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Easy Problems at Holmfirth Cliff

A nice little video from Luke while he was testing out his new camera and video editing skills.

Shows some of the easier problems on Cliff

Outcrops Films - New website and trailer

Outcrop films have launched a new website, check it out:


They've also put out a new sample of Ned Feehally attempting Samson at Burbage South in the Peak District. Normally given a trad grade of E6 7a, it's more often done as a highball boulder problem these days. 8a?

Milnsbridge Boulder

Milnsbridge Enhancement Group

Would you be interested in a climbing boulder for Milnsbridge?

Milnsbridge Enhancement Group (MEG) have had the idea of fundraising for the purchase of a climbing boulder for local people to enjoy.

If you would be interested, please contact them to let them know your ideas and views.

Share your views on the Milnsbridge Enhancement Group facebook page:

Email: milnsbridgeenhancementgroup@gmail.com
Website: www.milnsbridge.wordpress.com

Cliff Rec (Holmfirth) Help Required

Cliff Rec is the large open area across the other side of the footpath (Wooldale Road) from the top of Holmfirth Cliff.

It's a well used and popular local resource and any development of the site would undoubtedly impact on Holmfirth Cliff

The following information has come by way of Richard from Friends of Cliff Rec.

Cliff Rec has been nominated to become a QE2 Field – an initiative developed as part of the Diamond Jubilee Year. If the nomination is approved, then the land will be protected from future development and will be there for future generations to enjoy as a recreational space.

To help our case, we need public votes. This will take about 1 minute of your time by following the link below and putting Kirklees into the search. Our nomination is Cliff Recreation Ground and if you click on “Support this Field” then it’s all done.


Direct link to the voting page is here

If nominated, we will then be able to bid for grants to improve the facilities available at Cliff Rec and encourage the Council to maintain its upkeep more effectively.

Votes need to be cast by 18th November.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Tomorrow I Will Be Gone

At last! It's out, Tomorrow I Will Be Gone is the first full length bouldering film by Outcrop Films, watch it on here or download from Vimeo and watch at your leisure!

Tomorrow I Will Be Gone from Outcrop Films on Vimeo.

Another Preview

Another preview of the hotly anticipated Tomorrow I Will Be Gone from Outcrop Films.

The full film will be out for free download at around the end of October.

Tomorrow I Will Be Gone Trailer

Coming next month from Outcrop Films is their first feature length bouldering film "Tomorrow I Will Be Gone". We've got a taster for you in the form of the trailer, enjoy.....

Tomorrow I Will Be Gone Trailer from Outcrop Films on Vimeo.

Are you ready to Grin ‘N’ Bear It ?

Woodhead Mountain Rescue's annual fund raising event Grin 'n' Bear It challenge takes place this year on 1st October.

The 9th challenge of this type promises to be as boggy and wet as ever!

The start and finish will be at Crow Edge Community Centre (SE180051) as usual, there is plenty of car parking and hot food & drinks.

There is a family route of just 4.5 miles and the full blown fell race of 16 miles and walking/running routes of 16 miles and 23 miles.

Entry for 2011 is now £10 advance or £12 on the day.

For entry forms, route information and sponsorship forms see the Grin ‘N’ Bear It page.


Showing your support would be great.

Black Shadow 8a+ Rocklands

Another nice short clip from Outcrop Films

Black Shadow from Outcrop Films on Vimeo.

New PSYCHE II - offical trailer

Check out the new Psyche II trailer from Posing Productions!

Looks like another good climbing film.

Adam Ondra in Spain

A bit of sport climbing for you.

An amazing video of Black Diamond sponsored climber Adam Ondra repeating Chilam Balam (9b) and making the first ascent of La Planta de Shiva (9b) in Spain.

Watch it in full screen!

Life On Hold Trailer 1

LIFE ON HOLD is a new UK bouldering film from Outcrop Films.

