WINNERS: Trangoworld and Boulder Britainby Michael Ryan Jan/2012
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Thank you to everyone who entered this competition.
Q. What is the inflated thickness of the Trangoworld Crash Pad?
Q. What is the Trangoworld Crag Pack named after?
A crag in Spain
Who was the first UK boulderer in the 1880's who was capable of one-arm pull-ups?
1st Prize - Geoff Goddard of Wetherby wins Trangoworld Crash Pad, Albarra Chalk Bucket, Knit Beanie – worth £340
2nd Prize - Steve Taylor of Wareham, Dorset wins Margalef Crag Pack, Albarra Chalk Bucket, Knit Beanie – worth £135
3rd Prize - Will Smith of Warwick Albarra Chalk Bucket, Knit Beanie – worth £55
Boulder Britain Competition
ashleyb89 of Hamilton, Glasgow.
Mark McDonald of Luton, Bedfordshire.
Paul Smith of Stockport, Cheshire.
Stuart Knott of Carlisle, Cumbria.
Liz Fowler of London.
We've got a great bouldering competition courtesy of Allcord, Trangoworld and Niall Grimes to start the New Year, all details below, over £600 in prizes and eight winners, but first some hot tips for bouldering in the cold.
Winter can be prime bouldering season, when cold temps and dry sunny weather combine there can be no better conditions. But you have to be prepared and careful if you are to have a great time. The ground is often damp, and although friction can be at an optimum when the temperature drops, tendons and muscles can easily be damaged - it is also worth noting that high friction rubber can lose its stickiness if it is too cold. It's hard to warm up and many bouldering areas are off limits due to seepage and green algae. But with a little nouse it is all systems go for those who love bouldering.
Here are some tips borne from my experience of cold-weather bouldering.
What To Bring
Choose your winter bouldering spots carefully, south facing, quick to dry areas are best of course. But don't discount the unobvious. Ask around for beta.
If you have more cold weather bouldering tips, add them to the thread associated with this article.
If you are new to bouldering, check out this great primer article: Beginner's Bouldering – How to get started
OK, now here's your chance to win some great bouldering kit. One of the questions is a tad historical, but you have John Gill to help you.
The new Trangoworld Crash Pad has just arrived in the country. It is a huge, hinged pad which uses air cushion technology as part of its impact protection mechanism. This is achieved through air dispelling chambers sandwiched between two layers (landing zone and ground side) of thick hard cell foam.
1st Prize: Trangoworld Crash Pad, Albarra Chalk Bucket, Knit Beanie – worth £340
2nd Prize: Margalef Crag Pack, Albarra Chalk Bucket, Knit Beanie – worth £135
3rd Prize: Albarra Chalk Bucket, Knit Beanie – worth £55
In addition we have five copies of Niall Grimes' Boulder Britain to give away. Boulder Britain is a select guidebook to the bouldering in the UK. You can read all about it here: A New Guidebook: Boulder Britain .
All you have to do to win is answer the three questions below by Tuesday 17th January 2012. There will be eight winners.