ON THE RISE
Climbing is on our radar right now. Last summer, it was added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic schedule, and indoor climbing makes a great winter sport. Wondering how it works? Each climber at the Olympics will compete in three disciplines – lead climbing (done on a long route with a rope for protection), bouldering (done on overhanging routes with a crash mat) and, best of all, speed climbing (fastest to the top wins). Super excited? Us too. And that’s why now is the prime time to give the activity a go. Indoor climbing is the perfect way to boost your body over the cooler months. It’s great for beginners because most centres provide kit and instruction. It’ll boost full-body strength, agility and cardio fitness. It’s a boon to your brain, as you focus on what hand or foothold to take next. Plus, it will prepare you for summer climbing. White Spider* is London’s newest (and biggest) climbing wall, boasting more than 380 climbing routes and 240 boulder problems. It’s the perfect place to get to grips with the sport! Visit whitespiderclimbing.com to give it a go.