Festival of Routes 2018

A weekend of weird and wonderful routes, friends, prizes, films, beer and pizza

What a weekend!

Our first ever Festival of Routes is over and has been an amazing success. 100’s people came down to MCC over the weekend and got involved with some of the weirdest routes ever set on our walls.


We set 8 challenges of varying difficulties around the centre, on all areas of the wall. Completely free with entry, our brave climbers were sent out to hunt them down and try to tackle them. Scoring for each route was simple and the scores were collected in at the end.

Throughout the day, the support for each others attempts showed, with cheers and screams ringing in the air. Set up as fun challenges broke the classic comp idea of me Vs you and instead, all weekend, the clear battle was us Vs the route!

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Winter Boulder League and Elevate Route League

Over the weekend we concluded our winter competitions with prizes from Patagonia, Scarpa, Friction Labs and Organic.

Full results can be found here. For all that didn’t collect prizes get in contact.


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Free coaching and Yoga

On Sunday we ran a big coaching session focused on three key route climbing skills: Clipping, Falling and Route reading. These skills are so often overlooked and yet so many of us can make simple improvements that will make a huge different on the wall. We also partnered up with Pongoose climbing and demoed their brand new clip stick, which got us all psyched for the summer. For more coaching check us out here.


Our friends from Boja Yoga also ran a excellent yoga style warm up for our route climbers on Sunday. Which we all needed after battling through the snow to get into Manchester. Yoga is such a versatile exercise that it can work great pre and post climb. The guys from Boja Yoga are doing a great job of breaking down the barriers to yoga and giving us great ideas of how to incorporate it into our climbing sessions. Their class runs at MCC on Tuesday nights, click here for more info.


Fun for all the family

It was amazing to see so many families get involved with the Festival. At MCC we know that getting kids into roped climbing is a great idea and its brilliant to see that so main parents agree. Routes are not only challenging, physically and mentally but also a really safe way to climb, as there is no dropping onto the ground. Over the weekend we saw kids as young as two getting on the ropes all the way to academy climbers letting of a bit of steam and ducking out of training to try something different. Just what the weekend is for 🙂

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Dirtbag – The Legend of Fred Beckey

Finishing of Saturday we had a great documentary from Patagonia on a American legend. Set up downstairs, keeping warm on the sofas we relaxed and got inspired.

Fueling the climbers throughout the weekend were the guys from The Old Abby Tap House. Serving the best stone baked pizza’s and local beer into the evening.

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Thanks to all that came, all that supported us and all that help set it up.

Shout out to our partners @Patagonia @Scarpa @Friction Labs @Organic

And the amzaing companies with us over the weekend @The Old Abby Tap House @BojaYoga @Pongoose

Bring on the Festival of Routes 2019 at MCC… see you there.