Boulder Shack Climbing Gym

by Boulder Shack in Southampton, Hampshire, England

With the imminent closure of Southampton Climbing Wall, our aim is to build ‘Boulder Shack’, this will become a 12,000 sq ft climbers dream.

by Boulder Shack in Southampton, Hampshire, England

We did it
On 2nd December 2016 we successfully raised £32,305 with 230 supporters in 35 days

New stretch target


Your pledges have helped us smash our £20,000 target and the build is now well underway (and looking awesome!). Thank you! We're now offering new and even more exciting rewards for your continued support as we aim for £30,000 and we only have a few hours left! 

These rewards include signed merchandise and your last chance to buy a christmas gifts before this campaign finishes on December 2nd 2016.

The extra funding will go towards harnesses, shoes and other equipment for any charity or community group to use free of charge. This will enable us to make climbing sessions more accessible to more non-profit youth and adult organisations.

We are still optimistic that we reach our ambitious target of opening before Christmas. We will keep you posted! 

Over the past 18 Months, we've been working hard, having sleepless nights, and putting our blood, sweat, and tears (as well as all of our savings) into this project. We are not a start-up, but an established business looking to provide an expansion of what we know to be a successful and inclusive sport. We have aspirations to cast our net further afield and reach many more aspiring climbers. However, we feel we would be letting down hundreds of young climbers currently supported by us in Hampshire if we were not able to provide roped climbing any longer.

We just cannot allow this to happen, and that’s where we need your help. We need to raise an extra £20,000 to provide a roped climbing wall within the centre, so that we can continue to provide National Governing Body awards to children and youth groups, and GCSE PE to local schools.

The money you contribute will go towards building 15 roped climbing lines at 6.5m high, the same overall roped climbing space at the current centre due for closure. You will be helping to build an incredible centre that is perfect for everyone in the community.

The community is where our heart lies, we have ideas to include a fitness studio, a café, youth bouldering area and a community shop. This is all a part of the big dream to create a community space which is inclusive to everyone.

The current climbing wall at St Mary’s has been around since the dawn of time, but the council decided they could no longer run this roped climbing wall. Tim Miller bought the lease for the climbing wall and has continued to run it as a successful business. He has created a large community of climbers that rely on this space and they certainly don’t want to be left without one.

Now 8 years on, the wall has reached its maximum capacity and it’s time to move on to bigger, better, more awesome things. Tim and the team have taken on the mammoth task of starting from scratch, in an empty warehouse to build one of the best climbing facilities in the South.

We have invested time and money to make sure all resources in this project are kept local, from the coffee beans which are being supplied by a local coffee roaster (and loyal customer), to the cakes that will be supplied by a local baker. The furniture that has been bought from local charity shops and the 23 tons of plywood from a local timber merchant. All our skilled tradesmen are from the local area and through this project we would like to see everyone benefit from its success and that means you too!

We want you to become a part of the history of Boulder Shack, so we have put together some great rewards that we think you will want to invest in! In the build up to Christmas these rewards would not only make fantastic gifts, but we would love to see the centre open in time to hold our annual (free) Christmas party. All funds raised from this party go back to local youth groups to provide them with free climbing sessions; these are of great value to the local groups we currently support.

The Boulder Shack team are confident that with your help we can raise our final £20,000 target to provide the roped climbing. As soon as our doors are open, we would love to welcome you to come down, so you can see this incredible space and know that without you it would not have been a reality.

If you are unable to pledge, please help us by spreading the word & sharing this campaign with all your friends, family and colleagues. If you would like to be more involved, please get in touch and see how you can help in other ways.

Thank you and we hope to see you at Boulder Shack soon.

 If you have a suggestion for a new reward, then please just pop us a message and we'll happily consider all ideas for you. All feedback and suggestions to sophie@bouldershack.co.uk

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Anonymous Pledge I'd like to pledge anonymously and don't want a reward. You can pledge anything from as little as £5.00 here by editing the amount in the next step.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Two free Junior entries to Boulder Shack to be used when you like once we are open. Suitable for children aged 6 - 18 years at any time. This reward includes door entry only and does not include instruction. All junior climbers at Boulder Shack will need to supervised by a competent adult or have completed their own induction. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£12 or more

£12 Reward

Give free climbing to a child in a local youth group. Every year we support hundreds of local children through various charities and youth groups around Southampton. With this pledge you'll be paying for 1 child to have free climbing session with us at Boulder Shack. The idea is that with we'll group these pledges together and provide exciting sessions to groups of up to 9 at a time.

