Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Aberdeen's new climbing wall

Last week I was in the north east of Scotland to get a sneak preview of Aberdeen's new climbing wall - Transition Extreme, due to open next month.



Climbing area 1 being bolted onto the steelwork

I got a tour from local climbing guru Tim Rankin, who seems to be responsible for putting up virtually all of the hard routes in this part of the country and is now part of the team running the wall.

bouldering wall foreshortened - it's actually a lot bigger than it looks here

Aberdeen is long overdue a decent training facility. In recent years a few projects have failed to get of the ground, so it's good that at last it has happened. The facilities look pretty good too, 16m? high and a good size bouldering area. But the most important ingredient to any climbing wall is the route setting. Down in the central belt I keep hearing from people how fed up they are with the routes at some of the walls (hence the mass migration to Ratho when it re-opened).

At least Aberdeen seem to be getting it right with a list of 'big name' routes setters from around the UK heading up shortly to do their stuff.

Ok, I thought the climbing wall was good, but in the adjacent part of the building they have got a scate park under construction that is mind blowing. A football pitch size worth of ... well I don't know what all this stuff is called... but it's pretty amazing.

Scate Park under construction

The 'swimming pool'

Kids nowerdays huh. Never had this sort of thing when I was a lad.

--

Dave

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