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Burnley: On Coxys Big Break Ch7 5.30pm this Sunday
climbingjac
15/03/2006
12:47:31 PM
What do you do on a day when you're not climbing and you're bored? Ponder the matter of holds for Burnley!

Back at home, pondering the idea of prototyping some unusual holds...






If you plan to try this at home, we used florist foam. Be sure to wear a mask while working - this stuff breaks up really small and you don't want it in your lungs - or your eyes for that matter. We ended up wearing eye protection as well.








climbingjac
15/03/2006
12:52:43 PM
The Burnley Project welcomes on board the RMIT Outdoors Club as a sponsor of the project. The Club has put its hand up to donate holds to the project. I am particularly proud of this one, as it is with this club that my climbing life began!

Thankyou heaps guys!!!

Peacey
15/03/2006
12:55:52 PM
Cool Holds, I was just wondering if you want any granate holds as I live near a mountian that has lots of flaky holds that can be picked up from the ground? There are also nicle big blocks of rock that can be drilled and placed on the wall.

Cheers

Tristan
dalai
15/03/2006
1:14:51 PM
Jaq, please don't fill up precious t-nut holds with 'unusual' designs like those drawn in your post. Rather timber holds or plastic holds with nice radius!

Novelty holds have never worked from a climbing perspective.
climbingjac
15/03/2006
1:23:46 PM
On 15/03/2006 Peacey wrote:
>Cool Holds, I was just wondering if you want any granate holds as I live
>near a mountian that has lots of flaky holds that can be picked up from
>the ground? There are also nicle big blocks of rock that can be drilled
>and placed on the wall.


that'd be great!

Peacey
15/03/2006
1:44:05 PM
Okay tell me how many you want and I will bring them to wherever you want me to. I never got to climb on the old Burnley. I look foward to climbing on the new one. I can help build the new one if you want. I can weld and use power tools.

Cheers

Tristan
climbingjac
15/03/2006
1:51:23 PM
Hi Tristan,

Get say 10 footers and 10 handholds. They should be easy to hold, and ideally not too sharp. When you have them, PM me and we'll arrange to catch up so I can collect them.

Jac

Peacey
15/03/2006
1:57:00 PM
Done, what size would you say the footers would be, in cm's as opposed to the hand holds?

Cheers

Tristan
climbingjac
15/03/2006
2:17:42 PM
For the grade I'm thinking, footers approx the size of a credit card, handholds need to be juggy.
climbingjac
17/03/2006
1:07:58 PM
Dear all,

I must say I am humbled by the support this project is receiving from the climbing community.

New this week is that Tasty Holds have put their hand up to donate some holds to the project. Thankyou!!

The progress of the project is excellent. We have finished:

- The steel framework
- Putting wood up on the wall
- Teenutting

We have also been working hard at accumulating holds!

The things that you will notice occurring at the site in the coming weeks are:

- The carpenter will be finalising the trim of the 30 and 45 degree walls.
- We will be setting up to ready the site for laying concrete at the base of the walls (needed as a base for the rubber matting.)

Best wishes to all

Jacqui Middleton
The Burnley Project
climbingjac
20/03/2006
12:22:26 PM
Hi everyone,

We're running a working bee at the Burnley site this Saturday, and we need you!

We need an additional 8 people to assist. If you can help, please send me a PM, advising me of your email address and phone number so I can contact you with further details.

Thankyou!
Jacqui Middleton
Burnley Project
climbingjac
20/03/2006
5:41:01 PM
bump...

Peacey
21/03/2006
7:32:27 AM
Well I have the holds, more foot holds than hand holds though, they seem to be alright. but I guess that you will have to have a look at them before taking them Jac.

Cheers

Tristan
climbingjac
21/03/2006
8:59:13 AM
Awesome Tristan, I'll send you a PM to arrange collection.

Jac
climbingjac
21/03/2006
11:06:09 AM
A big thankyou this week to Adam Demmert, who has donated a fabulous bunch of holds to the project!!!
climbingjac
27/03/2006
12:39:17 PM
Hi everyone,

An overview of the current phase of the project is that we need to lay some rubber shock pads (which comply with the Australian Playground Standards). Burnley floods every 2 years (which is why all the materials have to be able to tolerate such conditions). We don't want the shockpads to float away, so we need something heavy to glue them down to. Enter… the concrete phase.

On Saturday, we brought in a team of volunteers to prepare the "trenches" for a concrete pour (which is happening this weekend).

