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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

All good - really enjoyed it, learned plenty, great value. I thought Instructor Matt was great though at times a bit confusing talking about stuff he wasn't going to teach us - could have been a bit more streamlined in some of his explanations.
20th February 2019

Great course! Ed is knowledgable and patient. I feel like I’ve learned good basics to keep myself safe. Just enough information, not overloaded; the course was structured well with breaks and mixture of theory and practice. Overall professional and fun, excellent job!
18th February 2019

Nothing I can think fantastic thank you
10th February 2019

I wish to spent more time climbing so I can work on belaying technique.
4th February 2019

Great teacher, worked well.
28th January 2019

More practice less talking would be even more helpful. Especially some emphasise on climbing technique would be ideal
14th January 2019

The rope climbing session was a great taster and I completed it with confidence to continue to have what I need to start my journey into rope climbing. Georgia was a great instructor, ensuring we have ample time to practice and explained matters in a clear and consise manner. She showed really interest in seeing each of us develop the necessarily skills. Her own stories and background Showed real passion and enfused is with energy. Highly recommended and great for those that are new to top rope or wanting a confidence refresher.
13th January 2019

Tom was a great instructor and I definitely feel alot more confident with ropes. Great course. Maybe an Improvers Rope Course for 2019?
2nd January 2019

Course went at just the right pace. Tom was very patient, taking time to explain things carefully. A good course - enjoyed it a lot.
29th December 2018