/ Manchester Climbing Walls
I think they've all got their own pros and cons...
Awesome Walls (AW): Located in Stockport (approx. 7miles from Manchester according to Google map, guess it'll depend which area of Manchester you're travelling from to get to the wall), close to the Peak District so a great indoor venue if it starts to rain whilst you're climbing outdoors. Boasts the highest (23.5m) wall in England. Has some excellent problems at all grades, some were set by "celebrity" climbers (apologise if thatís not the correct term to use!) such as Ian Vickers, Jamie Casidy, & James Pearson. Good bouldering, traversing, campus and finger board. Has a cafe, facilities for children parties (away from the cafe areas) free secure parking facilities and usual facilities (lockers, toilets, showers, etc)
Manchester Climbing Centre (MCC): Located closer to the city centre (approx 2miles from Manchester according to Google map), again excellent routes at all grades set by celebrity climber Dave Barran and is run by John Dunne. The main 20m lead wall is overhanging (which makes it slightly more interesting to climb on than vertical, to me anyway, no doubt some will disagree!) Good bouldering, traversing and campus board, the place has an excellent cafe WITH a proper coffee machine, facilities for children parties (away from the cafe areas) plus a good size climbing shop, free secure parking facilities, and a fitness room (very impressive!) and again all the other usually facilities (lockers, toilets, showers, etc)
Overall I donít think one is better than the other, both are excellent in their own rights, both complements the needs of climbers in the area at every level.
Never been to BroughtonÖ However, Iíve heard itís a good bouldering venue and itís the place to go to get strong!
Salford University Wall: Small wall, pretty basic, however theyíve made use of the very small area theyíve been given. Itís not a dedicated climbing centre but located in their sports centre, Iíve been a couple of times just for a change of scenery and to try out routes that have been set slightly differently.
Chille Factor: Based in Trafford. Again havenít been on this wall, have seen it many a times when Iím in the building. Personally I would go to either AW or MCC, but having never climbed any of the routes at this wall I canít comment too much. I get the impression itís not really aimed at climbers (potential climbers perhaps or those who just want to ďhave a goĒ at climbing)
Enjoy the climbing, no doubt I'll see you down at the wall some time!
Hmmm I never knew Pearson had set at AW.....
Whereabouts is this fitness room? What does it contain?
Not been MCC in a while.
Hmmm, perhaps I'm mistaken on that then (will double check next time I'm there... I don't really climb there often now since I'm in The Lake District Mon-Fri)... Perhaps when you're in at AW next time you can enlighten us on this?
MCC "fitness room" it's to the left of the toilets. Off the top of my head it has various gym equipment... Not everyones cup of tea but it is available.
So, in response to the original question, what's your (James) view/comments on "Manchester's" climbing Walls?
Ah ha, it just came to me, Jason Pickles is the other guy I was thinking of, guess I was close since both have the same initials! Plus not forgetting AW also has James Garden!
I'm guessing James Oswald that your lack of response to the original question and only pointing out that I'd mistakenly noted Pearson & not Pickles, slightly suggest you're one of those boring "UKC members" that have a very dull habit of pointing out errors in threads? If you read through this reply you could perhaps reply back with any other further errors, eg spelling mistakes?
Yes I was also busy all tonight and will answer the proper question in the morning. Sorry I was merely surprised to hear about James Pearson setting at AW and wanted to knowif he had!
>>Sorry I was merely surprised to hear about James Pearson setting at AW and wanted to know if he had!
I ended up contacting AW to see who had set them (it had been bugging me all day as to who set them!)
lol, if I became anymore more chilled out, you'd have to defrost me :oP
Actually, the free muffins / climbs / hot drinks ARE a nice little addition at AW Stockport
> Actually, the free muffins / climbs / hot drinks ARE a nice little addition at AW Stockport
Thought the original muffins were nicer. They seem to have resorted to cheaper/poorer quality muffins
lol ;o) ;o)
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