Fareham Friday Bouldering Evening - All abilities welcome!
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A perfect end to the week, join us for a fun evening of bouldering in Fareham!
Our new Friday indoor bouldering session is a great way to start the weekend. We'll boulder for a couple of hours with a break for tea and cake.
With multiple styles and wall heights, there is plenty of different types of problems to have a go at, with routes being set on a regular basis there will always be a new project to try and crack.
Bouldering is a form of climbing where instead of long high routes, the 'problems' as they are referred to tend to be shorter and focus on technique, balance, body positioning and sometimes power. Because of this different emphasis, bouldering doesn't have the 'hassle' of climbing with ropes, harnesses and belaying, which makes the activities excellent for newcomers to the sport. For this reason, it is often regarded as the 'purest' form of climbing.
If you're a seasoned climber you won't need convincing about the benefits of bouldering, but for those who've never climbed more than a staircase, the benefits are wide-ranging: from the physical - improved strength, tone, balance, power and coordination; mental - problem solving, focus, concentration and body awareness; to the emotional - relaxation, a sense of achievement and a feeling that mind and body are working together perfectly ('feeling psyched'). On top of all this, bouldering tends to be a very social sport where you can hang out with mates and each have a go as you feel regardless of what level you climb at.
This event is for members of all levels of experience and any member is welcome to come along to any of the sessions.
If this will be your first time bouldering with us, please contact the event leader in advance to let him know what your skills and experience are.
Please note that every person participating should be aware of (and accept) that those members perceived as ‘in charge’ or leading the event are not necessarily qualified, do not need to be qualified, and are not regarded by OutdoorLads, or themselves as ‘technical experts’ but are amateur climbers with some experience and who are happy to impart their knowledge. Any advice given should be considered with this in mind by the recipient.
All those attending the event must also be aware of the centre's own terms and conditions of participation and abide by them, along with any instructions given by the centre’s staff. Everyone must also take responsibility for their own safety while participating in Indoor climbing events.
What to bring
You don't need much equipment for bouldering at all, which is another part of its appeal. The only specialist kit you will need are (rock) climbing shoes which can be hired from the centre for £3.00
A £1 coin (refundable) will also be required to secure any belongings in the on-site lockers.
Food & drink
There is a cafe at the centre where hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and a range of snacks can be purchased. Bottled drinks can also be purchased here.
We'll stop for a break at about 8.30 pm. and start climbing again at about 9 pm.
You may wish to bring a bottle of water, although a drinking water fountain is available.