events04 Apr 2018

The new BMW X2 has been making its way around the UK, but not where you'd necessarily expect to find it. It was only fitting that BMW's first-ever Sports Activity Coupé should celebrate its launch somewhere that resonates with what it stands for, which is why we chose the UK's most daring indoor climbing and bouldering centres.

Bouldering provides the same thrill of climbing, but without the need for ropes and harnesses

What is bouldering and why is it on the rise?

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing performed on artificial rock walls – also known as boulders – without the assistance of ropes and harnesses. Much like climbing real boulders outdoors, it requires technique, balance, strength and mental 'puzzle-solving' in order to navigate the tricky rock sequences, but has the added safety of crash pads, briefings and qualified instructors.

Thanks to its fun, low-impact all-over body workout, bouldering is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to the gym. Suitable for brave beginners and adventurous experts alike, it has a multitude of benefits including: reducing stress, improving problem solving skills and increasing strength. It's also a great place to meet new people and to join a community of like-minded people.

“Indoor climbing is the safest way to do what people perceive to be an extreme sport, in a relatively benign environment,” explains Rob Adie, the climbing walls officer for the British Mountaineering Council. “It has also definitely replaced gym use - it's a social experience, rather than just being stuck on a treadmill.”

The tour is making its way to five locations across the UK: Sheffield, Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Newcastle

The BMW X Climb tour.

The tour has so far been a huge success, having already made its way through Bristol, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Surbiton. The BMW X Night has been a particular highlight of each event so far, providing a live DJ set, light show, a competition on the BMW X Route and bouldering with the help of professionals.

Some of Britain's best up-and-coming climbers have also been in attendance, including the likes of Leah Crane and Gracie Martin who have performed exciting tricks on and around the new BMW X2. The BMW team have also been on-hand to answer any questions about the vehicle.

Watch the video below to see what's been going on during the tour so far.

The BMW X Climb tour is running until 15 April at bouldering centres across the UK. For more information about the remaining events, click here. Will you be the one who dares?

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