FEBRUARY 2017 – New Routes / New Roof / Lights Out / View from the crew: Ben S!

February 2, 2017 2:29 pm

February Blog Post Highball Climbing NorwichHappy February! It’s a short one filled with lots of route setting and the Grand Finale of the Scarpa Winter Bouldering League. There’s also a School Half Term, Lights Out, and a new roof going on the building… Read on, Read On…

 

HALF TERM – BOOKINGS AVAILABLE

Half Term is fast approaching and our school holiday program is available to book online. February Half Term is one of our busiest for bookings so please book early. We’ll be adding some new cool climbing features for this week – keep your eyes peeled for more info!

 

NEW ROOF – HEADS UP

If you’ve been wondering what the scaffolding around our building is for, it’s for a new roof to be installed on our unit. Our existing roof is ‘tired’, to say the least and the new roof, which will be placed over the top of our existing sheets, will be a new insulated super roof!

The work will mostly be carried out before we open, but there may be some days when certain areas will be cordoned off to allow work to go on over head. We are working with both the contractors and health and safety officers to ensure minimum disruption to everyone.

Time will tell if this helps keep us cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, but at least there will be no more leaks. If anyone has any concerns please get in touch with Thomas or Mike.

 

‘LIGHTS OUT’ RETURNS

We’ll be running a special Lights Out event on 17th February. As its Half Term we’ll have two lights out sessions, one at the child friendly time of 5pm and the other at 9pm. If you want to climb during these times you will need to bring a head torch because it will be dark – the lights will be out, off, de, apagado, aus, poza, via… comprende?

We do have a limited number of headtorches to lend out – so arrive early to bagsy one!

 

THE WINTER BOULDERING LEAGUE – FINALE

The Scarpa Winter Bouldering League is brought to an end this month with R4 on Friday 24th and the Grand Final on Saturday 25th. Alex Fry will be setting the blocs for both and we’re psyched to see what he comes up with.

There’s new Scarpa Shoes up for grabs in the final, plus some goodie bags kindly provided sponsor, Snowfit Revolutionz!

The Grand Final will take place on Saturday afternoon, so come down, watch and support our local climbers!

 

HIGHBALL SCOTTISH WINTER TRIP

A handful of Highballers are making their way up to Scotland at the end of the month to take on the great ridges, gullies and ice climbs in and around Lochaber. Based in Fort William, they’ll make their plans by the fire side each night and then head out in all weathers with a hope of a cloud inversion or two, bluebird skies, and styrofoam ice. Last year they got lucky with the weather… fingers crossed for this year!!

 

PROFESSIONAL CLIMBING COURSES

Interested in becoming a climbing instructor or coach? This year we will be running a number of courses, organised by The BMC, to you develop your knowledge of climbing movement, technique and training. We will be running Fundamentals of Climbing 1,2 and 3 along with Physical Training for Climbing 1. Spaces are limited so, if you’re interested and would like more details or to book to use this link.

 

ROUTE SETTING

  • 1st Bee’s set by 2 times Flash champion Nathan Phillips
  • 2nd Blacks still at their new home 6a-6c also set by Nathan Phillips
  • 7th New Greens from the Enigma (Rob Napier)
  • 8th Reds set by Rob so expect some high feet
  • 10th Everyone’s favorite comp is back the NuKids set by the Highball team.
  • 23rd Alex Fry will be passing on some words of wisdom to the team while we set the Greds
  • 24th Round 4 of the winter league also set by Mr Fry
  • 24/25th The Grand Final of the winter league
  • 27th The french man Mr Genoux will be adding a few Blocs to the comp wall
  • 28th The highball tower will see half of the routes re set also by Yann.            

 

VIEW FROM THE CREW –  BEN SOUTHAN

Last September I packed a bag and got the train to visit my mate here in Norwich, I needed a change of scene and a new direction. I had boxed up my studio and stacked it all in my parents shed. I was travelling light. I would find some work somewhere and get stuck into climbing regularly. I came for a climb here at Highball and I asked the guy on the desk (Thomas) if there were any jobs going. “Yeah,” he says, “send us a CV and we’ll get back to you.” I took his business card and the next day I emailed him. I got an interview. I cycled up from town and the whole time I was thinking “There must be hundreds of people keen to work here, I’m not going to get to work in a climbing center, it’s impossible.” Somehow it went my way, and here I am writing a “View from the crew!”

As an outsider in a new city, it can be difficult to meet people and find your place. It’s not easy to integrate or find common ground with strangers, you have to make an effort to build on connections and be open to possibilities. However, I have felt so welcomed by everybody here at Highball, both the staff and the regular customers, who couldn’t be nicer people. It is great to come to work in a place with such a sense of community where everybody who visits is psyched to climb and progress and help each other.

Ben

 

WHAT’S COMING UP IN FEBRUARY

 

WHAT’S COMING UP IN MARCH

  • 6TH – LADIES NIGHT
  • 11TH – UEA DERBY DAY / STUDENT COMP
  • 27TH – BMC FUNDAMENTALS OF CLIMBING 1 COURSE
  • 28TH – BMC FUNDAMENTALS OF CLIMBING 2 COURSE
  • 29TH – BMC FUNDAMENTALS OF CLIMBING 3 COURSE

 

APRIL

  • 1ST APRIL FOOLS COMP
  • NUKIDS MASTERS
  • THE ROAD TO ‘ZONAL SETTING’ BEGINS – MORE INFO COMING SOON

 

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