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15 Dec 2013 12:12

Slacklining

Slackling at White Spider Climbing

aka… Get your wobble on!

 

One of the newest members to the White Spider Team, professional slackliner Harry Cloudfoot, has been working with us and we have installed a new, indoor 20m slackline!

The ideal balancing challenge, perfect for improving core stability and focus, the slackline will be a semi-permanent installation to the centre.

The line runs over our matted area to ensure nice soft landings should you come off, and our staff members are on hand to give you tips on how to beat the wobbles!

 

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Think you've got what it takes? Try Harry's latest challenge, walking the entire length of the line (full-man) with your eyes closed!

Stay tuned for up and coming White Spider Slackline Workshops – for now, here are some tips from Harry to get you started:

  1. Keep your feet straightStart with one foot on the floor, and your stronger foot on the slackline –  big toe and ball of your foot always on the line.
     
  2. Look straight ahead – It helps with your posture; where you look, is where you go. Look down, you fall down!
     
  3. Use your arms to balance – Try to keep you elbows above your shoulders, and keep your arms relaxed. Your torso should be straight, but your arms moving.

Got any questions? Pop down to the centre and ask Harry how you can gain some ninja skills. Or better still book a private lesson and really get yourself on the way to slackline nirvana!

 

Testimonials

 

“I had a really great lesson with Harry, with his knowledge and insight providing a real change in my thinking and approach. First, Harry helped correct my posture and helping me understand the use of my arms. We then tackled breathing and core engagement and then mounting from a sitting position. All this in an hour and great fun. Spend your money letting Harry help you, you will not regret it.” – Steve MacQueen

"Harry not only has great skill on a slack line but also that rarer gift of being a great teacher. He is able to impart just the right amount of information without overloading you, and adapts his style to suit your pace and challenges. The two hours just flew by and I now have a set of good habits to practice. Thanks harry for making learning such fun." – Paul Highams

“Thoroughly enjoyed my slackline lesson with Harry, he is so encouraging and informative. It was awesome and strangely addictive” – Sian Waters

 

“I thoroughly enjoyed the 1-to-1 slacklining lesson. It’s something I really wanted to try, but wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to do it or not. Harry was fantastic, he made me feel totally at ease, and despite the fact that we were in Clapham Common, I didn’t feel uncomfortable or self-conscious at all. The lesson was well-structured, and by the end of the hour I was able to walk along the line, which was a vast improvement on how I had started out. All in all, a great experience. I will definitely be going again.” – Shauna, London

 
"I enjoyed the slacklining very much because we went through things slowly and all together until we knew how to do things properly. I especially enjoyed the cool tricks we learnt at the end, as they were fun to practice." – Cerys Highams

 

“I think a lot of slacklining’s benefits come from the meditative amount of focus required to achieve balance to stand on the line, and there are not many things kids can get into these days that require such prolonged focus and attention. Also the gratification is not instant but requires persistence and hard work. In much the same way learning a martial art (for example) increases confidence, ability to maintain concentration and greater self esteem as well as all the physical benefits, slacklining also offers a nicely integrated way to enhance the physical and emotional development of kids in a digital age” – Maddy Andrews

"I thought slacklining with harry was great because first he taught us some really good and fun balance warm-ups and also when we got on the line he supported us and gave us good tips and it was so much fun. I cant wait to start slacklining at home and it was a great introduction to the sport!" – Emma Highams

 


01 Dec 2013 16:38

Christmas 2013

December at White Spider!

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All kids clubs will be finished by 8th December – but don't despair! Our popular holiday programs are BACK! More information available below and on our Holiday Programs page.  

Christmas opening hours:

23rd Dec                normal opening

24th Dec                CLOSED

25th Dec                CLOSED

26th Dec                CLOSED

27th Dec                10:00 to 22:00 

28th Dec                10:00 to 19:30 

29th Dec                10:00 to 19:30 

30th Dec                14:00 to 22:00 

31st Dec                10:00 to 16:00 

1st Jan                    12:00 to 19:30 

2nd Jan                   normal opening resumes!

 

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26 Nov 2013 19:03

Yann Genoux – Routesetter interview!

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Yann Genoux is a qualified national route setter having done his course with the F.F.M.E. (trans, French Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing) in France.

He has set both the British Bouldering Championships and the British Lead Climbing Championships for 2 years in a row now. 

