Fenrock Climbing https://fenrock.com Fenlands biggest bouldering Venue Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:03:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 https://fenrock.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/cropped-Large-32x32.png Fenrock Climbing https://fenrock.com 32 32 Not long now! https://fenrock.com/2021/02/23/not-long-now/ https://fenrock.com/2021/02/23/not-long-now/#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2021 11:51:05 +0000 https://fenrock.com/?p=50055 The snowdrops and daffodils are out and that means spring and some warmer weather is on the way. The majority of us have missed the opportunity to take advantage of gritstone this season however, there will be plenty of time to get strong for Winter trips in 2021.

Further to the announcement yesterday, we are very excited to hear that lockdown restrictions in the UK are beginning to ease and although it will be a gradual procedure, we hope to be allowed to reopen on April 12th. You will all be able to get back on the wall and start crushing the routes that are waiting for you soon. So much to look forward to in the coming weeks!


What else have we done?

Since the last blog, Zone 2 has become a ginormous blank canvas ready for the Fenrock stripes to be painted. It is an absolute beast of a wall and we simply can not wait to share it with you. The warehouse is just not the same without your vibes.

We have had a great response to the new hoodies that were launched last week, orders for the first batch of this new line will be closing at the end of February. It is great to have your support so thank you for repping us whilst we have had to be closed.

The Café…

We have also been creating a larger and more comfortable café and chill out area for you to enjoy your beverages and snacks or indeed rest between routes during your sessions. Measures to remain Covid secure are of course still in place and we will continually strive to ensure that guidelines are followed and make all aspects of visiting the centre as safe as possible.

We hope you are enjoying these blogs and don’t worry, we won’t be bombarding your inbox too regularly as lets face it, those marketing emails get annoying. However, it is great to chat about what has been happening at the centre, tell you about any future plans and this time say see you on…

APRIL 12th

Take care and see you soon woo hooooo!

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2021 LOCKDOWN 3.0 https://fenrock.com/2021/02/14/2021-lockdown-3-0/ https://fenrock.com/2021/02/14/2021-lockdown-3-0/#respond Sun, 14 Feb 2021 19:49:45 +0000 https://fenrock.com/?p=50021 Well, Happy New Year! We were sad to have to close our doors again on Christmas eve and unfortunately we still have no actual date of when we will be able to reopen them to you but, we have been busy over this lockdown period and we hope you will not be disappointed when Fenrock reopens! 

In early January, the entire wall was stripped and each hold was thoroughly cleaned ready for Rich Winters who came to visit. Fenrock’s first guest setter spent a day putting up a great selection of routes for all grades and ability of climbers. You will notice a difference in setting style using a variety of holds in each route. The lower grades require some technical ability and there is a noticeable transition between the levels. At the other end of the spectrum, Fenrock now has some extra grade tags for V6/7 and V8+. These routes require some powerful moves and strength for the sends. We are sure you are going to love them all, from warming up through to pushing yourselves to your limits. The wall is packed with routes so there is plenty to keep you busy.


Now lets talk about Zone 2…

Our amazing carpenter has been working hard at finishing zone 2 and it is looking fantastic! A huge expanse of vert, slab and less overhanging areas to play with. We can’t wait to be able to double the wall space and open up this area to you. We have a list of jobs we are ticking off to enable this to happen and hope to have it painted and some of the area fitted with safety matting for when we open. EXCITING!

During lockdown we have also had the chance to finish decorating the hallway to the loos and treatment room to make this more pleasant to walk through. A mountain scape has been painted in the foyer and these finishing touches have made a lot of difference. Now Spring is on the way, it will be a lot warmer through there too.

and the shop…

The launch of Fenrock official premium hoodies is now live. These super soft, organic and vegan hoodies are our best yet. The squidgy, comfy band around the hood is so snuggly, get yours ordered before the deadline and help us to fund the mats for zone 2. OK thats a lot of hoodies but….. you won’t be disappointed!

We are designing a Spring/Summer collection of tees and vests and will be restocking the rest of the shop in due course so watch this space and keep an eye on the website for more info and offers.

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So who has been training during Lockdown? Have you been giving your bodies a much deserved rest or have you been in beast mode ready for return? Whatever you have been up to, we can’t wait to see you all again.

Stay safe Fenrockers!

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Re-Opening Guidelines https://fenrock.com/2020/07/21/re-opening-guidelines/ https://fenrock.com/2020/07/21/re-opening-guidelines/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:12:47 +0000 https://fenrock.com/?p=32757

Hi Fenrockers! We are so incredibly excited to be opening again on the 25th July. We can’t wait to see you all again and get you back on the wall, especially as it is a brand new!

As we do near the opening date we have been implementing procedures to help keep us and you safe for when we open. Below we have outlined what we will be doing as well some things we would like you to do. If you have any queries or questions regarding the following please do not hesitate to call us on 01945 466 664 or email support@fenrock.com


    • How long can you climb for? Slots are 2 hours long and you will be allowed to arrive up to 15 minutes before your slot starts. If the centre is not busy and there is available space in the next slot, we will be flexible in allowing you to stay longer.
    • How do I book a slot? You can book on the day, but we strongly advise you book in advance especially for peak times via our online booking system here
  • We are still running inductions however they must be booked in advance. We can no longer do “drop in” inductions.
  • We are encouraging all customers to use contactless card payments.
  • ONE WAY. We will have a one-way system into and out of the centre, as well as marks on the floor for social distancing.
  • We will be increasing the cleaning of facilities and gym area. We also encourage customers to alert us to any issues or spillages so we can act promptly.
  • In line with The Association of British Climbing Walls guidelines we will be increasing airflow throughout the centre.


