Places are now available in new 'Kids Club' class on Sundays 11.30-1.00pm. This is open to young climbers who are starting off in climbing and will be working through NIBAS level 1.
NIBAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) is an achievemnt scheme for young climbers aged 7yrs upwards. It provides a progressive structure to learning to climb, and encourages young climbers to gain an awareness of safety, learn good technique and movement skills and discover more about the sport of bouldering. You can find out more about NIBAS here.
We're very happy to say that the young climbers enrolled in our Saturday & Sunday classes are going from strength to strength. Our Easter competition was a great opportunity for all the young climbers (and Mums & Dads) to get together and learn about climbing competitions, in a fun environment and with lots of support and encouragement. It also provided an opportunity for our most experienced young climbers to complete their logbooks and pass their Level 2 award. If you are aged 7yrs+ and are already an experienced climber, you may be able to join in with some of the more experienced NIBAS level 2 or 3 groups- contact us to find out more!
We are also running Kids Club throughout the summer holidays. The classes will run at 2pm-3.30 Tuesdays & Thursdays, starting Thursday 2nd June. As always, they are suitable for kids aged 7yrs - 14. There will be seperate groups based on age & climbing experience and the NIBAS scheme will be offered as part of the classes. The cost will be €47 for 4 weeks + NIBAS logbook or €12 drop-in. Please contact us for more info or to book a place!
The weekend of the 18th-19th April will be a busy one at Gravity!
On Saturday 18th, we host the National championships. The Irish Bouldering Championships are organised by Mountaineering Ireland and Gravity are delighted to host this annual event. If you fancy your chances, check out the event info & enter on-line here and if you're not quite ready to enter, come along for a regular session- our circuits area will be open as normal, then settle down to watch a spectacular final in the evening!
On Sunday 19th April the Why Not? Adventure Film Festival Best of Tour will travel to Gravity. The Why Not? Adventure Film Festival is an annual adventure sports documentary film festival that takes place in various locations around Ireland. The festival combines both amateur and professional award winning films from Ireland and across the globe showcasing a wide range of adventure and extreme sports. Our screening will include tales of adventure from everyday heroes, living their lives for mind-blowing moments and in remote places; climbing, surfing and desert adventure, from Ireland to the Antartic and to the desert of Saudi Arabia.
Check out the trailer here
We are open as normal throughout the Easter break, so 12-10pm all week-days, (including good Friday & Easter Monday) and 10-8pm weekends, including Easter Saturday & Sunday.
Induction sessions & instructed sessions for groups, families etc will be running regularly over the break, so if you're new to climbing just give us a call and we'll find a slot to suit you.
We also have some drop-in classes for kids aged 7+ running over the holidays. These are ideal for children who are new to climbing or who want to improve. Contact us for for info or to book a place!
If you have been climbing for a long time, then you're almost sure to have picked up some sort of climbing injury at one time or another. There can be all sorts of causes; overuse, muscle imbalances etc. We've put together some information about avoiding injuries and a series of clinics and workshops if you do need some professional advice to get an injury sorted out...
Firstly, the way you structure your session can have an effect- starting off with some sort of warm up is always a good idea. you can see our warm-up advice here. Its also sensible to avoid spending your whole session trying the same hard move- fatigue in the muscles you're using will increase your risk of getting injured.
It could also be a good idea to incorporate some stretching at the end of your session- it will help to maintain your flexibility or increase it if needed, as well as reducing the soreness you feel the day after climbing. Karen Doyle, climber and Physical Therapist from the Maple Clinic (www.mapleclinic.ie) has put together this article on stretching for climbing.
If you're climbing regularly, you will increase the strength of those muscles you use to pull yourself upwards and it's therefore a good idea to also strengthen the antagonist muscles (the opposite ones to your climbing muscles). The very first step is probably to add a few sets of well performed push-ups at the end of your session!
If you are already trying to rehab an injury, then the following could be useful:
14th April at Gravity- Injury prevention workshop, focussing on shoulders at Gravity with Karen Doyle. You can read Karen's recent article on this topic here. Places (6 max) should be booked at reception. €12pp.
24th April - Physiotherapy & sports massage clinic with Veronica Lee & Rob Hunter at Gravity with Mytherapy, as well as shoulder rehab clinic. Book directly with them; www.mytherapyphysio.com
On Saturday 28th March we host the Junior Irish Bouldering Championship, which is the biggest bouldering competition of the year for junior climbers! We're very excited to be hosting the event again this year, following a successful event in 2014. You can find out more about the JIBC here. As a result our weekly kids club on Saturday mornings will not run on the 28th.
Following this comp, we are going to organize a much more low-key, relaxed & informal kids comp on Sunday 29th March. This comp will be aimed at young climbers who wouldn't have enough experience to enter the JIBC; ideal for anyone who hasn't entered a comp before and wants to have a go. We'll fully explain how comps work & there will be plenty of advice & encouragement for all the competitors.
During the Easter holidays, we are running 4 drop-in sessions, suitable for kids aged 7+ yrs. These classes will be ideal for children who are quite new to climbing, or to anyone who missed a NIBAS level 1 class & would like to catch up. Please contact us to book a place or for more info!
After Easter, Kids classes will resume on the weekend of the 11th-12th April.
We are also enrolling for 3rd kids club for young people interested in starting NIBAS level 1. This is a beginners course, suitable for children aged 7yrs + with minimal climbing experience. The 4 week block of classes costs €40 and NIBAS registration & logbook costs €7. Contact us for more information!
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