Yann is recently back from setting a round of the IFSC Lead World Cup in Puurs, Belgium. We caught up with him last time he was in to get to know him a bit better and find out what he's up to when he's not setting at White Spider…


Name: Yann Genoux

Age: 27

Favourite Climbing Music: Upbeat for Comps, nothing outdoors.

Favourite Crag Food?: Potato Farls and Jelly Babies.

How did you first get into climbing? When I was working in France the son of my boss was Francois Lombard, (1st world Champion) he took me climbing 🙂 I was really inspired and hooked straight away.
 
How long have you been climbing? 9 years now

What is your proudest achievement in climbing? Getting out almost every weekend even though I live in London!

What's your favorite problem/route you've ever done? Why was it so good? Freaky Ralph French 8a+ on Portland. It wasn't the highest grade I climbed but took the most attempts. A real challenge for me being shorter because the moves were very long.
 
Where is your favourite crag? In UK: Cheedale Cornice. Outside UK: Siruana. 

If you could give someone one piece of advice for their climbing, what would it be? Don't let go, ha ha, no… stop pretending to try and actually try harder.
 
Who or what inspires you, and where do you get your motivation from? Climbing: Killian Fischuber, amazing in every way. Route Setting: Jacky Godoffe, the maestro and legend of setters.

If you hadn't got into climbing, what do you think you'd be doing instead? Easy, I used to be a carpenter so I would continue that.
 
How long have you been route setting? 6 years
 
What do you love most about setting? Making people fall off 😉 Forcing people to make moves outside of their comfort zones.

This year (and last year) you have set the British Bouldering Championships and British Lead Climbing Championships. How were those experiences? It was great to set national championships in the country where I live. I know everyone and the vibe is always good. The setting teams work hard to meet the requirements of the climbers. The standard of climbing is getting higher and higher in this country and it's interesting to watch this develop form one year to next.
 
You recently set your 1st World Cup in Puurs, Belgium. How was that? HARD!!! A different world. Setting and testing 8a's – 8c's all day for several days in a row is tough work, and knowing that you are setting for the strongest climbers in the world and having to separate them to get the podium results. If they all fall off at the same point – no result. If they all top the route – no result, so it has to be just right. Quote from the chief setter Christian Bindhammer sums it up….. "This is not a children's birthday party, this is a World Cup"!  I Loved it! I can't wait to do more.
 

Thanks Yann! 


20 Nov 2013 13:43

Junior Competition Squad – Blokfest

The White Spider Junior Competition Squad (supported by Marmot) has got off to a roaring start this Autumn. 

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They've bagged many top 10 spots in various comps over the past few months, showing the circuit that they mean business!  

Check out the squad's current positions in this year's Blokfest: 

 

Female U16s

1st place – Imogen Horrocks

3rd place – Libby Gamble

 

Youth B – Males

6th place – Ryan Caby 

9th place – Dylan Bibbs

 

Youth C – Males

6th place – Nat Hudspith

 

Youth D – Males

6th place – Chris Butcher

 

Youth D – Females

3rd place – Beth Christian 

 

Youth E – Females

1st Place – Madeleine Broughton 

 

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The Squad at Round 1 with team coach Belinda Fuller. Photo courtesy of Steve Gentleman. 

 

Squad coach Belinda Fuller is also currently in 2nd place at Blokfest in the adult category – an impressive start all round! 

 

Keep up the good work guys, you are smashing it! 

 

Big thanks to Marmot for their support with the Squad. 

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12 Nov 2013 15:39

Climbing Shoe Guide

 

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The White Spider Guru is back to bring you a guide on how to find the perfect climbing shoe! Whether you’re new to climbing, or you’ve just always been unlucky with shoes, here is a handy guide to buying climbing shoes that work for you:

 

Step 1 – Choosing your shoe

 

1.       If you’re new to climbing, you want a relatively flat shoe, either lace up or Velcro. Avoid slip-ons to begin with.

 

2.        Climbing shoes come in 2 main construction types;

 

Board lasted: This stiffer shoe makes them better suited for beginners. They usually have little visible stitching on the inside of the shoe, and have a stiffening board or a stiffened mid sole. This acts as a platform for you to stand on when you place your foot on a hold or small edge.

