May 30, 2016

Indoor meets

Not So Trad meet at the Castle every Thursday at 7pm – come join us!

We have one fixed indoor meet for leading, top-roping and bouldering which is every Thursday night at the Castle Climbing Centre. We also have irregular/ad-hoc meets at the Reach and VauxWall East – please get in touch for more info regarding these irregular meets. We also sometimes organise other ad-hoc meets at other London climbing walls.

Thursday nights

Our Thursday night meet is at Castle Climbing Centre, London N4. We convene from 7pm and aim to start climbing at 7:15.

Meeting point :

  • At the seating area on the first floor next to the lead climbing area known as the ‘cafe lead wall’. NB: Note that this is where the cafe USED to be and there is no longer a cafe here!

Attendance averages 10 people. There’s always a point of contact, whose job is to introduce new members, help pair people up to climb if necessary, answer questions and generally make sure the evening goes smoothly. After climbing we reconvene at the Brownswood pub over the road, which is a nice pub with good food and a big garden.

If you’ve climbed before, you’re welcome to join us at the Castle and boulder with us (you must have BMC membership to belay NST members during a club meet). You’re responsible for your own entrance fee and you’ll need to register to climb (which you can do online in advance) which involves confirming you can climb/boulder safely as well as fit a harness correctly, tie in, belay and hold a fall (unless you are going to boulder only). The Castle has changing rooms, showers and lockers. For more info, check the Castle website.

If you haven’t climbed before, the Castle runs taster courses – get in touch with them for more info. Though our members are always ready to share skills and help each other develop, we’re not a teaching club.

You’re welcome to come to a meet or two before we ask you to join the club. If you’d like to come along, please get in touch.

Irregular meets


We also have informal and irregular meets at The Reach in Woolwich and at VauxWall East. These two are more informal meets than Thursdays, with no point of contact – but if it’s your first time, we’ll put you in touch with one of the regular attendees.

If you’d like to come along to either of these, please get in touch


Do I have to join Not So Trad straight away?
You’re welcome to come along to one or two indoor meets and boulder with us before deciding whether to join. After that if you want to continue climbing with us, you should become a member. Find out more about membership here.