Our new dedicated bouldering centre is looking stunning and we are aiming to open it this week.
Construction is finished, most of the matting has now been fitted and routesetting is ongoing with the 6000 shiny new holds that we've ordered - we even went to the trade shows in Europe and spent a long time looking through all the new designs and shapes from all the best hold manufacturers before we decided which sets to buy.
This month we have begun the tranformation of the mezzanine to create a top-roping area ready for when we open next door as we begin the final push to complete the expansion. (Don't worry the existing bouldering won't stop till we open next door!)
Everyone who has had a sneak preview has been really impressed with the space and the inventiveness of the wall designs. Its hard to do it justice in the photos but here's a brief rundown...
We have knocked part of the floor through into the basement to give us space for an 8m endurance board overhanging between 15° and 57°, with a roof length of 40ft! The underside of the new floor will provide an epic stamina cave of even steeper proportions - but that's another story!
But its not all about power - the new bouldering centre will be aimed at everyone, with tons of easy routes, long traverses, colour coded circuits and 'off-piste' problems jamming cracks, corners, grooves and much much more.
At the other end of the room we've finished a large overhanging prow; great for practising those heel hooks, as well as some unique and intricate pebbly slabs.
Mirf's modular approach to construction means any shape or panel can be taken down, turned upside down and rearranged to provide endless variety across every surface.
Other fun stuff will include a systems board for the training freaks right next to a dedicated training room.
If you don't think you are into bouldering we think that when you see this you'll be inspired to give it a go - there's even room for a 300ft traverse!
If you are still determined to resist the temptation of bouldering, don't worry - the new centre will give us space for more top-roping routes in the main room and extending reception to make more room for chilling out, our famous cakes & cuppas, more food options and a bigger spectator area.
Like we said - something for everyone!
Watch this space for further developments!