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)

Friday, 20 August 2010

New route setting

The Livingstone wall will be re set on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th followed by the whole of the Vertical wall and Foundry slab on Thursday/Friday.

Monday, 9 August 2010

New Guide Books for Font and Rodellar.......

One can get a little overwhelmed at the numerous Fontainebleau bouldering guides on offer. Certainly, in my experience, not all of them are great - some have decent area topos, others fare better at illustrating individual boulders. The lack of a clear guide for navigating the endless bouldering areas in the forest can, quite frankly, be a pain in le derrière....

The first instalment of Jacky Godoffe's new set of Font guides offers a glimmer of hope however. At first thumb through, Font à Bloc seems a bit spartan. Don't let the austerity of this guide fool you though. What it does offer is clear topos of the areas it covers, then a nice big photo of every bloc and a big red line showing where each problem goes. Throw in a brief description of each problem and how it starts, and what you have in front of you is a rather good Font guide. Definitely worth checking out. 


Also in the shop this week, we've got the new Rodellar guide (have a look here). Once again, clear pictures illustrating the line of route, coupled with decent area topos make for a very useful guidebook. There's some pretty decent photography in this one too.