What is climbing, how can I get started!?
What are indoor climbing walls?
Indoor climbing walls were initially developed by rock climbers wanting a place to train for climbing outdoors, but indoor climbing has since developed into a sport in its own right. This has allowed indoor walls to become bigger and better and more and more people are starting to enjoy the benefits of indoor climbing. Indoor climbing is split into bouldering and roped climbing; for more details on both of these keep reading!
I just want to give climbing a go
If you are not sure how you would take to climbing and you want to have a quick try then we can do a taster session for you. Alternatively, if you are sure that you would like it and you and a group of your friends want to come along and just go climbing without having to learn all the rope work then one of our instructors can do all the rope work for you whilst you get on and climb. For more details of these taster sessions and all our courses click here.
I want to learn to boulder
Bouldering is climbing without a rope in a dedicated bouldering area, up to 4.5m in height, where there is a continuous surface of large crash matting under the climbing. If you have no previous climbing experirence, in order to come and use the bouldering wall you just need a quick bouldering lesson with one of our instructors. We run Bouldering Inductions throughout the week, but have two set inductions on the weekend - Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 5pm. More details here.
I want to learn to climb on a rope
Roped climbing is climbing on higher walls, (up to 12.5m high in our centre), using a rope for protection if you fall, and as a way of lowering yourself back to the floor if you fall. This is always done in groups of 2 or more people; one person climbing and the other person controlling the rope ("belaying"). In order to learn the skills required to climb on the ropes unsupervised you need to do an induction, or the beginners climbing course.
More details on both of these courses here.
How do I find out more?
If you've not managed to find the answer to any of your questions here then please do not hesitate to get in touch either by phone or email. Alternatively simply pop down to the centre and one of our friendly staff can answer your questions whilst you enjoy a hot drink and a delicious cake in our cafe. Contact details for the centre can be found here.