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The Foundry

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These details were last updated on 07/Mar/2012

Address
Unit 2, 45 Mowbray Street, Sheffield, SOUTH YORKSHIRE S3 8EN

Tel/Fax
0114 279 6331 / 0114 279 6331

Email
wall@foundryclimbing.com

Website
foundryclimbing.com

Costs
Registration on first visit is £2. Standard Adult entry is £6.80. Concessions for children, unemployed and F/T students - with valid ID.

Opening times
Summer: 10-10 Mon-Fri, 10-6 weekends. Winter: 10-10 Mon-Fri, 10-8 weekends.

Notes
New Woody training board (autumn 2007). 40 degree board, 4.5m in length dropping back via a hanging arete into a 12 degree section. Designed for climbers to build up their power and power endurance, by creating thier own problems and circuits.

Extension to The Wave Bouldering Wall (summer 2006). There are lots of set problems for the novice to accomplished boulderer on 10 and 20 degree flat panels.

Leading? The main 'Five Ten Wall' is 13m, of which 7m is steeply overhanging, and has 40 lead routes with in-situ quickdraws. Toproping? The main hall has 80 top-roped routes on slab/vertical walls up to 11m, all with modern safety flooring. Bouldering? 'The Wave' bouldering wall is 20m long and has 60 set problems on small features and holds (graded from easy to very hard with some v grades), with excellent safety mats. Most of the Wave is overhanging, and there are generally few easy problems (under B2) which makes for quite a shock to the novice (and not so novice!) boulderer.

Leading again? 'The Mammut Furnace' lead wall was completely refurbished in August '99 and now provides 30 routes on a 13m gently overhanging featured wall + bolt ons. Modern safety flooring and in-situ quickdraws makes for great leading, from F4+ to F7b+.

Traversing? There is a 20m traversing corridor with traverses on both sides for warming up. Working out? there is a wooden cellar in the furnace with overhanging bouldering and also a gently overhanging board as well as a campus board,chin up bar and dip bar.Bored? Routes and boulder problems aren't changed very frequently, especially during the Summer months, and the style of route setting can take some getting used to!

Hungry? The cafe provides food and drink all year around, with a greater range of food available during winter (the *really* busy season). [Nick Smith 02/2002]

Directions
Driving directions to The Foundry with Google
Most maps and sat-nav systems have not yet been updated with regards changes to the inner ring road. We strongly advise visiting our website for directions which take into account the new road layout.

Just a 10/15 minute walk from Sheffield City Centre OR a 20/30 minute walk from the train/bus stations - directions on our website.

Gear shop
On-site CragX Climbing Shop - run by the Foundry

Nearby pubs
Several good (all CAMRA, I think) Pubs within 5 mins walk.

Dedicated?
YES, a dedicated climbing centre

ABC wall?
YES, this wall is a member of the Association of British Climbing centres

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USER FEEDBACKLogin as Existing User to add your comments

the bouldering wall is reset more often now but all problems arent v graded anymore cos everyone complains that it aint the grade they think it is!!just ask one of the local hero's if you wanna know what grade it is! rich
banned profile 74 - 21/Mar/06

An excellent facility with great routes and bouldering. Let down by the fact they never buy any new holds and don't wash the existing ones.
stp ? - 20/Mar/05

The Wave bouldering currently has 'V' grades for all the problems, after they experimented without any grades and just giving easy/medium/hard.
Nick Smith - UKC ? - 17/Jul/04

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Shauna Coxsey on Womens problem 1
UKC News, Feb 2014
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The effervescent Richie Patterson on a creative boulder problem at FBO-14 bouldering competition at the Foundry Climbing Centre
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Jo Evans at the BRYCS final in 19??
© Al Evans
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Varsity 2011
© jack89, Apr 2011
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Varsity 2011
© jack89, Apr 2011
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Varsity 2011
© jack89, Apr 2011
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BMC Leading Ladder Final 09
© markhilton, Apr 2009
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Ouchy!
© Bill Davidson, Apr 2009
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More main wall
© kerry cooper, Jul 2008
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5.10
© kerry cooper
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Foundry main wall
© kerry cooper
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The foundry, Sheffield
© kerry cooper, Jul 2008
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the furnace @ the foundry
© zoobizooretta, Oct 2007
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foundry wave
© zoobizooretta, Oct 2007
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Ian Vickers in an early Foundry comp.
© stp, Sep 1994
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Spiderboy, aged four and a half :)
© Henriettaah, Apr 2007
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Look up
© Benjamin Lee, Nov 2006
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Young climber
© Benjamin Lee, Nov 2006
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The ghost climb
© Thomas Lee, Nov 2006
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Ben waving on the Wave
© shark, Mar 2006
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Ben throwing laps on the green problem
© shark, Mar 2006
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Thea on the main overhang of the Troll wall at The Foundry, Sheffield
Nick Smith - UKC, Jan 2004
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Natalie Berry bouldering at the Foundry (BRYCS Final 2001)
© Dave Berry
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jude down the furnace
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Jude Calvert-Toulmin down at the Furnace, the Foundry wall, Sheffield
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