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26 Apr 2017 15:20

2’4’1 OFFER on PRIVATE SESSIONS*

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 1st May…book now!

Our fully qualified instructors will show you the ropes and get you scaling the heights in no time! 

Benefits:

  • Introduction to roped climbing and bouldering
  • A fun, fully supervised session
  • Take part with your kids
  • Find out how to become a more regular climber

Details:

  • Duration 1 hour
  • Includes all safety equipment and instruction.
  • Maximum 1:6 Instructor:Participant Ratio

 

BOOK HERE NOW
(*Online booking only, Monday 1st May 2017, participants must be age 5 years or over
and must be accompanied by a participating adult)

19 Apr 2017 15:01

World Cup Build Up – Nathan Phillips


World Cup 2017, Meiringen, Switzerland.  
Image by Yanne Golev 


We are excited to share the first blog from our 
White Spider sponsored athlete Nathan Phillips.


Nathan has recently returned from his first 
Bouldering World Cup of the season as the highest placed GB male in the event.


Here’s what he had to say about the 
build up and competing at such a high level…

 

G-Force 2017 Podium – Nathan Phillips

 

“After a hard winter of training with very little outdoor climbing, I headed over to Dublin, Ireland for the G-Force. This competition was one I had competed in before and one I knew I could go to without putting too much pressure on myself. It was a good kick off to the year when I took the win and the €500 prize money.

 

Next up was The CWIF – a notorious competition held every year in Sheffield.

 

CWIF 2017 Team Podium with Nathan Phillips joint 1st

 

This event is usually used for GB Team World Cup selection and is a good way to see if the winters training has worked. So many big names missed out on the semis this year due to small mistakes in qualifying, but I managed to push my way through for a spot. Semis were so hard! And unfortunately, I couldn’t get a place in the final.

 

The season kicks off! Meiringen, Switzerland was the first round of the 2017 World Cup season.  Excited and unsure as to how I would perform this early in the year, I went out onto the mats… the first boulder had 3 big volcano shaped holds and it took me quite a few attempts to figure out how to climb it. Never the less, I topped. “Great! Let’s keep this going”. Next up was an overhanging volume traverse followed by a mantle. Not completely my style and I didn’t manage the bonus “It doesn’t matter, no one else has done it” (I didn’t know, but that’s what I told myself).

 

I knew the next boulder was a slab, and that’s my thing! I went out and quickly dispatched with only a slight sketchy moment before latching the last hold. Onto number 4, those flat hold scoops that look really cool but are usually really hard to hold. Not my ideal boulder. After one attempt (failing to see a crucial crimp. I sent the problem 2nd try with relative ease. (Pretty happy with that one!) With only one more to go I had no idea whether I had a chance of making it through or not. Either way I was going to try my hardest on the final Bloc, A Jump! I went through attempt after attempt, almost sticking it every time. Any other day I feel like this would have gone, but I guess the stresses of competition can do frustrating things.

 

World Cup 2017 – Nathan Phillips.  Image by thecircuitclimbing.com

 

With qualification done, looking at the results I needed to do the jump to make semis. This being the case, I’m I little annoyed I couldn’t put it down then and there but I’m also really psyched for the rest of the season. I’m climbing well, felling strong and excited to see if I can achieve my goals for the year.

 

I’d like to thank White Spider for their continuing support. Without them I couldn’t make it to the next leg of the comps.” Nathan Phillips.

 

What an amazing effort form our boy! I’m sure you’ll all join us in wishing him all the best of luck for the next leg of Boulder World Cup events in China. His next competition is on Saturday 22nd April in Chongqing, China.


18 Apr 2017 10:56

Corporate Teambuilding

Looking for an activity for your employees!

Our teambuilding programmes are focused on promoting trust, communication and on building confidence. Or it can simply be a fun, social day – a way to say thank you to your staff or a fun activity after your meeting, which can take place in our meeting room.

We can design an experience to remember.  You can even finish the day of with a bite to eat in our café lounge area.

Activities can include learning to scale up and abseil down the ten metre high walls, learning to boulder through some tricky problems and we can event test your team on the leap of faith.

