CLIMBING

Climbing is a really fun way to get in shape, to challenge you, and to meet likeminded people. It’s a sport that can be taken up by people of any age, weight, height, and ability. There isn’t even a requirement to be remarkably strong and flexible, as this naturally develops through climbing.

Indoor Climbing

Most people initially take up climbing indoors, which has the benefits of being able to learn to climb in a safe and controlled environment without the effects of weather. Many towns and cities now have at least one climbing centre and a full list of approved centres can be found using the link below.  The disciplines of indoor climbing can include:

  • Bouldering (short routes without a rope)
  • Top-rope climbing (longer routes where you are attached to a rope and belayed)
  • Lead climbing (longer routes where you are belayed, but you take the rope with you and clip into pre-placed carabiners for protection)

The BMC have produced an excellent article on How to start indoor climbing and we’re happy to answer any queries that you may have, and to help point you in the right direction, to get you up and running.

Outdoor Climbing

As your skills develop, and you become more competent at climbing, you may wish to progress into the world of outdoor climbing. This is a natural progression for many climbers once they have learned the more challenging discipline of lead climbing.  Outdoor climbing areas can be found on the UKC website (link below) and the various disciplines can include:

  • Bouldering (short routes without a rope)
  • Sport Climbing (longer lead climbing routes with a rope and pre-placed bolts for protection)
  • Trad Climbing (longer lead climbing routes with a rope where you place your own protection)

It should be noted that the better you get at outdoor climbing, the harder the route you can climb, and with that comes increased risk.  It’s therefore important that you develop the necessary experience and skills to keep you safe.

There are many qualified instructors within the UK that can safeguard outdoor climbing sessions, as well as inform and instruct on the necessary skills to climb safely. These instructors can be found on the Mountain Training Association: Find a leader database.

USEFUL LINKS

The following links will take you the the UKC website, a list of BMC approved climbing centres, and also mental health climbing groups.


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Vertigirls is a small women’s rock climbing club based in Brighton and Hove that is aimed at, but is not exclusively for, women with additional...

 Climbing /  London and South East

UK Climbing is the definitive source for all Climbing and Mountain-related activity. We are the central source of information for climbing in the UK.

 Climbing /  UK Wide

OutdoorLads is a friendly group of gay, bisexual and trans men who get together to enjoy adventures and activities. Our events are run by volunteers all over...

 Climbing /  UK Wide

Climbing can provide some light in the dark for those grieving or suffering from depression. It's not a cure but it can provide relief and...

 Climbing /  UK Wide

Climb to Thrive is a free indoor bouldering course aimed at anyone with a mental health condition to help support management and recovery.

 Climbing /  North West

Climb Alongside Mental Health (C/A/M), is a non-profit awareness movement dedicated to promoting the positive effects of rock climbing in helping with the struggles of...

 Climbing /  UK Wide

Click the button below to download a list of BMC approved climbing centres. Download list

 Climbing /  UK Wide

Please feel free to contact us via e-mail if you have any questions on climbing.  We’re more than happy to help you get started.