I guess the two things I love about climbing is that its hard but if you work hard enough what was once thought improbable can become a reality. It's a sport where challenging the self is integral and this challenge can be applied to the rest of your life.
Climbing creates an incredible connection to the natural environment however as Burnley proves climbing can create a sublime connection to the urban environment too. With this in mind there has been a two year campaign to get a boulder built in Brunswick. Originally we just wanted some space anywhere and some sort of budget to get a Northside wall happening however Bouldergeist design was invited by Moreland Council to help bid on a justice department competition to councils looking for urban interventions which may lower petty crime. The council choose Wilson Avenue off Sydney Rd as the site and we won more than enough money to build two Burnleys.
The catch is the cost of the new park that has to be made to house the boulder and its impact to the surrounds. Council has decided to create an 8 week pop up park to test traffic circulation and to gauge response to the final facility. The final obstacle is community complaints. There is always a fear of the unknown and many don't know that compared to other so called extreme sports climbing has a wide demographic of generally switched on people. To demonstrate climbing's wide appeal in the community we have created Training day
Training day challenges you to participate in a seven circuit exercise challenge on the streets of Brunswick. We have Pilates instructors and several gyms running custom circuits which, will be scattered in and around Wilson Avenue. One activity is a mobile climbing wall which in itself is not much of a challenge but when incorporated into the circuit becomes more challenging. The purpose of this day is community support so a simple climbing challenge could be what we need to get this project the best possible result. It will mean that many ordinary Joe's and Jane's who work out but don't necessarily climb will hopefully support the boulder where otherwise they may not.
We ask climbers to come down and participate. Your presence will be a vote towards determining how much space we are allocated to create the Brunswick boulder. We asked VCC to supply some people for a petition late last year. One thing which, everyone noticed that climbing was a sport which, attracts a full spectrum of ages, races and is friendly to females as much as males. It is one thing to talk about demographics but when people show up in person demographic appeal of the sport can not be doubted.
Training day will be a fun day and you will have an opportunity to discover new ways of cross training and places to train. If you choose to compete you are at an advantage and I am happy to tell you sneakily now that there is a second wall climb as the last station and climbers will be most prepared for the final pump. Most of all you are helping the cause of more accessible places to climb in our awesome city in a fun and unique manner. This is one of the last hurdles in getting this space built with the best possible outcome so come down help us get the best possible wall.
Stuart - Bouldergeist Design
P.S thanks to everyone who has already signed or collected signatures for this project, much appreciated :>