Planning your first visit to Mile End Climbing Wall and not sure where to start? Don’t know your First-time deal from you Taster Session? Read on and all will be revealed.
First time entry
If you have little or no experience of climbing, we’ll show you around the centre and explain the basics of safe bouldering: climbing without ropes above foam-padded impact matting. After you’ve completed the induction tour, you’ll be left to climb for as much time as you can manage! This is unsupervised and at your own risk, and you won’t be registered to use the rope climbing area. The cost is £14 and this includes registration, climbing, the induction tour, shoe-hire and a locker. The first time entry applies to over 18s only. Please see our
So you want to try climbing, but you’d prefer to spend your first time under the watchful eye of one of our qualified instructors? Or maybe you’re not sure if a beginner’s course is right for you and want a one-off session to see if climbing is for you.
The Taster Session has a maximum group size of 6 and gives you an hour and a half of supervised climbing with the opportunity to try both bouldering and top-rope climbing. The sessions are available to anyone over 14 years old and must be booked in advance. It doesn’t provide full instruction to become a ‘competent climber’, for that you’ll need our Beginners Course.
The Beginners Course is the best way to go from climbing zero to hero! 6 hours of tuition from our qualified instructors, taking you through everything you need to know to become an independent and unsupervised top-rope climber. Discover the basics of movement on the wall, find out how to handle ropes and harnesses – and how to use simple rope systems. This is a great way to get started and prepares you perfectly for progression to the next level.