 

Slip lasted: These softer shoes are better suited to more experienced climbers. They are usually sewn together with very little stiffening or none at all, and are almost ‘squishy’ when squeezed sideways. The stitching is usually quite visible on the inside of the shoe. These shoes allow greater sensitivity on a hold, or smear placements, but require a much closer fit and stronger foot muscles to get the most out of them.

 

3.       Climbing shoes are manufactured with thin leather or leather substitutes, this means that they will stretch anything between half a size and 1 full size usually within the first 2 months of use. Please bear that in mind when trying them on in the shop.

 

4.       Taking shoe stretch into consideration;

 

Lace up shoes can be adjusted usually all the way up to the toe, so once stretched can be tightened to keep the fit snug. This usually makes them well suited to beginners. With lace ups, you are looking for at least a 2 finger width gap between the sides of the laces.

Velcro shoes have less adjustability and usually no adjustment on the front of the foot (this area usually stretches the most).

Slip-on shoes have no adjustability so once stretched – that’s it, they’re stretched!

 

Step 2 – How tight is right?

 

1.       Climbing shoes are designed to be tight fitting, but don’t buy your shoes too tight – they want to be snug and close fitting, but not painful. If they are too painful, you won’t want to climb in them.

 

2.       When fitting your shoes you want a good close fit all the way around your foot, with no air pockets around the toes or the heel. If your heel is not fully in the heel cup of the shoe try a smaller size or a different brand or model. You will be able to tell if your heel is not fitting properly if the rubber around the heel cup is ‘squishy’ and loose, or bumpy. When you put on a well fitted pair of shoes, they should make a ‘whoosh’ sound as the air is forced out of the back of the shoe when you pull it on.

 

3.       Every manufacturer builds shoes with slight variations in width across the forefoot, volume and narrowness in the heel, this also changes across different models within a manufacturers range. So if in doubt, try as many different sizes, and types of shoe as possible, to get the best fit.

 

Step 3 – Testing the fit

 

1.      When you stand on a small foot hold in a new pair of climbing shoes, there should be very little bagging/wrinkles on the material at the front/top of the shoe.

2.      If there are pressure points on any of your toes or toe knuckles, then try a different brand or model.

3.      By dragging your heel across a bench/hold/floor, you can test whether the heel lifts out of the shoe; if it does then it is ill fitting.

4.      If you stand on the inside edge, you don’t want the shoes to deflect too much against your foot, so your foot shouldn’t roll inside the shoe. The same goes for the outside edge as well.

5.      The idea when buying your own pair of shoes is to fit them without socks. When wearing even a thin pair of socks inside your shoes, it will increase your foot size by at least half a size and it adds an extra slippage surface. It’s totally acceptable to try shoes on without socks, and this is expected.

6.      Your feet are usually smaller in the morning and larger in the evening, and this variation can be up to half a shoe size. Your feet will also swell in the summer and shrink slightly in the winter, please also bear that in mind when trying them on in the shop.

 

And lastly, don’t be afraid of taking up the person in the shops time, at the end of the day that’s what they are there for. 

 

Yours crankfully, 

The White Spider Guru. 


05 Nov 2013 13:05

Sam Whittaker: Route Setter Interview!

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White Spider prides itself on getting in world class guest route setters on a regular basis. This interview with Sam Whittaker marks the first in a series of articles that we hope will help inspire you in your climbing, and help you get to know the people behind the routes & problems here at White Spider! We hope you enjoy them… 

 

Name: Sam Whittaker 

 

Age: 36

 

Favourite Climbing Music: Techno , Adam Beyer or Richie Hawtin.

 

Favourite Crag Food?: Protein bar and box of salad.

 

How did you first get into climbing?: Going out to crag with my dad and his mates.

How long have you been climbing?: 22 years

 

What is your proudest achievement in climbing?: Appointment with Death E9 (Wimberry Rocks) or climbing 8c!

 

What's your favorite problem/route you've ever done? Bat Route (8c, Malham) was my favourite because of the process of getting fit enough and experienced enough to climb it. 

Where is your favourite crag?:  Malham

 

If you could give someone one piece of advice for their climbing, what would it be?: Try hard and enjoy all aspects of climbing.

 

Who or what inspires you, and where do you get your motivation from?: I just love climbing and I stay super keen by mixing it up a lot, by switching my focus from bouldering to sport climbing and then Trad

 

If you hadn't got into climbing, what do you think you'd be doing instead?: Techno DJ?!
 
