Chrome Domes

Posted on September 20, 2018 by Ned Feehally

10 years ago we had a play around with some aluminium on one of our CNC machines to see whether it was a viable option for handholds. Aluminium is a great material - it's fairly light, very tough and machines well. It's also possible to machine any texture into the surface. 

We managed to find a nice texture that felt fairly grippy while being pretty skin friendly. The problem was that due to the cost of the material and the length of machine time required to make them they ended up having to be fairly expensive. People weren't interested. You have to remember that at the time the indoor/wood training revolution which now has us fully in its grip, hadn't really started. 

Fast forward 10 years...

Climbing has become much more popular. Training boards have really caught on (quite rightly) and wooden holds have become common place. People now understand that training on wood has many benefits over resin. However it does have some downfalls... 

The surface hardness of wood isn't ever going to be as good as resin. Therefore using wooden holds as footholds can limit their lifespan, not to mention, make your lovely wooden holds look a bit of a mess. 

Using specific holds for footholds is the best way of protecting your handholds, but often you're forced to freestyle - either using some wooden ones, or using some resin ones. Generally these haven't actually been designed for the purpose. 


The Chrome Domes are our latest adventure in the world of training products. We don't think a mere foothold has ever had this much thought and development thrown at it! 

 - machined from solid aluminium

 - rounded and smooth with a flat, textured area to stand on. You have to stand accurately on the correct part. 

 - totally unbreakable

 - won't trash your shoes as the texture isn't too aggressive

 - stand out from other holds and footholds so you don't mistakenly stand on something you shouldn't


They have a waffle texture on the flat surface which provides positive grip without trashing your shoes. The corners have been rounded off to the point that they are unusable. The only way you can get any purchase out of these footholds it to press really hard directly onto the flat surface of them. No drop knees are going to help you here! 


(A close up of the waffle texture - 24x) 

We have long been believers in training body tension on steep boards. The trick seems to be to use sloping footholds which you cannot claw in on, without a positive edge. That way you learn to push through the feet, rather than dangling off your feet. Another advantage of this is that you can climb in soft comfy shoes, and not rely on your expensive, mega aggressive down-turned shoes to get up the board. 

These are great for adding a bit of variation to an existing board and for preserving your lovely wooden handholds by stopping you from standing on them. But most importantly, these are perfect for developing killer body tension!  

Yes, they are fairly expensive, but bear in mind they will never wear out. And they look pretty smart too...

We are incredible excited about these - we reckon you will be too...

Check them out in our shop: https://www.beastmaker.co.uk/collections/chrome-domes/products/chrome-domes

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BIFF 2018

Posted on February 06, 2018 by Ned Feehally

Thanks so much to everyone who turned up to watch, "compete" or help out. The BIFF was a massive success again this year. You can watch the replay of the livestream here for a glimpse of the chaos that occurred...



We really stepped it up with the difficulty and the challenges this year. The strength of people these days is incredible. It's been interesting to see how this has developed over the last 4 years of running the comp. The average level seems to have shot up. It's great to see. 

Below are the results of the first part of the comp. You'll have to watch the final to find out more...

Well done everyone who took part. I hope your poor elbows have recovered!


Female Scores

1 Sister Whittaker (perhaps a slightly suspect entrant to the female category!)
3 Hannah Slaney
4 Jen Wood
5 Gracie Martin
6 Belinda Fuller
7 Rachel Carr
8 Jo Neeme
9 Eugenie Lee
10 Yasmin Roberts
11 Sarah Pashley
12 Ellie Cox
13 Dawn Hou
14 Susann Hansch
16 Cat Downy
17 Sidonee Graham
15 Jo Allen
18 Joren Van Den Bergh
19 Miriam Dobson 


Male Scores

1 Aiden Roberts
2 Jonny Kydd
3 Alex Megos
4 Jim Pope
5 Jan Hojer
6 Sam Prior
7 Louis Parkinson
8 Max Ayrton
9 Dave Barrons
10 Billy Ridal
11 James Noble
12 Graham Giles
13 Nathan Whasey
14 Luke Murphy
15 Jack Ramsden
16 Michelle Caminati
17 Jez Etherton
18 Joe Swaleo
19 Ash Wolsey Heard
20 Hulk
21 Tom Green
22 Sammy Clarkes
23 David Taylor
24 Baeel Wrightley
25 Jamie Rankin
26 Sam Platt
26 Jack Ainscough
28 Alex Prescott
29 Tim Blake
29 Phillip Mitchell
31 Christian Turner
32 Francisco De Santiago
33 Mathew Phillips
34 Max Ayrton

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BIFF results - so far!

