The Big Clamber-Fantastic! Weekend
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As a first for OutdoorLads, come and join us in London for a weekend like no other, dedicated to celebrating our climbers and boulderers! Whether you're a seasoned climber or boulderer, or would like to come and give it a try there'll be loads to do across an exciting weekend of activities.
‘But London has no mountains?!’ I hear you ask - and you’d be right, but what it lacks in topography, it makes up for in some of the finest indoor climbing and bouldering facilities in the country. And besides, it’ll still be winter, so climbing outdoors will still be a little way off.
So how will it work?
This isn’t going to be a camp or hostel in the traditional OutdoorLads sense. Instead this will be a festival of indoor climbing and bouldering, with loads of associated activities for you to try. We’re still busily finalising the programme, and we’ll open up booking to a range of events and experiences later in the year - so sign up now to be the first to find out more!
In the meantime the listing below gives a flavour of some of the exciting activities we'll be looking to arrange:
Welcome social - Click here to book now! - A casual introduction to the weekend’s activities and the opportunity to meet other OutdoorLads climbers and boulderers from across the country!
Hostel Accommodation - Click here to book now! - If you're planning to travel to London for the weekend, we've arranged for some rooms in a central London hostel.
- Ice Climbing - Click here to Book for 10:15 or here for the 11:15 session!- In the morning, we've got a couple of hour-long sessions booked at one the UK's few indoor ice climbing centres! A perfect opportunity to give it a try or if you've done it before to brush up your skills!
The day's main events will take place at the UK's biggest indoor bouldering wall:
Bouldering Afternoon - Click here to book now! - Saturday afternoon’s activities will focus around Bouldering at the UK’s largest dedicated bouldering centre, designated by the BMC as a National Performance Centre, one of only 5 in the UK. Fancy going higher? (or prefer your climbing with some rope?) Bring your harness and reach all the way to the top using the centre’s auto belays
Beginners Introduction Session to Bouldering (12:30 start) - Click here to book now! - if you’ve never climbed or bouldered before, our experienced leaders will show you all you need to know to get started safely through in a special guided session. After this, you'll be free to climb with everyone else, as well as taking part in most of the other activities on offer.
Climbing Coaching Session: Rockovers and Fancy Footwork (12:30 start) - Click here to book now! - This session is aimed at improving your balance, poise and power so that you’ll be able to tackle these tricksy climbs with more ease and confidence.
Climbing Coaching Session: Steep Climbs and Overhangs (14:00 start) - Click here to book now! - This coaching session will help you harness your inner gecko to power up those roofs and overhangs!
Climbing Coaching Session: The Joy of Dynos! (15:30 start) - Click here to book now! - Train your inner monkey and focus your power and energy to leap and fly up and across the walls!
Indoor Caving (13:00 and 14:30 start) - Squeeze, crawl and wiggle your way through Europe’s largest artificial indoor caving system (which, to the puerile mind also happens to look slightly anatomical…) Two sessions: Book the 13:00 session OR the 14:30 session now!
Yoga for Climbing (15:30 start) - Click here to book now! - get that extra bit of flexibility you always wish you had to reach that final hold
Climbing and Bouldering Leader catch-up - A chance to meet other climbing and bouldering leaders from across the country to catch up and exchange tips and ideas. If you're not a leader yet but are interested or have some good ideas for events in your area or to set up new events near you, come and have a chat with our team of leaders and organisers to see how we can help to make it happen!
On top of all of these, we’ll drop in some fun competitions, talks by inspirational climbing speakers and loads of other exciting bits and bobs throughout the afternoon!
In the evening, we will have some food together and a social - a chance to catch up with friends old and new over a drink.
With the focus on bouldering the day before, on Sunday we’ll head to one of the UK’s leading indoor climbing centres for a late morning / early afternoon of climbing. Whether you like to top-rope or get your kicks through leading - or even if you’ve never tried it before - there will be range of activities on offer to make your climbing experience even better:
Climbing and/ or bouldering - Click here to book now! - London's leading venue, whether you like to top-rope or get your kicks through leading. Don’t worry if you like your climbing unencumbered by ropes as the centre has an excellent selection of bouldering areas including slabs, overhangs and roofs!
Climbing and bouldering taster session - Click here to book now!- if you’ve never climbed before, our leaders will give you a taste of climbing the taller walls, and throw in a bit more bouldering as well.
Professional coaching session - Booking opening soon! - including falling practice and movement coaching.
Yoga for Climbing - Click here to book now! - ease the twinges from the day before and relax into another great climbing session.
After our session, those who wish to can join us for a leisurely Sunday lunch before heading home.
What to bring
Each event will have its own specific requirements, but in any event bring your usual indoor climbing gear - shoes and chalk bag if you have them. If you're rope climbing, bring a harness and rope if you'd like to lead. If you've never climbed before and don't have these things don't worry: all the specific items you'll need can be hired. Oh, and don't forget your toothbrush!
Food & drink
Please check out individual event listings (when these go live) for information on food and drink. Rest assured there will be cake...