 

How long have you been route setting?: 15 years 

 


What do you love most about setting?:  Creating good problems that people enjoy climbing on 

 


What's coming up next for you?: I'm looking forward to a winter's training and bouldering on the grit, followed by a trip to the States in the spring. I've also got a few DJ gigs coming up in November and December including the climbing works 7th birthday party. It's going to be a big night.

 

Sam Whittaker

 

Sponsors?: 

 

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Thanks Sam! You can check out the new problems in our BOULDER CAVE that Sam set with Yann Genoux, NOW!   

 

 


27 Oct 2013 10:00

Marmot Monthly Boulder Comp

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After some stellar attempts during round one of our monthly boulder comp, we are excited to bring you ROUND 2 in association with Marmot!

It's FREE to enter – all you have to do is tell reception you'd like to take part when you arrive. 

 

Head on down from 6pm on the 1st November to make your attempts, and get the chance to win PRIZES! 

 

 

For this round the prizes are… 

 

For the guys, the Marmot Nano Jacket in New Team Red and for the girls, the Marmot Womens Nano Jacket in Blue Sea.

 

 

Both prizes are on display on the wooden storage unit as you walk in to White Spider. 

 

Don't forget, the highest cumulative score across the season (October, November, December) will also win an extra special prize. All the more reason to get involved with every round! For the latest information, visit the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/217990881696422/

 

Please note: all participants must be signed off as an 'Unsupervised Climber' to get involved. 

 

 

Cheers, 

The White Spider Team 


17 Oct 2013 15:36

Boulder Beginners Course!

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We are excited to bring you our BRAND NEW bouldering beginners course. This course is great whether you've never climbed before, or have had some time out and want to get back into it. 

 

In just one hour, you can learn boulder safety and some basic climbing movement, enabling you to climb here at White Spider without supervision. 

 

We'd advise you to rent rock shoes, as this makes climbing considerably easier. You are welcome to continue bouldering after the session (subject to successful completion of the course). 

 

Just give us a ring on 0208 397 0390 to book yourself in so you can get BOULDERING! 

 

Cheers, 

The White Spider Team 


07 Oct 2013 14:03

How to prevent finger injuries!

 

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We’ve all from time to time felt the warning aches of tired fingers, but when is it really ok to keep on cranking? 

If you’ve ever heard the snap of an abused tendon, you – like us, will understand how important it is to know all the facts about finger injury prevention.

 

The Science

First of all, what do our fingers look like? This may sound obvious, but many people don’t know what’s inside our fingers. If you knew just how they were put together, it might be easier to know how to avoid pulling them apart!

  • First all we have a big tendon that runs from our elbow, down our forearm and along our fingers, this is called the Flexor Tendon.
  • The fibres which hold the Tendon (and sheath) close to the bone are called Pulleys. We have 5 annular pulleys within each finger, but the most commonly injured pulley is the A2, which is located below the first knuckle.
  • Surrounding each finger joint are Collateral ligaments.

Flexor Tendon Injuries: Flexor Tendons are usually the most devastating type of finger injury, even mild tears can lead to pain, numbness within the fingers and reduced movement. If you manage to completely rupture the tendon it may require surgery to heal. The warning pains usually start in the palm/wrist area.

Pulley injuries: Pulleys are the most commonly injured part of the finger, and can cause pain and swelling. This can take a while to heal, and if not left to recover properly will often remain a long term issue. You are usually warned with a dull ache in between the joints.

Collateral ligament injuries: These can be quite serious in some cases and may require surgery, but are usually quite uncommon. You may feel pain in your joints, and notice some swelling, most often in the middle joint. Collateral Ligament injuries usually occur after loading from the side (for example from using side pulls and gastons).

 

The Prevention

Nobody likes finger injuries, but how do you help prevent them?

 

  • Warming up

It goes without saying that the powers of a good warm up prevent injury like nothing else. For information on properly warming up, there are some good guidelines in the training area. Remember the most common way of obtaining a pulley injury is to crimp on cold fingers, so always start your warm up on large, open handed holds.

 

  • Don’t ignore the pain.

It’s important to remember that if you get aches or pains in your fingers this could be your body’s way of telling you to ease off. Taping your fingers may help to quell the pain, but won’t prevent injury.

