VIDEO: Cliffhanger Countdown

by Sarah Stirling Jun/2009
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Canon PowerShot D10, 32 kbIt's less than two weeks to go to Cliffhanger, Sheffield's outdoor sport event held at Millhouses Park on the weekend of July 11–12. Entry is £5, free for under 16s.

Below is a quick rundown of what's on.

Also there is one week left to go of the Cliffhanger Canon Photo Comp - Win a Canon Powershot D10 worth £379 . Quite simple to enter, just submit up to a photograph on the theme of cliffs. You can see and vote on the entries here

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+Mina Leslie-Wujustyk, 193 kb
Mina Leslie-Wujustyk
© Keith Sharples, Jul 2008

The BMC British Bouldering Championships, Britain's main bouldering comp, takes place at Cliffhanger. British Bouldering Team Coach, Gaz Parry, has tipped Ned Feehally, Dave Barrons and Leah Crane as the ones to watch for titles. “I'll train a bit myself, but I'll mainly be entering the BBCS for fun this year,” said Gaz.

Find out when you can watch the BMC British Bouldering Championships in action at the BMC website.

Walk around and spot your house on the largest ever map of England and Wales, a 1,584 square feet piece of art cartography complete with full topographical detail in perfect scale, which will be brought to Cliffhanger by event sponsors Ordnance Survey and partners Mapland. It was recently at the Outdoors Show where it was one of the highlights. See a picture of it and read more about the project at www.maplandbritain.co.uk

Oli Johnson, Britain's orienteering Long Champion and the Yorkshire South Orienteers are bringing the UK's first ever Ultrasprint orienteering event to Cliffhanger again. A high intensity, high speed form of orienteering, the race includes map reading, multi-terrain racing and river crossings. The UK's elite orienteers will battle it out to become Ultrasprint champion 2009. Visitors can experience orienteering for themselves on Saturday and watch the experts on Sunday.Find out more here: www.cliff-hanger.co.uk

Taking two-wheels into another dimension, there will be coaching sessions and demos in trials mountain biking from former world champion Ben Slinger and former European Champion Danny Butler. Watch Ben Slinger in action here.

There will be 11 climbing walls at Cliffhanger, including a special Alpkids one for children. Alpkids on the Blocs is a fun climbing competition for children under 8 years old and their parents. Alpkit climbers will show the children and their parents how they can work together to climb safely together on the 8ft high blocs as they attempt to complete 10 boulder problems.

+Skyler setting the new Guiness World Dyno record of 2.65m at Cliffhanger 2008, 146 kb
Skyler setting the new Guiness World Dyno record of 2.65m at Cliffhanger 2008
© Keith Sharples, Jul 2008

There will be an open dynoing (like high jump for climbing) competition at Cliffhanger with £1000 prize money up for grabs. The world record holder, Skyler Weekes, flies over from Colorado each year to beat his own record: currently 2.65m. If you think you can jump higher than Skyler, turn up and take part in the friendly open competition, which will take place on each morning at Cliffhanger.

Read an interview with Skyler and find out more about the comp at Skyler Weekes, King of the Dyno and a Wine Sommelier

There will be a film, art, photography and lecture marquee, where you can meet the likes of Doug Scott and Alastair Lee. There will be photography walks and talks from some professional photographers, too. Read more and enter a competition to win a Canon camera at Cliffhanger Canon Photo Comp

Trailquest – the art of orienteering on mountain bikes – makes its debut at Cliffhanger. Organised by Dark and White events the two-hour discipline will leave Millhouses Park on the Saturday and travel through the nearby Peak District. A roadworthy bike, cycle helmet, watch, the event map (supplied), a first aid kit, 2 x £1 for phone and substantial clothing, including quality waterproofs, are compulsory kit for this events. Dark and White are also organising a mini-mountain marathon, a fell race and an adventure race for the Cliffhanger weekend.

UKClimbing.com are a major sponsor of Cliffhanger


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