Our instructors are fully qualified and experienced at working with groups of all ages and backgrounds. They have tips and exercises to help build the confidence of even those who don’t like heights.

Please email us at climb@whitespiderclimbing.com and tell us:

  • Preferred dates
  • Times/duration
  • Number or people
  • What you are looking for and your objectives for the day

Get your team active, ready for summer, email us now!


07 Apr 2017 11:23

Get Active – Get Climbing

White Spider Climbing membership has so many benefits – not only is our climbing wall a really brilliant place to get active, you can spend time as a family here and of course socialise with fellow climbers and then relax in our café.

Benefits of Climbing?

Its the holy grail of exercise – a mix of resistance training and aerobic workout, with serious carb burn and great for developing flexibility and agility. Research shows a full on climbing session burns 600 – 1,000 calories per hour!  So come and give it a go!

Our Direct Debit membership offers you:

  • Fast track entry
  • Entry at any time to White Spider Climbing
  • Free entry to our sister wall Red Spider Climbing in Fareham (straight up the A3, just an hour’s drive in normal traffic)
  • 10% off ALL your retail purchases (climbing shoes, T-shirts, chalk bags, etc)
  • upto 50% off regular fitness classes 

Direct Debit membership is £45.00 for an adult, £35.00 for junior/ concession* and £62.50 for an adult + child.  

Concessional rates are available for (i) students with a current card, (ii) 65 years +, (iii) registered disabled and (iv) Police, Fire and Armed Forces.

** Please note that direct debit membership is subject to a minimum three month contract.


30 Mar 2017 14:30

Join in the Fun, this Half Term!

We have a range of activities for all ages.

If you are looking for a family activity, check out our online Family Session, it will get you all using your mobility, co-ordination, problem solving, balance and strength.

Come and give it a try and afterwards you can always treat yourself to something naughty in our café, perhaps a delicious slice of homemade cake! 


27 Mar 2017 13:18

Bouldering Competition – 7th April

FUN BOULDERING COMPETITION – Friday 7th April 2017  

Why not join our fun bouldering competition on Friday 7th April, from 6:30pm.  Simply pay your usual entry fee and grab a score card as you pass reception to take part.   All score cards are entered into our raffle prize draw.   There are separate Male and Female categories and all winners will be announced via our face book page!


13 Mar 2017 16:11

Get Active at White Spider

Being a member of White Spider Climbing has so many benefits – not only is our climbing wall a really brilliant place to get active, you can spend time as a family here and of course socialise with fellow climbers in our café area. 

Our Direct Debit membership offers you:

  • Fast track entry
  • Entry at any time to White Spider Climbing
  • Free entry to our sister wall Red Spider Climbing in Fareham (straight up the A3, just an hour’s drive in normal traffic)
  • 10% off ALL your retail purchases (climbing shoes, T-shirts, chalk bags, etc)
  • upto 50% off regular fitness classes 

Direct Debit membership is £45.00 for an adult, £35.00 for junior/ concession* and £62.50 for an adult + child.  

Concessional rates are available for (i) students with a current card, (ii) 65 years +, (iii) registered disabled and (iv) Police, Fire and Armed Forces.

** Please note that direct debit membership is subject to a minimum three month contract.


24 Feb 2017 15:36

Proud to Sponsor – Nathan Phillips

White Spider Indoor Climbing are proud to announce the sponsorship of Great Britain Bouldering Team member, Nathan Phillips.  All the team here at White Spider and Red Spider (our sister bouldering centre in Fareham) are looking forward to supporting Nathan in his upcoming International competition season.

Nathan Phillips

A Biography from Nathan Phillips

My name is Nathan Phillips. I’ve always been climbing, whether it be on a climbing frame in the local park or swinging around on the goal posts instead of doing my job as keeper. Eventually at the age of 6, my dad took me to a climbing wall. A year later I was competing in the YCS formerly BRYCS (British Regional Youth Climbing Series). I can’t really remember how well I did, but I knew I liked it.

At 15 I decided to give up lead climbing after winning the National final of the YCS and focus on my true passion, bouldering. I was never the strongest climber and I didn’t actually start any form of specific training until 18.