 

  • Know when to stop and rest

The sensible climber will listen to his/her body, and if they feel the warning signs, warm down and go home. If you catch it early, recovery could be just missing a few sessions, but if you catch it too late it could mean months out of action.

 

  • Don’t over crimp

Over crimping is a common cause of finger injury. Many people over crimp because they simply haven’t ever tried to open hand, so it could be worth doing some light training on easy routes to build up open handed strength (and don’t crimp the slopers!) If you are unsure of what crimping or open-handing is, check out the information in the training area.

 

I hope all this information has been useful, and will help you to prevent undue injury! This post marks the first of a series of articles we hope you'll find beneficial to your climbing. 

 

References for this article can be found here:  


http://www.nicros.com/training/articles/finger-tendon-pulley-injury/
http://www.climbing.com/skill/finger-fixes/
http://onlineclimbingcoach.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/pulley-injuries-article.html

Yours Crankfully,

The White Spider Guru

 

 


07 Oct 2013 13:48

Yoga now at White Spider!

Whether you’re new to yoga or practiced for a while, or a climber looking for a few helpful stretches and a way to relax – our classes are the perfect complement to your day. 

Yoga at White Spider

Yoga can benefit climbing in a number of ways, but is particularly good at improving balance, relaxation, core strength and flexibility. Come along and see how it can help YOU! 

For more information, click here

 

Cheers, 

The White Spider Team 


01 Oct 2013 16:31

Monthly Bouldering Competition!

We are really excited to announce that from THIS FRIDAY 4th October, we will be hosting a monthly bouldering competition!!

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There will be 20 problems each round, with grades ranging from V0 – V8. The rounds will take place on the first Friday of each month, and you'll be able to make your first attempts from 6pm onwards. 

 

Prizes will be provided by our awesome sponsors, Marmot, with different goodies up for grabs each month. At the end of each season (3 rounds in 3 months), the competitor with the highest overall score will be rewarded with an extra special prize! 

 

If that isn't enough excitement for you, we'll also be having Marmot sponsored athletes guest setting the final comp circuits of each season. What more could you ask for?! 

 

So get down here this Friday to get involved! The fun starts from 6pm, and we are really excited to get underway. 

 

Cheers, 

The White Spider Team 


26 Sep 2013 12:02

Ladies Night is Tuesday!

"Lady climbers of White Spider: we have a night especially for you!

Bronagh will be running her weekly womens' session every Tuesday from 7pm.

If you are lacking a belay partner, no worries – B will pair you up with others so you can have a climb!

Please also note you must be signed off as a competent climber (able to belay) to participate.

 

Cheers,

 

The White Spider Team


25 Sep 2013 10:09

Meet the White Spider Junior Competition Squad!

In September '13 White Spider launched the Junior Competition squad! To catch up on the latest happenings with the squad, please check out our Junior Competition Squad journal pages.

If you would like to trial for the squad please contact Be’ directly on belinda@beclimbing.co.uk

 

Meet the coaches: 

Andre      belinda      bronagh

Andre Hedger, Belinda Fuller & Bronagh Cairns

 

Meet the squad: 

Imogen Horrocks

Libby Gamble  

Kirstin Gentleman

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How long have you been climbing?

3 years

How long have you been climing?

4 years

How long have you been climbing?

10 years

Favourite type of climbing?

Bouldering at the moment!

Favourite type of climbing?

Outdoor Sport

Favourite type of climbing?

Bouldering

Favourite thing about climbing?

Everything!

Favourite thing about climbing? 

Showing up men who think small girls can't beat them! 

Favourite thing about climbing? 

Topping out!

Madeleine Broughton

Lucy Rattue

Beth Christian

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How long have you been climbing?

4 years and 10 months

How long have you been climbing?

4 years

How long have you been climbing?

2 years

Favourite type of climbing?

Bouldering/Lead

Favourite type of climbing?

Bouldering

Favourite type of climbing?

Top roping

Favourite thing about climbing?

I like climbing because it gives you a real challenge and you can make new friends

Favourite thing about climbing?

The adrenaline and being surrounded by all my friends.

Favourite thing about climbing?

The thrill

 

The Boys: 

   

Stephane Kelk

Dylan Bibbs

Ryan Caby

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How long have you been climbing?

6 years

How long have you been climbing? 

3 years

How long have you been climbing? 

