/ NEWS: Two New Walls: Manchester and Bristol

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Michael Ryan - on 15 Jun 2007
Dave Douglas's Awesome Walls in Liverpool has reputation for not only excellent climbing, but importantly a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere, according to many who climb there. Dave and Awesome Walls (www.awesomewalls.co.uk) is an interesting story and maybe one day it will be told.

Dave has a new wall under construction in Manchester.

In addition Sheffield's, the Climbing Works, is expanding south to Bristol.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/
Tim Broughtonshaw on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Where in Stockport?


Cheers
Tim
Tim Broughtonshaw on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to tbertenshaw: Bump?
Tris - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to tbertenshaw: Yeah - big bump, new wall at Stockport, wicked...

Where? Where? Where?
Richard Bradley - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com: How many walls will that be in Greater Manchester? 7 or so proper walls or bouldering venues?
broughton power on 15 Jun 2007 - 10.148.48.6 [194.176.105.43]
In reply to Tris: sounds ace awesome choice of walls around manchester
tlm - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Couldn't he have put it in Stoke instead :-(
CJD - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

yaaayyyy, an Awesome Walls nearer me! hurrah hurrah!

here's hoping they can find even more lovely people to work there, to replicate the ace atmosphere at Awesome Liverpool.
Stig - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to tbertenshaw: Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.

This has made my week. No, my month.

A bit of research reveals the address:

The Old Engine House, Pear New Mill, Stockport Road West, Lower Bredbury, Stockport. SK6 2BP

(google stockport planning portal if you want all the details)
Tim Broughtonshaw on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to tlm: Manchester does have the capacity for 2 "good" lead walls i believe. MCC is an excellent wall but it does get very busy as do the london and leeds walls. I beleive they are going to extend but i suspect that will be much like adding an additional lane to a motorway which really needs about 6 lanes. (crap example maybe)


I reckon an additional wall should spread capacity and prevent (at least for some time) there being a one in one out situation or at least reduce the levels of queueing at the popular lead walls.

Anyone know what the climbing facilities at the chillfactore are expected to be? The website does imply a "normal" climbing wall.

Cheers
Tim
Tris - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Stig:
> (In reply to tbertenshaw) Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.
>
> This has made my week. No, my month.
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> A bit of research reveals the address:
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> The Old Engine House, Pear New Mill, Stockport Road West, Lower Bredbury, Stockport. SK6 2BP
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> (google stockport planning portal if you want all the details)

Cool - I will be able to walk to it from my work...
Stig - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to tbertenshaw: This gets better and better. It's one of the most impressive mills in the area so it's a victory for heritage conservation as well (Ok I'm sad).

See: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=sk6+2bp&mid=1181898296

The only problem with MCC from a personal point of view is the lack of constant angle overhanging lead walls - only two lines, and one of those is a corner line - so I'm hoping Stockport is gonna rectify that.

I'm not sure about the capacity issue. MCC has generated a huge number of people who wouldn't otherwise have climbed - so your motorway analogy is probably a good one!
Richard Bradley - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to tbertenshaw: Hopefully good and cheap as it would be by far the best situated wall for me. But....
Tris - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Stig: is that true about the 25m lead walls? - we need a wall with some decent height in the Manchester area... the 20m ones at MCC are good, but 25m will be great!!!
the_g_man - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to tlm:

Is it not about time Stoke had a decent wall built?
The Pylon King on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:


Thank christ for that - at last some decent bouldering in Bristol
CarolineMc - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com: Great to have a wall in Stockport but that will put three good indoor centres in a very small area (Rope Race is only just up the road in Marple). Let's hope that the local facilities ALL get support... C-:
Ackbar - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com: The Cheddar wall sounds interesting. Is it going to consist of loose holds covered in goat droppings, located directly above the car park :) ?
Simon S - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to The Pylon King: UCR is decent! But another wall will give more variety and space. Heres hoping that they have a good campus board and system boards.

Can't wait til September now.
SI A on 15 Jun 2007 - vpn.riverside.org.uk
In reply to Simon S:
im so chuffed. ucr is great but its too small for the bouldering. this is perfect for Bristol.

Well done Ron! i doff my cap to you sir.
A Longleat Boulderer - on 15 Jun 2007
In reply to Ackbar:
> (In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com) The Cheddar wall sounds interesting. Is it going to consist of loose holds covered in goat droppings, located directly above the car park :) ?

