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Power Plants. £6000 link with Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust in 2018.

Posted on January 14, 2019 by Dan Varian

 

Happy New Year.

 

We are keen to make a change for the better from our side of the fingerboard this year. We are getting busier and one thing which is often on our minds is the climate and the environment. Whether it’s another day of 90% humidity at the crag in a warm british winter or hearing a snipe hunting when walking out from Back Bowden. If we tune into the natural world its often a pleasant experience. Sadly the way the world is going at the minute there are many signs globally that humans are having a net negative affect on it all.

We more than accept that our business model essentially involves cutting down trees at stage one. We use our wood type precisely because it is a renewable resource grown in the east coast of America but that doesn’t mean that we cant strive to do more and actually put our back into something else positive as well. As of last year we have gone into partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust and have donated £6000 their tree planting schemes. By working with a local charity we should see direct results from our donations and it is overseen by a keen climber and friend of the company, Dan Turner who works for the trust, so good knowledge is there from the get go. We know that the trees that get planted should be the best suited to their new environment and the habitats will be restored woodland that would’ve been there before humans got a bit carried away with the deforestation in blighty. (we are one of the least forested parts of Europe with only 10% forest cover in England. Countries like Germany are up at 32%)

Walking in Font. A very very good forest.

Frankenjura, a lovely forest 

Succoth in Arrochar (Scotland) a horrible forest of impenetrable conifers, a good example of battery farmed trees. Thoroughly unpleasant to explore in-spite of the odd world class boulder.

 Over the years we have put lots of money into making the other parts of our business as sustainable as possible. From the big stuff like ensuring ecotricity are our electricity supplier and buying briquette presses to compact and recycle our wood waste to the small stuff like only using one tiny bit of plastic in all of our products (the screw bag and the scotch tape). Its nice to try and ensure the biodegradable trail we leave is short and insignificant.

 

Just two young lads looking at some wood...

We have invested in carbon offsetting schemes in the past using courier programs/donations however we have never seen any direct results from the donations and I have seen far too many photos of people in suits stood next to conifers (walk through the pine needle strewn floor of any forestry commission forest and you will see what a dead environment looks like) this definitely lead us into a jaded mindset with it and 2015/16 we did little in the way of carbon offsetting. We feel that clear project funded carbon offsetting makes the whole experience much more rewarding when each donation funds a project which is well researched and has a positive benefit on the landscape, environment, habitat, watershed up to CO2 capture. Thankfully in the UK we have so much deforestation in our history of landscape management, there really is no shortage of places to look to reintegrate trees and shrub land. By focusing on catchment orientated projects we hope to start in the right place as the benefits these have aren’t simply in CO2 absorption but in flood mitigation too. The more the UK government sees the benefits of these schemes the more likely they are to follow that path rather than policies we really aren’t keen on seeing used on a mass scale like dredging and big concrete flood defences.

 

The first Project we have funded is a £6000 donation to replanting woodland  in parts of the Upper Wharfedale catchment. The Wharfe is the river that runs past kilnsey but it has a fairly large catchment which includes some of Yorkshires best crags.

 

Rylstone is a crag which lies on Barden Moor that is a key part of the catchment for the Wharfe, as you can see. Not many trees going round. our trees will be nearer to the river, we wouldn't want to upset that lovely grouse now would we!

We are still essentially a company of four staff, with a few helping hands now in busy times and for the handmade holds. So whilst its nothing like a Patagonia level of giving we feel like we’ve got a good connection set up to the landscape now and can directly feedback into it in a positive way.

To top it off I’ve done a bit of boulder seeding for those Yorkshire lot of my own, scattering a dozen new eighth grade problems and some 7's down on the gritstone for the local boulder squirrels to play on. That was until a broken wrist put a stop to climbing for a while.

There are a few pictures below.

Solving the blobby slab LGP up at Earls seat in a session back in October. Lovely subtle problem this and just look at that self seeded conifer making this one of Barden fells few forested venues. Eagle Eyes will spot the river Wharfe down below and not many trees kicking about. Ideally most water would pass some trees from fell top to valley bottom to help slow the flow rate down a bit. This problem is one for Yorkshire's High Fidelity ascentionists to ground up who think style makes no difference to difficulty, get to it chaps.