  • If you or anyone in your household has symptoms, please do not come into the centre.
  • HAND WASHING. We have placed hand sanitiser stations around the centre. At the entrance, at reception, in the training zone and in the main climbing hall. Please sanitise your hands as you enter the centre, go through to the main hall and regularly throughout your session.
  • GYM EQUIPMENT. Please wipe down any training equipment you use with the spray provided, before and after use.
    • Please stay 2 metres apart around the centre.
    • If you are spotting another climber you are exempt from the 2 metre rule while spotting.
    • We have separated the climbing area into zones with a limit on the number of people in each zone (see the posters in the centre); this is to reduce the number of people concentrated in one area on the wall.
    • Please stay off the mats when not climbing or spotting another climber.
  • You are welcome to wear a mask however it is not mandatory.
  • We would prefer you to use liquid chalk, but loose chalk is still okay. Obviously sharing chalk bags is not.
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Fenrock Christmas comp, Results & Gallery https://fenrock.com/2019/12/22/fenrock-christmas-comp-2019/ https://fenrock.com/2019/12/22/fenrock-christmas-comp-2019/#respond Sun, 22 Dec 2019 18:23:33 +0000 https://fenrock.com/?p=7189 What a turnout! As always it was a great atmosphere and loads of strong climbers given it their best. With grades ranging from VB to V7 the competition was fierce!

Thank you to everyone who came and we hope you all have a great Christmas and fantastic New Year.

Overall scores for the competition.

1John Golder230
1Coby Diggines230
2Joe Soames-Waring197
3Melissa Benbow194
4Sam Robinson182
5Liam Hall181
5Scott Street181
6John Palmer180
8Harry Palmer174
9Becca Harris151
10Dan Courten144
11Adam Green142
12Steve Martin138
13Lee Cooper134
14Stuart Barrett114
15James Cook104
15Will Killick104
16Jordan Stimson90
17Sally Talbot74
18Heather Montgomery64
19Callum Skeels61
20Nathan Cropley50
20Oliver Summerfield50
21Sarah Middup47
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Robin Hood and Cratcliffe https://fenrock.com/2019/11/20/robin-hood-and-cratcliffe/ https://fenrock.com/2019/11/20/robin-hood-and-cratcliffe/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:30:01 +0000 https://fenrock.com/?p=5526

On the 22nd August we hosted another Peak District climbing trip, this time to Robin Hood Stride and Cratcliffe. Legend has it that Robin strode between the tower-like stones at either end of the tor. The rocks pose an impressive view as you trudge towards them via the cow fields in-particular Dorsal Fin stands tall with Flipper Arete (6a) visible from the stile at the bottom of the field.

Starting on The Square Block we made short work of the warm up routes along the slab side before moving closer to the central peaks of the area.

Quick pit stop
Heading to the central peaks
Warming up on the Square Block

Moving Onwards to Cratcliffe

After moving to Cratcliffe we found some amazing gems hidden in the forest. We all attempted No Hueco (6c) with an apt description “the traverse is harder than it looks” proving to be aggravatingly true!

Thank you to everyone who came. The support and spotting was ace with Robin Hood Stride and Cratcliffe earning a spot on our list of boulder areas to head back too!

T Crack left a lasting impression
No Hueco (6b)
Top spotting from the Fenrockers!
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Hold Types https://fenrock.com/2019/11/20/hold-types/ https://fenrock.com/2019/11/20/hold-types/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:15:14 +0000 https://fenrock.com/?p=5490 We get a lot of questions at Fenrock regarding climbing terminology and hold types.

Here we are going to go over some of the most common hold types within climbing to hopefully break some of the boundaries new climbers.


A very small hold usually no bigger than the pads of your fingers.


  • Keep your body as close to the wall as possible
  • Work on open and closed crimps to avoid tendon injuries


These types of holds tend to be large and positive where you are able to get your fingers behind and securely hold on to.


  • Keep your arms as straight as you can to avoid them getting too tired too quickly


Typically you grip this hold between your fingers and your thumb. Pinches come in different shapes and sizes.


  • Similar to how a crab pinches with its claws, using your thumb is crucial to hold this


A rounded hold which has no lip or edge to it.


  • Get as much surface area of your hand onto the hold as possible
  • Where possible keep your body below the hold


A hold with a hole in it.


  • Similar to crimps keep your body close to the wall
  • Your forefinger and middle finger tend to be the stronger fingers, so aim to prioritize these


Very small holds with the minimum amount of purchase for feet or hands. These are smaller than your average hold.


  • When using feet make sure to place the big toe onto the hold
  • When using hands, first strengthen your fingertips and tendons to avoid injuries.
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Glow in the Dark https://fenrock.com/2019/11/20/5478/ https://fenrock.com/2019/11/20/5478/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 14:55:47 +0000 https://fenrock.com/?p=5478


Thank you to Everyone who came along to potentially our last glow in the dark night in Outwell!

It was a great night with some fun routes and the unveiling of our brand new fluorescent green set. As also it is fantastic to see different groups on different days come together on one night and just have a fun time.

We hope to see you all again at the Fenrock Christmas Party in December!

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