London Bouldering Morning - All Abilities welcome!
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Come and join OutdoorLads for some bouldering in central London!
THIS EVENT NEEDS TO BE BOOKED ON LINE AT VAUXWALL WEST HERE
If you have not been to on of the London Climbing Centres you will need to pre-register HERE
This event is for members of all levels of experience and all are welcome to come along to any of the sessions.
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.
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.
PLEASE NOTE DESPITE THE LIFTING OF COVID RESTRICTIONS, LCC STILL REQUIRES ATTENDEES TO WEAR A MASK/FACE COVERING WHEN AT THE RECEPTION AREA OF THEIR CLIMBING CENTRES AND RECOMEND TO KEEP THEM ON WHEN NOT CLIMBING.
Do I need a guided session?
If you have never tried bouldering before it is recommended that you have a guided session from the event leader, who will go through everything you will need to know to boulder safely before joining in with the rest of the group.
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.
As above all attending the event must abide by the centre's T&Cs etc. As an experienced boulderer you are at all times responsible for your own safety actions and involvement. As such, you should use your own judgement in taking up advice given either by OutdoorLads Volunteers or other experienced climbers.
Can't make this event?
We run weekly climbing and bouldering events in the South East, so why not check out what's coming up near you here: http://outdoorlads.events/SouthEastIndoorClimbing. Alternatively, stay updated on upcoming events using the social media channels below:
Telegram (Climbing and bouldering only): OutdoorLads (SE) Climbing
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete a Participation Statement, in addition to booking your event space before attending an OutdoorLads event. You only need to complete this Participation Statement once, not for each event you attend.
COVID-19 – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. Read the NHS self-isolation guidance.
- OutdoorLads strongly encourages all attendees to take a rapid lateral flow test immediately prior to attending an event. This will help to keep everyone safe. Order free Rapid Lateral Flow Tests.
What to bring
You don't need much equipment for bouldering at all. The only specialist kit you will need are rock climbing shoes which can be hired from the centre if you haven't got your own. Kit hire prices can be found here at the bottom of the page.
There are free unlocked cages for your bags and optional secure lockers for valuables which require you to bring your own padlock.
What to Wear
It is best to wear either shorts, combats or tracksuit bottoms with a t-shirt or vest. No jeans or any form of trouser which hampers movement. If you have any OutdoorLads branded clothing then please try and wear this as it will give the group a good level of visibility.
Any jewellery such as rings, watches, chains or bangles should be removed before beginning the session to prevent injury.
Note that Vauxwall now offer discounted entry rates when you buy their punchcards. All you need to do is wear your Outdoorlads t-shirt!
Food & drink
We don't have a planned break, but encourage everyone to take a rest for a snack and to rehydrate during the session. There is a cafe area at the centre where hot and cold drinks along with snacks can be purchased. Water fountains are available to refill your water bottles.
After we finish climbing there is the option of heading to the local pub where we can catch up with how our climbing went during the session, along with a spot of lunch.