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Our Events

Friends and Allies is a community based bouldering gym based in Johannesburg. Our mission is to create and facilitate a space to grow and have a positive effect on climbing in South Africa. To serve those who seek a world-class climbing and training facility.

As an indoor bouldering gym, we want to provide a space where people can express themselves, grow and find a community. A community that has created a space to encourage all. The result is the beautiful display of camaraderie we see at our climbing events hosted throughout the year.

Tjoms in Arms 2023

Tickets are now available for the event held at Friends and Allies on the 2nd of September. Buy official tickets from quicket.

What is Tjoms in Arms

Hosted annually after the Friends and Allies fables boulder league, TIA brings setters from around the country to host a full day of climbing. TIA is unlike any other bouldering comp as you compete in teams of two, with 30 qualifying rounds in the morning and a session styled finals in the evening.

The Nitty Gritty

TIA is a team based event, so you have to climb and compete with a tjom. You can partner with anyone you like and, depending on who you choose, you’ll fall into one of three categories. We have guys climbing with guys, guys climbing with gals and gals climbing with gals.

When: September 2nd (9:00- 23:00)
Where: FA – 10 Naaf street Strydom Park

How to 'Tjoms in Arms'

Chune your chom, get tickets, and come prepared. You can sign up individually and choose your partner you want to be in arms with for the day.

The day starts with a 2-hour qualifier session (you will have to choose one of the slots), there is food, drinks and likely some chilling.

The top 4 teams in each category will be invited to compete in the final round in the evening. There are of course prizes to be won.

Your athlete documents will be sent out once payment is received. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!

Group photo at TIA event
Climbing competition
Indoor bouldering event at Friends and Allies