Our summer series kicks off this week, with the first of 4 rounds running between now and September. In each round you have 2 weeks to complete the problems on our comp wall, keeping track of your scores as you go. At the end of the round you'll need to hand you card in to be in with a chance at a league prize.
The Summer Series is a really relaxed, low-pressure format and the problems are from font 4's (about the level of our green circuit) upwards. For each problem you'll need to record whether you get to the top on your, first, second or third try or on any subsequent attempt. If you've never entered a comp before it's an ideal one to start with!
Round 1 will be set this Thursday an will be ready to start at 6pm. You'll be able to try the problems until closing time next Tuesday, then they'll be stripped off on Wednesday morning and reset on Thursday 28th, ready for round 2.
We have made some improvements to our kids area, with extra tunnels and slides and some more climbing surface, as well as fresh new paint and a complete re-set of the holds. So far, everyone seems very happy with the results.
If you and your kids are new to climbing, contact us about supervision inductions and kids classes. A supervision induction allows a parent to supervise a maximum 2 kids at Gravity, takes about 15 minutes and costs €5.
Our weekly kids club classes run on Saturdays and Sundays and for the summer holidays on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons too. The classes last 90 minutes and are fully supervised by our instructors. The cost is €14 for a drop-in or €40 for 4 sessions. Contact us to book!
This Saturday, 13th February, we host the final round of the 2015-16 Irish Bouldering League.
For many years the IBL has been the heart of Ireland's bouldering competition calendar- a friendly, relaxed and social competition, it's a great opportunity to get involved in a competiion for the first time. Rounds have already been held in various locations across Ireland & this year's series comes to a close at Gravity. You don't need to have entered any previous rounds to come along, and you enter on the day, the IBL is open to anyone aged 14yrs +. The IBL is run by the NGB for climbing in Ireland, Mountaineering Ireland. More info here
On 27th February, we host the Irish Climbing Intervarsity.
This is a 2 day event (lead climbing takes place at Awesome Walls on Sunday 28th) bringing together university climbing clubs from across Ireland. With many of our experienced competitors currently in Uni, this year's event looks set to be a great one and as a result, we have opted to have a final round in the bouldering, as well as a more relaxed qualifier, so that you can sit back and watch your teammates battle it out on the comp wall!
More info on the Intervarsities Facebook page: here
On 5th March the Irish Senior Bouldering Championship comes to Gravity
We are delighted to be once again hosting the national championship, the most prestigious event of the calendar. The SIBC follows a full IFSC format, exactly the same as an international event, with a qualification round, semi-final in which climbers have 5 minutes to attempt the problems 'on sight', followed by a final round in which they have 5 minutes to attempt the problems after a viewing. It's free to come along and watch the final!
More information on rules, format & entry here
Climbers please note that on all 3 days, while the centre will remain open to the public, there will be some disruption to normal climbing! The comp wall will be closed to everyone except competitors for all 3 events and other areas of the centre may be closed for parts of the day!
For the Summer holidays, we have added 2 kids club sessions each week, starting 5th July and running throughout the summer.
The classes are suitable for any young climbers who have attended weekend kids club sessions and for beginners who want to try out climbing. The minimum age to attend is 7yrs. All classes are supervised by our instructors, so please let us know in advance that you are coming, as we have maximum numbers in each group!
If these times don't suit, other options might be available- small group sessions/ families can climb with an instructor for a 90 minute intro session for a cost of €14/ adult or €12/junior, (with a minimum charge of €50) and for smaller groups and younger kids, a supervision induction might be suitable. Give us a call and we will find something to suit you!
For more information or to book a place at Summer Kids Club, please contact us on tel: 01 707 8585
That was a pretty amazing weekend!!!
Almost 200 climbers joined us for the 3rd G-Force competition and once again, the standard of climbing has gone up a notch!
This year, for the first time, we decided to expand to a 2 day event, with a 2 session qualifying round on Saturday and Semi-Final and Final Rounds on Sunday. We'll be posting up a full report, some amazing pictures and videos soon, but in the meantime, I'm sure you're all dying to know where you came, so here's the Results from the Sunday's Semi-Final & Final and from Saturday's Male Qualification & Female Qualification
Once again, thanks to all of you for taking part, to our sponsors La Sportiva, Battle Oats, Moon Climbing, Edelrid, Prana & Climbing Dojo, and to all of the following people, without whom it wouldn't have been such a huge success!
Anto, Peter & Brian (photos & film), Helen (sound), Juan, Rob & Andy (setting), Garret & Damian (BBQ) all the Gravity Staff who have worked hard all last week and over the whole weekend and all those who volunteered with judging in the Semi Final & Final rounds!
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