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
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.
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!
New Year always makes us think of doing something differently than we did last year & while New Year's resolutions mightn't always last long, it is a great time to think about getting fit or improving your climbing or achieving a goal. Here are a few things available at Gravity to help you achieve your 2015 ambitions!
Happy new year!
NIBAS, 'National Indoor Bouldering Achievement Scheme' has been developed in the UK and has been recognized by Mountaineering Ireland, as well as by the British Mountaineering Council & Mountaineering Council of Scotland.
NIBAS is designed to provide a structured progression for complete novices through to experienced indoor boulderers. The Scheme focuses introducing new and young climbers to the skills associated with climbing on artificial climbing walls without the use of harnesses or ropes. It is open to candidates aged 7 and upwards.
The scheme aims to help candidates to develop climbing movement skills and improve levels of ability and provides a structure for development, motivation and improved performance. It also encourages candidates to develop an understanding of climbing, it’s history and ethics and points the way to further disciplines and challenges in climbing beyond the scheme.
Through candidate log-books and certificates for 5 levels of achievement, from 'new boulderer' through to 'performance boulderer', NIBAS provides a record of personal achievement.
As a primary centre, Gravity will provide advice and training, including induction workshops for Course Directors and Competent Persons of aspirant Awarding Centres. We will also supply log books and certificates to Awarding centres.
You can learn more about the NIBAS scheme here
As part of the introduction of NIBAS, we will be making some exciting changes to our Kids Club sessions after Christmas, with a more structured programme and classes split by age & experience. Please contact us if your child is interested in taking part!
Over Christmas we'll be open as follows:
Christmas Eve 24th Dec: 11am - 5pm
Christmas Day 25th Dec: Closed
St Stephens' Day: Closed
Friday 27th - Monday 30th: 12pm - 8pm
New Year's Eve Tuesday 31st: 11am - 5pm
New Year's Day 1st Jan: Closed
2nd Jan- back to normal! Get in and work off those mince pies!
With the Christmas break and kids off school, please remember that as a registered climber at Gravity, you may sign in a max of 2 novice climbers (junior or adults) as your guests.
For novices, we run instructed sessions for children and family groups priced at €12per junior/ €14 per adult, with a min charge of €50. This is for a 90 min climbing session, supervised by our instructor and includes climbing shoe hire. It's a great introduction to climbing and a great way to burn off some energy over the Christmas holiday! You must book in advance, please call reception on 01 7078585 to reserve a slot.
The comp will be a team event, with teams made up of 4 climbers, at least 1 female. For this comp there will be spot prizes, fancy dress and team prizes, but no individual prizes. It's all about having a laugh & getting together with your mates before Christmas! Problems will be from the font 4's (green circuit) upwards, so plenty for everyone to have a go at!
Join the event on FB and get your team together!
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