October 3, 2017 3:06 pm

The Summer Bouldering League is over! On Friday night, the top 10 climbers for each category were selected to go through to the Grand Final, based on their score. The competition was fierce, with a huge variety of climbs set around the centre. The most interesting of which was the huge dyno on the back wall, going up to a large volume, which garnered much appreciation from the boulderers at the end of the evening. The overall results for Rounds 1 – 5 are as follows:

Male Tables

1 – Garry Smith
2 – John Golder
3 – John Beesley
4 – James Pratt
5 – Rob Woodward
6 – Aaron Porter
7 – Bradley Diggines
8 – David Miko
9 – Andres Guillen Perez
10- Michael Gilbert

Female Tables

1 – Lizzie Nichols
2 – Juliet Scott
3 – Tilly Reed
4 – Alissa Mardle
5 – Ella Gilbert
6 – Keris Moore
7 – Maddi Benjamin
8 – Gina Parr
9 – Charlotte Bowden
10- Emma Pestell

However, Garry Smith, Aaron Porter and Ella Gilbert couldn’t attend the Grand Final, so their places were taken by Jimmy James, Lottie Bruce and our very own James Potter! On Saturday night, for the Male table John Golder performed outrageously well and absolutely dominated the routes, flashing every single one of them! A huge achievement on these routes set by Dave Barrans, and a well deserved First Place. Furthermore, congratulations and also a huge well done to John Beesley for coming in 2nd, and James Pratt for coming in 3rd! For the Female table, First Place was earned by Lizzy Nichols, who performed incredibly well. For the full write-up of the comp head here!

It was an excellent competition, and with its completion, we now look to The Big Flash, starting on the 13th! Get involved with it, and have you registered?

Huge sales in the Shop!

This month in the Shop we have a huge sale going on all our summer clothing! With lots of shorts, vests and t-shirts all at 20% off! This sale will last all through October, but only whilst we have stock, so head on in and take advantage now!



3 Day Climbing Festival | The Big Flash

The Big Flash is a 3 day festival of climbing & competition based around The Flash Championship – one of the biggest bouldering competitions in the UK. This year it will take place over the weekend of the 13th – 15th of October 2017, and in addition to The Flash Championship, it will feature:

  • A special round of our popular ‘NuKids’ Competition
  • *New for 2017* Zlag Board Contest!
  • A range of other climbing and non-climbing activities to try for FREE*
  • Raising lots of money for Climbers Against Cancer and The East Anglian Air Ambulance!

To sign up for any of the events, head to the events page, i.e. the bouldering inductions or coaching sessions, or head here, and when booking them use the code FLASH17 to book the events for FREE! That is anything held between the 13th and the 15th!
For more information and to register for The Big Flash, head here!
Sponsored by: Vertical Life | Beta Climbing Designs | Tenaya | DMM


Over the last month we’ve been piloting a new Youth Climbing Squad with a few of our young climbers. It’s been really good so far and we’ve enjoyed testing out some new training ideas. The pilot ends at the end of October and we’re really excited to announce the date of our first ever Youth Squad Recruitment Day.

The Recruitment Day will take place in Half Term on Wednesday 25 October from 10:00 to 16:00. Our first round of recruitment will be for those born from 2000 to 2005 who are motivated to want to learn, improve and achieve, whether for indoor, outdoor or competition climbing.

A new webpage is being built and will be released asap with more information.




Over the next couple of months we will be repainting and updating some of the bouldering walls and also carrying out further building work to upgrade the centre. The work will begin week commencing Monday 2nd October with the repainting off zone one and the removal of the traverse wall to make room for further bouldering walls. we have a rough plan, this may change – it generally does – so we’ll release information as and when we know exactly what is happening.

We’ve also got more volumes and a brand new circuit on order.. watch this space



Zone 1, Nathan Phillips, 4th
Comp Wall AND NuKids, Jason Pickles, Andy Long, Cassidy and Yann Genoux, 12th-15th for The Big Flash
Zone 2, West, 24th-25th
Comp Wall, West, 26th-27th


The first Monday of every month is Ladies night, and we have many offers on! For example, Bouldering inductions are £5 rather than the regular £20, and coaching is completely FREE!
If this interests you, please head on down to our website HERE and get booking!


THE BIG FLASH 2017 is in 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 (possibly personalised) 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)

7x Brushers
1x Judge
1x Isolation coordinator
2x Runner

Final (Sunday Afternoon)

1x Isolation coordinator
2x Brushers
1x Runner

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



This month is the last month of pizza! We have decided to keep it global! Along with all the usual suspects we have the following;

5th October
St Louis Pizza – Thin, crispy, pepperoni, cheese, what more could you want from a pizza? Jalapeños? Have them!

The Big Flash Weekend!
Pizzas available 4-10 on the Friday and 12-7:30 on the Sunday
3 Specials for you on this mega weekend of pizza yumminess!
Coca, Spain – Chorizo, Caramelised Onion and Olives, Veggie Chorizo will be available!!
Mexicana- Minced Beef, Onions, Jalapeños, Sweetcorn
Brazilian Chocolate Pizza- Chocolate and Banana on a thin dough base – Guess what? It’s Vegan.

19th October
Hawaiian, not actually from Hawaii- Ham and Pineapple.
Droppin’ knowledge Greek-Canadian Sam Panopoulos claimed that he created the first Hawaiian pizza at the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1962

The Big Flash! The kitchen crew are working hard to get meaty, veggie, vegan, gluten free all on the menu for you. Menu will be released next week!



A lot of you probably wont recognise me, which is mainly because I work up in that little window above the shop! I’ve not been at highball long, about 2 months to be exact, but I have to say, I absolutely love it here. The other guys have welcomed me into the fold, even though I spent an entire evening throwing towels at Thomas, and it feels like a little family that all look out for each other.

I’ve been climbing for about 2 years, I started out as an avid lead climber, but after a summer of bouldering hard I’ve grown very affectionate of the blocs and their nuances, and it’s nice to be taking part in a sport that I actually enjoy! I’m usually sat indoors in front of a computer working hard at my Masters in Computing Science (Okay, not extremely hard, but i’m making an effort), so getting out and travelling and being in amongst mountains in the fresh air is a lovely reset after working.

I have to say that the thing I love most about climbing and bouldering is the people. I’ve found that no matter where you are climbing in the world and no matter how much better than you the other person is, they’ll happily have a chat an help you figure out how to complete the climb or bloc you’re stuck on.

You might see me bouldering about the centre, or more likely falling off a problem that I’m tackling over and over again non-stop, fervently trying to get the send. Feel free to stop me and say hi any time you want to though, I love chatting and will always want a climbing buddy!




Round 1 – Winter Bouldering League

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