WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT BOULDERING and through years of training and competitions home and abroad we hope to bring you the best ideas from climbing walls around the world. We are working to create a wall that caters for all abilities and provide a climbing environment that will complement the very best! We are keen to incorporate new ideas and keep the climbing centre at the cutting edge of modern wall design.

 

 
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Ben Meeks

A previous member of the British Competition Climbing team, Ben is also a well known outdoor bouldering activist climbing at the highest standards in the UK and developing parts of Ilkley, Rocky Valley putting up new problems up to the grade of V11. Ben is a qualified national route setter and is highly regarded for his wall management and route setting skills. He has also been responsible for coaching Yorkshire based children for climbing competitions and has successfully coached children into many podium positions.


Jake Fretwell

Starting climbing at the age of 6, has allowed Jake to climb at different crags all around the UK & Europe. He also spent 3 months travelling around Argentina climbing some of the best rock that South America has to offer. Since he started climbing his aim was always to become a climbing instructor and he achieved this as soon as he left education and has been happy doing so ever since.

Hardest Climb: “Slapstick Arete” at Caley 7B
Favourite UK Crag: Almscliffe


Marianne Lalli

Bio about Marianne coming soon.


Freya Thomas

Freya started indoor climbing in 2016 after being introduced to the sport by her brother. She has since started to explore outdoor bouldering on the Yorkshire gritstone and tries to get out whenever she has free time. Freya is also a freelance Yoga teacher here in Leeds and runs our yoga for climbers class on Wednesday evenings. Having trained as a dancer and practiced yoga for a number of years, flexibility plays a huge role in her climbing technique!


Dan Weatherall


Tom Pepper

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Malcolm Haslam

Started climbing early 1970"s. Lancashire quarries, Yorkshire grit, Lakes, snowy mountaineering. Morphed into rock only. Well, rock, buildings, bridges, walls. Anywhere you could throw some shapes. Limestone, gritstone, mountain crags, outcrops, sea cliffs, boulders. Climbing's brilliant. Special places. Hoghton Quarry, Malham Right Wing, The Glen. Inspired by everyone around me.

Malcolm offers coaching and guidance down at City Bloc.


Directors

Martin Smith

Martin has been competing indoors since 2001 and was selected for the British Bouldering Team after his first entry to the British Championships. Martin's best result was finishing 2nd overall in the 2005/06 British Bouldering Championships. Martin is currently sponsored by Scarpa and is a member of their elite climbing team and is one of the few climbers in the country to have climbed the coveted grade of 8B. His training knowledge will be invaluable to coaching and teaching climbers of all ages at City Bloc.

Rachel Seymour

Rachel - climber of 21 years, started competing regionally at age 12, and has been winner of various British national competition rounds. Representing Great Britain as part of the British Competition Climbing Team for 6 years, competing throughout Europe , Rachel was selected for the team at her first entry to a national competition in 2001. Rachel is also a keen outdoor boulderer who has climbed at the highest female UK standards outdoors.

Tom Sugden

Tom has been climbing for over 20 years, gathering a vast experience of indoor and outdoor climbing development. Tom has worked as a climbing instructor for a number of years within different outdoor pursuits centres and indoor climbing walls. Bouldering at the highest standard Tom represented Great Britain as part of the British Competition Climbing Team from 2001- 2007 competing both nationally and internationally across Europe. Tom has also climbed at the highest UK standards outdoors in the UK and overseas and is a well respected part of the Yorkshire climbing community.