It’s Back – Neon Bloc 3!

The winter is upon us and Christmas is approaching, which can mean only one thing, The Barn Climbing Centre’s Neon Bloc is nearly back! Mark Urdaibay, Paignton, gives us the low-down on the UK’s First & Very Best UV/ Glow-in-the-dark Boulder Competition. A special thanks to Tom Last for the photographs.

Have you ever slowly lifted the lid of a toilet seat to look underneath? Was there a climbing hold? Importantly, is it better or worse than the hold screwed onto the lid? If you have never had to deal with this kind of question, you have clearly never been to Neon Bloc at The Barn!

Neon Bloc is a unique event merging the lines between an insane ‘fun competition’ with crazy and unusual problems and a serious bouldering competition typical of the boys at The Barn where you will expect to have to crank hard. Last time round there were problems featuring toilet seats , hula hoops, tyres, buoys (yes, the things that float in the sea!) and a lot more besides! The finals are a true spectacle, seamlessly combining the hard pulling with the wild gymnastics of trampolines, swings and zip lines.

The whole competition is set to a backdrop of, as the name suggests, a UV glow in the dark party. Lasers, strobe lighting, UV effects and crazy decorations combined with the live, in house, DJs mean it is one of the best nights out you can have even if you just want to watch. Confirmed for this year are DJ’s JBone, sNOOk, DANZIE, Ric-O-Chet and HOOK-ONE. To add to the party atmosphere there is a licensed bar and food available on the night.

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“Thank you so so much to everyone at The Barn for making last night so amazing! So much effort went into making everything happen, can’t wait for next years!”A.M-C.
“Just the best climbing party ever, well done to every one involved in the comp, was so good. Thank you all……boom!”R.V.






As well as a wild night, Neon Bloc has it’s heart in the right place too. An established, central part of the competition is the limited edition and 100% exclusive Neon Bloc Climbers Against Cancer tshirt. Printed locally by the excellent Dewerstone Clothing, they are guaranteed to be eye catching and make all of your friends jealous. Available for pre-order soon.

Categories include Open Male, Open Female, Open 35+, Under 15 Male and Under 15 Female so there is something for everyone. It costs a mere £15 to enter or £5 entry for spectators. The youth prizes are given out before the adult finals – which start at – and the party carries on late into the night.

You know where you need to be on the 28th February 2015 from 5pm…


Mark Urdaibay is a keen climber though he spends far too much time on plastic and not enough on rock! He regularly attends indoor competitions representing his sponsors, The Boulder Bunker and his best position to date was second to a member of the British team – nothing you can complain at! |