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Introduction to Bouldering


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Introduction to Bouldering

If you're not sure what bouldering is, it's climbing without the aid of ropes and harnesses above impact matting. It's the most accessible form of climbing and because of this more and more opportunities for partaking in bouldering are springing up all over the place.

This course is the perfect introduction to this growing area of our sport and will provide you with all you need to know to begin your climbing journey.

During this 1.5hr course our nationally qualified coach will take you through the very basics of bouldering as well as giving you a comprehensive tour of our facilities.

What will I learn?

  • How to warm up
  • Bouldering do’s and don’ts
  • Safe descent
  • Bouldering ettiquette
  • Landing good practice
  • Basics of bouldering movement techniques

Who can take part?

Please Note that this course is strictly for people aged 14 or older (parents of under 18's will need to contact the centre for the correct paperwork before their child can take part in this course). Under 18's who turn up for the course without the correct forms will not be allowed to climb and no refunds will be given.

What do I need to bring?

Climbing shoes are included.  You just need to bring a £1 (refundable) for a locker and a bottle of water (or buy one when you get here).

What Should I Wear?

Basic gym wear is best. Please note that climbing walls get really hot in summer and a freezing in winter so dress appropriately.

How Much does It Cost?

The 90-minute session costs just £25.00

After your introductory session you can come back and boulder from £8.50 (off-peak).

When do the sessions run?

There are always sessions on Saturday and Sunday straight after our Roped Climbing for Beginners course. We also run Introduction to Bouldering courses on weekday evenings. Please see the below for available dates and times.

What Can I Do After?

If there's time you can continue bouldering after the session. If not you’ll be able to come back and boulder with us whenever you like.

You will also be able to supervise children bouldering (maximum 2) in the centre after completing this course.

You could book one of our Boudering Improver courses or you can book a private session with a coach.

There’s even an option to learn top roping with our Roped Climbing for Beginners Course. You’re simply spoilt for choice!

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Latest Reviews

I genuinely enjoyed the introduction to climbing I learned allot and it gave me allot to think about, I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed the atmosphere is.
17th February 2020

It was huge fun!
16th February 2020

Lovely, really encouraging instructor and nice group of participants in the session. I got a bit confused about the explanation about how to start a problem correctly (i.e which limb goes where) but I missed the first 10 minutes of the session so it may be because of that.
10th February 2020

I recommend this course, as the instructor provided good instructions on safety, warm up, climbing positioning, and information about the location. I personally liked to start the course in the teaching room with the end of the session in the main room. This was a great general introduction to the discipline, but i feel i will need other sessions to receive more advice on techniques and improve my climbing skills.
9th February 2020

Only did this course so could allow my five year old daughter a chance to clime. Never had any interest before. Found the staff really friendly, attentive and encouraging. Think I maybe have found a new hobby at 50 yers old. Thanks for that.
8th February 2020

The bouldering course was very well taught and a friendly atmosphere.
3rd February 2020

I had a great class and thoroughly enjoyed it. Max was a great instructor and I'm so pleased I took a class as there's a lot to learn and vital techniques that I wouldn't have known if I'd gone straight to climbing. Max covered more than I had expected and I don't really have any comments for improvements as I thought it was excellent. I guess if I had to say something – the only thing I would like to know is how to fall off the wall safely. Thank you to Max and everyone at the centre and check-in – super friendly and I look forward to coming back. Just need to find some friends to go with now!
20th January 2020

Clearly talked through technique, stretching, difficulty. The centre was very busy so perhaps a quieter day would have been better
20th January 2020

I loved it. I liked that Ed was funny and approachable. In fact all the staff were. I can’t really think of anything to improve.
11th January 2020