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More adventure, less air miles. This March the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival will feature 44 action and adventure packed award-winning films featuring adventure sports and travel from around the globe. Get yourself to The Showroom (the largest Independent Cinema outside of London, and voted Best Cultural Venue in the region) and make just one journey for a round-the-world the trip of a lifetime. From sea kayaking and free running in the UK to mountaineering in Papua New Guinea, solo big-wall climbing in California’s Yosemite Valley and 107m waterfall kayaking in Africa, you can take in the films in bite sized 2 hour chunks, as many or as little as you like, all introduced by either the UK’s best ever female climber Lucy Creamer, or Everest Summiteer and professional photographer Ian Parnell. Make sure to take in some of the 24 premieres and experience the big screen, big sound and big audience feel that Youtube and iPhones just can’t offer.
Between stints in front of the screen there’s a whole host of other stuff to do, most of it for free. Bring the kids along for family friendly screenings. Pick up an urban orienteering map, chill out in the photo exhibition with a good book and some live acoustic music. Drop in to the rucksack sale and pick up some second hand kit bargains, have a free physio consultation, or get involved in the Steep Shot photography shoot-out as pro and amateurs battle it out for a substantial cash prize. Donate blood, enjoy a pint of the specially brewed ShAFF beer (preferably not too close to each other!) or have a go in the open Quiz compeered by none other than Sheffield’s own stand-up comedian, climber and author Niall Grimes.
After each of the 5 previous festivals 100% of visitors have said they will come again and bring a friend. That’s a testimonial we aim to repeat this year and long into the future.
Make a weekend of it. Don’t forget that the Peak District is a only a 20 minute train ride away. The festival website will feature discounted accommodation and travel links so that you can make your visit a straightforward as well as fun experience.
Check out the film timetable here.
Per 2-hour film compilation – £6 (£4.50 concessions)
Transferable tickets (Tickets for 10 film showings) – £50/ £40
Tickets for young adventurers film compilations – £5 (£3.50 concessions)
Available from The Showroom Box Office
Tel: 0114 275 7727 or Online
Tickets are also available on the day.
Now it was time to train for The British Bouldering Championships, probably one of the only comps that I get slightly nervous in. I put quite a lot of pressure on myself to win this comp and the past two years of it haven’t been the best coming 4th and 2nd. It’s not good enough for me. I put in quite a bit of training and prepared myself for it. I was hoping this year not to win the qualifier. I seem to have a knack of winning the qualifier then not doing too well in the final. Thankfully I came second. I never know what to expect in the final, the route-setters throw something new in each year. I did the first 3 problems first go, in my opinion they were too easy but they were starting to split the field already. And then for my nightmare, problem 4, a horrible reachy problem, not working in my favour as my opponent was very tall. My legs were hardly long enough to span the gap that I was doing the splits in and I simply couldn’t reach the next move no matter how much the crowd cheered me on.
I then did what I could on the last problem. Completely exhausted from the problem before I made my high point. All I could do then was watch the last competitor for the last 5 minutes, the longest of my life! She couldn’t do enough. Finally, I’m the British Bouldering Champion!
Next was The Plywood masters, an annual comp held in Boulder UK in Blackburn. I couldn’t make this comp last year and this year again I was feeling strong. The qualifiers was probably the best one I’ve ever had, doing all the problems first go apart from one, which I got second go. I had been through a bit of a bad patch with competitions, narrowly missing on winning, so this comp I was more determined than ever to win.
The final was also the best one I’ve ever had, again doing all the problems first go apart from one which I got second go, clearly winning. Finally!
After Spain it was back into competition mode. I had the Sky masters at the Outdoor Show, which Berghaus were sponsoring. This year it was based more on speed instead of difficulty. For me this was a good thing. I arrived at the comp feeling confident and excited about doing the comp as it is quite different from any other. The obstacle that I had to climb on was suspended in the roof.
Qualifications and semi’s went well, myself winning so far in the races I had been in and it was down to the final. Again feeling confident I would do well I set off. All was going great and I was in the lead till I got the rope caught around the wrong side of my body losing valuable time which lost me the race. Gutted, I was lowered to the floor. So close but yet so far. 2nd place would have to do this year.
Comp season not quite over so I thought I make a change and decided to travel down to London to do a comp at The Castle. Again it was a friendly comp and I don’t think they expected someone to travel down from Sheffield for it, but I really enjoy doing comps and especially when it’s somewhere new that I’ve not really climbed there before.
Really good comp and really good atmosphere. Overall good trip down south, I won the women’s and my friend who I went with came second in the guys. (Though if I’d have entered the guys I’d have come second overall.)