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Roped Climbing for Beginners


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Learn the ropes, literally

This course is the perfect introduction to the world of climbing with ropes.

Under the watchful eyes of our nationally qualified instructors you will progess through the basics of indoor top rope climbing. Once you've perfected these skills you will be able to climb unsupervised on the ropes in our centre. This course is ideal for people who have never climbed before or those seeking a refresher for their top roping skills. 

Suitable for age 14 years* or older.

* Parents of under 18s will need to contact the centre for the correct paperwork – those who arrive without the correct forms will not be allowed to climb and no refunds will be given.

What you will learn:

  • How to tie into a rope correctly 
  • How to correctly fit a climbing harness
  • How to belay and hold a falling climber
  • How to use a ground anchor to belay a heavier climber
  • How to use an auto-belay

What will I need to bring?

All the technical equipment and climbing shoes are included. You need £1 (refundable) for a locker and we recommend bringing some water (or buy a drink here).

What do I need to wear?

  • Normal gym wear is best. Be aware that climbing centres are notoriously hot in summer and very cold in winter so dress accordingly.
  • Please be aware that 2/3 of the course takes place in our Secret Garden climbing area, therefore we recommend very warm clothing in the winter. 

What's next?

If you want the full climbing experience you may want to consider adding Introduction to Bouldering (climbing without ropes). It's a further 1.5hrs of tuition covering all the basics of bouldering safely in the centre. N.B. Please check the dates when adding your Introduction To Bouldering Course - choose a suitable date, not just the first one on the list!

How much does it cost?

  • Roped Climbing for Beginners costs £75 and runs from 10:00 - 16:00
  • Introduction to Bouldering is £30 for 1.5hrs of instruction.

What's the plan for the day?

The course is split into 3 sessions, with breaks for refreshments and lunch (please bring your own lunch):

  • 10:00 Report to reception
  • 10:15 Session 1 - The basic skills
  • 11:45 Refreshment break
  • 12:00 Session 2 - Consolidation
  • 13:45 Lunch break (bring you own food)
  • 14:30 Session 3 - Moving on
  • 16:00  Roped course ends
  • 16:15 Introduction to Bouldering (this is an optional add-on course, click to book)

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Latest Reviews

It would be great to receive the content taught in a printed/email material to go through and remember.
23rd January 2022

Excellent instructor, good mixture of information and climbing. Lunch break could have been slightly longer than 30 min as didnt have enough time to get lunch, eat lunch and come back.
17th January 2022

Really really excellent, instruction was great, group size was small (which I liked) and having the learnings reinforced throughout the day was great. Would recomend to anyone who wanted to learn the basics and refresh thier knowledge. Bravo to Miles who led the course!
9th January 2022

Instructor was great, the workshop a good balance betwwen theory and practice. BUT it was so very cold, it made concentration difficult at times.
5th December 2021

Great instructors, really informative and covered more than what I would’ve expected. Feel like I’ve got the proper tools to confidently top rope now.
28th November 2021

Nolan, our instructor, was fantastic. He was immensely knowledgeable and very good at ensuring everyone understood everything we covered. Our group had new climbers and boulderers but he managed to keep everyone engaged and entertained throughout. I now feel very confident to top rope without supervision. It was a cracking day!
16th November 2021

Nolan was an amazing instructor! He was so knowledgeable, helpful and fun throughout the day. The facilities are excellent and I felt very safe climbing. I highly recommend the beginners course to anybody, and I can’t wait to come back. Thanks Nolan!
14th November 2021

cant think of anything that needed to be improved ..... guys were fantastc , super friendly and i feel i 2alked away confident and enthused .... cheers for a great day
6th November 2021