Report - Blocfest Bouldering Seriesby Blocfest Mar/2013
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After the Christmas break it was time for the Blocfest circus to go outside of the M25 and head westwards to Reading Climbing Centre and The Climbing Academy Bristol. First stop on the 19th January was very snowy Reading.
Here are a few thoughts from Blocfest organiser Mike Langley:
"On Thursday 17th January we headed toward Reading with fresh psyche from a few bouldering World Cup replays on YouTube over breakfast. On the way Gaz's car, loaded with hundreds of Holdz holds and Blocfest's Volumes, was bottoming out over every speed bump in North London. Finally we made it to Reading and as soon as I walked in and met the Reading team I knew that for me this was going to be an excellent event and a pleasure to organise with the team."
Despite the British weathers best efforts to stop us, we had a fantastic turnout and a great day. Check out the video below from Ben Grubb for the day's action.
With only a few weeks break team Blocfest squeezed in co-organising and setting for the Best of British event for the british bouldering team at the Arch Climbing wall and then blasted over to Reading to strip the Blocfest circuit and back to make some new fibreglass volumes in preparation for the TCA Bristol event.
Here is what Blocfest organiser Gaz Parry had to say:
"With only a 5 day break we found ourselves once again crammed into a van and winging our way over to Bristol.Our host and one of the bosses at TCA, Paul Twomey greeted us with open arms and gallons of coffee and from then on in that was pretty much it. We were left to our own devices; we had the run of one of the best boulder centers in the UK".
The climbers turned up in their hundreds and many had made a big effort and travelled from London, Sheffield and even Scotland! Very quickly the Bristol event seemed to develop into a Blocfest Big Air Display. The fantastic photo above of James"The Beastly Squirrel" playing superman in the final gives you an idea of what we are talking about. Combine this with very varied dynos in the qualifier and it was a weekend for the bouncy.
The day turned out to be a big hit with the Bristol scene and taking Blocfest outside of London was a great success.
Blocfest organiser Kornelija Howick's thoughts
"It was so nice to see the familiar faces as well as so many new local climbers. I love seeing everyone so psyched as they register in the morning and now I'm excited for the final festival".
Massive thanks to the all those who took part, the full results can be found on the BlocFest Website.
Further awesome photos of the day can be found here
We look forward to seeing you all at The Arch Climbing Wall for the final festival of 2012-13 on March 9th.
A special thanks to Round 4 Sponsors La Sportiva
Series sponsors Boreal, Mountain Hardwear, Rock On, Holdz and Nourish Me Now.