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Catching The Wave V11

James Squire catches the wave - a new V11 at Bonehill Rocks.


Brit Rock Tour Thurs 6th November

Leading adventure film maker Alastair Lee and his crew of talented creatives at Posing Productions have produced an all new series of adventure films with the full gambit of state of the art film making kit. From cutting edge athletes, palm-sweating solo climbs to crazy downhill mountain biking.

The Brit Rock film tour is the first home grown adventure tour to emerge from the vibrant UK film making industry.  Brit Rock comes right from the heart of the UK adventure scene, with liberal splashes of the inimitable British spirit.

Each ticket includes entry to TCA on the day. See www.britrockfilmtour.com for more.


Welsh Climbing Championships

The 2014 Welsh Climbing Championships is taking place at Boulders Climbing Centre in Cardiff on Saturday 8th November.

The competition is an OPEN event meaning you do not have to be Welsh to enter, and is run in a fun and friendly environment aimed at giving both climbers new to competitions and the seasoned pros a great day out. Taking part is a great opportunity to test your climbing skills and push yourself to climb at your best, whether you’re competing for the fame and glory of a podium position or just entering to try and beat your friends.

Entry fee: £15 (Free comp tee included). 
When: Saturday 8th November 2014, Registration starts at 9:00am and closes at 10:00am. 
Venue: Boulders Climbing Centre, Pengam Road, Cardiff CF24 2RZ 
t: (029) 2048 4880 
e: info@boulders-climbing.com 
w: www.bouldersuk.com

Male, Female and Youth ABCDE categories following the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth and separated by gender.

Youth A - those born in 1997 & 1998
Youth B - those born in 1999 & 2000
Youth C - those born in 2001 & 2002
Youth D - those born in 2003 & 2004
Youth E - those born in 2005 & 2006
Adult - age 18+

Each category will climb three qualifying routes of ascending difficulty, with the top 10 climbers in each category then going through to attempt a semi-final route in the afternoon. The top 5 climbers in each category will then battle it out for podium positions on the final route.

Those in youth E and D category will top rope all their routes, whilst the older groups will be expected to lead climb. All competitors will get just one attempt at each route, which will increase in difficulty. A judge will score each ascent, with points being awarded for each hold used during the ascent. In the event of a tie during the semi-final or final, qualifying routes will be used for count back.


Beyond Limits

A previous guest at TCA, Steve McClure is one of the consistently best sport climbers in the world. We're really looking forward to his forthcoming book.


Ashima Shiraishi the wunkerkid does TEDx Talk

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. At just 13, Ashima is one of the top rock climbers in the world. In July 2014, she became the second female in the world to scale a V14. Like every other teenager, she likes cake and dislikes homework, but she sees everything as a problem she has to solve. A young girl with a big message - all of us are rock climbers everyday facing our own v14's. Just climb through it. 

Ashima Shiraishi is one of the strongest climbers in the world. Discovering climbing at the age of 6 while at Central Park in New York City, it only took Ashima a year to begin climbing at the professional level. She soon drew attention not only from the climbing community, but also publications such as Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and The Economist. Now, at age 13, Ashima continues to train at indoor gyms in New York City, and when her school schedule allows, travels the world in search of increasingly difficult climbs.