4 years

Favourite type of climbing? 

Bouldering

Favourite type of climbing? 

Bouldering

Favourite type of climbing? 

Bouldering

Favourite thing about climbing?

Dynos! 

Favourite thing about climbing? 

Keeps me fit and different from what everyone else does. And I love chalk! 

Favourite thing about climbing? 

It looks really cool! 

Chris Butcher

Nat Hudspith

Matt Davies

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How long have you been climbing? 

4 years

How long have you been climbing? 

11 months

How long have you been climbing? 

3 years

Favourite type of climbing? 

Bouldering

Favourite type of climbing? 

Bouldering

Favourite type of climbing? 

Bouldering 

Favourite thing about climing? 

Because it's the best thing in the world!!!

Favourite thing about climbing? 

Dynos!!

Favourite thing about climbing? 

Different and fun. 

 


02 Sep 2013 15:41

Upper Bouldering Extension!

Here at White Spider, we like things BIG! We figured that the upper bouldering area just isn't big enough. So we decided to make it BIGGER! 

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This means the Upper Bouldering area will be out of action for the next two weeks while the adjustments are made. Downstairs is open as usual! 

 

The works will create: 

 

  • 27 sq m worth of bouldering joy!
  • A 15m traverse 
  • Slab and overhanging sections being added
  • … and a few other little surprises! 

 

We are mightily excited, hope you guys are too! More wall, more fun. Simple! 

 

Cheers, 

The White Spider Team 


29 Aug 2013 16:38

1st Birthday Party Program!

We can finally announce the running order for Saturday's festivities… we couldn't be much more excited to be turning 1 whole year old! 

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The day will run as follows: 

10:00am Centre Opens!! 

10:00am Registration for Roped & Boulder competitions begins

10:30am Kids activities in the Castle start (running all day)

11:00am  Welcome announcement and commencement of competitions

11:00am Leap of Faith OPEN!

11:00am Face-painting starts

12:00pm Free BBQ OPEN!

1:00pm Leap of Faith closes

1:00pm Open speed climbing element of the competition

2:00pm DJ set starts

3:00pm Speed climbing closes

3:00pm Leap of Faith re-opens

4:00pm All competitions close

4:15pm Prize giving for roped and boulder league winners!  

4:45pm Demo of the 8b

5:00pm Leap of Faith CLOSES

5:00pm Prize giving for the days competitions (Ned Feehally!!)

5:30/6:00pm Closing announcements

6:00pm Face-painting finishes

6:30pm BBQ closes

7:00pm DJ set finishes

7:30pm Centre closes

 

See you all down here!! 

 

Cheers, 

The White Spider Team 


12 Aug 2013 14:57

Our 1st Birthday Party!!

We are fast approaching our 1st Birthday.. and we feel the only way to mark the occasion is to PARTY! 

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We are putting on a whole host of exciting events on Saturday 31st August to celebrate! 

There'll be a BBQ, competitions, a live DJ and stuff for the kids to get involved with too.. and much more still to be announced! 

So put the date in the diary, and we'll see you here for a party you won't forget. 

Cheers, 

The White Spider Team 


28 Jul 2013 9:25

Summer Leagues

To celebrate the lead up to our 1st birthday, we will be running two leagues across a 4 week period. The good news is it's FREE to enter!!

Summer Spider League

Each week will present fresh challenges to test your climbing, and scores will be added up across all four events. All entrants will be presented with a score card on arrival, which will be collected again at the end of each session. The person with the highest cumulative score in each league will be crowned the winner!  Just present yourself on the day and say you want to get involved!! 

 

The competitive categories will be split into:

  • Adults (18+) – Male and Female division
  • Juniors (Under 18s) – Male and Female division

 

N.B. All juniors participating will either need to have passed our Unsupervised Access Test, or be supervised at all times by a competant adult climber. 

 

Boulder League – Tuesdays 7 – 9pm – Starting 30th July

The Boulder League problems will be ready to climb each Tuesday from 7pm, with grades ranging between V0 – V8. The routes will remain up for the rest of the week, but to enter the league the routes must be attempted during the Tuesday evening session. 

The final session will be on Tuesday 20th August. 

 

Lead Climbing League – Thursdays 7 – 9pm – Starting 1st August

Members of the White Spider team will be on hand to belay from 7pm – 9pm each Thursday. Attempts on the route will be scored, with cards collected in at the end of each session.  

