Introduction to Climbing Course

So you’d like to try indoor climbing are not sure about how to get started. What equipment do I need, should I join a club or get on a climbing taster session?

Taster sessions are great to give you a feel about climbing and whether it’s for you or not and if you decide it is then the next step is probably to sign up to one of our Introduction to Climbing Courses.

Rock climbing is not only a great for your muscles it increases your strength, endurance and will improve your general fitness but it’s also a lot of fun! Rock climbing, even indoors, is exciting, will take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you in a way very few other sports can. It’s also a great way to meet people and is a much more sociable way of exercising than a lonely trip to the gym.

Is it safe?

Although rock climbing can be a risky activity when done incorrectly, with good instruction and the proper equipment, it can be a safe, enjoyable sport for adults and kids alike. As the BMC say: “The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.”

Our course runs for 6 hours and usually this is split into four one and a half hour sessions over four days. Normally we would suggest that this is done over four weeks. However we do understand that sometimes other commitments can get in the way so can adapt the course to suite – however we would recommend that no session is longer than 2 hours. The cost of the course is £55 and includes all equipment (though if you have your own please bring it along).

The course is suitable for anyone aged 16 and up.

On our Introduction to Climbing course you will learn about the equipment used in indoor climbing, how to belay, tie the basic knots, basic rope technique and of course how to climb, with plenty of climbing time to practice everything. We will spend time in both the main climbing wall the bouldering room.

At the end of the course there will be a basis assessment and if successful you will then be given a competent climber card which will enable you to climb at The Rock climbing wall independently of instructors and if over 18 you can also sign in and be responsible for two other novice climbers.

If under 18 you will still be allowed to climb unsupervised at The Rock the only stipulation is that we receive a parental consent form and the only restriction being that you cannot sign in any other novice climbers.

What should I wear?

You can pretty much wear anything, within reason. Any sports or loose fitting comfortable clothing works well. Although we would recommend you wear something you don’t mind getting dirty or scuffed.