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!
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!
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!
The 170+ competitors began to assemble at Gravity from early morning, keen to make the most of the 3 and a half hours they had available to attempt the 25 qualifying blocs. Not long into the qualifying session some impressive scorecards were already being handed in, with Daragh O'Connor going into the semifinal in first place on 237 points and Dominic Burns close behind on 234. In the female category a lot of high scores were also returned.
The semi-final saw the top 16 competitors in each category go through to the second round, which took place on the competition wall in the IFSC format of 5 mins attempting each problem, followed by 5 mins rest. The semi final tested the competitors in every aspect of their climbing, with tricky jumps, technical slabs, powerful pinches ad everything in between. The atmosphere was electric as a large and enthusiastic audience cheered on the competitors and watched in awe as the favorites Dominic Burns and Rachel Carr completed all 4 semi-final blocs- Dominic flashing all 4 and Rachel taking just 6 attempts to complete all 4 problems. The Semi-Final also saw a shake up further down the rankings, with locals Maeve Lynskey and Sean Marnane securing themselves a place in the finals and Dave Fitzgerald putting in his best comp performance to date to qualify in 4th place.
Rachel Carr in the Semi-Final & Dominic Burns in the Final- Pictures Peter Brady.
After the excitement of the semi-final, there was time to grab some food from the barbecue and chat with your mates about how their comp went as the route-setting team of Juan O'Raw, Rob Napier & Andy Long prepared the comp wall for the final and the finalists prepared themselves to climb yet again!
At around 7pm the finalists lined up in front of the comp wall & had 2 minutes to look at each of the final problems before returning to the isolation area. First out were Maeve Lynskey & Sean Marnane. Maeve made good progress, securing the bonus on her second attempt, but couldn't complete the tricky mantelshelf to get the top. Sean also secured the bonus quickly, climbing through the technical section, but couldn't make the difficult final move. As the final really got underway and the higher ranked competitors came out, the excitement grew- there were lots of tops for the men, but none for the women on problem 1.
Problem 2 was another challenging one for the girls- a very tricky start on 2 small crimps followed by a flick into volumes requiring good coordination! For most competitors it took numerous attempts to secure the bonus, but visiting American climber Wendy Bradley nailed it first go, putting her back into the lead after problem 2. For the men, a powerful problem through the steeper section of wall stopped almost everyone in their tracks- Dave Fitzgerald secured the bonus on his first attempt but only Dominic made the top.
Problem 3 was a really physical one for the women, on the steeper right side of the wall. Making a long reach out to a crimp proved to be extremely difficult for Lucy Mitchell, her extraordinary grit and determination saw her though to the crimp but left her too tired to make the final move. A hard section into an undercut stopped most of the other ladies, but Rachel Carr secured the top in her 3rd go, moving her into the lead. Meanwhile, for the men, a run and jump on the slab was followed by a hard mantle and a very balancey finish. Daragh O'Connor struggled with the starting sequence, but secured the bonus on his 4th go and continued to the top on the same attempt. Dominic looked like he'd been practicing the starting jump all afternoon, so causal was he on this section, but it took 2 more attempts before he also topped number 3.
By problem 4 it was apparent that many of the competitors were feeling tired as they attempted what was for many their 33rd problem of the day! For the Men it was a jump to start, followed by long & powerful sequence along the lip of the overlap, before grappling with the volumes to finish- what an end to a long day of climbing! Both Rob Hunter and Ciaran Scanlon secured the bonus quickly and made great progress towards the finish, but the final volumes section was hard to read and stopped them both. Dominic finished this problem second try, with a very efficient sequence in the top section, leaving him with a total of 4 tops in 7 attempts.
For the girls a tricky start section using volumes and wall features got them up into a groove between 2 volumes, from where a dynamic and committing move was the only way to the top! Lucy Mitchell and visiting GB climber Gracie Martin both made the top in 3 goes, but Rachel Carr flashed problem 4- an impressive end to her final.
So at the end of a long an hard day of climbing, the winners were Dominic Burns & Rachel Carr. Daragh O'Connor & Lucy Mitchell were in second and Ciaran Scanlon & Gracie Martin were in 3rd.
You can see the full results by clicking the links below.
An event like G-Force wouldn't happen without a huge amount of support from sponsors and fantastic help from volunteers on the day. Thanks to Edelrid, Sportiva, E9, Evolv, Beyond hope and Serious Climbing, who provided great prizes for the event and Battle Oats who gave free protein bars to all competitors.
Huge thanks also have to go to our chief judge, Graeme Alderson, to the route-setting team who put up such a great and varied set of problems, DJ Greg and sound engineer Helen, Anthony Corcoran, Peter Brady, Brian Geissel and Joe behind the cameras. Also all of you who volunteered to judge for the semifinal and final and all the Gravity staff who worked hard on the day.
We hope you all enjoyed it- spread the word and see you next year for G-Force 3!
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