Listen up, single ladies.
Want a non-bar situation filled with really chill, fit guys aged 20-38ish where the guy/girl ratio is about 20:1?
Better start squeezing into those climbing shoes, then...
On a more serious note, the staff here are fabulous. Passionate about climbing, really patient and willing to help you out. I did a beginner climbing lesson through LivingSocial Adventures. My instructor was really sweet and even though one lady in my group struggled a bit (like, was in tears from height fear), he pushed her (in a good way), talked her through it patiently, and, eventually (cue cheezy film score music), she triumphed over all odds to conquer... the 3 foot jump from the bottom hold to the mat...
Well, it probably seemed that dramatic to her.
Anyhow, this place does bouldering only, meaning no ropes or harnesses. Everything is a safe enough distance from the mats that if you fall (correctly), you shouldn't hurt yourself. It DOES get quite busy, but it seems like if you are up for a bit of socializing, everyone is having a great time.
This is a great place to go for any experience level. As a beginner, I found things I could do easily, and I know there were defintiely some VERY experienced climbers there as well (like, spider man style...). Fun times.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
After searching for 2 and a half years i have finally found a climbing gym in London that feels like Home. If you like Bouldering, look no farther then The Arch.
I walk in and the (cute) super nice guy behind the door helps get me all set up. i end up chatting another girl who was checking in and instantly had a new friend and climbing partner who was awesome and showed me around. The routes are challenging, but progressive, so theres really something for any level. There was a really supportive atmosphere from everyone on the walls, either in groups or solo. Between the 4 rooms, i never felt crowded or rushed.
Granted I went in the middle of the day, but from what I hear it can get really packed at peak hours, which being how awesome it was, i am not surprised by.
one down side: my closet is bigger then their changing room. and the shower (as in singular for the ladies) was a bit sad. and no towels.
however!! expect me to return. as in alot. as in, im thinking a monthly membership will happen very soon.
If you have no active life, or if you are just the kind of person that really hates running on a treadmill for half and hour, then read on...
Climbing is an excellent way to keep in shape and it is not just about strength it is also about technique and strategy. I am no expert, if this is you then at the Arch offers an introductory course (1 and a half hours for £20) where you are taught by an instructor basic climbing techniques, safe practices and then you can stay and use the facilities for the remainder of the day. Its such a rush and a demanding sport mentally and physically, you can get easily hooked. The venue in itself is amazing, it is like entering a piece of art work, in its own right. Used to be a tunnel, but has now been painted in colourful shapes, and the holds (thats the sort of plastic handles you grab to climb along) are also coloured. They serve a purpose, to help you figure out a way to solve the bouldering (free climbing) problem. The monkey graffiti along the professionally set out walls give a unique touch to the centre. In addition, you have a shop (climbing equipment, clothes, etc) and a cafe. After your workout you will definitely be hungry and very thirsty. I can't wait to get back, you can get a monthly membership for £50 or a pay the single fee of £6.50- £10 depending on the time you go. When you solve that problem you feel an amazing sense of accomplishment; and your aching body the next day becomes secondary.
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