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15 Dec 2015 14:30

Christmas Offer and Opening Times

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For a limited time this Christmas you will get 2 places for the price of 1 on our Private lessons taking place from the 19th of December to the 1st of January. Sessions are limited, so when they're gone they're gone. Click for more details and online booking

Christmas Opening Times

Thursday 24th – Xmas Eve – Closed

Friday 25th – Xmas Day – Closed

Saturday 26th – Boxing Day – Closed

Sunday 27th – Normal Hours

Monday 28th – Bank Holiday – 10:00 till 19:30

Tuesday 29th – Normal Hours

Wednesday 30th – Normal Hours

Thursday 31st – New Years Eve – 10:00 till 16:00

Friday 01st – New Years Day – 12:00 till 19:30


19 Nov 2015 14:52

London’s Landmark Climbing Challenge – 22nd Nov.

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Local charity, Man and Boy, are hosting a climbing extravaganza at White Spider this Sunday, the 22nd of November. Teams of climbers will be aiming to scale the height of 6 of London's most famous landmarks, all in the aid of charity. So why not pop down and show your support this Sunday, or even enter a team! If you can't make it though you can donate via their Local giving page here.

About Man and Boy

MAN&BOY is a great charity supporting boys in south west London who are struggling with life providing them with a variety of fun events to help them build a strong and positive relationship with a father figure in their life.

How to enter a team

To take part, please contact Trevor@manandboy.org
tel:07894084234


11 Nov 2015 11:46

Emma Twyford – Women’s Masterclass

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The next masterclass in our guest line up is Emma Twyford. Emma, is one of the Uk’s top climbers, haivng climbed 8b+ sport, E9 Trad and bouldered V10. In 2013 Emma became the second british female to climb E9, with her ascent of Rare Lichen in Ogwen, North Wales. Not only this but Emma has a Degree in Sports coaching so certainly knows a thing or to when it comes to guiding climbers on their paths to crushing those routes and problems. You can check out a video of Emma on Rare Lichen below.

Book your place online now – sorry, No Men Allowed!


11 Nov 2015 10:00

White Spider Gift Cards

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Not sure what to get the climber in your life? Why not get them a White Spider Gift Card!

White Spider Gift Cards make a great present for all climbers. They can be used for:
– All our instructed courses
– Climbing, such as day entries and kit hire
– All our scrumptious cafe goodies
– Shop purchases, such as chalk or a new pair of shoes

Purchase your gift card here


09 Nov 2015 20:29

Red Spider Opens!

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Red Spider's opening day went down a blast. With climbers new and old turning up to get the holds chalky, and kids to sail the high seas on the Red Spider Pirate Ship! There was a great vibe and it was really nice to hear all the positive feedback.

This is also great news for all of White Spider's Direct Debit, Pre-Paid and Punch Card members as you will be able to climb at Red Spider using you existing membership. So now there's no excuse not to make a trip to the coast for a spot of indoor bouldering. Or if you get rained off at Swanage, why not pop in and say hello on the way past!

 

Where is Red Spider?

Check out more details on Red Spider's website here


15 Oct 2015 9:31

Ben West Masterclass

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Ben West, Pro Photographer, Route Setter, oh and did we mention he's one of the UK's top climbers? is running a bespoke workshop at White Spider. Having been on the British team, Climbed 8c and Coached climbing for many years now, you can be sure you will be getting some of the best Instruction in the Industry. The two hour workshop will focus entirely on bouldering, don't worry though this isn't just one for the T-shirts off, Beanies on, gang!

As well as focusing on helping you to push your bouldering grade, Ben will also be giving you some crucial hints and tips on getting through those crux moves to help you send those pesky projects.

Ben also route sets for White Spider, you can check out an interview we did here , or head over to Bens website to find out more about him and check out some of his great shots (not just of climbing!)

Book Online Below


09 Sep 2015 12:03

Intermediate Climbing Workshops

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Our new climbing workshops are a fun, social session designed to enable you get the most from your climbing.

The 6 unique sessions run over 6 weeks will cover a wide range of techniques as well as strength training and lead climbing strategy. There is no need to commit to every week meaning you can pick and choose which areas you would like to work on the most.

