Welcome to The Foundry Blog....

Opening its doors back in 1991, The Foundry has been at the heart of the Sheffield and UK climbing scenes ever since. Almost two decades on, the centre continues to provide a world class environment for climbers, whether you're new to the sport or about to tick your first Font 8b!

The blog will keep you up to date with the activity and achievements that are going on in and around The Foundry.

Hope to see you soon! - Neil Bentley (Centre Manager)

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

The Foundry Bouldering League: Round 3 Results

A busy night of competition at the Foundry last night saw a great turn out for the final round of the 2008/2009 Foundry Bouldering league, spurred on by the attendance of Jerry Moffatt, signing copies of his book 'Revelations' (available from www.cragx.com).

Well done to everyone who entered each of the rounds of the league.
For those of you still wanting to compete, the final round of SWBL is at Climbing Works on 12th February.

Results from round 3

D Skoczylas – 182
J Merz – 171
A Hutchison – 167
L Crane (F) – 159
B Morton – 158
K Whittaker (F) – 154
D mnerrick (F) – 154
L Porter – 153
R Cowie (F) – 150
T Melius (F) – 145
N Phillips (jnr) – 145
N Milinkovic (jnr F) – 138
D Withey – 137
R Hall (jnr F) – 129
C Moran – 128
T Bonnert (jnr) – 125
I Stewart (jnr) – 125
J Sheard (jnr) – 125
J Beech (jnr) – 110
J Peter – 105
T Hutchinson – 105
M Holmes (jnr) – 91
H Murray (jnr F) – 89
S Honick – 81
J Carr – 80
A Hall (jnr F) – 80
M Ratcliffe – 79
M Aspinall (jnr) – 79
R Sellman – 77
B Hoyland (jnr F) – 75
T Whitehouse – 74
T Hopkinson – 69
S Whitehouse (F) – 67
J James (jnr) 60
K Dorset – 53
G Hoyland (jnr F) – 45
S Hall – 41
R Bonnert – 40
L Clarkson (jnr F) – 28

Monday, 26 January 2009

Brad Pit at The Foundry boulder comp TONIGHT

From 5.30pm this eve (26th ) till 9.45. 20 brand new spanking problems on the totally reset wave and special guesting volumes on other walls. Including a re-creation of the famous Stanage boulder problem 'Brad Pit' !

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Jerry Moffatt Book Signing - Monday 26th Jan

Climbing Legend Jerry Moffatt will be at The Foundry signing copies of his new autobiography, Revelations this coming Monday evening (26th Jan).

Here's the publishers spiel on the book: When Jerry Moffatt burst onto the scene as a brash 17-year-old, rock climbing had never seen anyone like him before. Fiercely ambitious, even as a boy Moffatt was focused on one thing: being the best in the world. This is the story of his meteoric rise to stardom, and how he overcame injury to stay at the top for over two decades. Top sport climber, brilliant competitor and a pioneer in the new game of bouldering, Moffatt’s story is that of climbing itself in the last thirty years.

Yet Jerry Moffatt is more than a dedicated athlete. Travelling the world to fulfil his dreams, his story is a compelling and often hilarious account of the climbing community with all its glories, dangers and foibles, as well as the story of a true sporting legend.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Resetting of the FiveTen Main Wall

Resetting is in progress this week and will be completed by friday.

There is already a new layback feature on line G. New volumes have been added to the stepped roofs. There is now a range of grades - from 4+ to 8A+. By the end of the week you'll find a wide variety of routes within that grade range. We'll be involving lots more volumes in the routes, whilst maintaining a number of more basic routes for training on.

As always, let us know what you think of the new routes.

Hope you enjoy the climbing!


Blood, Sweat & Volumes.....

Ticked The file? London Wall? Ray's Roof?, come try the New Testpiece!

From El Capitan to Sheffield, The Foundry Manager, Neil Bentley demonstrates his Crack Climbing prowess and efficiency on the new 4m/16ft Jamming Crack located on the CragX Vertical Wall.

Whether your a Crack Climbing Expert or a relative novice in crack climbing, why not come and try the new Jamming Crack, with a range of different graded routes.........

Sheffield Walls Bouldering League and The Foundry Bouldering comp

The first round of the Sheffield Walls Bouldering League was a huge success! Climbers flocked to the Foundry to tackle a variety of top notch problems. With great tunes and a great atmosphere, a good time was had all round! 

Don't miss the next round of the SWBL at the EDGE today (21st January), as well as the final round at the CLIMBING WORKS, which will be held on February 13th.

For more competetive bouldering action the Foundry is the place to be next Monday (26th January), with round three of the Foundry Bouldering League (see saturday's post!)

Many thanks to Ed Brown for the Photos!

January Route Setting - New Year, New Routes....

A busy month begins for the Foundry Route Setting Team:

- 15 New Routes have been set on the Vertical CragX wall, including a 4m/16ft vertical hand jamming crack/layback!

- January 19th-22nd, Reset of the Five Ten Prow, Main Wall and Stepped Roofs, including new volumes, tufas and features.

- January 26th-28th, Full reset of the Wave & Bleaustone bouldering walls.

Lots of inspiring new routes & problems to test all ages and abilities.......

Monday, 19 January 2009

Now Then...

Sheffield magazine 'Now Then.' has this month rated The Foundry as a top place to visit in the city! Copies of the mag can be found in The Foundry cafe - it's free, so pick one up next time you're in.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Foundry Bouldering League

Monday 26th January 5.45 till 9.45pm. 20 NEW problems on reset bouldering walls and extra volumes on other walls for added bouldering fun and challenge on the night only! There will be extra holds for under 16s.