 

 

A nice new slap and mantle of mine called Happy as Hell in Nidderdale, good for getting those soft yorkshire triceps working (except for Sutty's, he's put the time in well). The waft of the heather burning off really added to the aroma that day, not a tree in sight, grouse actually love sparse forests but its hell for the toffs trying to shoot them so they don't bother putting them in, or in fact plant anything but heather. its just not a fair sport if you've got any cover. Still it makes finding the boulders and access rights easier.

 

A problem i did from a sitter involving Fairies and Chests. Solved fairly fast with some shoulders and tension. Another one on Barden moor, good for getting those soft yorkshire abs working.

So get out there and connect with your landscapes, but remember to stop and question them once in a while. The only true wilderness left in the UK is patches up in Scotland and even that is shrinking. All other landscapes are some sort of managed environment. If you don't like how they're managed, try and help with positive change. http://www.yorkshiredalesriverstrust.com even grouse moors have their positives and negatives and in general they are still a lovely place to be.

All the best,

Dave, Elsie, Ned, Dan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tour de BIFF Sheffield 2018/9 Results

Posted on January 05, 2019 by Dan Varian

Well, that was fun! The Climbing Works Tour de BIFF was a huge success. Thanks so much to everyone who turned up and joined in the fun, and a huge thank you for The Climbing Works for constantly supporting our daft ideas! 

Here are the results. Remember, the top 10 from both qualifying rounds (plus the top 20 from last year's BIFF final) all have an invite to compete in this year's final on Jan 26th. If you think you have earned a place but haven't heard off us yet then please let us know so we can get your invite to you! 


Womens:

1 - Molly Thompson-Smith

2 - Frances Bensley

3 - Emily Phillips

4 - Zoe Petermanns

5 - Flo Tilley

6 - Pippa Watkin

7- Charlie Torrance

8 - Jemima Churchhouse

9 - Michelle Wardle

10 - Erica Moore

11 - Jenny Brown


Mens:

1 - Tom Green

2 - James Noble

3 - Matt Bennett

3 - Jack Ramsden

5 - Billy Ridal

6 - Isaac Knightley

7 - Isaac Baxter

8 - Matt Goodman

9 - Aidan Snow

10 - Dave Bowes

11 - Cory Draper

12 - Ollie Knowles

13 - Fergus Wish

14 - Joseph Baxter

15 - Matthew Wright

16 - Finn Maurer

17 - Ryan Gilbert

18 - Sam Cooper

19 - Jacob Dillerstone

20 - Nigel Leeming

21 - Dan Seeley

22 - Dan Hern

23 - Sam Barnes

24 - Darren Stevenson

25 - Jake Thompson

26 - Mason

27 - Aaron Procter

28 - Matthew Strickland

29 - Ben Firth-Jones

30 - James Hayes

31 - Thomas Barker

32 - Robert Grout

33 - John Stubbs

34 - Josh Mackay

35 - Dave Johnston

36 - Birdo

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Tour de BIFF London 2018/9 Results.

Posted on January 05, 2019 by Ned Feehally

Round 1 was epic! Thanks a load to everyone at The Castle who made the event such a success. And thanks even more to all of you who turned up and threw yourselves at the problems and challenges that we set. We hope you had fun, and any injuries weren't too severe! 

Here are the results:

Remember, the top 10 from this round have earned themselves a place in the Final on Jan 26th 2019. If you earned a place, but haven't received an email with an invite then please get in touch with us! 


Womens:

1 - Jo Neame

2 - Zoe Petermanns

3 - Carmel Moran

4 - Xian Goh

5 - Dawn Hou

6 - Jorien Van Den Berch

7 - Abbie Robinson

8 - Elise Raphael

9 - Miriam  Bergmann

10 - Leanne Coleman


Mens:

1 - Louis Parkinson

2 - Jim Pope

3 - Max Aryton

4 - Cameron Mcloughlin

5 - Nathan Whaley

6 - Lewis Richardson

7 - Henry Kinman

8 - Nadav Gropper

9 - John Golder

10 - Pete Blair

11 - Filip Mieszkowski

12 - Chris Matthew

13 - Reuben Arkwright

14 - Thomas Chu

15 - Nicholas Durand

16 - Alex Dexter

17 - David Bradbeer

18 - Francesco Ragazzi

19 - Peter House

20 - Josh Keane

21 - Lukas Marshall

22 - Sebastian Mohnke

23 - Sam Swift

24 - Ben Stephens

25 - Macies Pfutzner

26 - Joshua Huxford

27 - Mo Miiza

28 - Haron Herrell

29 - David Jenkins

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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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