The summer boulder league is here! Starts Friday 4th May!
Evolv Shoe Demo Event
White Spider Climbing – Thursday 19th April
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
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.
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
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:
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.
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)
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 –
- Male and Female categories
- Cash prizes:
- 1st Prize £500
- 2nd Prize £250
- 3rd Prize £125
Fun Casual Boulder Comp –
- lots of prizes to be won
Emma T Masterclass Coaching
FREE Rich Hudson Strength & Conditioning Class
- Leap of Faith Challenge
- Speed Climbing Competition
- Dyno (Boulder) Competition
- Table Traverse Climbing
- 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.
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.
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.
We recommend that you are climbing V2-3 to get the most out of this session.
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:
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!
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.
Congratulations to the winners, don’t forget to collect your prizes!
Thank you to everyone who took part in our monthly boulder comp.
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!
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)
To get the most out of this session we recommend you are Bouldering a minimum of V2-3 or 6a on a climbing wall
Duration- 2 hours
Cost £25 pp
1:8 ratio with coaching done on Bouldering wall
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!