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The Foundry (Indoor Gym)

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About The Foundry:

The Foundry was the first modern climbing wall and revolutionised climbing training. It was designed by Jerry Moffatt and Allen Williams and still rates as one of the best walls in the country. 'The Wave' bouldering wall is one of the best bouldering walls anywhere although the route setting often caters for harder climbers.

The main wall has an impressive 45 degree roof in its centre while to the L is an excellent wall that overhangs by about 10 - 15 degrees. This is a great wall for getting pumped on.

Next door is 'The Furnace' which provides easier angled climbs (undulating gently overhanging) mostly in the french grade 6's.

Other vertical and slab walls cater for beginners.

The route setting is generally pretty good. The only thing that could be improved upon is the buying of some new holds. This would undoubtedly make the route setters job easier.

The Foundry is not a plush clean wall. It's a bit rough and ready but that's part of its character. It feels less like a business that's trying to make loads of money and more a community facility. There's a cafe and a climbing shop should the need arise though these are often closed just when you most need them.

All in all an excellent wall with some real history.

Nearest town or city: Sheffield
Directions: Mowbray Street.
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