RCC 08 Birthday Bash!

Eight years ago, John Dunne opened the doors to his third climbing wall and eight years later, we're still celebrating!

This year was no exception.

I’d like to start off by giving everyone a huge thanks for being an RCC customer over the last eight years!  Whether it’s been hardcore bouldering every day of the week, escaping the rain when you can’t climb outside, casual sessions and everything in between; day’s like this wouldn’t be possible without you!

I’d also like to give a shout out to all of the sponsors:

Dan and the rest of the team upstairs at Ground Up Reading put on a mega BBQ and sourced some beverages for the evening! Dan also helped in getting Doughnut Time to create us an incredibly unique Birthday doughnut! Ross Gray from APS Fitness was in running free injury prevention workshops. King William A.K.A InifinityAcro got in to some very interesting positions! Ben Bransby came down to represent DMM and show off their very shiny gear! Mark was in giving a tasting session of his Hard.Bar‘s. Katie and Rob from Pongoose spent their day off giving demos of their Climber 700 clipstick and also organised a fantastic raffle where we raised over £100 for Climbers Against Cancer with prizes from Pongoose, DMM and Hard.Bar! Our DJ Jonathon Hewlett was keeping everyone psyched with some banging tunes! We ran a fun boulder competition throughout the day, the first time we’ve ever ran an ‘unlimited attempts’ comp! Our route setting team created some fantastic challenges from our 360Holds and EuroHolds shapes! Last but not least, Patagonia sent down Matt Helliker along with a screening of ‘Mountain of Storms‘ for our evening’s entertainment. And to top it all off, the whole day was filmed by one of our regulars, Chris Leinster!

You can find a list of the competition results for the day here – RCC 08 Results.

This is just the start of our Winter events with plenty more to come! As a quick heads up, over the next 6 weeks, we’ve got the start of our Winter Bouldering League, our annual Route Climbing Series Elevate kicks off, we’ve got a screening of the Brit Rock Film Tour, and we’re super stoked to have the premiere of Reel Rock 13!

We hope to see you all again next year!

And here’s just some of the guys that made the day possible!