We hired a mini dingo. This is a vehicle with all sorts of attachments that go on the front. It's basic purpose is to break up the surface to make the removing of the top layer less back breaking. One such attachment looks like a giant chainsaw! I must say, the mini dingo doesn’t look quite so "mini" when it is on its trailer. It has some really mean looking post diggers… which basically look like enormous drill bits. Pictured below is Leigh Colless, churning up the ground below the 45 degree wall, to make life easier on the digging team.






Pictured below is myself (Jacqui Middleton) marking the boundaries for Leigh to concentrate on below the 30 degree wall. Also pictured in the first image is Stuart Williams, hard at work first thing Saturday morning.






Stuart Williams


Paul Coster


Steven Smith


Paul Coster


Go team go! From left – Mark Marriott, Paul Coster, Stuart Williams and Seth Taylor hard at work below the 45 degree wall.
climbingjac
27/03/2006
12:40:25 PM
A few of us take a moment's breather while Jacob Simkin breaks up a bit of ground for us. It should be noted that Jacob is currently working a couple of jobs, and works through most of Friday night, and then turns up at Burnley for service on Saturdays! Now that's dedication!


Paul Coster


Jacqui Middleton


Jacob takes a nap. Afra Yang wants him to keep working!!


The "whacker". This piece of machinery is waiting for its mission later on in the day – compacting the surface.


Igoitz Garagarza prepares the "boxing" below the vertical wall. We installed the "boxing" (wooden borders that will contain the concrete while it sets) and then dug out the insides. A big team of people worked hard – with shovels and wheelbarrows – to remove the necessary layer of ground in readiness for concrete. It was necessary to excavate beneath the 30 and 45 degree walls to ensure you don't lose any precious height when bouldering. So when you're bouldering your way to glory on the walls, spare a moment to think of the people that were digging all day long – already exhausted by morning tea time, but continued on all day regardless.


Leigh Colless, despite feeling unwell, turned up yet again for service at Burnley, and as always was happy as anything to be there.
climbingjac
27/03/2006
12:40:59 PM
Jacob Simkin and Afra Yang, transferring the material out of the climbing zone.


Stuart Williams (left) and Seth Taylor (right) take a moment's breather.


Ben Wright works on levelling the surface below the 45 degree wall. Alec McKaskill is pictured working with Ben in the second image.




Alec McKaskill.


The token Calvin Klein bloke! Paul Stamer was a surprise extra, showing up in the afternoon looking fresh as a daisy. This helped to motivate the troops.


Stuart Williams on the pick.


Stuart Williams (left) and Alec McKaskill (right).


The crew waits while Leigh Colless finalises the formwork below the 30 degree wall.


Seth Taylor is on hand beside Leigh Colless.


As Seth started to get tired, we gave him a new job – compacting the surface below the 45 degree wall. The boys sure do love the machinery!!
climbingjac
27/03/2006
12:41:45 PM
Stuart Williams (left) and Paul Coster (right)


Heather Murray (left) and Ben Wright (right).


Jacob's up and at it again - compacting the surface below the 30 degree wall. Where does this guy get his energy from??!!


Alec McKaskill packing lilydale toppings behind the formwork to help hold it in place.


Heather Murray damping down the surface.


That's enough water! Turning the corners is getting tricky! Jacob Simkin negotiates a turn while Stuart Williams brings in the last of the water.


The monster itself. Note the massive post diggers! Never again do I wish to drag a trailer this heavy up a steep hill!
climbingjac
27/03/2006
12:42:04 PM
At the end of the day, beers were enjoyed by all, courtesy of Afra Yang, who felt that everyone deserved a special treat for their efforts. Here Jacob Simkin (foreground) and Seth Taylor (background) enjoy a much deserved drop.


Alec McKaskill


Steven Smith


Mark Marriott worked all morning, allowed us to borrow his equipment during the day, and came back again to collect it. Thanks Mark! The day would have been a lot tougher without you! At the end of the day, and after he'd done a lot of hard work, Mark then handed over a generous $$ donation towards the holds fund. Thanks Mark!!


End of day drinks and laughs. From front, anticlockwise; Paul Coster, Afra Yang, Jacob Simkin, Seth Taylor, and Paul Stamer.


Ben Wright returns the mini dingo to its scary trailer, under the watchful eye of Leigh Colless.






The boxing below the vertical wall.


The boxing below the 45 wall.


Best Wishes,

Jacqui Middleton
Burnley Project
VCC working with Parks Victoria

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