DECEMBER ’16 BLOG – New hours / WBL / Setting / VFTC Dulcie

December 5, 2016 10:23 am



And all of a sudden – BOOM! There are 24 days or less till Christmas…..

Unless of course, you’re one of those people who have already got your tree up – who even does that!?!?!


Last month we told you we were planning to do some back office work in December and potentially open at 2pm weekdays. We’ve had chat as a team and we think we can do what we need to do whilst keeping the same opening hours as we had in November so, Mondays we’ll open at 2pm and Tuesday to Friday will be 12pm as normal, at least until the school holidays start (10am opening), and then we move into the festive opening hours….

Nothing is simple is it?

You can view all the info on December opening hours here


This year we’re closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but, we are opening on Christmas eve until 2pm.

As in previous year, we’re operating bank holiday opening hours between Christmas and New Year to allow our team some well earned R&R; some extra time to spend with friends and families. This means we’re not open in the evenings, so you’ll need to get your daytime climb on to purge all that excessive eating and drinking from your ‘temple’.

You can view all the info on December opening hours here


We’ve got the jet engine up and running and the ‘Base Camp Tent’ will going up in the next few days to give you somewhere to keep warm when you’re resting. As mentioned last month, there are two great articles on our website on How to Keep Warm at Highball and also Warming Up, which was written by Climbing Physio’s Lewie Weatherburn. Both are well worth a read.

Keeping Warm

Lewie’s Warm-Up


The first round of the Scarpa Winter Bouldering League took place last Friday featuring 30 Blue Problems set by Nathan Phillips. We hope you like the new blue holds that we’ve added to the circuit!

The scores were higher than average so well done to everyone who entered and we look forward to seeing you all R2 on Friday 30 December.

Note: It starts at 14:30 (as we close at 18:00) and the Play Your Cards Right Jackpot is £100 so, there will be a winner!


During December we will be running our twelve days of Christmas offers, This will be a different offer each day. We will also have some starter packs available which will include a boulder bucket, bag of chalk, finger tape and climb on, everything the new budding climber needs. We also have a great selection of clothes and trousers being probably one of the best items you can get to enhance your climbing and make those high feet. If you’re not sure what to get for that special someone there is also a gift card you can get and choose the amount you would like to put on it, great to send in cards.


Last month we played around switching some of the circuits around, so just to keep this going we decided to

Do another swap which has seen the 6ee’s become our hard circuit and the blacks drop down into the 6a-6c range. This was just a test and we know to make it work properly we will need to look at getting some new holds. In the meantime we hope you enjoy the new holds at your level.


  • Nukids set 9th set by the Crew
  • 14th Pickles is in the house setting Greens
  • 15th Britain’s X manliest man is setting Reds
  • 29th Yann is Back setting Round 2 of the winter league ready for the comp on the 30th


Hello, I’m Dulcie :)

I’m happy to be working at Highball on reception. The position covers a lot of other areas too, which keeps things interesting. I used to instruct boulder sessions for children, but it would seem that in the years since then I have regressed to beginner level myself. I’m excited for the opportunity to take advantage of this great facility and hopefully improve my skills.

Based on these few weeks at Highball, I’d sum it up by saying…despite the ‘frosty’ conditions there is a great atmosphere, really chilled people, and usually decent music.

Wrap up and see you on the Greds!




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