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What is ClimbBristol?

ClimbBristol is a community project that was created to facilitate the maintenance, refurbishment and promotion of the Avon Gorge as a climbing venue. It is led and supported almost entirely by volunteer local climbers; in addition to this the BMC (British mountaineering council) granted funding in 2012 for an officer to lead the project for two years.

Since its formation in February 2012, ClimbBristol has made several major accomplishments and, with a six month extension of BMC funding, continues to make strides towards its goals.

Our aims

  • Work with Natural England and Bristol City Council to remove dangerous rocks.
  • Identify fixed climbing equipment for upgrade
  • Greatly improve the parking for climbers and visitors
  • Increase the number of crossing islands
  • Provide cycle hoops and new bus stops
  • Upgrade/instate paths from top to bottom of cliffs
  • Install toilets and visitor centre/café
  • Gain support for ClimbBristol through local MP’s, the Mayor and Bristol City Councillors
  • Campaign for regular Sunday road closures
  • Liaise with Natural England to improve the climbing environment
  • Achieve recognised stakeholder status with major City Council departments

In order for us to achieve all of these aims, ClimbBristol is committed to making itself sustainable and leading the fight for Avon Gorge into the future.  We’ve received a six month extension of funding from the BMC on top of the original two years, but this too will eventually run out and so the role of volunteers will become paramount to ClimbBristol. If you want to know more about helping us achieve our aims, head to our volunteers page, and you can also help by donating

Our achievements so far

After the first 2 years of funding –

  • BMC Access and Conservation funding for the Project Officer extended to February/March 2015
  • Unsafe Rock Removal in many isolated places but en mass at Lower Amphitheatre Wall and on the Main Area Slab.
  • Bolting of New Quarry for sports routes and topo produced and published on-line.
  • Also re-bolting throughout the venue has already begun– with over 150 bolts replaced. And we believe volunteers have replaced dozens of pegs . Here’s a link to the fixed gear replacement data base: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkLIzq3f0zcXdFNIN2Y0U2pMRDljR0FuZXd4QTNJN2c&usp=sharing
  • Developing and maintaining good links with Natural England, National Trust, Merchant Venturers, Bristol city council (various divisions), The Suspension Bridge Trust, Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project and others. In summer 2014 we started working traffic engineers to develop costed proposals for better access. There’s more information about the stakeholders on our partners page.
  • The climbing festival organised in July 2014 raised the profile of the Gorge as an important climbing venue and raised awareness of the ClimbBristol project. The BMC has made a film of the festival and you can see it here: http://tv.thebmc.co.uk/video/bmc-climb-bristol-festival-2014?current-channel=all-channels

In order for us to achieve  all of these aims, ClimbBristol is committed to making itself sustainable and leading the fight for Avon Gorge into the future.  We’ve received a six month extension  of funding from the BMC on top of the original two years, but this too will eventually run out and so the role of volunteers will become paramount to ClimbBristol. If you want to know more about helping us achieve our aims, head to our volunteers page, and you can also help by donating.

‘Against a background of huge pressures on the Avon Gorge,ClimbBristol is all about securing the long-term future of climbing and making our unique city climbing experience ship-shape and not one to be missed.’

Martin Crocker. Project manager.

 

Our collaborators:

The BMC Access & Conservation Trust

Dicks Climbing

Bristol City Council

Steve Winslow at Cloudworks Media

 

Some key ClimbBristol faces:

MJC. Credit - Longleat Enterprises Ltd

Photo: Longleat Enterprises Ltd

Martin Crocker: Project manager and author of the definitive guidebook to climbing in the Avon Gorge

 

 

 

 

Libby H, used in leafletLibby Houston: Consultant botanist.Natural history specialist with unique knowledge of the  flora of the Avon Gorge

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