We are the St George's Climbing Society (SGCS). For over a decade our society has embraced climbers of all abilities and from all types of climbing; Bouldering, Trad, Sport and even Mountaineers.
Whilst we mostly do bouldering, which is the hassle-free climbing discipline on lower walls, with no need for ropes and gear (and great if you’re not so good with heights). There are regular top-rope and lead climbers in our society. Throughout the capital there are over twenty climbing centers and whilst we climb most regularly at our sponsor, VauxWall Climbing in Vauxhall, just a short 15-minute tube journey from Tooting (with the cheapest rates in London for SGCS Members) we also climb often at The Arch, Bermondsey and the famous Castle in North London.
In addition to indoor climbing, we are aiming to run trips to the Peak District, Fontane-bleu and the Alps throughout the 18/19 academic year. Join the mailing list or Facebook group to find out more!
Climbing as a sport
Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK.It's a dynamic and cardio-intensive sport, so it’s also a great way to get toned and stay fit. But more importantly, it’s incredibly social, often hilarious and always relaxed; you don’t have to compete with anyone but yourself. It is also a great mental exercise - from working out how to do a route, to planning fluent and energy-efficient body movements on the wall. For those of you with busy lives and hectic schedules, its hard to think of all that when you're hanging off a wall by three fingers, meaning its great downtime as well.
If you’re an experienced climber already there’s a great competitive scene in London. Many of the centres, including Vauxwall, run regular competitions (both fun and competitive) for ALL abilities, which are a great way to get integrated into the London climbing scene and take your climbing to the next level. There is also LUBE, the London University Bouldering Event, a mixed team event where we compete against Universities from across the country in four heats across London climbing walls. Last year we came joint 5th out of 24!
We are one of the most laid back societies across all of campus and are open to joining throughout the year!
If you've got any questions about beginning climbing you can email us, or post onto our facebook page.
Look forward to seeing you on the wall!
Daniel, Rob, Naader, Lorenzo, Sim, Owez and Daniel
Entry/membership to climbing centres + any equipment hire if necessary. Our beloved VauxWall kindly sponsors us making your entry and equipment hire at the centre only £5! This is the best price in the whole of London for bouldering. However, we do ask for a £15 annual subscription to the society to cover trip, sponsor and competition costs. Please pay this below if you want to make use of the £5 entry at Vauxwall.