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A Chance to Climb with Alex Honnold

The King of El Capitan is coming to a climbing wall in London this weekend

If you’re based in the south-east and love climbing then we recommend you clear your diary for this Saturday (19 August). Why? Well, because Alex Honnold, arguably the greatest climber ever, is coming to London to give free on-the-wall advice and climbing tips.

It’s all to do with the launch of The North Face’s Walls are Meant for Climbing initiative. For this ever so slightly mischievous campaign, The North Face are asking people to “rethink the way they look at walls” and consider them as “places where people in the climbing community come together to test themselves, build trust, and strengthen communities” rather than as things that divide.


“He’ll be hanging around (quite literally) for the whole day at Stoke Newington’s The Castle Climbing Centre to climb with the general public.”


For the 19 August 2017, they’ll be championing a global day of climbing, with complimentary climbing opportunities in cities across the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, and China.

At the London event, Alex Honnold, who’s probably best known for his incredible achievement earlier this summer when he free climbed El Capitan in Yosemite, will be hanging around (quite literally) for the whole day at Stoke Newington’s The Castle Climbing Centre to climb with the general public.

The centre itself is worth visiting. With its 50-metre-high towers and battlements, you won’t find a quirkier climbing wall in the world. Don’t be tricked by its name or its appearance though as it’s actually a Victorian pumping station.

Joining Alex on Saturday will be fellow athletes Hansjörg Auer and Jacopo Larcher. They’ll be hosting sessions for all abilities and ages from 09.00-19.00hrs.

To get more information about the day at The Castle and to book in for a session with one of the athletes, head over to the event page facebook.com/thenorthface.

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