Milton Keynes Climbing Needs You!by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Nov/2009
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Big Rock Climbing Centre is a collaboration between Beacon Climbing in North Wales and some local climbers from Milton Keynes.
Steve Mayers from The Beacon explained:
"The aim is to build a climbing centre of national importance and create a friendly, professionally run centre with some fantastic indoor climbing. Terms have been agreed on a 1,500sqm unit in Kingston - that's conveniently opposite the giant Tescos and not far from the M1 for those that know the area."
However the final planning has yet to be agreed. Steve is looking for support:
"The project is currently at the planning stage and if you'd like to lend us your support, which could be crucial, then you can do it on line by following the link below."
The centre will feature:
1200sqm of climbing initially and more to follow
Several roped climbing areas with routes up to 11m long
Huge bouldering area including some large freestanding boulders
Dedicated group areas with a mini caving system & high ropes course
Café, shop & meeting area
Separate kid's climbing area
Do you have any suggestions for the design? What do local climbers want? The Beacon are interested:
"We are currently working on some exciting designs for the various sections of climbing wall and we'd really welcome your suggestions for the design process either through the UKC forum or by e-mail to steve [@] beaconclimbing.com. We are also keen to hear from local climbers who feel they might have something to offer whether you have building skills, instructor qualifications or you'd just like to get involved then please feel free to get in touch."
The centre is due to open in May/June 2010. The team hope to have a website up & running soon and will post updates on the project as well as plans and images of the wall designs on this UKC Permier Post.