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07 Aug 2018 17:01

White Spider’s 6th Birthday Party

Join us on the 1st September to celebrate 6 years of White Spider climbing! We’d love for you all to come and help us celebrate, and with that in mind, we’ve lined up a day of awesome activities to keep everyone entertained all day, including competitions, masterclasses, gear demos, kid’s treasure hunt and more!  We’re also running half-price taster sessions for kids which you can book through the diary below.  We look forward to seeing you all!


11 Jul 2018 14:30

Nathan Phillips – 2018 World Cup Circuit Part 1

We are delighted to announce that Nathan Phillips again this year will be a White Spider sponsored climber, continuing a successful partnership.  Here is Nathan’s latest blog on his World Cup exploits in 2018 so far!

 

Hi! Nathan Phillips here again to let you all know what I’m getting up to as a White Spider sponsored athlete. This blog post is all about the 2018 IFSC Bouldering World Cup so far.

This season started back in April with the first round in Meiringen, Switzerland. I’d been feeling really good in the pre-season events like the Climbing Works International Festival in Sheffield and StudioBloc Masters in Germany, so I was keen to keep the ball rolling into the World Cups. Meiringen was a frustrating competition. After finishing my qualifying round I was sat in 10th place in my group (the last position that qualifies for semi-finals). So with a long and gruelling wait to see if anyone would knock me out, the last Climber finished and I was in! …or was I.

After publication of the results, an appeal had been made by another climber so that he was given an extra zone. This subsequently pushed me 1 place out of semis… unlucky I guess! But I can’t dwell on what ifs. All I can do is learn and prepare for the next competition.

Controlling the zone in Meiringen, Switzerland. (Photo courtesy of Sytse Van Slooten – @sytsevanslooten)

 

Moscow next. It was so cool to have the opportunity to visit Russia, even if we had a lot of issues obtaining a visa… the comp was a lot more basic than usual which was actually really fun. It meant you could give a real fight on every boulder rather than doing backflips onto volumes and hoping it works (slight exaggeration there). I do enjoy coordination moves but in moderation.

Another comp over and just out of ranking position this time.

‘How’s that ref?’ Topping out in Moscow (Photo courtesy of Eddie Fowke – The Circuit Climbing Magazine)

 

What happened in China!

Well, I went into the 2 Chinese competitions with a different mindset. Just focusing on appreciating what I get to do and really having fun. With this new mindset something just clicked and I had the best round of my life! I flashed every boulder in qualification of the Chongqing World Cup. Putting me in 1st place! The next competitor was a fair way behind on attempts. I was understandably ecstatic! Unfortunately semis didn’t go so well, I think I forgot to take the same mindset through on the next day. Still, lots of positives to take from this one!

What can’t speak can’t lie… Nathan dominating in qualifying in China. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Phillips – @nathanphillipsclimbing

 

Tai’an was a similar state of affairs. Maybe not on the same scale as the previous week, but I found myself back in semis. This time making sure I had the right head on. I climbed really well and I am truly happy with my performance. 2 tops and 4 zones didn’t put me that high up the scoreboard but saying that, I was actually only 1 move away from breaking into finals. It just shows how close these comps can be.

After a short break it came time to fly back to Asia for the Tokyo round. Yes! Back to my favourite city in the world (definitely one for the life tick list). After a great week training in the amazing gyms and exploring the sights of Tokyo it’s Comp time again. A super hard round where only 1 top was needed to make it through. Unfortunately I dropped a last move and couldn’t get it done this time. But we did get to cheer on our team mate Billy who sketched his way up a slab to get himself a spot in semis.

 

I decided to miss the Vail World Cup due to multiple reasons meaning I have a pretty big gap until the final round in Munich in August. In the meantime we have The British Championships and a trip to Rocklands in South Africa once again. I’ll let you know how I get on!

 

**SPOILER ALERT**… He went and won the British Championships…!

 

Find out more about White Spider-sponsored and TeamGB climber Nathan Phillips on Instagram (@nathanphillipsclimbing), Facebook and Twitter (@mutantfeather)


03 Jul 2018 13:28

Route Setting – July 2018

Route setting in July at White Spider! Loads of new projects for your delectation throughout the month.  It’s never dull here…


26 Jun 2018 12:24

Climbing Out Of Depression Event

Join us on Saturday 30th June for an amazing event for a great cause. Comps, games, yoga and more!


07 Jun 2018 11:42

Join the Duty Manager Team!

Join the Duty Manager Team!  Want to be part of an exciting, growing business? Head over to our job’s page to find out more information on the latest Duty Manager vacancy at White Spider. Full details here https://www.whitespiderclimbing.com/the-centre/jobs/


09 May 2018 16:08

Beginner Courses

Never climbed before but want to give it a go?   Why not try our Beginners Course.  

Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It is a fantastic way to exercise, and all in a great social setting to enjoy with friends. 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!

Our Beginners Course will allow you to use the White Spider centre unsupervised.  No previous experience is needed and they are a great way to meet other new climbers.


24 Apr 2018 12:38

Summer Boulder League 2018

The summer boulder league is here! Starts Friday 4th May!


11 Apr 2018 11:03

Evolv Shoe Demo Event

Evolv Shoe Demo Event

White Spider Climbing – Thursday 19th April


26 Mar 2018 12:05

Beginners Courses

Never climbed before but want to give it a go?   Why not try our Beginners Course.  

Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It is a fantastic way to exercise, and all in a great social setting to enjoy with friends. 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!

Our Beginners Course will allow you to use the White Spider centre unsupervised.  No previous experience is needed and they are a great way to meet other new climbers.

Intro. Courses


21 Mar 2018 11:55

OFFER – Private Lessons

Take advantage of our fantastic last minute special offer on private lessons this Saturday. 2 places for the price of one, but hurry sessions are limited! Our private sessions allow you to get this most out of the facility giving you your own instructor for a full hour of climbing. All equipment and instruction is included

  • Max two people per session
  • Offer only valid for sessions taking place on the 24th of March 2018
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

book online below


16 Mar 2018 11:09

Easter Climbing

Running every day throughout the holidays, our fun inclusive sessions are suitable for new and existing climbers!

Check out full details and online booking here


20 Feb 2018 18:33

Guest Lecture – Playing with Fear

Gain a better understanding of climbing head game and how to manage your body’s
physical response to fear

This fun, informative lecture will take you on a tour of Sally’s UK climbing adventures,
focusing on relating them to the scientific understanding of the brain and body’s response to fear.

Sally Lisle

A mountaineering instructor with over 10 years experience coaching in the outdoors and 1st Class Degree
in Sport Science from Bangor, will be delivering a guest lecture on climbing head game in association with
Leading Edge at White Spider.

Hurry Tickets are Limited

This lecture is supported by Lead Edge ,a bespoke mountaineering and climbing company focusing on delivering courses to develop you as an individual. For more information on the exciting trips, coaching and climbing they can offer, Head to their website: leadingedge-mountain.co.uk


31 Oct 2017 12:51

Taster Sessions

Want to give climbing a go…our taster sessions are perfect for you.  They are open to families with kids aged 5+.

These sessions are a great way to have go with the whole family.   All children must be accompanied on the session by at least one participating adult.  

For more information about our taster sessions or beginners courses, visit our website for more information:  

Intro. Courses


12 Oct 2017 18:22

October Half Term Sessions

Get your kids out of the house this half term and get them climbing with one of our fantastic sessions.  Learning new skills, meet new people and with our Casual NICAS club your kids can gain a national award at the same time.

Book online now.  


02 Sep 2017 17:36

NICAS Termly Kids Clubs

Our group sessions encourage children to work through the National Indoor Climbing Achievement Scheme (NICAS) developing individual achievement and gaining skills that will last a lifetime.

The sessions are open for ages 7 – 17 years and are grouped by ability.

There are four levels your child can work through:

– Level 1 Foundation Climber

– Level 2 Top Rope Climber

– Level 3 Technical Climber

– Level 4 Lead Climber

– Level 5 Advanced Climber

We review each child’s NICAS book and performance for that session and record relevant comments and achievements and give them something to work towards in the future.

COURSE STARTING MONDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
£15.00 PER PERSON (paid termly in advanced)


14 Aug 2017 18:01

Join our 5th Birthday Celebrations…

On Saturday 2nd September we are celebrating our 5th Birthday, so we have lined up some great activites and offers for you, so hurry, book online now, as places are limited.

The Elite Boulder Comp –

Pre-Registration is now Open! 

  • Male and Female categories
  • Cash prizes:
    • 1st Prize £500
    • 2nd Prize £250
    • 3rd Prize £125 

 

Fun Casual Boulder Comp – 

Pre-Registration is now Open!

  • lots of prizes to be won 

 

Emma T Masterclass Coaching

Click for more info. and online booking

 

FREE Rich Hudson Strength & Conditioning Class

Click for more info. and online booking

plus…

  • Leap of Faith Challenge
  • Speed Climbing Competition
  • Dyno (Boulder) Competition
  • Table Traverse Climbing
  • Slacklining
  • Boot Demos from Scarpa and Evolv
  • Demo from Y&Y Vertical – Belay Glasses
  • DJ music 
  • The Grill – food from Happy Herefords + Veggie options 

 

For Kids…or the young at heart!

