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Topic - Ratho: The best indoor wall in the UK, Period.

McBirdy - on 23 Aug 2012

Interesting news about another little climbing wall being built near Sheffield.

The juxtaposition of 'huge' alongside '16m roof height' brought into sharp focus how lucky I am to live within striking distance of EICA: Ratho.

For those that don't know about Ratho, it's built inside an old quarry. A (genuinely) huge expanse of artifical climbing wall rises to a (genuinely) huge height. Some routes are around 30m long, many are 25m. Few are as short as 16m, although there are half-height lower-offs on many routes for visiting Sheffield climbers who do not have the required stamina and/or do not have long enough ropes.

The arena speaks for itself. Have a look at some photos:

http://www.eica-ratho.com/userfiles/image/Gallery/buildingfromarena.jpg

http://www.eica-ratho.com/userfiles/image/Gallery/the-tower.jpg

http://www.eica-ratho.com/userfiles/image/Gallery/mwallcwallbould.jpg

Ratho also has a new 30m articulated competition wall (not shown in these photos).

Having said all of the above, given that all of the ROUTES around Sheffield are about 8m long, I suppose it is fair to say that this will be an ideal training venue...

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