/ new plymouth wall
In the new life centre next to home park, life centre is due to open 24 of this month, assume the climbing wall will open the same time (hopefully)
Yep, its in the new Life Centre sports/leisure centre. As you say built by Enterprise - 15m lead wall, 10m toprope wall, bouldering area. Will be run by High Sports.
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.
£11.50 if you want to climb all day, or £8.95 for an evening session. Bargin.
Not that I've done any climbing recently, but if/when I do I'll stick to the Barn!
Thats rather a lot to pop in after work, think in the summer I'll stay on Dartmoor or drive a bit further.
Stoke is fun enough for a Thursday or Fri evening and the people running it are friendly. Can normally even get some of them to head outside too.
Hope to see you all there.
Why not come along on Saturday when its free and take a look.
Do we need to do anything for it to be free? Like sign up or bring some vochure from a local paper or anything?
See you there.
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).
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
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