PRACE Summer of HPC: Celebrating the end of lessons at Alien Rock

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 10 Jul 2013 | 10:38

The PRACE Summer of HPC is a placement programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students. This post was written by Nicolas Cuello, one of the students who attended the training week here at EPCC. 

After a hard-working day of OpenMP, we decided to do some “extreme” sport. The SoHPC climbing team (see pic) was formed by Vojtech, Lukas and me (Nicolas). We decided to go to a gym recommended by Nix called Alien Rock. The particularity of this place is that the wall is inside a church, something which is very unusual.

In order to climb there, new members have to fill a huge amount of forms since climbing is considered as a dangerous sport. We had to answer a quiz as well concerning security and knots! Not so easy to start climbing… It was Vojtech’s first time and he was very excited to try a new sport. He did really well and did not fear to try overhanging walls challenging gravity law. Lukas and I are experienced climbers so we tried some complex routes and eventually managed to go to the top (without stops).

We climbed for more than 3 hours. No need to say we did deserve the drinks afterwards at the Black Bull pub in the Grass Market. Hopefully the SoHPC climbing team will gather more members and meet at some amazing cliff soon!

This post first appeared on the PRACE Summer of HPC blog.

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