Rock Star Climbing – Swindon

I believe, correct me if I’m wrong, that Rock Star Climbing is the only dedicated climbing wall in Swindon. I have looked in Swindon as a location on route to my sisters before but hadnt come across them as they have only been open for a year and a bit. Like all walls they’re a bugger to find, hidden away on industrial estates. Actually the directions on the website are very clear and Google maps takes you straight there, but I tried to go on Monday when I was still phone free and ended up lost in the arse end …

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Grit

The grit pierces your fingertips. If you’ve sanded wood you might have felt the different grains of sandpaper. Even a well climbed gritstone boulder is like the roughest of these. There are odd footsteps, often on the easier climbs, at the start of which there is a single obvious move needed to reach from the floor. There you’ll get a tiny patch of stone that is like marble, an edge that has been pressed, rubbed so many times it becomes slick to the touch. The harder the climb, the fewer the feet that have edged, the rougher, the better the stone. …

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