“The Climbing Academy undoubtedly sets new standards in dedicated bouldering facilities in the UK.”
Neil Gresham


The Climbing Academy
Charlton Street

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Monday to Friday

 10am to 10pm


9am to 6pm




Arc'teryx Alpine Evening

Ellis Brigham are hosting another fine event, the Arc'teryx Alpine Evening, in Bristol on Thursday 29th Jan. 

The evening will be featuring ‘Everest Needs You, Mr Irvine’ - one of the greatest unsolved mountaineering mysteries - and 'The Mazeno Ridge', a world class first ascent in Pakistan.

Plus, they will also be showing 'Determination' a short alpine film following Arc'teryx athlete Luka Lindic.

It's only £8 and will be held at The Kings Arms, 168 Whiteladies Rd, so you can get a big dose of inspiration and a decent pint of beer!

Member's Day this Friday

To celebrate our 6th birthday and of course the xmas festivities, it's Member's Day this Friday. All pay-as-you-go members will get free entry on us, and there will be tasty treats baked on the half hour for everybody to enjoy.

We've also got a licence for the day so will be serving fine beer, lager and cider too.

So come down and enjoy the festive spirit as part of your Friday training routine.


Flash Comp Results

Thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday for the Flash comp. We had great fun setting the problems and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Southwestern raiders Ellis and Charlotte took home the top spot in the Flash and in the head to head, with impressive displays of climbing prowess.

The Top Placings were:

Male 1 Ellis Butler-Barker 2 Jonny Kydd 3 Luke Hutchinson

Female 1 Charlotte Warner 2 Rosea Day 3 Emily Fell

Vet male 1 Rockmaster Jak 2 Baz Durston 3 Dan Savoury

Vet Female 1 Kate Cumberlidge 2 Fiona Thompson

Youth Male 1 Seamus Favelle 2 Sam Lever

Youth Female 1 Alisha Garside 2 Gwyneth Uttley 3 Emily Chadfield

Junior Male 1 Finley Wood 2= Zak Whitecliff, Louis Theobald, Owen Uttley

View the full results here.

Tom Glendinning took some great shots of the comp and you might spot yourself if you take a look at the gallery. Images can be ordered very reasonably and would make great presents.

We need to say a massive thanks as always to Ellis Brigham. They sponsor our comps and provide great gear with a fantastic and knowledgable service. Please support them too.


Building a Better Climber


University Challenge

We'd like to say a big thanks to all the uni students who entered the inaugural Bristol & SW Area Student Bouldering Championships, and created such a good atmosphere on Saturday night. 

This years champions are Jonny Kydd and Rhoslyn Fruignet, who both took away a decent wad of cash. All the more impressive was that it was the 2nd comp of the day for them both, and the rest of the Exeter team, who drove to London for the LUBE comp and then back Bristol for their second event before finishing a very long day winding their way back down the M5.

Big thanks also to the Birmingham crew who gave a very good account of themselves. Hopefully Bristol and Bath students will have a better representation next time round...

Finals placings:


1 Jonny Kydd

2 Eduardas Jeriomenro

3 Jack Popplewell


1 Rhoslyn Fruignet

2 Ellie Rymer

3 Hazel Maclean

Click here for qualifying scores.

Tom Glendinning was on hand to take plenty of great action shots and these are now up on his website.