Are you a climber? Set a new years resolutions to be more active? Spend most of your day behind a computer because you work in technology or creative industries?
#DigiClimbMCR is an informal, weekly Wednesday evening climbing meetup in central Manchester for any friendly person linked to or interested in technology or digital & creative industries.
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When? About 6:30pm til people get tired or 10pm, on Wednesday evenings.
Where? How can I get there? Manchester Climbing Centre in Ardwick. The postcode is M12 5ND Map and there is lots of parking for cars and bikes (inside).
If you’re travelling by bus from Manchester city centre, get on the 205 or 206 buses from Piccadilly gardens to Bennett Street (you can check their Timetables here)
How much will it cost? No more than £15.25 (assuming you’ve never climbed there before, you’re not a student and you need to hire equipment). It could well be cheaper for you - their pricing page is fairly clear.
I’m not very good at climbing, is that ok? Yes! You should be able to belay and tie in, and pass MCC’s minimum skills thing – but in terms of grading or confidence – the wider variety the merrier! Climbing is about personal challenges and encouraging each other to push themselves.
I’ve never climbed before, is this for me? Probably not yet.
In the near future, it’d be awesome if there we knew we had enough competent climbers to invite beginners along. For this first one, it probably isn’t the right time to figure this part out. Stay tuned, perhaps give me a shout so I know you’re interested – and we’ll figure something out soon!
I’m not very good at digital, is that ok? Yes. It doesn’t matter what your background, level of technical expertise, job title – you’re reading this – so therefore you’re welcome.
How will I recognise people when I’m there? Look for the guy with the big white Mercedes cap sitting in the cafe area opposite reception. Or if you’re a bit late, come down and look for this guy
What, y’know, happens? We meet up. We climb together in pairs or small groups. We chat. We go home.
Is this bouldering or climbing? Mostly roped climbing, but some people do bits of bouldering to warm up and warm dow. I’d be up to for a bouldering-only #digiclimbmcr sometime! Let’s figure it out!
Is it definitely always, forever on Wednesday? No. Though this is what we’re going to try for the moment.
Is diversity important? Very. #DigiClimbMCR is a welcoming and inclusive space – we want you to be comfortable and feel welcome with us!
Isn’t this a tiny niche? I think it’s larger than some might imagine. At least two Manchester tech companies already have their own informal climbing meetups.
Why? Why do this? I like climbing, and I like chatting about technology with people from the same industries. How Might We combine the two?
Is there anything similar like this? Not for climbing. I would encourage you to check out Freshwalks, DigiHike, DigiCurry, Creative Cup, and the entire northwest tech calendar for similar sorts of events.
Who is behind all this? @tdobson
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I have another question? Send me a tweet!