August Blog! View From The Crew BEN WEEKS!

August 1, 2017 1:05 pm

With the hottest weather of the year seemingly gone, and reports that August will be the wettest and windiest on record, just remember that during the school holidays we’re open from 10am to 10pm Monday to Friday (and our usual 10am to 6pm at weekends) … So if it is wet and miserable outside head here for some climbing fun!

 

Do you suffer from Frictile Dysfunction?

Not sure what that is? Here is a video to explain.

To help you all from suffering from this plague during these summer temperatures we will be offering you 20% off all Friction Labs chalk!

As well as the great offer on Friction Labs we will also be giving you all a 20% discount on all Trousers and Tops for the month. If you are sick of trying to leave that foot up on that high foot hold or stretch across to that distant chip while wearing normal trousers you will know how limiting they can be, Ask anyone who wears climbing trousers about the differences and i’m sure you will be told just how much difference they make in your movement, could that be the secret tip you need to get that problem done!!!!!

LATE OPENING 21st August

We will be holding a staff meeting on Monday the 21st of August which will mean a change to our regular school holiday opening hours for that day. We shall therefore be opening at 2pm on that day.

ROUTE SETTINGS COMING UP

NUKIDS – GUY AND TOM
ZONE 1 – BEN WEST
ZONE 2 – YANN GENOUX
ROUND 4 – ROB NAPIER

THE LITTLE FLASH

Last month saw us put on the second Little Flash Competition, After the first year we aimed to make this one better than the year before, We had 3 age categories each having to try to climb 20 qualifying blocs with the top 6 male and females going through to a final. The competition at the top was fierce and the standard of climbing was brilliant to see along with an amazing atmosphere throughout the centre for the day. The Staff did a great job in helping everything to run smoothly, and a big thank you needs to go out to the volunteers who helped out with judging and brushing during the final. See the full competition report here.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

THE BIG FLASH 2017 is only around the corner the date are the 13th to the 15th of October. To try to be ahead of the game (and to be able to have a proper training session with judges before the event itself) we would like anybody that would like to help with volunteering to let us know as soon as possible.
Everybody that volunteers will receive a BIG FLASH 2017 t-shirt and a meal from the cafe on a training get together night before the event.

We will be looking for the following:

Semi Final (Sunday Morning)

8x brushers
8x judges
1x Timer
1x Isolation coordinator
1x Scorer
1x Runner

Final (Sunday Afternoon)

1x Isolation coordinator
2x Judges
2x Brushers
1x Scorer
1x Runner

 

 

If you would be interested please email us at hello@highballnorwich.co.uk or speak to a member of the team

 

NUKIDS COMP

Don’t forget to pop the 11th of August on your calendar for the next round of the Nukids comp series. This will be set in house by Guy and Thomas using the pink holds (we have a couple of new ones) with 30 blocs being set around the centre from grade font 3 to font 6b ish!!!! If you haven’t done a comp before and fancy giving one ago this is a great place to start, The comp will start at 6pm and score cards are available from reception on the evening for £2 and this includes free entry to our raffle on the night. For information on the Nukids comp check out our page here!

CAFE

This month we have not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5 but 6 pizza nights! That’s 6 different specials for you lovely people to enjoy.

Thursday 3rd August
All the cheeses Emmental, Mozzarella, Halloumi, Cheddar + meat for £1

Thursday 10th August
MEAT MOUNTAIN!! – Bacon, chorizo, chicken, pepperoni and ham

Friday 11th August (NUkids)
Meat Mountain continued…

Thursday 17th August
Florentina Fried egg, artichoke, spinach

Thursday 24th August
The Figgy Piggy Ham, fig and rocket because Josh is feeling fancy

Thursday 31st August
Super Spicy, with sour cream for the softies out there

VIEW FROM THE CREW – BEN WEEKS

 

August Highball Norwich Blog Climbing Bouldering

I’m not a great climber. I mean, I’m not terrible, but the chances are that if you’re a Highball regular you’re at least as good, and in all probability far better, than I am. Which rather begs the question, why am I instructing? The answer’s simple: I like kids. I should probably clarify that last statement…

I became a Highball regular some years ago. Since then I’ve introduced my kids, my friends, my friends’ kids and my kids’ friends to climbing, and have relished in doing so; there’s something deeply rewarding about seeing someone else try climbing for the first time and fall in love with it. So when the opportunity came to do just that and get paid for it, I jumped at the opportunity, and Highball were good enough to take me on (even though their quota of Ben’s was already over-filled).

It’s just a part-time weekend job; Monday to Friday I write words and take pictures for Trail magazine – a job that that swings between the highs of trips to the mountains and the lows of an office in Peterborough. The extra income from Highball helps keep my wife and children in the bourgeois lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed and funds my growing addiction to chocolate covered coffee beans. But it’s not really about the money.

I’ve been working here a few months now and I’m still getting a kick out of helping people discover climbing and bouldering in flat ol’ Norfolk. And the kids continue to surprise and impress me. Don’t get me wrong – it’s awesome being the one to help adults embark on their climbing journey, but very little beats seeing the kids excel beyond their own self-belief and come down off the wall with an ear-to-ear grin on their face. Makes me wish I’d started climbing at a younger age.

Only working weekends (and usually just Saturdays at that) I’m still getting to know lots of you, but everybody’s been really friendly and my new colleagues are all proper chilled and great fun to work with (even if Ben H does get a bit “handsy” at times). So if I’m about when you’re about, do come and say hello. I’m the ginger bearded one enviously eyeing up your beta.

WHAT’S COMING UP IN AUGUST

SCHOOL HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES
LADIES NIGHT
NUKIDS COMP
R4 SUMMER LEAGUE

WHAT’S COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER

LADIES NIGHT
NICAS / NIBAS RE STARTS
SUMMER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL

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