Or tiny damp crimps under a dark seeping roof ...
jsw1 - on 16 Jun 2007
It would be great if a new wall in Manchester was build in the North of the city. South Manchester already has Rope Race within easy reach, Manc Climbing Centre, Salford Uni etc. etc. There are climbers like myself who would prefer not to fight our way around the M60 or central Manchester to get to a wall on a rainy Winter's evening. Perhaps the Middleton/Bury/Swinton area could support a wall with towns such as Rochdale, Oldham, Bolton, Blackburn, Preston and others not too far away. I know there are small walls in many of these places but nothing really to compare to the bigger centres.
danny4a+ on 16 Jun 2007 - spc1-stre3-0-0-cust817.bagu.broadband.ntl.com
In reply to Richard Bradley:

Yeah. But only one OK leading wall (MCC) without decent bouldering, and one good boulderng wall (Broughton) which will probably be knocked down at anytime.

The rest are a waste of time, or not in Manchester aren't they?

LAW on 18 Jun 2007
Why doesn't the headline read "Stockport and Bristol" then?


In reply to tbertenshaw:
> Anyone know what the climbing facilities at the chillfactore are expected to be?

I emailed to ask a while ago - I was told "The climbing wall will be in the street and will be aimed at a first timer and novice climbers to encourage new comers to the sport."

At the time I thought this implied simply a bouldering wall, no ropes or leading. Reading it again I'm not sure exactly what it means, especially the part about it being in the street!
Steve McQueen - on 19 Jun 2007
In reply to SI A: A friendly atmosphere would be nice. I've been going to UCR 3 or 4 times a week for two years and I still feel bad about interrupting the 'friendly' staff from their chats to rudely pay for entry, or wait 10 minutes before someone deigns to acknowledge my presence. Competition's always a good thing.
Fidget - on 19 Jun 2007
In reply to tlm:

> Couldn't he have put it in Stoke instead :-(

Exactly! Maybe Manchester can support another wall, but regardless they already have 3 in the area! (MCC, Warrington, Stockport). Stoke doesn't have any.

Michael Ryan - on 19 Jun 2007
In reply to cider nut:
> (In reply to tlm)
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> Stoke doesn't have any.

Where are the climbing entrepreneurs?

kevin k on 19 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
mmm, wonder what john dunne is thinking?
its a little close isnt it? its about a 7 minute drive!
i think MCC is great,although i am a little bored with it now, and will leave it alone for a while.
but having 2 so close to each other can only be good for the consumer.

Kev
HCliff on 19 Jun 2007 - un-defined-address.chevron.com
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
Dave D, I see the secrets out at last!
My fingers have finally recovered from the t-nutting for the new Awseome Bouldering room in Manchester. I'll require much more beer/jd to do the main walls.
Fidget - on 19 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Don't know.

Even more strange it hasn't happened since:

There's a blatant need, plenty of climbers in and around Stoke
There's plenty of run down factories that could be used, and I bet they're cheap to buy too (the houses are cheap enough - I should know as I'm buying one!)
Stoke is right on the M6, so easy to access for those further afield, and it's on the way to a lot of places.

It makes sense really!
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kevin k on 19 Jun 2007
In reply to cider nut: well why not look into doing one?
bob champion - on 19 Jun 2007
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:

Don't forget the new climbing wall at the snow dome in Manchester.

http://www.basecampgroup.com/da/40852

http://www.chillfactore.com/home/

Although I get the feeling from the website it won't be a patch on MCC or the new awesome wall.

Bob
Fidget - on 20 Jun 2007
In reply to kevin k:

Because I work full time, I'm buying a house, I have a boyfriend, I climb 4 times a week, I paint, I swim/jog, I even socialise occasionally etc.etc. Not to mention that fact that I have no relevant experience.
Tris - on 20 Jun 2007
In reply to cider nut:
> I work full time, I'm buying a house, I have a boyfriend, I climb 4 times a week, I paint, I swim/jog, I even socialise occasionally etc.etc.

And you still have time to post on UKC :)
Fidget - on 20 Jun 2007
In reply to Tris:

Not a lot. I post while watching Hollyoaks. And when it's raining (a lot lately!)

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