Friday, 28 June 2013

Cliffhanger 2013 is coming

Guess what was on the telly last night? Cliffhanger. 

No... unfortunately not... it wasn't the amazing Sheffield outdoor festival. I know that was your first thought. 

It was actually Rocky Balboa throwing himself around a mountain and dodging bullets.

While both do include rock climbing, the similarities end there.

The reason I bring this up: it reminded me that it's nearly July, when Sheffield's Cliffhanger Festival takes place. As a matter of fact, it's only one week away! 

The UK's biggest outdoor event for outdoor people opens on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July at Graves Park.

I know what you're thinking. If it's anything like last year, I'll bring my trunks. Well, hopefully the clouds will hold their water, so to speak, and we'll have bright sunshine and no mud this year.

Either way, you should definitely get along and support the climbers taking part in the BMC's British Bouldering Championships (BBC) in the big top tent.

It's going to be IFSC Boulder World Cup styleeee this year!

Rob Adie, BMC Competition Climbing Officer, said: "This is the first time we've run a World Cup format style event which should really push the climbers to the limits. 

"Will 2012 national champions Dave Barrans and Shauna Coxsey retain their titles?"

That is a question you'll need to attend the event to find the answer to. Seriously, they're having a news blackout afterwards. If you don't attend, you won't know who won... ever...

That's a joke, of course, but you should attend anyway and show your support. If you don't, they're live streaming it again on the internet this year. Click here for more details.

Event co-organiser Matt Heason, from Heason Events, said: "The BBC has grown into a hugely popular event. 

"With qualifiers on Saturday (6th) and semi-finals and finals on Sunday (7th) it's a chance to see elite athletes in action, right up close.

"There's always a brilliant atmosphere in the big top with the crowd pushing the climbers to stretch themselves to their physical limits."

For those not competition inclined, there's loads of other stuff to do as well. 

It's a HUGE event. 

More outdoor and adventure activities than you can shake a stick at. Stalls full of top notch goods at discounted prices. And daring demonstrations from bikers, slack-liners, parkour-ers and more.

The details in brief

WHEN? Saturday/Sunday 6-7th July
WHERE? Graves Park, Sheffield
HOW MUCH? Day ticket entry is £7.50 for 16+. It's free for accompanied children under 16.
GETTING THERE: Graves Park is 3 miles from the city centre. You can walk or cycle and there are frequent buses as well as onsite parking. The nearest train station is Dore. More details here
PARKING: Onsite car parking is £3 per day. Tickets will be available in advance online and also on the gate on Saturday and Sunday.

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For more information visit the Cliffhanger website.