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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 for 1.5hrs of instruction.
  • 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

Really enjoyed it, very informative and fun at the same time. Anna was really good and had time for everyone. Course gave me solid basis!
15th June 2019

Everything, Marie was super kind, energetic and helpful.
10th June 2019

Friendly and confident instructor led us methodically through the different aspects. Felt safe and encouraged throughout the day. Thanks!
8th June 2019

Time with Marie flew! Today was amazing: good vibe, great people, super teacher :) See you next weekend guys!
25th May 2019

The teacher was very thorough and patient
19th May 2019

Ana was a great instructor and I feel like I learnt a great deal about top rope climbing - thank you! The course included a wide variety of items from practical to theoretical knowledge which the instructor made fun by including different level of detail and challenge. The course progressed in an interesting way and I was truly amazed at what everyone in our group was able to do by the end of it: climb challenging vertical walls, use specialist equipment and learn to communicate effectively with our climbing partners to maintain safety. I wish there was a Part 2 to this course...
15th May 2019

Instruction was really clear and patient. Building up the skills gradually at a good pace. Bringing the practice of falling in earlier would’ve made me feel more comfortable on the rope (so that I knew I could trust the equipment/belayer) having not had any previous experience.
5th May 2019

Really great day, very welcoming and friendly staff. Meghan who ran the course was brilliant, friendly and great teacher. I enjoyed my day learning to climb.
1st May 2019