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Blokfest Para Festival

Save the date: Saturday 8th June 2019

This summer the first ever Paraclimbing Blokfest is coming to London! Blokfest has teamed up with Paraclimbing London and the Castle to put on a routes and paraclimbing mega party.

Register Here:

Registration closing date: 1st June

First come, first served - ticket numbers limited to 75 spaces!


What to Expect
It all kicks off at midday. With a mixture of fun and elite routes, all paraclimbers are welcome at all climbing levels. 20 fun blocs, 3 routes, free t-shirts, live DJs and a spectacular roped final starting at 6.30pm.

All boulders will have an optional top-rope. Competitors will be able to decide on the day if they would like to use this. 

WHAT: The first ever Paraclimbing Blokfest
WHEN: Saturday 8th June, 12pm start. Finals begin at 6.30pm.
WHERE: The Castle Climbing Centre, London N4 2HA
WHO: All disabilities and climbing levels welcome, spectators welcome! The café will be open for refreshments throughout the day. 

Entry Fee: £7 - to cover the cost of t-shirts, any profits will be donated to charity


Categories

A paraclimber is any differently-abled person who is keen to climb. Anyone with a disability or long-term health condition (whether it’s visible, such as limb difference, or less visible, such as cancer) is welcome to participate. If you’re not sure which category best reflects you and your requirements, please either contact paraclimbing London for clarification or enter under our ‘open’ category. If you're not sure whether you are a paraclimber, drop Paraclimbing London an email (paraclimbinglondon@gmail.com).

If you fall into 2 or more categories, please select the option that is most disabling.

Climbers are divided into the following categories:

  • Visual - please see below for additional information
  • Amputee - please see below for additional information
  • Limited Range, Power or Stability (LRP) - please see below for additional information
  • Mental Health
  • Learning Disability
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Open - select this option if you are unsure of what to select or do not fall into any of the categories listed

Visual

Category Impairment Body Part Level of Impairment
B1 Visual Both Eyes Blind Competitors
B2  Visual Both Eyes Competitors having a visual acuity of up to 2/60 and/or a visual field of less than 5%
B3 Visual Both Eyes Competitors having a visual acuity between 2/60 and 6/60 and/or a visual field between 5% and 20%

Amputee

Category Impairment Body Part Level of Impairment
AL - 1 (seating) Loss of Limb or Limb Deficiency 2 Legs Full (no hip, no joint) or combination of any
AL - 2 Loss of Limb or Limb Deficiency 1 Leg Full, leg hip joint, tibia
AU-1 (arm amputee) Loss of Limb or Limb Deficiency 2 or 1 Arm • 2 arms: full or combination of any
• 1 arm: full (no shoulder, no joint) or amputated of shoulder joint
AU-2 (forearm amputee) Loss of Limb or Limb Deficiency 1 Arm • No forearm
• No hand (wrist joint exisiting)
• All fingers (included thumb and no finger joint)

Limited Range, Power or Stability: LRP

Category Impairment Body Part Level of Impairement
RP1 Hypertonia  All Permanent spasticity through flexion or extension
RP1 Impaired Muscle Power All • Spasticity or severe athetosistic movement from 4 limbs 
• Moderate to severe trouble of tonus in 4 limbs
RP1 Ataxia  All Very weak strength and/or severe control problem of upper or torso limbs
RP2 Impaired Passive Range of Movement • Shoulder
• Junction between shoulder and elbow
• Torso (trunk)
Any
RP2 Hypertonia  All Considerable increase of muscular tonus
RP2 Impaired Muscle Power All • Trouble of tonus on 2 to 4 limbs
• Moderate to severe trouble of tonus in 2 lower limbs
• Severe trouble of lower limbs creating walking difficulties
RP2 Athetosis All • Limited strength and/or moderate control problem of upper or torso limbs 
• Correct functional value and negligible control problem of upper or torso limbs
RP3 Impaired Passive Range of Movement • Elbow
• Junction between elbow and wrist
• Wrist
• Waist
• Junction between waist and knee
• Knee
Any
RP3 Impaired Muscle Power All • Moderate to severe control problem in 4 limbs and torso with coordination difficult when running
• Negligible to moderate trouble of tonus in 4 limbs
• Negligible to moderate trouble of tonus in hemicorp
• Minimal hemiplagia or quadriplegia impact leaving possibility to run without asymmetry
RP3 Athetosis All • Increase of tonus trouble in one or all lower limbs creating an asymmetry
• Increase of tonus trouble in one or all lower limbs creating an asmmetry

Facilities

All climbing areas will be wheelchair accessible; we have specially designed a ramp for this event. On the day we will provide signage and have volunteers directing you toward the correct entrance to the Centre. 

The competition will take place on the comp wall, café lead wall and top-rope area (all first floor) and the panels (ground floor). There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor and an additional toilet near the main climbing area for this event. 

Please be aware, while we have done everything possible to make the Castle a more accessible venue, the Castle building is unique and has a lot of stairs. We are happy to assist with access to our non-step free facilities, for example the Castle Shop which has two step access. 


Getting to The Castle

Our nearest tube station, Manor House (Piccadilly Line) is not wheelchair accessible. The following buses stop within 100 m of The Castle: 141, 341 and 106.

For step-free access, travel to Finsbury Park (Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line, National Rail Services). It is a fifteen minute walk from the Castle or you can take the 106 bus.

For a complete list of transport options see How to Find Us.

The Castle has limited parking, where possible we advise you travel by public transport.

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