  • Face Painting
  • Kids Castle Fun Competition with Batman

 

For new climbers – Half Price Taster Sessions

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 2017 14:28

News from Nathan Phillips

Read about Nathan Phillips (one of our sponsored climbers) his World Cup result, why Tokyo is his favourite city, the recent British Championship and what’s next for him…

ASIA – World Cup

Chongqing, Nanjing, Hachioji; the Asian leg of the World Cup Circuit.

First up, Chongqing, China. After having trouble getting my visa in time I had to change my flight to arrive at midnight one day before the competition. This meant I was severely jet lagged but I was still going to try my hardest. I topped enough boulders to make the semi-final but unfortunately, I had taken too many attempts. I didn’t feel like I could give it my usual fight, I just felt drained from lack of sleep but nevertheless I’m happy with the result considering the circumstances.

 

Nathan Phillips – Jet lagged qualis in Chongqing

 

Next up, Nanjing, China. We spent the week exploring the area and topping up on some much needed, sleep. Feeling recovered and ready to go again, it was time to compete once more. This time I felt good and fought my way to the top of 4 out of the 5 boulders securing my place in the semi final. I went in hard the next day trying 100% on every boulder and I managed to get my best result in a World Cup so far. 14th place, Psyched!

 

Nathan Phillips – Trying hard in Nanjing semis

 

Hachioji Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo is my favourite city in the World. The people are really friendly, the food is amazing, and the climbing gyms are second to none (except White Spider). If you get the chance to go there, I would highly recommend taking it. The comp didn’t go as well as I hoped but it was still another great experience.

Since coming back from Asia I’ve been back to training but I’ve also been bouldering outside quite a bit. With some 8A+/V12 and 8B/V13 sends as well as an 8A+ first ascent and an 8B flash of Ropes of Maui in North Wales it’s looking very promising for our trip to Rocklands in a few weeks time.

The British Bouldering Championships

The event was better than ever!  I made it into the finals without much trouble but with such a strong field making out the top 6, it was going to be tough to take the top spot.

The crowd was huge! It was great to see a climbing event in the U.K. With so many people turning up to watch.

It all came down to one boulder for me, one of my complete anti style. I tried my best and managed to get past the bit that I knew I would find difficult. A foot slip and I was swinging around wildly trying to stay on. I somehow was able to stay on the wall but it had taken too much out of me and I fell on the next move. The first few moves had taken their toll and I couldn’t reach the same point again. If I had topped the boulder on that first attempt I would have won the competition. Unfortunately, that’s how competitions work, small slips can be costly and make all the difference.

I finished up in 3rd place behind Tyler Landman, and Anze Perharc of Slovenia. I know, I can take the title one day, but for now it’s back to the rock!

 

What’s Next… tomorrow, I fly out to South Africa for a month to climb in Rocklands (expect footage following the trip). Then the final World Cup of the year and European Championships will be held in Munich. Hopefully, I can show my best and push for another semi-final and more.

Once again, thanks to White Spider for funding my World Cup travels this year.   I simply could not afford to compete without them.


10 Jul 2017 12:24

Masterclass with Emma T

Emma Twyford Masterclass

Tuesday 1st August 2017  – 7pm – 9 pm

Emma, is a one of the UK’s top climbers, having climbed 8b+ sport, E9 Trad and bouldered V10.   Not only this but Emma has a Degree in Sports coaching so she certainly knows a thing or to when it comes to guiding climbers on their paths to crushing those routes and problems.

Emma’s top 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.

Who for?:

We recommend that you are climbing V2-3 to get the most out of this session.

Details:
Duration- 2 hours (7pm – 9pm).
Cost: £25 per person (includes wall entry).
Ration: 1:8 ratio with coaching done on our bouldering wall.

For more information and/or to book this Masterclass visit:

Experienced Climbers


19 Jun 2017 11:40

Fun Bouldering Competition

 

Why not join our fun bouldering competition on Friday 7th July, from 6:00pm. 

 

Simply pay your usual entry fee and grab a score card as you pass reception to take part. 

 

All score cards will be entered into our raffle prize draw and you never know you might also win one of our finalist prizes.

 

Categories: Adult Female / Adult Male

 

Prize draw winners and finalists are announced via our face book page!

 

Good Luck


12 Jun 2017 15:46

Get Ready for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner!

Why not surprise Dad with a White Spider Gift Card.

Perfect for some new climbing gear, one of our climbing courses, or a scrumptious treat from our café.

Gift cards are available on-line or from reception from just £5.00.

Go on, treat dad this Father’s day.

Gift Cards

 


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