To book and see more information, check out our Advanced Courses Page.


24 Aug 2015 16:21

White Spider’s 3rd Birthday Bash!

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The Grey hairs aren’t showing yet! so come down and celebrate White Spider’s 3rd Birthday on Saturday 5th September!

On the day

– The elite SEND! Boulder Comp with a total of £1000 Cash Prizes! – Pre-Registration is now Open!
– Plus another £1000 worth of gear prizes for challenges!
– Casual fun Boulder Comp also with loads of prizes! Pre-Registration is now Open!
– Leap of Faith Challenge
– Speed Climbing Competition
– Dyno Competition
– Table & Chair Climbing
– Slacklining
– Quality DJ all day!

For Kids…or the young at heart!

– Children’s Treasure Hunt in the Castle
– Face Painting
– Kids Castle Fun Comp.

For new climbers

We will be offering our popular Taster sessions for half price on our birthday. That’s £9.25 for an hour of climbing! There are sessions for Adults, Kids and Families so there really is something for everyone. See full details and book online below.

 


21 Jul 2015 10:46

Spider Squad at The Junior British Boulder Championships 2015

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Saturday of 27th June saw Bloc Climbing in Bristol hosting the British Junior Bouldering Championships and Final round of the Junior Boulder Cup. White Spider hosted a strong team of Imogen Horrocks (Girls A), Lucy Rattue (Girls B), Freddy High (Boys B), Beth Christian (Girls C) and Chris Butcher (Boys C). With the squad looking strong at previous rounds and having put in a few months of hard training the finals where going to be interesting.

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Freddy High on a Slab Qualifer Problem
 

First up was the qualifiers, each category had 8 boulder problems to climb, set by Yann Genoux and Alex Fry they comprised an interesting mix of delicate slabs, technical vertical walls and powerful overhangs. In the qualifiers all of White Spider Squad put in tremendous performances, Lucy Rattue had an excellent round finishing 10th, like wise Freddy High, Beth Christian and Chris Butcher had an excellent competition finishing 13th, 15th and 11th respectively. With only a couple of minor mistakes keeping them from possibly making finals.

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Beth Christian on a Vertical Qualifer Problem
 

Imogen Horrocks had a great qualifying round finishing 5th, getting her into the finals against a strong line up of climbers including many in the British Team. The First problem was a powerful overhang starting and finishing with very dynamic moves, Imogen made short work of the first dyno getting to the Bonus hold on her first try then falling trying to set up for the last move. Putting her briefly in joint first after this problem. The next two problems saw the finalist first on an uber technical slab requiring 100% faith in very bad footholds and slippery and sloppy handholds. Imogen once again climbed amazingly, but just couldn’t control the penultimate hold enough to finish the problem. The last problem was a technical and dynamic start, finishing with a hands off move to the finishing hold which was to small to hold to match and finish. On her 2nd go Imogen made it to the final hold, but exhausted couldn’t get the match and although she came close a couple of times couldn’t quite complete the problem. This put her in 5th place after a very strong performance, it also meant she came 3rd overall in the Junior Boulder Cup, an incredible achievement.

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Imogen Looking Strong on the Roof
 

With the squad getting better and better we are looking forward to next seasons competitions that start in September.

Words by:

Jonathan Redshaw
White Spider Competition Squad Coach


23 Jun 2015 16:49

Scarpa Bouldering Competition

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Our monthly bouldering competition is being
given the Scarpa treatment this month with
guest setters, fantastic prizes, a Scarpa boot demo and more.

 

As well as a great set of routes put up by three Scarpa athletes, there will be a Scarpa Boot Demo with expert advice from Gaz Parry. To sweeten the deal and to celebrate White Spiders new retail partnership with Scarpa there will be 20% off any climbing shoe ordered on the night. In addition to this there will be a great set of prizes on offer listed below, with top prize being an award winning pair of approach shoes!

Prizes: (mens and womens separate)
1st: Pair of Scarpa Crux approach shoes
2nd: Scarpa Hoodies
3rd: Scarpa T-shirts
Raffle: Scarpa T-shirts


04 Jun 2015 9:16

June 50%

Bring 'yer mates!!!  Our special offer for June is a 50% discount of your entry rates if you introduce a friend (18+) to White Spider.

