Bouldering Try-out Session a Great Success

The Rockfax Bouldering Try-out session at the Burbage South Boulders was a great success. Around 50 people turned up throughout the day and enjoyed perfect conditions on some great problems. There were also 8 different brands of pad on show with multiple different models. At one point it seemed we had almost enough pads to carpet the entire space below the Pock Block.

Luke Green being chased by his shadow on Wall Past Slot on the bouldering try-out day.

Luke Green being chased by his shadow on Wall Past Slot on the bouldering try-out day.

We ran a little prize-draw on the day with 5 new pasd up for grabs plus a few other great prizes. The winners were David Espley, who won a Black Diamond pad; Phil Welch, Mad Rock pad; Ben Bishop, Metolius pad; Owen Keane, Snap pad and Luke Green who won the second Black Diamond pad. There was also an Edelrid bouldering bucket for Guilia Forlati and Miki Keane, and Climb X packs for Simon Hoss and Rebecca Ting.


Lots of problems were tried using circuits from the forthcoming Peak Bouldering guide.

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Rockfax Bouldering Try-out Day – THIS SATURDAY

Come along this Saturday (28th) to the Burbage South Boulders for the Rockfax Bouldering Try-out Day. Test-drive a sample from the forthcoming Rockfax guidebook to Peak Bouldering, leap onto bouldering pads from 8 major brands, chat with representatives from the brands about their bouldering gear, meet other boulderers, and maybe even win one of the many prizes we have on offer including at least 4 boulder pads.


Main prizes above plus other goodies from Snap, ClimbX and Edelrid.

How Do I Get involved?

No tickets are required, all you need to do is turn up at the Burabge South Valley boulders on the day from 11am until around 5pm ish. If you don’t know where the Burbage South Valley boulders are.

How Does The Prize Draw Work?

To be entered in the prize draw all you need to do is complete one of the three circuits in the Peak Bouldering Sample Document on the day. The Circuits are at three levels so you can test yourself as much or little as you wish

  • Green (Up to V0 5a UK tech)
  • Orange (up to V2 5c UK tech)
  • Red (up to V6 font7A)

The prize draw will take place in the first week of October.


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El Chorro Bolt Funds joins

A new bolt fund has been set up to support the bolting effort in El Chorro in Spain. The fund is the initiative of ex-pat Tom Ireson who is based at The Olive Branch and an active climber and new-router.

Rockfax is delighted to be able to get behind this bolt fund with both publicity and financial donations. We have kick started it with a donation already and added it to the web site. It also now fits in with our point-of-sale donation system plus the built-in donations that we now make to all relevant bolt funds for online sales.

El Chorro Bolt Fund website

How Can You Help?

There is a web site – - which Tom is updating with news of new developments and how the fund is being used. There is also a PayPal donate link on the site. If you want to support the bolting effort then the web site is the best method to make donations and keep in touch with what is happening. The web site is being hosted by UKClimbing Limited on our web space.

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UKC/Rockfax Bouldering Try-out Day

As part of the Alpkit Big Shakeout weekend, UKC/Rockfax are holding a Bouldering Try-out Day at the Burbage South boulders. Come and join us on Saturday 28th September from 11am onwards to try out a sample from the forthcoming Rockfax Peak Bouldering guide and test a crash pad from one of the major manufacturers. There are also some great prizes on offer in a prize draw including four crash pads.

Rockfax Peak Bouldering Guide Try-out

We will have the full chapters for the Burbage South Valley Boulders and the Burbage South Edge Boulders from the forthcoming Peak Bouldering Rockfax guidebook. These will be available in PDF format for downloading to your mobile device, and also there will be paper print-outs available on the day. We will be trialing our new circuit system and everyone who completes a circuit can enter the prize draw – see below.


Boulder Crash Pad Try-out

Major manufacturers will be attending on the day to showcase their crash pads. You will be able to take the pads and use them on the Burbage South Valley circuits and also talk with some of the representatives of the various brands. Already signed up we have Metolius, Snap, Alpkit, Mad Rock, Edelrid, Trangoworld, Climb X and Black Diamond.

Prize Draw

We have some great prizes to give away including four crash pads (so far) – two from Black Diamond, 1 from Mad Rock and 1 from Metolius - 10 bouldering chalk bags, some T-shirts and other goodies. To enter the prize draw all you need to do is turn up on the day and have a go at one of the Rockfax bouldering circuits.

Alpkit Big Shakeout

This event is part of the Alpkit Big Shakeout weekend - more information here (now sold out) – but you don’t need to be attending that to come, everyone is welcome.

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Mallorca DWS Update

Mallorca DWS UpdateDaimon Beail has been hard at work documenting even more deep water soloing on the Mediterranean paradise of Mallorca. He has put together a major update to the information he provided for the 2011 Mallorca guidebook which is now available as a Mobile MiniGuide.

Described in this update are 64 new lines, 6 attainable open projects, 5 existing lines with enhanced information and 11 reintroduced lines from the west coast. All of which can be found at 12 DWS venues across the island, of which three are entirely new and are appearing here for the first time.

Updated Crags: The Tower of Falcons, Cala Barques, Porto Colom – Lighthouse, Cala Marcal, Cala Sa Nau, Cala Mitjana, Cala Serena, Sa Calobra

New crags: Cova Des Burador, Cala Brafia, Cala Estreta and Port De Soller

Daimon has also put together a great new article on  UKClimbing - Deep Water Soloing Guide to Mallorca


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