Dave Douglas's Awesome Walls in Liverpool has reputation for not only excellent climbing, but importantly a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere, according to many who climb there. Dave and Awesome Walls (www.awesomewalls.co.uk) is an interesting story and maybe one day it will be told.
Dave has a new wall under construction in Manchester.
In addition Sheffield's, the Climbing Works, is expanding south to Bristol.
In reply to tlm: Manchester does have the capacity for 2 "good" lead walls i believe. MCC is an excellent wall but it does get very busy as do the london and leeds walls. I beleive they are going to extend but i suspect that will be much like adding an additional lane to a motorway which really needs about 6 lanes. (crap example maybe)
I reckon an additional wall should spread capacity and prevent (at least for some time) there being a one in one out situation or at least reduce the levels of queueing at the popular lead walls.
Anyone know what the climbing facilities at the chillfactore are expected to be? The website does imply a "normal" climbing wall.
> (In reply to tbertenshaw) Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant.
> This has made my week. No, my month.
> A bit of research reveals the address:
> The Old Engine House, Pear New Mill, Stockport Road West, Lower Bredbury, Stockport. SK6 2BP
> (google stockport planning portal if you want all the details)
Cool - I will be able to walk to it from my work...
The only problem with MCC from a personal point of view is the lack of constant angle overhanging lead walls - only two lines, and one of those is a corner line - so I'm hoping Stockport is gonna rectify that.
I'm not sure about the capacity issue. MCC has generated a huge number of people who wouldn't otherwise have climbed - so your motorway analogy is probably a good one!
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com: Great to have a wall in Stockport but that will put three good indoor centres in a very small area (Rope Race is only just up the road in Marple). Let's hope that the local facilities ALL get support... C-:
It would be great if a new wall in Manchester was build in the North of the city. South Manchester already has Rope Race within easy reach, Manc Climbing Centre, Salford Uni etc. etc. There are climbers like myself who would prefer not to fight our way around the M60 or central Manchester to get to a wall on a rainy Winter's evening. Perhaps the Middleton/Bury/Swinton area could support a wall with towns such as Rochdale, Oldham, Bolton, Blackburn, Preston and others not too far away. I know there are small walls in many of these places but nothing really to compare to the bigger centres.
In reply to SI A: A friendly atmosphere would be nice. I've been going to UCR 3 or 4 times a week for two years and I still feel bad about interrupting the 'friendly' staff from their chats to rudely pay for entry, or wait 10 minutes before someone deigns to acknowledge my presence. Competition's always a good thing.
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
mmm, wonder what john dunne is thinking?
its a little close isnt it? its about a 7 minute drive!
i think MCC is great,although i am a little bored with it now, and will leave it alone for a while.
but having 2 so close to each other can only be good for the consumer.
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com:
Dave D, I see the secrets out at last!
My fingers have finally recovered from the t-nutting for the new Awseome Bouldering room in Manchester. I'll require much more beer/jd to do the main walls.
There's a blatant need, plenty of climbers in and around Stoke
There's plenty of run down factories that could be used, and I bet they're cheap to buy too (the houses are cheap enough - I should know as I'm buying one!)
Stoke is right on the M6, so easy to access for those further afield, and it's on the way to a lot of places.
Because I work full time, I'm buying a house, I have a boyfriend, I climb 4 times a week, I paint, I swim/jog, I even socialise occasionally etc.etc. Not to mention that fact that I have no relevant experience.