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Places to climb Indoors

Indoor Climbing in Glasgow

Whether you’re escaping the rain on weekends or getting in some training around the daily grind, there are two high quality indoor rock climbing venues in Glasgow. If you're lacking in belay buddies, check out this Glasgow Climbers Facebook page to find climbing partners in Glasgow! A fantastic...

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Vertical Chill Ice Climbing // Manchester // Review

I am super excited about an upcoming trip to Norway when I’ll get to up my game from Scottish Winter Mountaineering and get out on easy water ice for the first time. I’m lucky to live not too far away from Vertical Chill Ice Wall in Manchester, so I headed over to learn the techniques needed for climbing ice and get some tips for the extra gear I might need.

Vertical Chill

White Spider // London // Review

I have wanted to climb at the White Spider ever since I began climbing in London, but it always felt a little bit too far as it is completely on the other side of town for me. But finally, I managed to coordinate things so I could climb there on a Friday night on the way to an outdoor climbing destination. And we managed to get there on the day the gym was celebrating its anniversary…

Mile End Climbing Wall // Review // East London

Mile End Climbing Gym is my local gym, so I have spent a lot of time there and I guess I am a little biased about it, but if I’m honest it took me a while to fall in love with this place. When I first started climbing this gym seemed altogether more scary to me than the Arch, perhaps because the routes on some of the walls are taller, but now I love the climbing and the atmosphere in this place.

Mile End Climbing Wall Info Review

Indoor Climbing in Brighton

Brighton is a seaside resort on the south east coast of the UK in Sussex.  It has a vibrant climbing community focussed around two climbing centres.  There is also fairly quick access to London, so check out our London guide too.  Also of note are the lively and inclusive women’s climbing group, Vertigirls and the LGBT group Not So Trad, which has a strong female membership.  

Indoor Rock Climbing in West Yorkshire

Sandwiched between the Peak District & Yorkshire Dales National Parks, and between the well known climbing areas of Sheffield & Manchester, West Yorkshire might not be the first place you think of for indoor rock climbing but it boasts 6 climbing walls to suit every ability, all within an hour’s drive of one another.  These climbing walls are all close to Leeds, but accessible from other areas in West Yorkshire too.  Hope you enjoy this great six.  Why not visit and write us a review?

Ladies Climbing Evening // Boulder Central // West Brom.

*Boulder central are running a bi-weekly ladies climbing night – every other Friday from 7pm.  These women’s climbing nights are designed to be fun and sociable, as well as including training by experienced female climbing instructors.  It’s not just instruction that you get.  Boulder Central are rewarding women with a free cuppa and free shoe hire included in the standard entry price.  The centre will be open as usual to men and women, but you can take advantage of these great perks at no extra cost.

ROCfest 5.0 2014 // Rock Over

ROCfest 5.0 2014

ROCfest 5.0 is a bouldering competition, in Manchester on Saturday 1st February 2014, designed to give everyone a chance to compete in a friendly environment.  We’re putting in some teams and we would love it if you’d join one of our teams.  So far we’ve got about six people signed up to compete, with people bouldering at grades V1 – V6, so there’s a real mix.  We’ve been promised that no-one will get 0 points!  

Ladies’ Night // Rockover Climbing

bouldering outdoorsNaomi Buys is the star coach leading Rockover’s new Ladies’ Night – fortnightly on Thursdays, starting on 16th January 2014.

The sessions are designed for anyone who wants to improve their bouldering with the guidance of a skilled and experienced coach.

You can join the sessions whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete beginner – Naomi is experienced in coaching people at all levels of skill, strength and confidence.

Kilnworx Climbing Centre Stoke – Review

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I recently had an email from a man called Jin, inviting us to Kilnworx Climbing Centre in Stoke for their new Women’s Club.  We were very excited and went along to see what they have to offer at their inaugural Women’s Club Night.  Here’s what we found out:

Kilnworx is a Social Enterprise.  What this means is that it’s essentially not for profit.

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It has a great feel and we could see from talking to Jin and the other staff and volunteers that they have big ideas for this place and they’re passionate about it.

It’s set in a church and some of the features (which you won’t be able to see yet, as it’s still under construction) are truly magnificent.