June 50% offer

Cheers!

the White Spider Team

Terms and conditions apply – see below for details…

 


25 May 2015 10:39

Open for the bank holiday

Avoid the jams at White Spider

Avoid the traffic today – come and climb at White Spider…!

We are open for bank holiday hours, 10am till 7.30pm, with normal open climbing plus our holiday spiders program.

 

Cheers, your friendly White Spider Team


24 May 2015 19:57

Half term programs

Need something for the kids this half term? Check out our Holiday Spider program, running from Monday 25th until Sunday 31st.

Kids Clubs at White Spider, May 2015

To book, see the links on the right or click here…https://www.whitespiderclimbing.com/youth/holiday-programs/

We also have a few remaining slots for our term time kids programs for the rest of this term – book and you will also have acces to our priority booking for the next term. See out booking page…

Cheers, the White Spider Team


13 Apr 2015 16:30

White and Red !!!

We are really excited to announce that we are developing our next wall, a boulder centre in Fareham to service Soton and Pompey area.

Its going to be called – tadah – “Red Spider” !!!

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Plan is to open in August. The ground floor plan is almost the same size as White Spider but it will be dedicated to bouldering. We will be aiming for the same high quality in build, setting and facilities.

Checkout Red Spider on Facebook for updates…

Cheers, the White Spider team


26 Mar 2015 13:19

YCS Regional Finals at White Spider

On the 21st of March White Spider hosted the Youth Climbing Series Regional Final, this event pitted the top 10 Youth Climbers in each age category from the London and South East Region. With the top 3 from each Category going through to the finals in Ratho, Scotland.
 
Lucy Rattue From Girls Category C on her 3rd Route
The proceedings two rounds saw 10 of the White Spider performance squad qualifying for the Regional final with many making podiums. The run up to the event saw squad members putting in extra hours at the wall, training hard for those podiums which would get them to Ratho.

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On the day the Squad pulled out an amazing performance, the Highlight was 8 year old (Girls E) Lucy Garlick, battling it out in a Super Final on a tough 7a to take 2nd place and secure her place at Ratho. 

Lucy Garlic Cruising to the Top of her 3rd Route
In Boy’s A Matt Davies and Ryan Caby has the comp of their life, climbing amazingly to secure 4th and 5th place respectively against a tough field.  Likewise in Boys B Nat Hudspith and Freddy High had a great comp finishing in joint 4th and in Girls B Lucy Rattue managed a respectful 6th and Holly James 8th, and in Boy’s D Tom Kolasinksi finished 9th.
 
Matt Davis from Boys Category A on Route 3
With the Performance Squad competing amazingly even with a couple sick and one injured the future is looking good for next year’s competition season. The focus now shifts to GB team selection events for some of the squad and also putting their competition skills to practice on rock.
Words By:
Jon Redshaw MSc
Performance Climbing Coach
All Photos © by Evie Cotrulia
 
We would also like to send out a special thanks to Mountain Boot Co. for providing Grivel and Edelweiss prizes, and to Beyond Hope Climbing for providing Metolius and Rock Technology Prizes.
 
  
 

19 Mar 2015 15:43

BMC YCS Regional Finals

We are hosting the BMC Youth Climbing Series regional final for London and South East on Sat 21st.

BMC YCS at White Spider

The comp starts at 10am and runs through to 4pm. It will feature the top 100 young climbers across the region and with the winners going through to the nationals at the end of the month in Ratho.

We have cleared the diary of other bookings so there will be 70% of lines available. It should be an exciting day with a great buzz – so come along and enjoy…!

BMC YCS regional finals at White Spider

For more info check out the BMCs YCS pages.

BMC YCS - on our awesome Stal Roof

Cheers!

The White Spider Climbing team


18 Mar 2015 12:42

Easter Holiday Spiders!

Our awesome Holiday Spiders program is running from 23rd March to 12th April.

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These programs are a great way to keep your kids climbing after the end of the Winter term sessions, over the holidays, or just to experience the awesome powers of climbing! So come on down and enjoy, contact us via climb@whitespiderclimbing.com or phone us on 020 8397 0390. Pre-booking is essential!

