The story behind BLX Bouldering Club

On the roof of Scandinavia’s largest shopping center Westfield Mall of Scandinavia is one of the most modern climbing facilities in Europe
BLX Bouldering Club

The climbing talent Elise Mannerstråle

Elise Mannerstråle has been climbing since she was 6 years old and climbing has since been her great passion. As an 11-year-old, she and her father Christian built a climbing wall in her room with the goal of one day building her very own climbing hall.

Elise has competed in climbing since she was 12 years old and won several titles both in Sweden and in Germany. As a 14-year-old, she was admitted to the Swedish National Team and has since competed both nationally and internationally. She has competed in the Nordic Championships, the Swedish Championships and the NRW Champion in Germany.

Today, almost 2,000 people follow her journey via Instagram towards her big goal: the 2026 Olympics.

Elise’s father Christian saw potential for improvement in the sports conditions

When Christian Mannerstråle drove Elise, he realized the need for easily accessible places for climbing. When he himself started to climb, he saw room for further improvements, including in the high prices. The prices was also a reason why Elise’s friends did not come along and climbed especially often. Also there was often a long queue to buy admission and rent shoes in the climbing halls. A membership was not an option as the gym only had a few training stations and there was no opportunity to train before work as many gyms didn’t open until 09. The routes were only interesting for advanced climbers and the quality of the facilities was generally low. Normally, there was also no staff on site available for questions and tips.

The goal-oriented climbing talent Elise Mannerstråle is now 18 years old and BLX Bouldering Club is finished on top of Mall of Scandinavia.
A modern climbing hall with real training devices and routes for all levels.

Through BLX, Christian and Elise have improved the conditions for bouldering climbing.

  • Prices are low and time-based and there are special offers for beginners to encourage new climbers.
  • The training surface has a wide range with everything from treadmills and rowing machines to free weights.
  • The facility has long opening hours that extend from 06:30 to 23:00 and self-service to avoid queues.
  • Experienced coaches are available in the hall for questions and tips!