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. 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 or simply want an instructor to do all the rope work for you and your friends then we can do a taster session for you.
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. If you have no previous climbing experience, we run Bouldering Inductions throughout the week, please just call the centre to book.
More details can be found 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 to lower the climber back to the ground. 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 a Climbing Induction, or one of our Beginners Climbing Courses.
More details on both of these courses can be found 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, or use the form at the bottom of this page. Alternatively simply pop down to the centre and one of our friendly staff can answer your questions.