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Bristol Indoor Bouldering Evening - all abilities welcome! (35710)

Event Overview

Come and join OutdoorLads at one of the best bouldering centres in the South West for a fun, friendly and sociable climbing event….

The Climbing Academy is one of the best bouldering centres in the South West. With over 200 problems in a 750 square metre area there is enough to keep even the avid of boulderers occupied.

Bouldering is a form of climbing where instead of long high routes, the 'problems' as they are referred to tend to be shorter and focus on technique, balance, body positioning and sometimes power. Because of this different emphasis, bouldering doesn't have the hassle of climbing with ropes, harnesses and belaying, which makes the activities excellent for newcomers to the sport. For this reason, it is often regarded as the 'purest' form of climbing.

If you're a seasoned climber you won't need convincing about the benefits of bouldering, but for those who've never climbed more than a staircase, the benefits are wide ranging: from the physical - improved strength, tone, balance, power and coordination; mental - problem solving, focus, concentration and body awareness; to the emotional - relaxation, a sense of achievement and a feeling that mind and body are working together perfectly ('feeling psyched'). On top of all this, bouldering tends to be a very social sport where you can hang out with mates and each have a go as you feel regardless of what level you climb at.

This event is for members of all levels of experience and all are welcome to come along to any of the sessions.

To come along, you will need to register via the event page, and to climb you will need to pay an entry fee directly to the centre when you arrive. For entry fee prices go to:

For your first time climbing with us, especially if you are a novice climber, please contact the event leader in advance to let him know what your skills and experience are.

It is important that all members sign up through the event page to make sure the event leader has all information of the members attending.

Please note that sometimes there are not many people signed up on this event list. However we climb on a regular basis with a group local Bristol of gay guys so there are likely to be a group of us there even if not many are signed up.

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What to bring

You don't need much equipment for bouldering at all, which is another part of its appeal. The only specialist kit you will need are (rock) climbing shoes which can be hired from the centre if you haven't got your own. kit hire prices can be found at:

What to wear

It is best to wear either shorts, combats or tracksuit bottoms. No jeans or any form of trouser which hampers movement. A t-shirt or vest is also suitable.

If you have any OutdoorLads branded clothing then please feel free to wear this as it will give the group a good level of visibility.

Any jewellery such as rings, watches, chains or bangles should be removed before beginning the session to prevent injury.

Food & Drink

There is a cafe at the centre where hot and cold drinks along with snacks can be purchased, including pizza and panini. Bottled drinks can also be purchased here. There is also free WIFI available and free water to drink.

We usually go to a local pub for a drink and to socialise after the climbing session.

Meeting & Times

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Do i need a guided session

If you have never tried bouldering don’t worry, just let the event leader know and he will go through everything you will need to know to boulder safely.

Participation statement

Please note that every person participating should be aware of (and accept) that those members perceived as ‘in charge’ or leading the event are not necessarily qualified, do not need to be qualified, and are not regarded by OutdoorLads, or themselves as ‘technical experts’ but are amateur climbers with some experience and who are happy to impart their knowledge. Any advice given should be considered with this in mind by the recipient.

All those attending the event must also be aware of the centre's own terms and conditions of participation and abide by them, along with any instructions given by the centres staff. Everyone must also take responsibility for their own safety while participating in Indoor climbing events.

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