 

Thanks,

the White Spider Team


16 Mar 2015 12:55

London Adventures – Urban Climbing

Lovely write up by Francesca in her blog Adventure is Everywhere – thank you 😉 …!

Hailed as London’s newest climbing centre, The White Spider is also one of the UK’s largest and having frequented a number of climbing centres in the past few years, is one of my favourites as one I go back to time and time again. 

Boudering at White Spider

 
Having climbed there a number of times since it’s opening in the summer of 2012, I notice that it has always been busy.  However, this in no way detracts from the experience.  The White Spider easily caters for its growing number of clients which spans a variety of age ranges and demographics.

 

Stepping into the seemingly inconspicuous building in the middle of an industrial estate, you are met with (literally) wall to wall climbing opportunities.  In fact, in your immediate eye line will be automatic belay climbing wall.  I love this!  Automatic belaying means that you are able to practice climbing without needing someone to belay for you which is very handy when climbing with a group who want to wander off and do different things.  To be honest, there is so much to do here it’s hard to keep a group together!

 

White Spider

 

Once you’ve got over the sensory overload of colourful climbing apparatus covering every inch of the expansive walls, you are greeted by The White Spider staff.  The customer service here is excellent and all staff that I have come into contact with really can’t do enough to help and advise you.  Once you’re kitted up with shoes and harness if needed, you can then climb or boulder to your heart’s content.  Stopping only to grab a refreshing cuppa from the well- stocked cafe where you can treat yourself to some much needed cake, sandwiches or something healthier if you prefer.

 

The White Spider has so much to offer.  As well as membership, which offers excellent value, there is also the opportunity to join a variety of clubs, to receive coaching and the opportunity to gain levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the National Indoor Climbing Award.  There is also fantastic provision for children and families in the form of clubs, school holiday activities and birthday parties.

 

Prow at White Spider

 

So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, The White Spider has everything that you are looking for within a friendly urban environment conveniently close to the Capital.

 

Also check out Francesca's instagram feed at https://instagram.com/fernweh79/

 

Cheers!

The White Spider Climbing team


14 Mar 2015 18:14

How many White Spider’s?!

So we have a little contest going on our Facebook page – how many White Spider's are there here at White Spider?

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Please check out our Facebook page for more!

 

Cheers,

The White Spider Team


05 Mar 2015 10:39

SETTER INTERVIEW – MATT BIRCH

Many of you will have seen Matt Birch recently at White Spider hosting the Evolv boot demo and setting great blocs. On Friday 6th March Matt  is back setting the White Spider Monthly Boulder Comp. Matt is one of the country's best climbers and a great route setter. We caught up with him on his last visit to find out a bit more……

Name: Matthew Birch
Favourite Climbing Music: None. Rather climb with the sounds of nature.
Favourite Crag Food?: Bagel
How did you first get into climbing? When Hiking in the lake district with my parents I thought I wanted to climb big mountains so I started climbing. As soon as I started I was hooked with technical climbing.
How long have you been climbing? 27 years!
What is your proudest achievement in climbing: Every day I go out.
What's your favorite problem/route you've ever done? The most memorable was doing The Cad on North stack wall when I was 18.
Why was it so good? It was just one of those days were everything flowed and it was like I watched myself do the route.
Where is your favourite crag- In UK: Not sure if it’s my Favourite, but Rubicon wall holds some good memories.
Outside UK: Buttermilks in California.
If you could give someone one piece of advice for climbing, what would it be? Just enjoy it whether you succeed or fail.
Who or what inspires you, and where do you get your motivation from? In climbing I’m inspired by the move/process. The drive comes from within.
If you hadn't got into climbing, what do you think you'd be doing instead? No clue
How long have you been route setting? I think I first started in 1998, but took a break for a while.
What do you love most about setting? Trying to create moves that I have done or would like to do.
Where do you get your inspiration for route setting? From all the years I have climbed.
What's coming up next for you? A 200 mile drive north up the M1


Matt on Reach for the Peach, Yosemite, USA
 

Matt's Sponsors: Evolv, Blurr, Metolius and Beyond Hope

 


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