New to Climbing?
TRY BOULDERING AT THE CLIMBING CORNER
It's physical problem solving; how to get your body from the start of the boulder 'problem' to the top of the wall using only the same coloured climbing holds! Easy enough to start, but something that takes a lifetime to master. Our 180 boulder 'problems' are spread across 6 levels of difficulty and will change on a frequent basis so that there is always something new and fun to get to grips with.
LET'S GET STARTED
Bouldering is a hugely accessible sport. Unlike other forms of climbing, there are no ropes, and all you need to get started is a pair of climbing shoes and a short induction. Thankfully you’re never that far from the ground which is covered with thick foam matting. Without the harness and rope, it also means it’s a much cheaper way to start climbing.
It's very easy to get started on your own, however if you need a bit of a bit of a push start or just simply want to meet other starters, then join one of our Introduction to Bouldering or Refresher sessions.
A lot of people who would get a kick out of climbing don't even make it through the door. They're afraid of the risks and have a list of reasons why they'd be no good before they even begin. But we're here to tell you that you can give it a go, and what's more, you'll probably be better than you thought!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE (and you don't need to do pull-ups!)
Still, many newcomers can feel a little intimidated on their first visit. So let's bust a few myths, in case you're still on the fence:
You're not the only newbie. Around 50% of new customers to bouldering have never climbed before and they come in all ages, shapes and sizes.
You don't need upper body strength. Your legs do most of the work during your early climbs, and you'll develop the strength you need as you practice.
Everyone's facing the same challenges, whatever their level. Balance, height, strength, flexibility and downright fear are just part of the experience.
It's not all about training for climbing outside. Over 50% of our climbers have never climbed outside. So there's no pressure. Indoor climbing is an activity in its own right.
Everyone's been where you are - and they're all on your side. The competition in bouldering is with yourself and no one wants to see you fail.
It's always better together. Bring a friend, chat to people, seek help from the staff. There's a reason bouldering is one of the most sociable sports; you'll progress faster with friends.
With all of that in mind, are you ready to get off the ground?