VauxWall Launch Party Report

It has been a month since London’s newest bouldering venue opened its doors to the public. The 4th June saw Vauxwall’s official launch party with 3 competitions, spot prizes, special guests, Scarpa boot demo, bar and DJ.

The party started at 4pm with the opening of the fun competition held in the Central and Café arches with a circuit set by Scarpa athlete and 7 times British Bouldering champion, Gaz Parry.  The idea was to be as inclusive as possible and to encourage beginner climbers to have a go at a competition. The competition was scored to give a list of results but the prizes were given randomly to 10 competitors rather than the 3 highest scorers.  Points did not make prizes but made it fun for everyone on the day.

The main competition took place on VauxWall’s competition wall and it was set by Gaz Parry, Marmot athlete Leah Crane and The Beastmaker and Scarpa athlete, Dan Varian. The format of this competition was just like a traditional bouldering competition with competitors getting higher points for fewer attempts of each problem. The winners were, in the male category:

1st Jim Pope, 277 points

2nd Aaron Tan, 276 points

3rd Chau Dennis, 271 points

Louis Parkinson, GB Bouldering team member, also took part in this competition and was on top form, scoring an amazing 310 points out of the 350 maximum. However, as a member of Vauxwall’s staff team he was not eligible for the 1st prize.

Female category:

1st Lisa Koch

2nd Bronagh Cairns

3rd Alice Browne

The party also saw the launch of the wall’s Perma-circuit, consisting of 15 problems ranging from V1 to V10 set by Dan Varian, using Beastmaker’s beautiful hand crafted range of wooden holds. The centre is offering a £50 cash prize for the 1st ascent of the V10 problem.

The Centre was buzzing with climbers from all over London and the atmosphere was great. There was also a visiting team from Singapore who took 2nd and 3rd in the men’s competition. Everyone enjoyed DJ Ordinary’s tracks and a beer with free pizza after the climbing.

This was VauxWall’s first event and it was a huge success all around.  Particular thanks to VauxWall’s sponsors, Scarpa and Marmot,  also Beastmaker, the wall’s staff team and of course the already loyal customers who make all the difference!

Gaz Parry commented:

“It is always great to visit and work at new venues.  VauxWall is a fantastic addition to the London scene and well worth a visit.   One of the most modern facilities in the UK it certainly ticks all the boxes.  Looking forward to visiting again”.

If you want to see pictures of the launch party, please click here