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Beginner’s Essential Equipment for Climbing and Bouldering

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With the days getting darker and winter setting in, now is the perfect opportunity to learn to climb or boulder. Indoor climbing gyms offer the perfect opportunity to nail basic techniques and gain confidence – just in time for the advent of outdoor climbing in the spring.

Before hitting the crags though, there’s just a few things every climber needs to get started. Take a look below to make a start on your climber’s kit. Continue reading

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OUTDOOR BOULDERING AT THE CASTLE CLIMBING CENTRE, LONDON

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Anniversaries aren’t usually spent covered in chalk and sweating up a boulder, but with sunny skies such a rare occurrence in London these days, you take every opportunity you get to enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading

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#take12trips Challenge 11: Bouldering Fun at The Arch North, Burnt Oak

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The Arch climbing wall has grown to become something of an institution in London, drawing in hordes of boulderers all over the capital to its centres. So when I heard that the Arch had recently opened a new centre in in Burnt Oak in September, my friends and I eagerly hopped on the Northern Line to test its routes.

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The first thing that comes to mind when you see the centre is hip. Featuring a modern, futuristic design in the form of glowing stair lights, industrial lighting that resembles climbing ropes, and eco-friendly showers, it’s easy to see a lot of thought has been put into the centre. Not to mention, they also have a café there that serves amazing (and cheap!) coffee, as well as a handy mini store.

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But of course, you want to hear about the bouldering. The 11,000 square-foot complex is covered with largely overhang routes, but also 2 large standalone bouldering islands.

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There’s also a super-fun horizontal roof and barrel wall feature that offer routes for beginners and experts alike, as well as a nifty glass light pyramid.

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In addition to the bouldering routes, the centre also has a contemporary-style strength training facilities, complete with 45-degree training boards, gym rings, finger boards, gym apparatus and a training bouldering wall with routes ranging from easy to difficult. The facilities inject some fun into strength training, which can sometimes be a little on the dull side with the traditional formats.

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The centre is divided into 10 different areas, offering enough space for everyone to comfortably boulder. If you want a quiet session you better head here soon, as the centre is filling up fast as word gets out!

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