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 Westway, Reach and Arch Bermondsey – please get in touch for the dates for these irregular meets. We also sometimes organise other ad-hoc meets at other London climbing walls.
Our Thursday night meet is at Castle Climbing Centre, London N4. We convene in the Cafe from 7pm and aim to start climbing at 7:30. Attendance averages 15-20 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. 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 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.
Once a quarter our Thursday night becomes a Meet the Club night, geared specifically towards meeting and supporting our newer members.
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 few meets before we ask you to join the club. If you’d like to come along, please get in touch.
Tuesdays and Sundays
We also have an informal and irregular meet on Tuesday evenings at the Westway in Ladbroke Grove. Our Sunday bouldering session takes place at Building One, the Arch in Bermondsey. 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 a few indoor meets before deciding whether to join. After that if you want to continue climbing with us, you should become a member. This costs only £26 for the year (£20 for students and £13 after 30 June) and includes BMC club membership and a host of other benefits. Find out more about membership here.