/ NEWS: Milton Keynes Climbing Needs You!
Big Rock Climbing Centre is a collaboration between Beacon Climbing in North Wales and some local climbers from Milton Keynes.
Steve Mayers from The Beacon explained:
"The aim is to build a climbing centre of national...
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Steve, this is a fantastic idea... I've recently started climbing and have to drive to Birmingham or Amersham every week to get my fix at the moment, so I'd expect you to have plenty of customers lining up.
Really hope this project takes off, and it's right by my house too! Woohoo!
Brilliant news! I would like something with some good leading lines, preferably featured walls. :-)
i also think its a great idea. i just looked at the beacon web site and saw the selection of walls that you have built. i like the plywood construction but dislike the paint effects. i always find the a flat colour to be much nicer.
also i remember a climbing wall i saw that had a long overhanging tunnel which went up onto the first floor level from the ground floor. this made it possible to link huge ammounts of overhanging climbing together. effectivly doing route lengths. it could be the only one in britain, a unique selling point.
also what about a DWS pool. that would be the only one in the world surely.
It's also good to have suggestions & there have been some good ones.
Ice climbing: I'm afraid for a privately funded project this one isn't really viable, it would cost a small fortune - much more money than we have available. Coincidentally we have some dry tooling workshops going on at the Beacon this weekend and these have really opened my eyes to what is possible with minimum outlay and a bit of imagination. Having climbed indoor ice I can say that artificial dry tooling is far more interesting & definitely just as good training!
DWS: Well (money permitting) we are planning to build a large 'pit' in the unit to accommodate some decent length lead routes but, I can't say that filling it with water for DWS will be in the first round of developments. Maybe something for the future...
The overhanging tunnel is a great idea, I've seen something like this on the web site of a US wall but can't remember the link. I will definitely be having another look at the plans with this in mind. However, we do already have some steep bouldering planned with potential for some fairly direct problems up to 10m long!
Colours: Point noted although our web site is a bit out of date and I would say we've probably toned things down over the last few years. Pretty subjective though and you'll never get agreement over this - good design is most important and we do want to put everything we've learnt over the years into practice and come up with something special.
Featured walls: Well most of the wall will initially be plywood because we can give you a lot more wall than if we used fibreglass. We will, however be creating lots of varied shapes with plenty of multifaceted wall to give a 3-dimensional feel.
I'll hopefully start to post up a few images with 'tasters' of what we are planning soon.
Thanks again for all the positive comments.
I will send out a mail to all the members in Milton keynes Mountaineering Club.
We at the moment drive to Bear Rock in the week and london/birmingham at the weekends.
Good luck guys!
So in - still count on The Castle for an indoor climbing fix, keep meeting folk asking where local wall IS
hope thsi works,
I ( on behalf of MKMC) did a bit for Suga climb when they proposed a wall, even went to council hearings for them
we failed as the planenrs werenot playign ball
If you guys are readign theis and qwould like some info on why sugga climb failed aand ro would liek MKMC to hekp you in yout plannign app then let me know
just had a quick read of your application
it was on the same change of use aspecst that SUga Climb met difficulties
particuarly in providing sufficient parkign spaces
I have duly completed the online form on the Planning website saying what a 'good thing' a climbing wall is - for young + old etc.
I will keep an eye out on the application. Surely there is no adverse comment from the Planners at this stage? Presumably the current B1 use means it is an unoccupied building waiting for a tenant like many others in MK, whereas this is offering X number of jobs straight away? It will also tick alot of boxes in sport provision etc. in the area for the Council.
Look forward to the opening! Ed
It would be great if this happened. There's bugger all to do in MK in the evening at the moment.
For me getting up to Derbyshire with someone to climb is difficult and having this just 1/2 an hour away would be great ( I could get climb fit and just fitter too).
I did once do a study into opening up a Centre in Northampton, there is nothing of qaulity in the area, Warwick being the closest to me; best wishes and I hope to meet you when it opens.
All the best
Now stop reading this, and build it
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