Sounds promising, certainly an improvement on the existing Plymouth walls but thats not hard as they are all s**t. Hopefully it will be well run and not too pricey, as its about time Plymouth had a decent wall and training venue.
If you were hoping not too pricey, think again I'm afraid...
Let's just hope they don't do the usual local authority sports centre thing and never have any staff with a clue, and hardly change the routes...if you are paying premium prices, you SHOULD get premium service...check High Sports web page for prices...disappointing.
In reply to Chris H: wow if thats the prices i think i'll be sticking to the barn, run by top climbers with expert advice all for £5 for as long as you want, probally has better walls and bouldering than the new place, just cos it costs alot doesnt mean the route setters are any good
In reply to High Sports: yeah i am coming on the weekend to have a look and ok from that list of names i am willing to take my comments back but barns still cheaper and a very good centre, but i am willing to come and have my mind changed
In reply to Chris H: Had a look at it today, the leading wall has good possibilities although the current set of routes are all too tame imo (I was assured however more were going up). They need to have their grades added somewhere too.
The bouldering wall looks very.... ordinary; I think i've been spoiled by the Barn (and the Arch in London), it needs more work put into the routes at the very least.
Price wise I agree with whats been said; they are trying to charge essentially London prices for the facility which is rather silly considering the wage difference.
Hopefully they will introduce a BMC discount or at least block booking (£6/session would be fair I think).
In reply to Chris H: Had a chat with the manager this evening; she insists that they are providing a 'good deal in line with local walls' (Even when I pointed out that the Barn entry can be as low as £4.50).
I went today for my first visit and had a good session in the bouldering area..
The bouldering's a bit of a weird one, almost as if they've tried too hard.
It felt to me as though there was almost too much variation in the physical structure of the walls.
There are sections of wall pitched at every degree of steepness and curvature you could want, and in a way, all the bases are covered, though at the same time it feels like none are.
Its not as good as the Barn, (but where is?!) although I think with time the problems will improve as it becomes clearer how to use the potential that's clearly there.
The lead wall looks epic! Didn't have a chance to get on it today but really looking forward to my next visit.
Again, just from looking, I wouldn't say its on a par with the Quay, but it is certainly 100% better than anything else on offer in Plymouth, and the sheer surface area of wall should eclipse the barn; on that note its really down to the quality of the routes and as of yet I can't comment.
From glancing over the list of grades though, there wasn't anything harder than 7a on the list .. ? which might be disappointing for some.
Also the "Dartmoor Wall" looks good, but I'm dubious as to how well it will stand the test of time, it must have put the price up considerably..
Early days yet, but I think the wall will do well; I'm not sure what to make of the pricing structure yet, £43 pound for a month for unlimited visits.. so if you're going more than once a week its probably worth it