No hanging around as cliffhanger scales new heights

Cliffhanger event held at Millhouses in Sheffield. Competitiors take part in the bouldering world cup
Cliffhanger event held at Millhouses in Sheffield. Competitiors take part in the bouldering world cup

THE UK’s biggest outdoor adventure festival once drew adrenaline-seeking crowds to Millhouses Park.

Visitors enjoyed scuba diving, kayaking and bike polo as well as the more traditional climbing activities as Cliffhanger came to town.

Described as an “outdoor event for outdoor people”, Cliffhanger lives up to its name, not least under the big top where climbers clung to impossible surfaces in the penultimate fixture of the Bouldering World Cup competition.

Millhouses was alive with activities such as slacklining, bocking – power stilts that allow you to jump seven feet in the air – and an orienteering ultrasprint, featuring a sheep in socks.

Throw in angling, archery, free-running, disc golf and an expanded variety of two-wheeled thrills, including fracture-defying stunts from a brace of former world and European champs and a bike used for juicing fruit, and you could leave S7 either inspired or tired.

Thousands came through the gates and organiser Matt Heason hoped many will have left hooked on a new sport.

“That’s our main aim,” he said, as the bouldering competition climaxed.

“It’s been busier than ever before. The weather has helped and the feedback has been positive. Cliffhanger is growing.”