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ICAS Indoor: social climbing Message Board › Welcome to new members and general information

Welcome to new members and general information

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London, GB
We are a social group of climbers who welcome new members, regardless of the level you are climbing at, be it 3 or 9a. You can turn up alone or with friends, any time from 7pm.

New members MUST:

1.Be registered as unsupervised climbers at the Reach.

2.Know how to belay safely and tie in without assistance BEFORE they come to a session (see below for information about beginners' and refresher courses to teach you these skills).

3.Provide or hire their own equipment including belay devices.

4. Be aged 18 or over.

Climbing sessions

We meet twice a week at the Reach. These are friendly, informal climbing sessions often followed by a nice cup of tea or a quick pint.

Please RSVP if you want to come along, and remember to update your RSVP if you change your mind.

We usually climb all evening until closing time at 10pm with a tea break half way through. If you arrive after 7pm, ask the staff to point us out as we will usually have started climbing by then. It doesn't matter what level you climb at, whether you come alone or with other people, or when you arrive or leave -- there will be someone to climb with and the host for the evening will make sure you are introduced and learn about how we operate.

What if I've never climbed before or have forgotten bits and pieces?

If you are completely new to climbing, then you will need to do an introductory course (5-6 hours) at one of the climbing walls to learn about using a harness, tying in and belaying before you join the regular sessions. The Reach also offers refresher courses for people who have learnt to belay but could do with a few reminders before they sign themselves off as unsupervised climbers.

If you're not sure you want to commit to a course yet, then most of the climbing walls also do group taster sessions of an hour or so. Have a look at the climbing wall websites to see what would suit you best. They all do introductory courses at different times during the week (weekdays, evenings, weekends).

Mile End
The Castle
The Reach

How good are the people in the group already?

All levels, from absolute beginner to absolutely excellent! You will probably find someone at your level, although it really doesn't matter who you climb with. If you have a lead rope, bring it along as there will probably be another lead climber there.

What equipment do I need?

You can hire shoes, harnesses and belay devices from the climbing walls if you don't have them already.


Climbing is an inherently dangerous activity, which could cause personal injury or death. Attendees at any ICAS Indoor events should be aware of and accept the risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Members of the group cannot and will not take responsibility for teaching or supervising any climber who is unsure about the essential safety skills. Fortunately, you can learn these easily on one of the many beginners' and refresher courses which are available at London climbing walls (see above for details).

We encourage all members to check themselves and check their partner before starting each route. We also encourage anyone who has concerns about poor practice whilst climbing with ICAS Indoor members to speak to the member concerned, mention the issue in confidence to a committee member, and/or speak to the floorwalker at the Reach. We promote an open atmosphere where no one should be afraid to ask questions which could one day prevent a serious injury.

Hope this helps!
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