Beacon Climbing Centre's huge new facility in
Caernarfon opened in July 2012 and offers some of the best indoor
climbing in the UK.
Featuring the World's first CrazyClimb installation, climbing walls up
to 17m high and extensive low level bouldering including an area
suitable for young children, Beacon Climbing Centre is a premium all
weather venue suitable for all the family. Expert instruction is
available for all levels of ability.
Beacon Climbing Centre is conveniently located on the Cibyn Estate in
Caernarfon on the main A4086 Caernarfon to Llanberis road and also hosts
Caffi Barcud â€“ a premium cafe open to anyone and offering spectacular
views of the climbing walls.
Loving the new facility
After an initial visit to the new Beacon Climbing Centre last week I
was compelled to spend a full day there yesterday. Whilst I had always
enjoyed the climbing routes at the old beacon, issues with heating,
leaking and general d?cor meant the ambience of the place was never
particularly inviting. In fact, the bouldering room was so cold that it
had even been nicknamed 'The Fridge'.
Originally a 17m(?) tall film studio with adequate heat and sound
insulation the new venue was ideal for conversion to a climbing wall.
The main climbing wall encompasses a large open space with routes that
are mostly overhanging ranging from F5a to F8a. Whilst I question how
often I climb overhanging routes outdoors, I'm confident the extra
stamina gained will translate to increased performance.
Around the corner there is a small slab and some vertical walls with top
roped routes concentrated in the F4s for beginners and a couple of auto
This main wall is also equipped for teaching beginners how to lead,
abseil, and set up multipoint belays.
In the far corner is the 'Crazy climb' facility aimed at providing
younger children with a more fun way of climbing such as climbing a
drain pipe to a bedroom window. I'd hoped to climb this myself but found
it was for instructed groups only :(
Overlooking all of this is a cafe balcony, a play area, and a bouldering
wall. The cafe has far reaching views towards Snowdonia and the
comfortable sofas are extremely inviting. I particularly enjoyed how
well the seating was positioned for watching climbers at the top of the
The children's play area is exactly that, an area for them to play on
low, easy angled climbing walls and the climbing elephant. My feeling is
that the Beacon now caters to all ages and is a suitable place to take
the entire family. In doing so it seems they have ensured a future
customer base as this will no doubt inspire a future generation of
Although I was extremely impressed with the new facility there are a
couple of down sides; the current bouldering area is probably no bigger
than your average garage, however I'm told that this won't always be the
case as they plan to build a larger bouldering area down stairs ready
for the winter bouldering competitions. Still I can't help but wonder if
they should have just focused on climbing routes and left the
bouldering to the Indefatigable who are not only much better at setting
bouldering problems but are also priced at 33.3% less.
Almost five stars but the distance from the A55 and the overwhelming
focus on overhanging routes mean that I'm going to give it four.
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First Visit to the New Beacon Climbing Centre
Dec 06, 2012 by Daniel Wellings
My first visit to the newly opened climbing centre in Caernarfon,
North Wales last night was a great experience.
Having not done much climbing for the last 12 months I was spoilt for
choice for routes at my level, some of which climb to the highest point
in the building which is around 17m!
Seeing the quality of the other climbers there, some of which are the
best in the UK confirmed the standard of routes being at a difficulty
high enough to keep them entertained.
The set up for the climbing centre is really good with the first room
dedicated to leading routes mixed in with a few top ropes. The second
set of walls are a mixture of top roping and a self belaying device.
Next to this area is the UK's first 'Crazy Climbing' area which looks
great and uses all sort of shapes and obstacles to entertain you as you
Upstairs there is a small Bouldering area with some quality problems,
which will soon be extended with the completion of another Bouldering
area on the ground floor.
The Beacon has also teamed up with V12 climbing shop to provide the
opportunity to pick up a few pieces of kit whilst you're there.
On the first floor they have also installed a cafe which has a mezzanine
seating area overlooking the main climbing area allows you to pick up
some beta for the harder routes!
After an entertaining 4 hours there was still more to do but my aching
body had given up the chase. I'm really looking forward to my next visit
to Beacon which shouldn't be long as it really inspired me not to leave
it another 6 months between climbing sessions.
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