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)

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Boulder Resets Ahoy!

A big chunk of the bouldering circuits are going to be reset on the 7th October!

All new problems will be up for you to get to grips with before the comp season starts.

The first round of The Foundry's Winter Bouldering League is a month later, on the 7th November.

So get your eye in with the style of problems that are set on the Wave, Bleaustone Wall, Traverse Corridor and Woody Board - you've got a month to prepare!


Thursday, 22 September 2011


Still sore about £9000 a year tuition fees?

Make yourself feel a bit better by taking advantage of The Foundry's stupidly good value membership deals this term.

Full Time Students can get a 30 day membership for £20 at the moment, instead of the usual £35.

But that's not the big news.

Starting 26/9/11, the first 20 people to take out a 3 month membership pay £50 instead of the normal £85. That's simply an unmissable deal.

Or you can go the whole hog and get an annual membership for £200 instead of £220. But, again, there's only twenty of these cheap memberships available!



Thursday, 15 September 2011

CragX Climbing Shop - at least 20% off all clothing

End of Summer clothing sale is now on at CragX. This is an instore only sale and will end next week!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

FREE Injury Screening Clinic

The guys from the clinic are back for the winter season. Their first FREE injury screening clinic is on:

Monday 26th September - 7pm-9pm

Come down for free advice on climbing injuries and injury avoidance. An expert team will be on hand to give you the all the information you need to deal with your injury!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Monster Reset

Over the past month or so, Rob, Ash and Steve have been working furiously to reset the whole of the centre.

Since June:

  • Every circuit on the Wave/Bleaustone Wall/Traverse Corridor has been reset; 
  • There's been a new section of wall built in the furnace, creating a whole new line (and meaning I got to paint in a number '36' at the bottom of the wall); 
  • The CragX vert wall has been reset; 
  • The Livingstone wall has been reset; 
  • The yellow slab has been reset; 
  • 40 NEW ROUTES have gone up on the Main wall; 
  • The whole of the Furnace has had a reset...

.... And every volume in the centre has been taken down, filled, painted and put back up somewhere else.

We just need to get the Green slab reset next week to get full marks.

Our route setters have really busted a gut to get such a big selection of top quality routes on the wall; and this is all before the winter season has got underway!

Over the coming months, look out for the return of dry tooling, the winter bouldering league, the BMC's leading ladder, and another gazillion or so new routes and boulder problems. There will also be some pretty hefty deals a-happenin at CragX.

So stay tuned!