We are delighted to welcome La Sportiva as the main Sponsor of G Force 2015! together with Battle Oats and Moon Climbing, they'll be helping Gravity to make this year's competition the best yet!
The online entry & registration is now open! Please note that there are 2 payment options, online through Eventbrite or at Gravity, but either way you MUST REGISTER ONLINE!
You can register to pay in Gravity up until 1st November and pay online until Wednesday 4th November. After this date we will not be taking entries.
If you're entering a team, please have your team name ready to put into the online registration- you don't need the other team members details to register.
This year, G-Force will be a 2 day event! this gives us time to have 2 qualifying groups on Saturday and our Semi-Final & Final rounds on Sunday- with the all-important barbecue in between!
The qualifying round will consist of a circuit of problems starting at around Font 5a's. For this round there’s no isolation, just do the problems in whatever order you choose and get another competitor to mark off your card. The scoring system is the same as our regular Summer Series- 10 points for a flash, 7 for a 2nd try, 4 for a 3rd and 2 for any subsequent try. You’ll have approximately 4 hours to try the qualifying problems.
The qualifying round will also include a team event. Teams are made up of 4 competitors, of which at least 1 member must be female. The highest scoring team after the qualification round will win the team prize- details coming soon!
Following the qualification round, the highest scoring competitors from the male and female categories will progress to the semi-final. there are 16 spots up for grabs in the semi- final and the good news is that this year it'll take place on Sunday morning, so you get a little bit of time to relax & recover from the qualification! This round will have a more structured format, with competitors having 5 minutes to attempt each problem, followed by 5 minutes rest (the same as a bouldering world cup) Following the semi-final, the top 6 male and female competitors will progress to a final round.
The final will take place on the competition wall, which will have been fully reset after the semi. This will be a spectacular event to watch and a challenging one to take part in, with 4 hard problems to test every aspect of the competitors’ skill.
There will be equal prizes for the top-placed Male & Female competitors:
1st place €500
2nd place €300
3rd place €150
Entry costs €20/ (€16 students, juniors & unwaged) and includes an event t-shirt, goody bag and entry to the BBQ and to watch the semi-finals and finals on Sunday (if you don't make it through to compete!).
The competition is open to Juniors aged 14 or over, there is no separate junior category.
Entry will be available on-line & at Gravity soon!
Travel & Accommodation:
Dublin is easy to get to from the UK & Europe, with frequent, cheap flights available.
There are also ferries from Dublin- Liverpool (P&O ferries) , Dublin- Holyhead (irish Ferries) & Dun Laoghaire- Holyhead (Irish Ferries, Stena Line). Dublin port is served by the airlink bus & Dun Laoghaire has good public transport links.
Dublin has plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets- check out the Irish Tourist Board website for details. Isaacs Hostel are offering 10% off to G-Force competitors- drop us an email to get the discount code.
Starting from Saturday September 5th, we have a new term of 'Kids Club' classes at Gravity. These are ideal for any young climbers aged 7yrs + who want to progress in the sport. The 8 week programme will involve games and activities to improve climbing technique, opportunities to complete climbs for your NIBAS logbook and lots of fun!
Class times are as follows:
Saturday classes 10.30am-12.00pm
Will have 3 separate groups this term; NIBAS level 3’s, NIBAS level 2’s and Level 1/ drop-in.
Sunday classes 11.30am- 1.00pm
Will have 2 groups: NIBAS level 2’s and NIBAS 1/ Drop in.
Tuesday classes 3.30-5pm
1 group- NIBAS 1-2 & drop in
From the start of September, kids at NIBAS Level 1 or higher will have a new option to pay for 8 classes in a block priced at €70 or 4 classes at €40. The cost of drop-in classes will increase to €14pp as of Saturday 5th. Anyone joining the NIBAS scheme for the first time will also need to purchase a log-book, (€7).
This 8 week block of classes will finish off with another fun competition for young climbers on Sunday 1st November – more information will be available closer to the date.
Please contact us to let us know if you’ll be attending next term!
The Summer Series 2015 drew to a close last night and to wrap things up we had a lovely social evening with a BBQ, a ridiculously pumpy traverse of the comp wall and some prizes from the various rounds and the overall league thanks to our sponsors Beyond Hope, Metolius and Evolv.
It's been a great event and we've really enjoyed getting our comp wall into the spotlight! we need a few weeks to catch up with setting on some of the circuits, but you can expect a new comp wall reset around the end of the month and until then round 4 problems, plus our monster red traverse will be staying up!
Full results can be viewed here.
Some special congratulations have to go to the overall winners in the male and female categories: Shane Smith (1st) Ivan Staron (2nd) and Eddie Cooper (3rd) and Victoria Watterson (1st), Lucy Mitchell (2nd) and Sarah Campbell (3rd).
Outside of the top 3's there were also some really excellent performances! It's hard to pick out the best ones but we do have to say well done to Victoria, Lucy and Sarah- it was great to look at the scores and see so many girls in the top ten overall positions. Amy Orr placed 5th female in the last round with 136 points, a fantastic result for one of our youngest competitors. Jack Price, also a junior competitor, placed 5th in the mens. Rob Hunter casually flashed all 25 problems in round 4- impressive!
On Sunday 23rd August we will bring our Summer Camp sessions to an end with a fun, informal climbing comp for kids aged 7-15 yrs. The event will start at 10.30, with a bit of warm up and some explanation how a bouldering competition works, how the scores are added and what the rules are. Then we will get straight on to trying the problems, which will be specially set for the young climbers. There will be 3 age groups for boys and girls: 7-9's. 10-12's and 13 yrs+
Entry costs €10 (or a pre-paid class can be used).
Parents are very welcome to come along and support the young climbers!
Please contact us for more info or to enter!
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