The next year, I made the Senior Bouldering Team as at the time there was no Junior Team. I then went out to be the first Brit to compete, make finals, podium and win at an International Youth Bouldering Competition (EYC). With the creation of the Junior Bouldering Team during my last year in that category, I stuck around for one more year to offer my hand as a coach.

I now compete in Senior World Cups and have made a few semi-finals. Over the next few years, I hope to progress to Finals and push for those podium positions. With the support of White Spider Climbing I will be able to get to more World Cups and give myself the chances I need to hopefully achieve my goals.

Outdoors, I have amassed a large number of hard ascents up to 8B+/V14 and a total of 70 8A/V11’s and above so far. This includes a flash of the super classic 8A+/V12 ‘Jack’s Broken Heart’ in Magic Wood Switzerland.

That’s enough about my history. I’m super psyched to be joining the White Spider Team and so appreciative of what they are doing for me. If you are reading this, come say hi if you see me route-setting or training at the wall. I’m usually more than happy to answer any questions or just have a chat.

 

 

 


10 Jan 2017 17:31

Direct Debit at White Spider

Sign up to a Direct Debit and save money and time so you can climb more…!

 

Direct Debit is £42.00 for an adult, £35.00 for junior and concession* and £59.50 for an adult+child.  Membership also gives you:

    • Fast track entry
    • Entry at any time to White Spider
    • Free entry to our sister wall Red Spider Climbing at any time (straight up the A3, an hours drive in normal traffic)
    • 10% off ALL your retail purchases – climbing shoes, T shirts, chalk bags and much more.

* Concessional rates are available for (i) students with a current card, (ii) 65 yrs +, (iii) registered disabled and (iv) Police, Fire and Armed Forces.
** Please note that direct debit membership is subject to a minimum 3 month contract.


10 Jan 2017 17:22

Ben West Masterclass 13th Feb

Ben West is a top UK climber, route setter and climbing coach. He is part of the British Bouldering Team and competes at a World Cup level so certainly knows what it takes to get the most out your climbing. This one off guest masterclass will be perfect for fine tuning your technique and picking up training tips.

In the mean time here’s an inspiring video of Ben crushing some boulders in Rocklands S.A. to get you psyched! (tip: skip to 3:00min)

Who for?
To get the most out of this session we recommend you are Bouldering a minimum of V2-3 or 6a on a climbing wall

Details:
Duration- 2 hours
Cost £25 pp
1:8 ratio with coaching done on Bouldering wall


04 Jan 2017 11:27

Nathan Philips Masterclass 17th Jan

The first masterclass in our 2017 round up is from Nathan Philips. Member of the GB bouldering squad Nathan knows what it takes to be at the top of your game. This session will be perfect for, refining technique, picking up training tips and identifying possible weaknesses in your climbing. In the mean time here’s a video of Nathan crushing a fantastic 8a boulder called Zoo York to get you psyched.

Who for?
To get the most out of this session we reccomend you are bouldering a minimum of V2-3 or 6a on the climbing wall

Details:
Duration- 2 hours
Cost £25 pp
Includes wall entry before and after the session
1:8 ratio with coaching done on bouldering wall


02 Jan 2017 15:15

Monthly Boulder Comp. 6th Jan

A New Year and a new Set. Thie first of our famous monthly bouldering comps. will be running this Friday the 6th. With blocs set by Yann Genoux, Rich ‘Tricky’ Hudson, Alex Chapman and Ed Wong.

The routes will be open from 6pm and the competition is FREE to enter. There are separate Male and Female categories with a £50 cash prize! In addition we have a brand new Mountain Equipment Duffle Bag, courtesy of Kingston Cotswold Outdoor, as a raffle prize.

We hope to see you there!


27 Dec 2016 13:55

Winter ’16 Masterclass Series

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This winter we have got together some of the UK’s top climbers to deliver some one off coached sessions. These are great if your looking for a boost to your climbing or feel as though you have plateaued. You can attend them all or pick and choose. At just £25 for two hours of professional coaching the lessons are a bargain. You’ll have to be quick though as spaces are limited! For full details and Online booking head over to our Masterclass page.


