|Louis rising out of the heather.|
If you'd designed a bouldering crag you would struggle to have come with anything quite as perfect as that provided for us by glacial melting at Gatehouse. Odd, then, to spend the following day at an indoor wall specfically designed to do just that, as I headed over the Pennines for the opening competition of the Manchester Depot. Indoor climbing has come on a long way in the last 10 years and the new Depot sets the bar pretty high with a state of the art bouldering behemoth. The comp was a great showcase of what the Depot team have acheived, managing to fit in hundreds of people, 30 qualifying problems, a world class competition wall, and still have plenty of space left over. Plenty of friends had made the trip over, and it was great to cheer on local heroes as they tackled 3 fiendish looking climbs. Another great day out, albeit far removed from the previous day. The sound of pumping house music was about as contrasting as you can get to the call of grouse bursting from the heather, and the industrial estates of Trafford Park certainly hold less romance than the moors of North Yorkshire. However, both have their place in the wonderful world of bouldering, and I'm thoroughly looking forward to returning to both.
|Dave Barrans getting horizontal, Men's Finals.|