£12 or more

£12 Reward

Two free Adult entries to Boulder Shack to be used when you like once we are open. Suitable for anyone 18 or over at any time. This reward includes door entry only and does not include instruction. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£15 or more

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£15 Reward

Your name engraved on a climbing hold. We will have a special coloured set of 30 holds, each with a supporters name engraved on it. You can buy this for someone else too, just put the name you'd like engraved in the comments when you checkout. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Boulder Shack Junior T-Shirt. A cool blue t-shirt with the Boulder Shack logo on the front and "b" on the arm. A very trendy bit of kit and a great way to support this project. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Five free Junior entries to Boulder Shack to be used when you like once we are open. Suitable for children aged 6 - 18 years at any time. This reward includes door entry only and does not include instruction. All junior climbers at Boulder Shack will need to supervised by a competent adult or have completed their own induction. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Boulder Shack Adult T-Shirt. A cool blue t-shirt with the Boulder Shack logo on the front and "b" on the arm. A very trendy bit of kit and a great way to support this project. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward

A signed copy of Dave Macleod's best selling book "9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes". There is only one of these books available so pledge quickly for this limited reward. A first class Christmas present for any climber and you also get to help support this great community project.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

Five free Adult entries to Boulder Shack to be used when you like once we are open. Suitable for anyone 18 or over at any time. This reward includes door entry only and does not include instruction. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

A signed copy of Leo Houlding's awesome climbing film "Autana". There is only one of these films available so pledge quickly for this limited reward. A first class Christmas present for any climber and you also get to help support this great community project.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

A signed copy of Leo Houlding's awesome climbing film "The Last Great Climb". There is only one of these films available so pledge quickly for this limited reward. A first class Christmas present for any climber and you also get to help support this great community project.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

A signed Boulder Shack (mens medium) t-shirt by Leo Houlding, one of the greatest modern day British climbing legends. This would make an awesome Christmas present for any climber and means you'll be supporting this great community project.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

A signed Boulder Shack (ladies medium) t-shirt by Leo Houlding, one of the greatest modern day British climbing legends. This would make an awesome Christmas present for any climber and means you'll be supporting this great community project.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

A signed Boulder Shack (mens large) t-shirt by Leo Houlding, one of the greatest modern day British climbing legends. This would make an awesome Christmas present for any climber and means you'll be supporting this great community project.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

A signed Boulder Shack (ladies small) t-shirt by Leo Houlding, one of the greatest modern day British climbing legends. This would make an awesome Christmas present for any climber and means you'll be supporting this great community project.

£30 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward

A signed Boulder Shack (youth small) t-shirt by Leo Houlding, one of the greatest modern day British climbing legends. This would make an awesome Christmas present for any climber and means you'll be supporting this great community project.

£35 or more

11 of 10 claimed

£35 Reward

1.5 hours of private 1 to 1 tuition with a performance climbing coach. This is a great opportunity to learn great new climbing techniques that will improve your climbing. Every session will be tailored to your own needs with an assessment of your current climbing, then at the end of your coaching session you will be given ways you can continue to work on your technique to improve your climbing further. Plus, you get to help this great community project.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£35 Reward

A signed copy of Dave Macleod's awesome and latest book "Make or break". There is only one of these books available so pledge quickly for this limited reward. A first class Christmas present for any climber and you also get to help support this great community project.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

1 months adult membership. Unlimited entry to Boulder Shack for 1 month from your first visit. This includes unlimited use of the centre at any time but does not include any additional classes or coaching. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£45 or more

6 of 10 claimed

£45 Reward

1.5 hours of private coaching for two people with a performance climbing coach. This is a great opportunity to learn great new climbing techniques that will improve your climbing. Having two people in a coaching session works very well to learn from each other. Every session will be tailored to your own needs with an assessment of your current climbing, then at the end of your coaching session you will be given ways you can continue to work on your technique to improve your climbing further. Plus, you get to help this great community project.

£45 or more

£45 Reward

Learn to climb course. Our most popular course and a great gift for Christmas for anyone who'd like to learn how to climb on a roped climbing wall. You'll learn how to be a confident climber and once completed you'll have the skills to climb at any other climbing wall in the UK. Ideal for 18's an over. For any Intro to Climbing Course at Boulder Shack once we're open (Would be £70 if bought normally). Plus you get to help this great community project.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A year of free tea, coffee or any other hot drink at Boulder Shack. You can have as many drinks as you like per visit as long as it's you enjoying it. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£60 or more

6 of 15 claimed

£60 Reward

1 to 1 coaching and 1 month Gold membership. Have a 1.5 hour performance coaching session with Tim Miller at any time that suits you. During your session your climbing will be reviewed, you will receive coaching on how to make improvements and will be given things you can continue to work on in the future to continue to improve. This also comes with 1 month of Gold membership (including all fitness classes) starting from your first visit. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£65 or more