13 Dec 2016 16:45

Gift Cards at White Spider

Not sure what to get them this Christmas? Why not give the gift of an experience. Either head online to Purchase an E-gift card or pop in to purchase a physical gift card.


02 Dec 2016 19:59

Xmas & New Year specials

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We have a round of great experiences for friends and family this Christmas. You can get stuck in with action on one of our sessions below. As well as a great 2 for 1 offer on our private lessons we also have our famous leap of faith sessions running. See below for full info. and booking.


02 Dec 2016 19:43

Gaz Parry Interview by Evie

Evie Interviews Gaz Parry

White Spider Masterclass 2016/7 Winter Series

 

Gaz Parry is one of the best and most accomplished climbers on the UK climbing scene. He redpoints F8c+ spots routes and boulders V13. He is involved in many aspects of the climbing world… he routesets, he coaches and he imports climbing holds to the UK, he is one of the founders of Blokfest. He has been manager of the British Bouldering Team and he is the only British climber to win the Arco rock masters international boulder comp.

Evie caught up with him after his coaching masterclass at White Spider on Monday 7th Nov…

How long have you been climbing?
I started when I was 12 so 31 years.

 

How did you start?
My friend’s Dad took us out to a place called Cadshaw Rocks near where I lived. On my 1st outing I climbed an E1 5a!

 

Where are you from?
Bury, Lancashire, UK

 

Where do you live now?
Veliko Turnovo in Bulgaria

 

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What do you love most about climbing?
1. The people, the scene
2. The moves – like the satisfaction of doing a hard move
3. Completion – the feeling of finishing something and getting closure. Achievement.

What is the best Route you’ve done?
Usually it’s always the last one I’ve just done. Which this time is an 8a+ called “1st of Jan” in Bulgaria.

What is the best boulder problem you’ve done?
“Riverbed”  V13 in Magic Wood Switzerland. I loved the complexity of all the little movements coming together.

What is your favourite climbing discipline?
For comps it’s boulder. For climbing outside it’s [sport] routes. For setting it’s boulder or routes for comps.

How long have you been coaching?
Over 10 years. I started at The North West Youth Festival and now do coaching holidays mostly like in Kalymnos and Fontainebleau and occasionally the one off masterclass like with you guys.

 

What is your best bit of training advice?
Have a goal [project] to train for. Too many people are training with no goal. If you don’t have a goal then just climb and save the training for when you have one.

 

Advice for someone climbing indoors for 2 years who wants to push through a plateau and get to the next level?
Get some coaching. Regular coaching with good technique, otherwise you just do your beginners course and get you harness and repeat bad habits until they’re ingrained. Or climb with a motivated partner who is slightly better than you so you can learn from them.

 

You’ve won the coveted Arco title. How did you feel? Emotions?
I felt normal. It didn’t feel real until after. I was doing a lot of comps then (9 years ago) and got on the podium for a few world cups too. The same year I also won the Norwegian Masters so it just felt normal.

 

 

 

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What is in the future for Gaz Parry?
Go climbing 🙂

 

Gaz is sponsored by:
Scarpa UK
Grivel
Edelweiss
3rd Rock


10 Nov 2016 11:25

Social Sessions

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At White Spider we have a number of social sessions running throughout the week where you can meet climbers new and old, grab a belay or beta for a problem. All our socials are FREE* to attend, include a FREE drink and have member of staff on hand to meet and greet. You just need to be over 18 and a competent roped climber for our roped climbing socials or for our boulder social, just watch our bouldering induction video and your good to go.

Boulder Mondays

Our friendly bouldering social has a relaxed vibe. Turn up and join the foray to share tips, meet new climbing partners and snaffle a bit of free coaching from our on hand bouldering champ, Patryk.

Monday Nights -19:30-21:30 with Patryk

Ladies Social’s

Avoid those pesky blokes on our ladies only socials. Run twice a week, our ladies meet up to roped climb and boulder, as well as chat over a nice cup of Coffee. The two Sarah’s will be on hand to meet and greet as well as belay.

Tues. -19:00-21:00 with Sarah M.

