Climbing in Borneo

Climbing in Borneo
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Berhala Island, Bolted climbing in Sabah

Berhala Island, Bolted climbing in Sabah
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Friday, July 31, 2009

Ugly Beautiful

Personally I have the creative abilities of a tennis ball, my three year-old daughter draws better than me.

What you see here is the work of a genius, drawn from memory on a huge canvas Ed has created something rather special. How glad I am that the 'artist' we asked to come to work with us didnt bother to show up. We have saved money and I very much doubt that he could have done anything nearly as good as this.

The main climbing wall is now a production line of engineering, carpentry, surfacing and decoration and what you see here is the first of a series of five walls we are now installing.

The arete is next, a brutally overhanging construction complete with jamming cracks and hand-moulded features, the perfect compliment to this gentle slab, after that the cave..........

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kids stuff

Getting the kids wall up was far less of a faff than assembling the Discovery panels though both jobs are now just about done.
Got to do a bit ot bolt tightening before any of this stuff can be climbed on but with luck we will be putting on holds within a few days.
Torrential rain has been causing some problems for us despite the fact that we have a roof, you see the clever designers thought that the walls should only be half height, meaning that any rain accompanied by so much as a light breeze gets blown into the climbing centre. Its a shambles.
So our lovely new centre is soon to have huge plastic sheets nailed up against its side. Maybe if it looks dreadful they will be shamed into fixing it before the VIP comes to open it.
The good thing about the rain is that it has provided the equivalent of a car skating rink outside the climbing centre for the appreciation of myself and Ed, got to watch out for the huge holes they keep digging though, that pesky skate park is needing a lot of work... (John the Texas Ranger can often be seen walking around, shaking his head and mumbling about Bali).

Watch this space for pictures of cars in ditches, construction glitches and Naz in stitches....

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Walls within walls

It turns out that the Discovery (tm or whatever) wall panels take a little jiggery-pokery to get lined up, "You're going to need a bigger hammer" said Halil, our Singapore supplier (Climb Asia, Cool from the gang!), he was right.
It is starting to look pretty good though and drawing a bit more interest as a result.
The kids wall and the beginners slab are almost finished now, trouble is they are lying on the floor and weigh a bloody ton. Ed has been training at the gym and promises to show us the benefits by lifting the wall into place, personally I favour the chain-block approach but whatever way we do it, there will be difficulties. With any luck I will get some photos and put them on the blog. I have visions of a Laurel and Hardy comedy scene..... "Well Ed, thats another fine mess you've gotten us into"
The discussion on design and art continue, the Logo is going to be decided on in the next couple of weeks and we can then get the PR stuff properly under way. I think we can unveil the logo on the blog first. (is anybody reading this thing?)

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