£65 Reward

A 1 day boulder problem setting workshop. A day course on how to set a boulder problems. An ideal course for those new or used to setting, will cover safety aspects and good practice but focus on the creative aspect of setting problems. Suitable for climbers of all abilities, you will be setting a few problems at a range of grades of your choice. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£75 or more

£75 Reward

Learn to climb course for two. Our most popular course and a great gift for Christmas for anyone who'd like to learn how to climb on a roped climbing wall. You'll learn how to be a confident climber and once completed you'll have the skills to climb at any other climbing wall in the UK. Ideal for 18's an over. For any Intro to Climbing Course at Boulder Shack once we're open (Would be £140 if bought normally). Plus you get to help this great community project.

£95 or more

£95 Reward

Kids climbing party for 9 (usually £120). An awesome way to celebrate a birthday for anyone from 6 to 17 years old. This 1.5 hour party includes all equipment, climbing on both the roped wall and bouldering wall with climbing games and fun. You can have any weekend day or weekday daytime from January onward . Speak to the team when booking the date if you'd like to add food in the party room after. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A year of unlimited tea & cake. Enjoy a year of free tea, coffee or any hot drink and any cake, flapjack or muffin for a year, starting from your first visit. You can have as much as you like of everything on every visit, as long as it's you enjoying it. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£108 or more

£108 Reward

Give free climbing to a local youth / charity group. Every year we support hundreds of local children through various charities and youth groups around Southampton. With this pledge you'll be paying for up to 9 children to have free climbing session with us at Boulder Shack. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£125 or more

£125 Reward

A lifetime of free unlimited tea, coffee or any other hot drink at Boulder Shack. Have as many cups as you like of each visit, as long as it's you enjoying it. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£150 or more

£150 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£250 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£250 Reward

A Lifetime of unlimited tea & cake. Enjoy a year of free tea, coffee or any hot drink and any cake, flapjack or muffin forever. You can have as much as you like of everything on every visit, as long as it's you enjoying it. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£250 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

A Lifetime of unlimited tea & cake. Enjoy a lifetime of free tea, coffee or any hot drink and any cake, flapjack or muffin forever. You can have as much as you like of everything on every visit, as long as it's you enjoying it. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

1 year Junior Gold membership. You will receive all the benefits of a gold membership, this includes a free hot drink a month, 2 free guests in every month and unlimited climbing and some classes available for juniors. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£350 or more

£350 Reward

1 year of Silver Membership. You will receive all the benefits of a silver membership, this includes a free hot drink a month, 2 free guests in every month and unlimited climbing. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£375 or more

£375 Reward

1 year Gold membership. You will receive all the benefits of a gold membership, this includes a free hot drink a month, 2 free guests in every month and unlimited climbing and fitness classes. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£400 or more

£400 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£600 or more

£600 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£700 or more

£700 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£800 or more

£800 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£900 or more

£900 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Squad members only. Advance payment for climbing squad members. This is for anyone currently in the Southampton Climbing Squads. All of the money you pledge here will be logged as credit on your account and then once Boulder Shack is open we will deduct payments from your credit until it reach zero when you continue to pay on Direct Debit again. For your security, you may request all or your credit back at any time and we will transfer it all back. Plus, you'll be helping this great community project.

£1,200 or more

£1,200 Reward

Lifetime Junior Gold membership - The ultimate way to contribute to Boulder Shack and to get the absolute best for your money. With this incredible deal you can access the centre free of charge at any time, forever, whilst enjoying all the great benefits of gold membership, which includes a free hot drink a month, 2 free guests in a month and unlimited use of some fitness classes that are available to juniors; which include things such as Climbing Fitness, Group Performance Coaching, Yoga, and loads more.

£1,400 or more

£1,400 Reward

Lifetime Silver membership - An awesome way to contribute to Boulder Shack and to get the great value for your money. With this incredible deal you can access the centre free of charge at any time, forever, whilst enjoying all the great benefits of silver membership, which includes a free hot drink a month, 2 free first-time guests in a month and speedy self check-in on visits. This membership does not include free access to classes (as included in Gold membership) which include things such as Climbing Fitness, Group Performance Coaching, Yoga, and loads more.

£1,500 or more

£1,500 Reward

Lifetime Gold membership - The ultimate way to contribute to Boulder Shack and to get the absolute best for your money. With this incredible deal you can access the centre free of charge at any time, forever, whilst enjoying all the great benefits of gold membership, which includes a free hot drink a month, 2 free guests in a month and unlimited use of fitness classes; which include things such as Climbing Fitness, Group Performance Coaching, Yoga, and loads more.

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