted to announce that Bart’s Cafe raised ÂŁ131.19 for Macmillan Cancer Support by hosting their all day World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

Bart and Rita are both delighted with the support they received from everyone including staff, members, Kids Club parents, people that work on the estate and friends. It was a lovely day filled with chatter and cake munching – if only every day could be that sweet?!

Bart’s Cafe is open 12:00-21:00 on weekdays and all day at the weekends.

Fancy a nibble? Come and join us!

Here’s just a selection of the tasty treats available in Bart’s Cafe today in support of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning today!

Cakes will be available all day long – a perfect chance to try some of the new range of freshly baked homemade cakes from Bart’s Cafe – baked by the very talented Rita.

You can choose from Chocolate Brownies (GF), Oat and Raisin Cookies, Fresh Fruit Sponge, Choco-Coco Shortbread, Tiramisu Slice (definitely my favourite!) and White Chocolate Flapjacks… Such a beautiful selection which really showcases what’s on offer at Bart’s Cafe.

Cakes will be available all day long. Or until there are none left so don’t leave it too late!

All donations go straight to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Route Setting @ Guildford: 27th & 28th September 2017

The monthly Boulder Set is now complete!

50 new problems set over 2 days and graded between 3+ and 7c.

Big thanks to Mark Croxall, Howard Blyth and Craig Grant for working their little butts off to provide us with a truly great set of problems!

The next set is scheduled for Wednesday 1st and Tuesday 2nd of November 2017.

Route Setting: 25th September 2017

8 new routes set on Auto Belay Lines 85 & 86 today!

Line 85:

Grey 4+
Blue 5+
Red 6a
White 6b
Notes:  Sidewalls ok but no arete.

Line 86:

Orange 5
Green 5+
Pink 6a
Red & White 7b
Notes:  Sidewalls ok but no arete.

Route Setter:  Mark Croxall