Lock Warehouse lighting scheme…

The latest architectural lighting scheme for Gloucester, applied to the Grade ll listed Lock Warehouse within the docks basin.

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Here’s the gallery format for the photos…

The scheme is made up of 24, bi-directional wall-mounted lights, which illuminate both the building itself and the area surrounding the building.

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The application of light…

A lighting trial in progress at the Docks. Trial and error, educated guesses and the application of effort and light!

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Bouldering…

Another week, another bouldering session. Lots of photo potential in there.

Making progress again after the long lay off and shoulders starting to hurt! Love it.

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It’s been a while…

Bouldering at the Warehouse – get ready for aching arms in roughly 24 hours time!

It’s been a while since the last time I went bouldering but was well worth it. New routes to try, the campus board to challenge (it won this time but i’ll be back!) and a nice pint with Mr SKP afterwards : )

The next target is getting on the top-rope and belay course so we can get into the main climbing area and hone the silky skills (??).

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Bouldering – yellow route…

Some good bouldering last night at the Warehouse, but didn’t attempt the campus board this time!

There’s a particular route in the corner of the bouldering floor which has proved to be very challenging so far. It involves good yellow holds, but more than half of it is under the tricky overhang, which is sloped at something like 30 degrees. This means you have to hang from the holds for the first half of the route which in turn means the energy levels go right down by the time you reach the nearly vertical part.

So, there’s lots of emphasis on arms only and a fair bit of full-reaching for holds. I’ve managed this route a few times now but always after an attempt or two to warm up.

Mr SKP also got some good shots of the main boulder in the centre of the floor and I got some good textures and contrasts which give some nice depth. These are from the tunnel through the main boulder and it was the first time we attempted it. Some good holds but hanging the whole time. Past the middle of the tunnel there are really only finger holds plus a couple of slightly better ones. Good fun though!

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Bouldering pics…

Another good session of bouldering and more progress on the main central boulder. I can feel the fingers getting stronger each time and I can now do a couple of lift ups on the middle campus board rungs, with only the tips of the fingers for leverage.

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Gloscat tower demolition begins…

While at the climbing centre, I looked out of the back windows of the warehouse to see the Greyfriars site cleared and demolition work starting!

A great view of the progress made over the last 6 months over the site and what a job they have on their hands knocking that beast down!

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Rock mice…

I took the boys to the Warehouse climbing centre ‘Rock Mice’ group on Monday, just before Jac was going to the dentist.

They have a kids climbing wall which has lights on each hold (pic above from internet shows this well). The start of the group was a free-climbing session where the kids could just do some random climbing, then more organised games.

These were very cool and included a game where each child had to knock out as many lights over the whole wall as possible (and the lights came on in random places), a matching pairs of lights to pairs of sounds, falling lights on each section of the wall (where the kids had to hit the lights before they got to the bottom) and individual sections of the wall were divided up and each child had to hot as many as possible.

This was so fun for both the boys and they loved the environment and activity. There was also a bouldering area on the floor below, with soft crash mats over all the floors and bouldering grips over all the walls, with a slide, hanging ladder bars and cupboard crawl ways in one end of the room!

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Bouldering 4 – SKP makes it look easy…!

Another good session of bouldering and SKP & me tried the vertical finger board fixture! Bloody hell that is hard. It’s an amazing feeling standing in front of it when you’re just about to try and lift yourself up it, one rung at a time.

The first try on this was impossible and I couldn’t even move up one rung. The next go was better and at the last attempt I got up to 1 hand on the top thick rung, having started from halfway up, from standing. Next time, i’m trying the same set of thicker rungs but will aim to get to the top, then go down each rung.

A great finger board video sent from SKP which shows this very well + a great soundtrack!

SKP made it look easy and cleared the overhang route at the 1st go! I got across as well, but in a very inelegant way! The climbing shoes I now have are very kindly on long-term loan from SKPs father in law – big thanks to all involved for those! Almost a perfect fit, but the left big toe will need to stretch the side of the shoe very slightly.

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Bouldering 3 – in search of new heights…

So, my 3rd bouldering adventure at the Warehouse in Gloucester.

Some great photos by my colleague in climbing (i’ll call him SKP) – they beat the ones I took hands down!

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This was probably the best session so far as I know more what to expect and know the routes I want to try out. The technique seems to be improving for both SKP and I and we’re managing to get around the walls more quickly. We’re also able to complete a couple of the routes which we were only half finishing before.

I was hiring some Boreal shoes this time, which to be fair, weren’t as good as the La Sportiva ones. The toes were too tight on the sides and the grip was too smooth. SKP’s father in law is kindly lending me his spare shoes until I can get some of my own + a chalk bag. I’ll see how these fit and hopefully then not have to pay the £2.50 each time to hire them!

So, this time we were trying to get across the gap between the main central boulder, to the side wall, via a single grip fixed to the top board near the ceiling. We didn’t quite do it but when I reached across with my foot, I was about 10 cms away from the other side! It’s going to have to be a swing across and hope the holds work. It’s high enough to be a nervous experience (even with thick crash mats) and it’s an amazing feeling.

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Bouldering pics…!

Our second trip to the bouldering area at The Warehouse!

Another awesome work out and we’ve tried most of the wall area, except a few very tricky sections. The main artificial rock at the centre of the space is still mostly unexplored, given it is quite a bit more difficult than the wall areas, with much smaller finger holds, sometimes only enough grip for 2 fingers, or a half hand hold.

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We both improved a lot this time and much less aching the next day. It’s really good going with someone and we’ve been doing various challenges and specific routes around the outer wall. We’re working up to a few of the harder routes but we’ve just got to wait till our fingers get stronger!

I’ve hired the La Sportiva Tarantula shoes twice and they’ve been excellent both times.

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