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I have recently been told off for not doing enough children and pets updates, so here's one.

Yesterday Holly and my dad and I went to Rokt. Dad and me have been lots, but because we normally go lunchtime (cos it's cheaper) Holly is usually at school and doesn't get to come with us. She's on summer hols at the mo, so yesterday she came along.

She's an absolute natural. She was doing stuff with her leg positioning that I had to be TAUGHT. She didn't want to go very high, only managing about ten feet up a roped wall, but she liked the physicality of it, and was enjoying doing traverses on the various bouldering walls. The best thing, though, was that a lot of the holds at the wall are made by Core, and she was geeking out over the fact that their logo looks like a Green Lantern symbol.

Afterwards she was going to stay at her dad's, so I got a custody visit with Pugsley. I cleaned and refilled his water bowl, marvelled at the lovely clean shed he had just done, and fed him a mousie, which Holly and I watched him devour. I wish I had room in my house to bring him over. I miss him. He's so BIG now. My little baby snakeling is all growed up...

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Went and actually had a play on the bouldering walls at Rokt today. My cuticles are rammed with chalk and my forearms are aching, and I feel great. NEED to improve fitness quite a lot but...

Here are some pictures: )

We met the two guys who own the place (Hello Leigh and Euan!) who had already read my previous blog post, and they were just as lovely and friendly as the rest of the staff.

And then we went to Sainsbury's, cos, you know, fooooooooooooooood...

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So, the new climbing wall in my home town has opened its doors, and yesterday me and my dad finally got around to having a look round. They have only opened phase one so far, and well-over half of it is still a building site. Of the bits they have opened so far, though, these are my favourites:

The silos are being opened one by one as they get finished; they're 22 metres high, and we poked our heads through the hatch of the first one and watched someone climbing it. It looked amazing. The bouldering rooms are complete, and AWESOME; the whole floor of each room is one big boingy crashmat, and the walls are custom painted by local graffiti artists - including one with a big Wile E Coyote on :D Oh yeah, and the music yesterday included Hayseed Dixie's version of Walk This Way. So, all-in-all, it's already pretty goddamn amazing. And that's without even going into the huge comfy leather sofas in the chillout area, or the decking outside with a gorgeous view down the river (will have to take pictures of this and post them), or the friendly and helpful staff. Or the 50inch plasma telly in the chillout area which is reputedly going to be used for film nights...

And that's just phase one. We peeked behind the tarpaulin at the building work going on on the 28-33 metre lead climbing wall, and the 27 metre competition wall, and the both look like they are going to be v cool too. This is a place built by climbing enthusiasts, for climbing enthusiasts, and it's RIGHT ON MY DOORSTEP. I couldn't be more excited if Alan Rickman was whispering sweet nothings in my ear...

Another good thing is that once you're accepted by the management as a competent adult (which I am, after filling in a form and doing a little test) you can supervise other people climbing, including children from the age of 5. You can imagine how excited Holly is about this. They also hire out gear - rock shoes and harnesses and such - for anyone who doesn't have their own. Like Holly, for example.

The one problem I have with it (and this is a truly Yorkshire gripe) is the pricing structure. It's Leeds Wall prices rather than Huddersfield Wall prices, and for somewhere that's still largely building site, with no usable lead wall and only a couple of topropes I call that a bit steep. Also they only have pay-per-climb prices so far, and no monthly membership system. I'd love to be able to just finish work, think I fancy going for a climb and be able to walk in and go for it without having to scrat about to pay the entrance fee. That said, I'm sure that there will be a monthly membership system set up at some point if there's enough demand, and then I'll just have to go to CEX and sell another load of stuff so I can afford to get it...

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Thursday, January 13th, 2011 06:22 pm
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There have been rumours for a long time that the old flour mill silos in town were going to be turned into a climbing wall. Dad and I thought it would be very nice, but it was all a bit pie in the sky... Well, it seems not. It seems that planning permission has been granted, work starts on Monday, and they're hoping to have it open in MARCH! How cool is that?

I am literally bouncing with excitement about this. It's apparently going to be one of the best walls IN EUROPE and it will be within walking distance of my house.



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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 04:40 pm
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I did the 6a overhang! Like a rat up a drainpipe! A very shouty sweary rat, but a rat none the less!

Now all I need to do is find that bloody letter about the Local party AGM to find out where it is. I know it's tonight somewhere...

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 05:12 pm
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I have climbing chalk under my fingernails, and my arms ache like buggery, and I smell like a yak has been nesting in my armpits. Yup, daddy and I went climbing for the first time since [personal profile] matgb moved in with me, and it was fab. I am a very happy bunny right now. Will definitely be going again next week.

Secondly, those of you who have been wanting a proper logo to link to your position in the Total Bollocks Botties can feel free to use this one, what I made:

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... and paste it into the relevant coding area of your blog's template. Obviously if I make the overall chart I'll be *ahem* amending the logo for that too.

Oh, and for those of you who haven't seen the full list? It's under the cut )

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... I'm going to be good and not go and stalk Sam West tomorrow. I can't afford to, for one thing (£20 on tickets is a couple of rounds of drinks on thursday even at London prices, I'd wager) and for another thing it's going to be difficult to sort out the Shrub-sitting, and Ian will just be difficult.

And I'd only sit there and stare and go red anyway...

Stupid self

Had a lovely time watching TG with [livejournal.com profile] puddingcat last night; we practically laughed ourselves sick.

Hurrah for the cricket!

* happy dance *

Watched the last bit of Castrovalva this morning - hurrah! for Ainley!Master flashing bare flesh!

I did pants at climbing this afternoon, don't know why. Am going to go and soak in a hot bath and try not to think too much about the chipmunk that they've cast in Ant's part for season 29 of Who, or the fact that I've just chosen Sandi Toksvig over Sam West.

* smoochies for [livejournal.com profile] crashmatt anyway for the offer *

You'll have to come over for a drinkie one evening.
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Robin Askwith: An Icon of British Cinema, or an Over-Rated Talentless Fuckwit? Discuss.


Darrell maintains that "The Ask" is a legend, a gent, and a scholar. I maintain that he's a misogynistic talent-free zone. Any of you guys have any thoughts? Any of you even heard of him? LOL

Looking forward to climbing tonight :D

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Bodycount: 2

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