NOT SO TRAD, Southern Lesbian & Gay Climbers is a gay and lesbian climbing club, largely based in London but with members spread across the south of England and further afield.
We are a very friendly group of climbers of all ages, grades and aspirations. The group is mixed with an equal gender balance. We welcome all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender climbers and their friends to enjoy climbing in a fun and friendly atmosphere and to progress in the sport.
NOT SO TRAD are into all styles of climbing: trad climbing (leader placed protection), sport climbing, alpine climbing and bouldering, as well as top-roping on southern sandstone. We trad climb, but we are NOT SO TRAD.
NOT SO TRAD developed from a group based within the Gay Outdoor Club. However the members felt that a closer association with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) was an important part of our development as a club. In particular we wanted to have a visible presence of lesbian and gay climbers within the larger institution that is the BMC, as well as to support BMC activities and campaigns.
Our main meet is weekly, year-round, at THE CASTLE climbing wall in North London, followed by a swift social in the local pub. As well as our regular indoor meetings, NOT SO TRAD have a spring-to-autumn program of weekend or longer trips each year to locations such as Portland, Wales, the Lake District, Cornwall, the Peak District as well as at least one international trip. Accommodation options on these trips vary from campsites to huts and hostels. On weekday evenings during the summer we include after-work trips to Kent, to hone skills before the essential pint in the pub and last train home. We also have social events, such as barbeques, trips to the cinema or just a pint. All our events are great fun to join, whatever your level of experience. To keep you up to date with what's going on in the club, we have a very active club forum, Not So Trad News.
As well as straight (ahem) climbing trips, we run a few courses each year to also encourage our members to improve their skills in a structured way - through for example our yearly Learn to Lead and self-rescue skills courses.
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