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)

Monday, 27 June 2011

Recall Notice - Grigri2

Petzl has discovered that exerting excessive force on the fully extended handle of the GRIGRI 2 can cause internal damage, such that the GRIGRI 2 handle may become stuck in the open position.
When the handle is stuck in this position the assisted braking function is disabled. A damaged GRIGRI 2 in this configuration will function similarly to a manual belay device (e.g. tube style device).
A GRIGRI 2 with a damaged handle must be immediately retired from service.

Please check the first five digits of the serial number on your Grigri2 and if it is between 10326 and 11136 discontinue use and return to Petzl for replacement.


Full details of the recall and of how to return your Grigri2's are on the Lyon website - please return direct to Lyon and not via your local climbing shop.

Please note the original Grigri and Grigri2's with serial number 11137 onwards are NOT affected by this recall.

BMC Youth Climbing Series Final - June 25th

Jim Watkin, area youth coordinator, has provided a short report on how the Foundry based competitors did - well done to all of you who took part.

Some good results Saturday. No podium places to report but some excellent performances on some very difficult routes. Results as follows. - there were 30+ competitors in each group

In Girls 8-10, Pippa Watkin and Abbie Rivett both had strong days finishing 7th and 12th respectively

In Boys 8-10 Mark Alkins-Tooth also climbed strongly finishing 6th overall

In Girls 11-13 Dana Windle did really well on some tough routes to finish 22nd in a field with many girls a year older than her

In Boys 11-13 Tom and Ben Lee matched each other all day to finish joint 25th again against boys a year older

In Boys 14-16 Alex Hall again competed against much older competitors finishing 30th.

All Foundry climbers did extremely well on some really tough routes and did The Foundry proud!

Full results are on the BMC site

Jim Watkin

BMC Area Youth Rep.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Foundry on ITV Daybreak!!

Whatever you're doing this coming Monday 20th at 6.30am, if you're near a tv, switch on ITV Daybreak. They will be airing a couple of films based on a small group of beginners having a go at climbing/abseiling at The Foundry. Sean James from Foundry Mountain Activities/Sheffield Mountain Guides and Matt Roberts, TV fitness expert, take them through their paces!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

What the furnace?

Massive scaffold in the furnace.

You may have spotted the anchor point in the corner of the furnace - that's been there a while now....

It's not there for nothing.

The Furnace has been shut during the day for most of this week whilst Rob Napier and Ben Tedstill (with a little bit of help from the Portland Sheet metal guys next door) have been panelling out the area just left of the Furnace lead wall.

This'll create an awesome chimney feature in the corner of the furnace, and increase the top roping in there to potentially 6 or 7 routes rather than 2.

Neil overseeing the new build. Rob and Ben T-Nutting panels

As I type, the panelling is just about finished. There should be paint up there by the end of the week, and hopefully some new routes, exploring new territory in the Foundry, once the paint's gone off!



Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Peak District Bouldering IN STOCK

After much anticipation we finally have it!!! The NEW Peak Bouldering guide is in.....new pictures, problems and topo's for you to get stuck into! This is a must have! Fingers at the ready!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Cliffhanger 2011 - 2nd/3rd July

For the fifth year CragX will be taking our popular pull-up challenge and a Marquee filled with bargains to the annual Cliffhanger event in Millhouses Park.

For more information about Cliffhanger click HERE

Monday, 6 June 2011