Posted on January 04, 2018 by Dan Varian

BIFF is back!

The top 10 from each qualifier round, plus the top 10 from last year's final will get an invite to the final. These have been sent out now, so if we've missed you out then let us know and we will get it sorted! 

If you're planning to come to the Sheffield Final at the Climbing Works (Jan 27th from 7.30) you'll need either an official invite, or a spectator ticket. There is a limited number of spectator tickets available so get yours booked now: 


See you there! 


The results are below: 

Sheffield qualifier


  1. Molly Thompson Smith
  2. Belinda Fuller
  3. Rachel Carr
  4. Gracie Martin
  5. Sarah Pashley
  6. Sidonie Graham
  7. Rachel Hoyland
  8. Miriam Dobson
  9. Kate Dean


  1. Aidan Roberts
  2. Tom Green
  3. Ash Wolsey Heard
  4. Isaac Knightley
  5. Billy Ridal
  6. Luke Murphy
  7. Jack Ramsden
  8. Jamie Rankin
  9. Phillip Mitchell
  10. Michele Caminati
  11. Matt Bennett
  12. Joe Czubkowski
  13. James Hustwick
  14. James Bryant
  15. Ross Cooper
  16. Olly Keeling
  17. Dan Waters
  18. Martin Heald
  19. Matt Goodman
  20. Jack Ainscough
  21. Ben Collingwood
  22. Harry Waller
  23. David Burn
  24. Hristo Gavrilov
  25. Oliver Ainscough
  26. Ben Sully
  27. Jos Carrick
  28. Scott Kier
  29. Tim George
  30. Sam Hardie
  31. Jonny Speak
  32. Cam Cooper
  33. Darren Stevenson
  34. Matthew Strickland
  35. Richard Parker
  36. Jonathan Pearmain?
  37. Matt Owens
  38. Jonathan Shrago
  39. Joe Mitchell
  40. T Collier


London qualifier


  1. Carmel Moran
  2. Jo Neame
  3. Yasmin Roberts
  4. Bronagh Cairns
  5. Heidi Khlaaf
  6. Ellie Cox
  7. Susan Hansch
  8. Stefanie Maurer
  9. Cat Downy
  10. Dawn Hou
  11. Jorien Van Der Bergh
  12. Sophie Fielding
  13. Sara Al-Assam


  1. Jim Pope
  2. Louis Parkinson
  3. Nathan Whaley
  4. Gil Leviton
  5. Cameron McLonghlin
  6. Graham Giles
  7. Alex Dexter
  8. David Taylor
  9. Jack Popplewell
  10. Alex Prescott
  11. Jamie Lewin
  12. Joshua Purdie
  13. Carmel Razromed
  14. Stan Harris
  15. Andrius Zukas
  16. Alex O’Neill
  17. Josh Loftus
  18. Sam Claggett
  19. Ziyad Soobhan
  20. John Golder
  21. Oscar Bonyard
  22. Jamie Sookprasong
  23. Jack Appley
  24. Aaron Clifford
  25. Francisco De Santiago Requejo
  26. Sebastian Mohnke
  27. Arnold Cheung
  28. Matt Ireland
  29. Sam Jackson
  30. Kris Taps
  31. Ben Search
  32. Jack Martyn Hillier
  33. James May
  34. Niccolo Fioritti
  35. Hadi Ali
  36. David Sauaqe
  37. Jack Turner
  38. Will McMahon
  39. Francesco Ragazzi
  40. Sam Swift
  41. Luke Symonds
  42. Brian Taylor
  43. Josh Huxford
  44. Julian Halford
  45. Wing
  46. Justin Shute
  47. David Palmer
  48. Matt Brown

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