Mid-March 2017 Blog

March 20, 2017 10:15 am

Spring is in the air and the roller door has been opened on more than one occasion already. It’s really nice to allow the fresh air in after the last few dark cold months. The roof will be finished soon and the scaffolding removed and it won’t be long before we start our annual spring clean, so expect to see cleaner carpets, a reduction in dust and some fresh paint here and there.

EASTER – BOOKINGS AVAILABLE

Easter isn’t far away and our school holiday program is available to view and book online. February Half Term completely sold out well before the holidays started so we have tweaked the program to create more spaces – book early to guarantee your place as we can’t the weather!! There’s also a brand new session being launched called HIGHBALLPLAY – more info coming later this month..

THE WINTER BOULDERING LEAGUE – FINAL REPORT

The Grand Finale took place on Highball’s infamous Comp wall on Saturday 25th February. The competition was fierce and the problems were challenging, to say the least. Alex Fry was on top form setting Round 4 on Friday, followed by 8 impressive routes for the Final on Saturday.

The Women’s  comp was an impressive mix of juniors and seniors, especially as it was an adult set. Everyone put it in a great effort, though Block 4 proved just out of reach with zero tops. Lizzie Nichols and Alissa Mardle stood out, and positioned 1st and 2nd respectively, shortly followed by Juliet Scott and Lily Nunn. In the Men’s comp, Blocks 1 & 3 were too much for our finalists, but 8 out of 10 competitors nailed Block 4 on their first try! John Golder put on a fantastic performance and came first.

Garry Smith, Matt Catchpole, and Andrius Zukas were gunning for second place, and ended up coming 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively. All in all, a fantastic day with lots of support from a great crowd, superb volunteer Judges and Brushers, and our beautiful Highball team.

There were lots of prizes thrown into the audience and both first place winners went home with snazzy new Scarpa climbing shoes and Dakine rucksacks, generously donated by our mates at Snowfit Revolutionz. Thanks to everyone who took part in our Winter Bouldering league and to the 20 finalists for putting on an entertaining show. Also, thanks to our sponsors Scarpa and Snowfit Revolutionz for supplying us with great giveaways and supporting our competition!  

Roll on the Summer Bouldering League! #GetClimbing

HIGHBALL CLINIC CLOSED

The Highball Clinic has now closed with all practitioners apart from the The Climbing Physio moving to new premises. You can see the full announcement here and also view their new contact/booking details – we wish them all well for the future!

NUKIDS MASTERS WEEKENDER 7 & 9 APRIL

The NuKids Masters Weekender returns for its 3rd year in April and you can register online from Friday 24 March. This increasingly popular competition is aimed at climbers of all ages who climb up to font 6b – if you want to reference this to the Highball circuit colours, it’s Greds, Greens, Yellow, Blacks and Oranges. It’s perfect for people ‘nu’ to climbing or those who climb any of those circuits.

You can check out all the information here on our dedicated NuKids Masters page

 

SHOP – SPRING/SUMMER STOCK

We’ve already started to receive some of the new Spring Summer 2017 stock, The first to arrive was our Black Diamond range. Over the coming weeks we will see new season lines added from RAB  and PRANA, as well as some key items from MOON. So keep your eyes peeled for some great new climbing clothes to help you not only look the part but get those feet up too.(once you have worn climbing trousers there is no going back)

If you are unable to see what you would like whether thats clothing, books, ropes or general climbing equipment please let us know as with many things we are able to order them in.

 

PROFESSIONAL CLIMBING COURSES

Our first wave of BMC courses have been fully booked now, but we are running them again in October. We will also be putting on the BMC coaching young children workshop on the 18th of April run by Tom Greenall (Junior British bouldering team coach). The MLT foundation coach training course will also be added to the list of courses available over the coming months, if you’re interested in the BMC courses and would like more details or to book  use the link below. If you are interested in the Foundation Coach Training then please get in touch with us and we can put your name down.

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/fundamentals-workshops?s=1

 

ROUTE SETTING

  • 22nd Junior Oranges crew set       

VIEW FROM THE CREW – JAMES POTTER

I have been working at highball for around about a year, but have climbed here since it opening and in that time I have seen how East Anglia’s climbing mecca we call Highball has grown. In 4 years we have seen the building of the cave area, training sections, traverse wall, the woody and even the comp wall and cafe have grown in substantial size, but not only that the customers coming here have increased dramatically since then too. Different people from all walks in life come in and out of Highball and I’m thankful to hear their stories as well as watching each and every one grow and become much more here at our centre.

James

 

WHAT’S LEFT IN MARCH

  • 27TH – BMC FUNDAMENTALS OF CLIMBING 1 COURSE
  • 28TH – BMC FUNDAMENTALS OF CLIMBING 2 COURSE
  • 29TH – BMC FUNDAMENTALS OF CLIMBING 3 COURSE

WHAT’S COMING UP IN APRIL

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