March 31, 2016


Where do you meet?
We meet indoors every Thursday at the Castle climbing wall in North London and every Sunday at the Arch in Bermondsey.  We also have a busy schedule of outdoor meets across the UK and Europe.

What if I haven’t climbed before?
We run quarterly indoor beginners’ nights especially for those who are new to climbing.  This is not instruction, just a taster. Get in touch if you want to come along.  After that, in order to climb we recommend undertaking an instruction session with a centre such as The Castle.

What do I need to bring?
To start with, all you need is clothes you feel comfortable moving around in.  Think yoga or workout gear.  You can hire all the equipment you need for indoor climbing (harness, shoes, belay plate) at the climbing wall.  Then once you progress to outdoor climbing with us, you’ll need to provide all your own equipment – and there’s a whole universe of gear-freakery you can get into!

What if I have climbed before?
If you can climb unsupervised you can join us on any of our indoor meets. If you are not registered at the Castle you will need to register (you can do this online in advance). This will involve confirming you can fit a harness correctly, tie in, belay and hold a fall.

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 £20 for the year (£14 for students and £10 after 30 June) and includes BMC club membership and a host of other benefits.  Find out more about membership here.

I’m interested, what do I do now?
Contact us to arrange joining us on a Thursday night at the Castle, at the Arch on a Sunday or on an outdoor trip (subject to experience).  On Thursdays we meet prior to climbing in the Castle cafe upstairs between 7 – 7.30pm.

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