After showing some of the sneak previews we've now got the first proper trailer. Showcasing some of the hardest British bouldering problems and some of the best boulderers around featuring: Ned Feehally, Dan Varian, David Mason, Jon Partridge, Michele Caminati, Ryan Pasquill, Micky Page, Miles Gibson and Ben Thompson

We can't wait!

Life On Hold Trailer 1 from Outcrop Films on Vimeo.

Holmfirth Cliff Bouldering from the 80's

A short film with a bit of classic 1980's bouldering on Holmfirth Cliff.

Nice to see some hard problems being done (e.g. Mad Mantle) and also some highballs, not a bouldering mat in sight!!

Thanks to Gav for letting us use this video

Yorkshire Three Peaks Sunday 01/05/11

A friend of Kirklees Climbing, Wayne North, is walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks on Sunday 01/05/11 to raise money for Action Duchenne, the charity trying to find a cure for Duchenne, a severe genetic muscle wasting disease.


Meeting about Cliff

At the recent public meeting with the Holme Valley Land Charity a number of proposals were made and some issues raised.

Local residents again pointed out the problems that they have parking outside their houses. From experience I'd suggest that the majority of the cars parked by non-residents at Cliff are actually people walking dogs or lazy cyclists who don't like going up hills, it would however be good if all climbers (and other Cliff users) could be aware of these issues and park well away from the houses on Cliff Road.

The issue of safety on the top path was raised, there seems to be confusion about who actually owns the land at the top of Cliff (Wooldale Cliff Road) and until this issue is sorted out it is unlikely that any new fences or walls will be constructed.

There was discussion about the selling of a plot of land adjacent to Cliff Road.

The general point of the meeting was to announce that the Holme Valley Land Charity wish to designate the majority of the Cliff site as Open Access Land, the management of this land would then be leased to the BMC. More details to come on this.

Outcrop Films at High Rocks

Something a bit different. A short video from Outcrop Films who are currently filming a new UK Bouldering movie.

A warm day at High Rocks near Tunbridge Wells in the south of England. Top British boulderer Jon Partridge manages the 4th ascent of Chimaera on the delicate sandstone.

A Day At High Rocks from Outcrop Films on Vimeo.

Public meeting - Cliff Quarry - 19/04/11 19:30

Members of the Land Charity’s Management Committee will be in attendance, to make a short presentation on the proposals. Residents and users will then be given the opportunity to express their opinions on the proposals.

In order to allow as many people as possible to have their say:
Each person will be allowed to speak for up to 5 minutes and where a group is involved, a spokesperson should be appointed.
Anyone wishing to speak should give their name to Mrs Sally Barber, Secretary to the Trustee, on their arrival; she will be available from 7pm.

A plan of the site will be available at the meeting. NB - This is not Cliff Recreation Ground.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the Management Committee to hear a wide variety of views on the proposals regarding the future use of this piece of land and to gather information to assist it in making decisions in the future. No decisions will be made by the Management Committee at the meeting, which will last no more than two hours.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 7.30pm at Wooldale Community Centre Robert Lane, Wooldale

You can download a copy of the meeting poster here: http://www.holmevalleylandcharity.org.uk/documents/MeetingPoster19042011...

ROKT - Open!

Rokt Climbing Gym opened at 10am on Saturday 2 April.

After frantic weeks of preparation, with hordes of local climbers and even non-climbers queueing through the door to volunteer their help, Brighouse’s new indoor climbing venue was ready to go.

Despite last minute hiccups with the mat covering, the carpet team worked 30 hours a day to meet the deadline. Walls which were bare only a couple of days previously were besieged by enthusiastic route setters. Electricians, plumbers, joiners hung from every girder, day and night. This was community spirit unrivalled.

To complete the final tidy up on Friday night, a giant curry on the balmy terrace overlooking the Calder. So, get down there and try it… but remember this is only Phase 1!

Photo: Euan (left) and Leigh (right) addressing the pre-opening party.

Photo: The work force letting its collective hair down on the Calder terrace.

