ASBO 18 | 11th May 2018
ASBO 18 takes place on Friday May 11th. It's a night when we pull out all the stops, with a fun competition to take part in during the day and a spectacular final in the evening.
When and where?
ASBO 18 takes place at The Valley on Friday 11th May 2018, from 12 midday til late.
How much does it cost?
Taking part is free with your normal entry fee! If you don't want to try the climbs then you can also spectate for free!
We make a huge loss on the event. We don't mind; the past 9 events have been some of the fondest in Climb Newcastle's history! If you really feel sorry for us then you can by something from the shop, or this year a pizza from the pizza van!
And did we mention free ASBO t-shirts? For at least the first 200 people in!
Are there prizes?
There are; £500 is at stake for the male and female ASBO champions. Plus prizes from our sponsors. Ask an ASBO champion though and they'll tell you it isn't about the money. There is nothing quite like the atmosphee of an ASBO final and moving up to Valley proportions it is going to be very special indeed.
Can I spectate
Oh yes, that's the best part! You'll want to come down to watch the finals - which are always epic! They will start at 9:30pm
What else is important?
Think about your travel arrangements... it is going to be extraordinarily busy. We recommend public transport if you can, and if not think about parking and walking in from Byker centre, Ouseburn or The Pool. We also have tons of internal bike parking.
How do I take part?
Competing is without a doubt the best way to take part in ASBO 18. The qualifying problems are similar in standard to our Winter Bouldering Series, covering the full range 3 to 7c+! Simply grab a scorecard at reception when you start, fill it in and drop it back when finished. Competing costs no more than your standard entry to the centre - plus you’ll get a free t-shirt! (If you're one of the first 200 odd in!)
ASBO 18 Schedule:
Qualifying: 12:00 - 21:00 (20:45 competition wall problems)
Finals: 21:30 - late
The ASBO finals are always great to watch. The top 4 male and female competitors will battle it out in a spectacular finale, each taking turns to take on the imagination of our route-setting team. Spectating is free; if you want to climb before, just pay your normal entry.
Behind the scenes
Our international team of in-house route-setters will be on hand to set the competition problems. Setting starts early in the week with the finals set and tested on the Wednesday (before being marked and stripped).
￼￼The testing team, of Chris, Suzan and Andy Porter make sure that the problems are vaguely sensible and possibly climbable! Then the finals come down and the qualifiers ho up. Once the qualifying is finished you will see the setting team, plus helpers, take down the qualifying problems and put up the finals. Remember they’ve tested these *cough* thoroughly, they aren’t just making it up as they go along!
Reaction as Michaela Tracy and Orrin Coley retain their ASBO title!
Orrin Coley on problem 4
Michaela Tracy on problem 4
The morning after
Michaela Tracy and Orrin Coley retain their ASBO titles
Orrin Coley and Michaela Tracy have retained their titles in a spectacular final! #asbo18
1 minute to go...
Male finalists: Jake Oughton, Pete Blair, Orrin Coley, Martin Smith, Adam Watson.
Female finalists: Sidonie Graham, Robin Casey, Rachel Carr, Michaela Tracy.
Full house for Watson and Smith.
They’re very bright! 😎 #asbo18 https://t.co/iFAequdJVZ
freebies and special offers all set up 🤩 #asbo18 https://t.co/kLDOG5pXif
Taping them up now! Cool starts at 12 😆 #asbo18 https://t.co/3TyBkI9HLp
Testing testing 💪🏻 #asbo18 https://t.co/mHxW7THWoc
It's #ASBO18 eve. How exciting! Competition starts at 12 midday and runs til 9pm. Finals from 9:30pm...
Final problems have been set behind the curtain and tested by Suz, Chris and Andy Porter. Now being marked and then will come down and sit in a cupboard for a couple of days. We can't wait to see them tried! #ASBO18
Save some skin Michaela!
Scarpa Athlete Michaela Tracy pushing through the 'Roof of Baby Buddha' Michaela's getting some time on the rock before competing in this Fridays Annual Spring Boulder Open at The Valley Bouldering Centre, Newcastle. Scarpa will be there to watch Michaela crush some problems along with our friend's Friction Labs with a host of expert advice and goodies for you to sample! See you there! 📷 Kate Ennis @michaela.w.tracy @climbvalley @frictionlab #ASBO18 #scarpaclimb #scarpauk #chalkmatters #frictionlabs
#ASBO18 setting starts in the morning! Excited much?! 🤪
From the archives
Great effort from everyone at the student comp yesterday evening. Now then, time to talk about our next big event: ASBO 18 on May 11th. More info coming tomorrow. For the moment just close your eyes and imagine the excitement, emotion and sheer noise of this, scaled up to The Valley proportions! 🤩 #climbnewcastle #climbvalley #asbo18
ASBO 18 Inspiration
The list of ASBO winners reads like a who's who of UK climbing. Expect to see some of these guys on May 11th!
|ASBO 18||Michaela Tracy||Orrin Coley|
|ASBO 17||Michaela Tracy||Orrin Coley|
|ASBO 16||Michaela Tracy||Dave Barrans|
|ASBO 15||Leah Crane||Adam Watson|
|ASBO 14||Sid Graham||Dan Varian|
|ASBO 13||Alison Monks||Jonah Vinsome|
|ASBO 12||Hannah Wilson||Bobby Gowdy|
|ASBO 11||Joanne Quinan||Nigel Callender|
|ASBO 10||Joanne Quinan||Joe Wilson|
|ASBO 09||Karin Magog||Nigel Callender|
Below: the ASBO 17 finalists