The league will be split into a series of challenges: 

  • Thursday 1st August – Week 1 – Difficulty 
  • Thursday 8th August – Week 2 – Speed Climbing
  • Thursday 15th August – Week 3 – Dyno!! 
  • Thursday 22nd August – Week 4 – Stal Roof

So get yourself involved for a fun and challenging few weeks..!


25 Jul 2013 15:22

Bouldering Social Evenings

A new fixture for Friday nights: Luke & Jade's Boulder Workshops! The sessions will run from 6 – 8pm each week, with key techniques and movement skills being covered helping you progress to the next level. 

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The workshops are ideally aimed at those of you who want to improve and offer a chance to learn how to boulder better. Mainly focussing on the Purple, Yellow, Orange and Blue circuits, Jade and Luke will help you master the fundamentals of climbing movement. 

 

  • As with the Adult & Ladies Social evenings, the workshops are FREE to join!

 

  • Only the usual entry fee is required (£10 adults, £8 concessions), and no prior booking is needed either. Just let reception know you want to get involved and we can take it from there! 

 

Please note: To participate you must be signed off on an Unsupervised Bouldering form.  


24 Jul 2013 16:33

Summer Film Nights

We'll be screening a selection of films each Monday evening from 7pm, and better still – they will be completely FREE!

No need to book, just show up and enjoy! 

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Detailed schedule: 

Monday 29th July – Wideboyz by Hot Aches Productions

"The world of offwidth crack climbing is a strange sub-culture rumoured to be dominated by knuckle-dragging, bar-brawling dirt-bags! … Two climbers from England, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, set out to explore this world and climb the world’s hardest offwidths. … The tour culminates in the first ascent of the ultimate offwidth test piece, Century Crack, the world’s hardest offwidth."

We have a special discount code with Hot Aches Productions, quote 'Spider' and get £5 off any product on their website! 

 

Monday 5th August- Life on Hold by Outcrop Films

"Two years in the making, "Life on Hold" follows Britain's top climbers … as they tackle some of the hardest problems around the UK. From the tough, mentally challenging highballs on the gritstone edges, to the short, powerful, esoteric teat pieces of the limestone and everything in between. This is a film showcasing the new emerging scene of strong boulders’ and their tour around Britain's finest."

 

Monday 12th August- E11 by Hot Aches Productions

"E11 tells the story behind the first ascent of Rhapsody, a route considered to be the hardest traditional rock climb in the world. Told in an offbeat dramadoc style the film attempts to understand what it takes to climb a route of this standard. E11 strives to get inside the head of its first ascentionist, the understated yet quite remarkable Dave MacLeod.Oh yeah, it’s also packed full of ankle smashing, gear ripping, monster falls!"

We have a special discount code with Hot Aches Productions, quote 'Spider' and get £5 off any product on their website! 

 

Monday 19th August- Crossing the Ice

"Australian adventurers, James Castrission and Justin Jones, dare to tackle the perilous journey across Antarctica to the South Pole and back again, completely unassisted — just two men dragging their food and shelter across 1140 kilometres of barren ice. Many have tried;, all have failed. After much planning and preparation, Cas and Jonesy arrive to tackle one of the last great Antarctic odysseys, but discover an eerie similarity to Captain Scott’s race to the South Pole: there’s a Norwegian on the ice. He’s more experienced, he’s tackling the same record, and he has a head start."

From: http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/competitions/film/2012/

 


22 Jul 2013 16:10

Open Slackline Workshops

White Spider slackline instructor Harry Cloudfoot will be running an Open Slackline Workshop on Wednesdays between 7-9pm.  He'll be covering a range of techniques to help get you sending in no time!

 

Time:  7 – 10pm 

 

Price: Regular Entry Fee | £10 Adults | £8 Kids

 

What to expect: 
Using the new White Spider slackline, Harry will take you through some beginners' basics, teaching you how to balance and walk. 

Seeing as Summer is the season for highlines, Harry will also help to get you highline-ready, assessing your mount techniques and working on some exercises for breath and mind control! 

Being an open workshop means there are no pre-requisites for joining in, so just turn up, let reception know you want to slackline, and go from there!
If you have any techniques or skill-specific questions for Harry, then this is the session to ask him and get some advice.

 

Cheers, 

The White Spider Team 


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