Would you like to meet other women to climb with?
Want to get better at climbing with the support of others?
Is confidence an issue for you in climbing?
Womenclimb meetups launch to help you with all of these things.
After running ad hoc meetups for a few years, we are excited to launch the regular monthly meetups around the UK, led by our new friendly and welcoming Local Ambassadors. Local Ambassadors are volunteers who are all at different stages of their climbing journey. They are there to support the group to connect and enjoy the session.
What happens at an Indoor Meetup?
Your Local Ambassador will be located in the cafe at the wall from 6.15pm (6.30pm in London). You will see a sign like this:Say hello to the Local Ambassador and she will guide you from there. To attend our meetups there are a few things we will need from you: your name, date of birth, email and address, so she will ask you for that and show you some information about the meetup and her role.
Who is the meetup for?
We’ve already held successful Meetups in Manchester and London where we had new climbers wanting to build confidence, along with experienced climbers working hard to push their grade on lead.
At this time, our meetups are for people who can already sign themselves in to the centre – in roped centres this means being able to pass the climbing centre test for tying in and belaying and signing yourself in. For bouldering centres this means having passed the induction regarding safety at bouldering walls and signing yourself in. This is so there is no confusion about the role of the Local Ambassador, who is there to welcome you, and help you meet other climbers, but who is not responsible for your safety or decision making. At our meetups, you are fully responsible for own climbing and safety. This means taking responsibility for yourself and who you climb with. We subscribe to the BMC Participation Statement and ask you to read this and sign to say you understand:
The BMC Participation Statement say that: The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.
The BMC has some excellent information for you to find out more, if this is a concern for you:
Is it Free?
You can attend two meetups for free – you just pay your normal climbing wall entry price. After this, you will be asked to become a Womenclimb member. Membership costs £29.50 – and that’s not per month, it’s for the whole of 2019! It works out at less than 80p per week and you will get plenty of other amazing benefits on top of being able to come to our meetups. More details about this will follow next month – we are just in the process of finalising the finer details before we unveil.
Find out more
Go to Facebook to see who else is going to the meetups and to ask any questions. You will find your local ambassador on the meetup event and you can ask her any questions you have about the meetup.
What our CEO says…
I am so excited to welcome you to our meetups. Our incredible Local Ambassadors are dedicated to making you feel welcome and supporting you on your climbing journey, whether you’re new to climbing, returning to climbing or a regular who wants to push their grade. It doesn’t matter what grade you climb or how you’re feeling, join us and we will be there for you – For Women, By Women.