Thurs. -10:30-12:30 with Sarah W.

Mixed Social

Our popular mixed social, is a great place to meet new climbers. If you’re new to climbing this is a great place to get started! Our resident route setter, climber and all round good guy Stew. will get your partnered up in no time as well as provide beta for that route you’ve been stuck on!

Wed. – 19:00-21:00 with Stew

*plus your standard wall entry


04 Nov 2016 15:55

Emma Twyford – Winter Masterclass Interview

Will McEvoy Interviews Emma Twyford

White Spider Masterclass 2016/7 Winter Series

 

Last month, Emma Twyford gave a great Masterclass to kick off the White Spider Masterclass Winter Series. Will McEvoy, head of coaching, made sure to interview Emma.  Here’s what she told us:

 

How long have you been climbing?  23 years! I was 7 when I started.

 

How did you start? My dad started climbing and doing lots of outdoor stuff. He tried to drag me, my brother and sister into it but it only stuck for me. Really my dad and his friends taught me how to climb.

 

Where are you from?  The Lakes- a proper northerner!

 

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Any tips for those who have been climbing indoors for a year or two? Something that can make a massive improvement.   

  • Footwork and movement are the key ones. if you start climbing inside you have all these positive holds so people don’t look at the basics of how to use their feet and move properly. Eg you can try taking out the hand hold so you only climb on [arrest] and grooves.
  • Have a play time on a problem. Try once and do it one way, then try again and do it differently. See which works better and why.
  • Watch other climbers – see how and why they climb well.
  • People think they need to train to get stronger but, in fact, most people would see greatest improvement by focusing on their technique.

 

How about coaching? Says Will (our head of coaching)!  Yeah! have some coaching! Everyone thinks they use their feet but coaching and video is useful way to see what really happens.  Accuracy matters. If you haven’t placed that first foot hold well, chances are when you go for the next move you’ll hesitate. If that first foot hold is accurate, your moves will be more fluid.

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Do you have a favourite climbing moment? A favourite route? Obviously, you like in North Wales which is the best playground ever! Probably one of the earliest moments I had was “Statement of Youth”. I didn’t I appreciate just how hard the route was until afterwards. It came together so easily – for an 8A that is. It was my first 8A flash in the UK. Then, of course, there is “Lord of the Flies” the E6 6A at “The Cromlech”.

 

Well that is such a classic route, a piece of climbing history, a route you dream about! How did you find it?  It suited my style. The first moves were bold and serious and you needed to keep calm. But the holds were better than I thought they would be.

 

 

If you could live anywhere in the world? North Wales! Or if I had a choice of two places then North Wales in the summer and Spain in the Winter.

 

 

What’s your favourite climbing discipline?  Trad- always trad. There’s a bit of everything in trad and it’s got all the great history around it. It can be humbling to think someone climbed a route back in the 1930s in hobnail boots.

 

 

Thank you Emma for joining us!

 

 

 

Will

 

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Check out Emma on her website www.emmatwyford.co.uk

as well as on twitter @EmmaTwyford and Facebook


31 Oct 2016 14:04

Gaz Parry Masterclass 7th Nov.

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Next in the round up of our popular guest masterclasses is Gaz Parry. Having been at the top UK climbing for many years, Gaz Parry certainly knows his stuff. For just £25 you will have 2 hours of some of the best coaching in the industry from a former manager of the GB bouldering team.

Who for?
To get the most out of this session we reccomend you are bouldering a minimum of V2-3 or 6a on the climbing wall

Details:
Duration- 2 hours
Cost £25 pp
Includes wall entry before and after the session
1:8 ratio with coaching done on bouldering wall


31 Oct 2016 13:51

Free Monthly Boulder Comp. 4th Nov

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Its that time again! Set number 11 of our boulder comp wall. This Friday we have the likes of Gav. Symonds, Yann Genoux and Nathan Phillips setting. The routes will be open from 6pm and the competition is FREE to enter. There are separate Male and Female categories with a £50 cash prize! In addition we have a brand new Mountain Equipment Duffle Bag, courtesy of Kingston Cotswold Outdoor, as a raffle prize.

We hope to see you there!


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