Huddersfield Wall Circuit Linked

The monster 113 move yellow stamina circuit at Huddersfield Wall has now had its first continuous ascent. Estimated grade is F7c but more ascents are needed to settle this, especially from non-Huddersfield 'outsiders', that is if there are any strong enough!

The below photograph shows a very focused Andy Shortt working hard on the Huddersfield Wall circuit:

ROKT - First Holds Bolted

On Tuesday the first holds were bolted onto the wall at ROKT.
There is still a load of work to do before opening night but at least a start has been made.

ROKT - not a hoax!

Carl has been to visit ROKT:

"Being nosy, I thought it time to go have a look. So off we go to Brighouse this Saturday afternoon.
We were made very welcome (and a cup of coffee) and given a complete guided tour, from top to bottom. And I think I saw Blackpool Tower (or was it Emley Moor mast?) from the 'summit' of the main competition leading wall (not built yet, but the space is Gouffre Berger, if you'll allow the hyperbole).

There are so many nooks and crannies, rooms, caves, alcoves (yes, and silos) that it will take about six visits before you've found every zone. As in: "oh look another bouldering room with suspended stalactites... how come I never saw that before".

There were loads of busy guys, screwing it all together, T-nuts, panels, beams, all flying around. It will be a hectic race to get it open for March but I feel sure that some of the tastiest bits will be ready for action. By next winter, it could well be ranking alongside the biggest and best in Britain. Think of the complexity of The Castle... and then triple the height!
But for me, I think the best bit was the attitude of the guys in charge. Leigh and Euan are very receptive to ideas, very willing to talk about their project and, in so doing, create very strongly the feeling that you'll really want to 'belong' to this development. The words 'climbing community' rather than 'business venture' came to my mind very strongly.

So, good luck with the build, guys: no hoax: see you in March."

Twitter Conditions Feed

A new feature on the website is a Twitter feed for conditions at local crags, website updates and local climbing news. You can either follow @KirleesClimbin on Twitter or just check on the Twitter Conditions Feed page on here. If anyone local to another crag in the area would like to contribute to this please get in touch.

Holmfirth Edge Parking

Following a recent meeting with the owners of the crag and the local residents, climbers were asked to be more careful when parking not to block drive ways or park in front of people houses.

When visiting the Cliff please park away from the houses at the foot of the track as the residents there have problems parking.

There is plenty of parking back up Cliff Road towards its junction with Cliff Lane, which is better, away from any houses and also provides a little warm up walk in.

New Monster Stamina Circuit at Huddersfield

Now's the time!

It might not feel like Spring yet, but it’s actually not too far off the ‘Routes’ season. You've done enough of those 3-move power problems this winter; time now to get some serious stamina-training done instead!

To help you with this, there’s a brand new circuit at Huddersfield. The 113 move monster should do wonders for your routing… if you get stuck into it NOW! Look for the yellow-tags (001-113) crossing most parts of the bouldering walls. It weighs in at around F7c so by the time you’re doing laps on this, you’ll be ready for a good season outdoors. Enjoy.


The weekend of the 5th and 6th of March 2011 sees the annual Climbing Works International Festival.

It's an open to all, free to enter (normal CW entry fee applies), bouldering competition. You can go head to head with the best boulderers around. There are free physio sessions, a free BBQ on the Sunday and free after parties on both the Saturday (CWIF climbdown at ShAFF) and Sunday night (Broadfield Pub).

If you just want to watch and can't make it down to the Works it will be broadcast live on the internet from the Climbing Works website.

More information is available here:

New UK Bouldering Film

There is a new UK Bouldering film coming out in the next year.
You can see a sneak preview below.

Check back here for more updates or visit the Facebook page

ROKT Opening in April

The much anticipated ROKT climbing wall at the old Sugden’s Flour Mill in Mill Royd Street, Brighouse, has confirmed it is to open on 2nd April 2011.

The first competition will apparently be on the 6th April between the Huddersfield and Bradford University Climbing teams, we all know who we want to win!



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