This years Fair Head Meet in association with the Dal Riada Climbing Club will be held over the weekend of 1-2 June.
This is a fine opportunity to meet the wider climbing community in Ireland, it will run the same as it has for pervious years, camping (toilet facilities & fresh water) will be facilitated by the McBride Family, please pay them for camping over the weekend. As per tradition there will be a guest speaker on the Friday & Saturday evening, fingers crossed for good climbing weather!
Women with Altitude is a Mountaineering Ireland initiative to encourage women to take on greater challenges in mountaineering, be they personal challenges, technical or leadership challenges. Established in 2011, this initiative promotes and facilitate women’s participation by providing support with skills training and leadership development, inspirational role models and opportunities to network.
Colmcille Climbers will be hosting their annual Climbfest event, this years location is Malin Head, topo’s and guides to the area can be found on their website HERE, we hope to see lots of Belfast Climbing Club members attend this event!
“The 2019 Climbfest will be on the usual Mayday bank holiday, in 2019 this will be 3-6 May. The plan is for the next Climbfest to be hosted at Malin Head, subject to confirmation. Stay tuned for more info in the new year.”
The Brit Rock Film Tour is back for 2018 with its strongest line up to date
The Brit Rock Film Tour has all the best new climbing films from the UK’s top adventure filmmakers, featuring some of the country’s most popular climbers. The 2018 tour delivers a stunning line-up of compelling stories from the vertical world in its strongest program to date launching from late October.
Brazilian – 20 mins, Dir Rob Johnson/Alastair Lee
A maverick bunch of Brits go big wall hunting in Brazil. Lead by pioneering legend Mike ‘Twid’ Turner with Steve Long and some youth in the form of the super-strong James Taylor and Angus Kille (just climbed Indian Face!), the team head for the giant monolith of 'Pedra Baiana’ dreaming of a new line on perfect rock. From the outset the plan begins to unravel with fuel blockages, wasp attacks, a shortage of equipment and time all pinning back progress in this spectacular and charming film.
Just Anna – 15mins, Dir Alastair Lee
In an era where searching out and developing new routes seems uncomfortably out of vogue: all is not lost as we meet Anna Taylor. This remarkable Lakes-based 20 year old is bucking all the tends with stunning new sport routes and bold traditional lines. Including a nervy introduction to Deep Water Soloing by climbing partner Neil Gresham, we face all the challenges and difficulties along with Anna on her journey to one of the great unclimbed lines.
North Base – 5mins, Dir Alastair Lee
The ultra pragmatic Tim Howell is a specialist in climbing cliffs and jumping from the top of them, commonly known as ‘climb to base’. This short film introduces us to Tim’s way of life and his long-term goal of being the first to climb and jump all six of the classic alpine north faces. This epic concept will surely test even Tim’s steely nerves and seemingly inexhaustible energy.
Whiz Kid: Rainshadow – 20 min, Dir Paul Diffley
In 2016 at the age of just 17, William Bosi became the youngest Brit to climb the ultimate magic grade: 9a. Whiz Kid: follows William’s journey to climb Steve McClure’s Malham test piece, Rainshadow. Documented in an observational style the film gently reveals what it takes to climb at this level.
Free Flow – 7 mins, Dir Paul Diffley
Hazel Findlay enjoys an epic day of mountain running and solo climbing in the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia. Stunning shots combine with a considered soundtrack underpinned by a subtle environmental message.
Blood Moon – 20mins, Dir Alastair Lee
The film follows Robbie Phillips, Calum Cunningham and Alan Carne as they attempt to open
a new climb, ground up, on a 700m Big Wall; Tsaranoro Atsimo in Madagascar. The walls of Tsaranoro are as wild and bold as the country, the rock beautifully carved and the story... that of a real adventure of friends taking the risks that come hand in hand with pushing boundaries. Once the free climbing begins disaster strikes, Alan takes a bad fall shattering his lower right leg, an epic ordeal unfolds to get Alan from the remote big wall to safety. From here the mood changes, Robbie and Calum are left with some big questions and bigger fears as they must decide whether to continue with their push or give in to their emotions as they learn the hardest way possible what it takes to open a Big Wall on one of the sheerest vertical faces in Africa.
Undiscovered – 10min, Dir Chris Prescott
Dave MacLeod has spent the past 25 years putting up cutting edge routes all over the world but most frequently on his native Scottish rock. ‘Undiscovered’ explores the passion for pioneering first ascents and examines the effort that goes into developing new routes as Dave unearths more jewels on the crags that seemingly just keep on giving.
On Friday 5th October, the Belfast Climbing Club is epically proud to host Paul Swail!
He’ll be giving a talk about his recent expedition to northern Patagonia, along with insight into life as a mountain guide.
Doors open 7.30, the Errigle Inn Belfast. Rab will be present too; you’ll get free entry into a raffle with some awesome prizes!
Due to the character of the terrain above the crag and a lack of natural anchors, Pigeon Rock in the Mournes has for decades had in-situ or replaceable anchors at the top of the crag to facilitate abseiling off.
In late July, Mountaineering Ireland received a suggestion on behalf of a number of local climbers that bolted anchors should be placed at Pigeon. The placement of bolted anchors at a trad climbing crag goes against the established ethos of rock climbing in Ireland, both north and south, and also Mountaineering Ireland’s 2016 Bolting Policy. In order to facilitate an open and inclusive discussion amongst local climbers and other interested parties, Mountaineering Ireland has made arrangements for a meeting on the matter.
The discussion will be conducted as an open forum where everyone in attendance will have an opportunity to put their views forward. Mountaineering Ireland’s Bolting Policy cannot be amended at this meeting, however the opinions expressed at the meeting will inform any future review of policy in this area. Any change to Mountaineering Ireland’s Bolting Policy would also require consultation with the wider climbing community and a motion to a general meeting of Mountaineering Ireland members.
The discussion on the pros and cons of bolted anchors at Pigeon Rock, climbing ethics, liability and related matters, will take place at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre on Tuesday 2nd October at 7pm, all are welcome.