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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 suitable for people who have never climbed before or those seeking a refresher for their top roping skills. 

This course is available for anyone 14 years 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 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'll need a £1 (refundable) for a locker and we reccomend bringing some water (or you can 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.

What's next?

  • if you want the full climbing experience you may want to consider adding Introduction to Bouldering (climbing wthout ropes) on to the end of your roped course. It's a further 1.5hrs of tuition and will cover all the basics of bouldering safely in the centre (buy these together online and when you checkout and recieve a £5 discount*) N.B. Please make sure you check the dates when adding your Introduction To Bouldering Course - choose a date that is suitable for you, not just the first one on the list!

*this discount is strictly for on-line booking only

How much does it cost?

  • Roped Climbing for Beginners costs £60 for 4.5hrs of instruction (3 x 1.5 hour sessions with breaks inbetween)
  • Introduction to Bouldering is £25 and runs straight after the Roped Climbing for Beginners course.
  • Buy the 2 courses online together at the same time and recieve a £5 discount. N.B. Please make sure you check the dates when adding your Introduction To Bouldering Course - choose a date that is suitable for you, not just the first one on the list!

How long is the course?

  • The course starts at 10:15 and finishes at 16:00. It is split into 3 sessions with break for refreshments and lunch (please bring your own lunch)

What's the plan for the day?

  • 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 and can be booked here)

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Latest Reviews

Tom was a great instructor, it was a really informative and enjoyable day!
9th December 2018

The course was very insightful with a lot of emphasis on safety. Joey explained everything clearly, paid lots of individual attention to each person, and made sure we all came away knowing how to safely belay another person. My only quarrel would be that we were all sent up the walls with no knowledge of climbing technique, which made it a little difficult on the arms. I booked the bouldering course after, but by that time I was pretty exhausted. That course too was extremely insightful, but ideally it would have come before (or during) the roped climbing course.
8th December 2018

Course was great. Pre/post/course study/review material would've been great.
2nd December 2018

Anna was a great teacher. The course was really comprehensive and I feel really confident in everything she taught us. I am looking forward to coming back soon!
1st December 2018

Difficult to fault. Ana is an excellent communicator and gives calm and clear instructions.
26th November 2018

Great course! Learnt a lot.
21st November 2018

Everything was really well explained and enjoyable.
19th November 2018

Great course, great teacher, all good!
12th November 2018

The class was great! Plenty of repetition of tying on and belaying, so I feel confident about doing this on my own now. The instructor had a really nice positive, fun, patient and caring attitude. I learnt a lot and really enjoyed it.
3rd November 2018

Five stars. The instructor was well rehearsed, articulate and vigilant. I can't think if anything you need to do to improve.
29th October 2018