£100k Investment Crowns Guildford Climbing Centre
The UK’s very first dry-tooling climbing wall plus new freestanding stack form part of major investment by indoor climbing company.
Craggy Island, the South East’s premiere indoor climbing centres (at Guildford and Sutton) has completed a first-phase £100k improvement to its Guildford climbing facilities with developments planned for the Sutton centre too.
Recognised as London and SE’s top climbing centres by professional and amateur climbers alike, Craggy Island Guildford, now boasts an impressive 15 metre ‘stack’ (shown here). The Stack, is a freestanding climbing column featuring a range of routes to suit all abilities. Danie Rushmere, general manager for both Craggy Island centres explains. “The Stack is designed to replicate a sea-stack (a freestanding rock face found in coastal locations worldwide and favoured by climbers) and offers a new degree of interest and complexity for our customers.”
Craggy Island, sponsors of World No3 Climber, Shauna Coxsey, has also developed the UK’s very first indoor dry tooling wall. Designed to replicate the experience of climbing with ice axes.
Further developments at the centre include two additional climbing walls, refurbishment of the café environment and stunning glacier mural added to the children’s climbing wall.
Joint managing director Rob Mitchell, “Craggy has built a rock solid reputation as the high quality and great fun climbing venue. World Champion Mark Croxall, who sets routes exclusively for Craggy Island, creates arduous but compelling route options for climbers of all abilities. Our frequent route-changes or ‘settings’ are well-respected within the climbing community and we attract climbers from all over the country. But, to keep our edge we must continually invest in proven technology, and champion industry-firsts like the Petzl dry-tool wall. Indoor climbing is growing rapidly across the UK. I believe one reason for this is that absolutely anyone interested in any type of physical activity be it; competitive sport, dance, martial arts or just keeping-in-shape is being drawn by the way indoor climbing speedily builds strength, muscle tone, core-strength and flexibility. We see many personal trainers and their clients here achieving amazing results.”
Craggy Island now offers over 100 rope lines along with bouldering walls (low level climbing without ropes). The Company has been in Guildford for 8 years and has encouraged children from as young as 5 years to take part through kids clubs and taster sessions. With climbing set to join the Olympic line-up for 2020 the British Olympians of the future may well have got their start at Craggy Island.
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For indoor climbing centres throughout the rest of the UK contact The British Mountaineering Council. www.thebmc.co.uk