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Rock climbing with ropes can be done indoors and outdoors. In indoor climbing you make your way up a wall by following a series of coloured grips, known as 'holds.'

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Mountaineering

An Overview of Climbing

The colour of the holds usually indicate the route you can take. Sounds dangerous, but it's not - to stop you from falling and injuring yourself you are tied to a rope.

Bouldering is rock climbing without the ropes. The walls are lower off the ground and there are crash mats underneath in case you fall.

It's a sociable sport and welcomes climbers of all levels. With hundreds of climbing walls around the UK - you don't need to live near mountains to get involved.

Benefits

  • Climbing is a full-body workout
  • Great for improving muscle-tone
  • Good for concentration

Costs

A Climbing session can cost £6-£10 with a course costing around £12 for beginners.

Involvement

Go to an indoor climbing wall. There are over 400 climbing walls around the UK. Many walls run introductory climbing sessions and have equipment available to hire. Join a climbing club. There are around 300 climbing, hill walking and mountaineering clubs in England and Wales affiliated to the BMC.

Equipment

Equipment to take part in climbing is available to hire at local facilities which can include a helmet, harness and ropes.

Facts

  • In 1989, the BMC ran the first ever World Cup event in Leeds which was won by our own Jerry Moffatt.
  • Fellow Briton Simon Nadin went on to win the World Cup Series in 1989. British climbers have continued to compete worldwide with notable success.

Find Climbing Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

British Mountaineering Council

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
office@thebmc.co.uk
Contact Telephone
0161 445 6111

UEA Sportspark

Sportspark originally opened its doors for the first time in 2000. Funded primarily by the Lottery and Sports England it has become one of the most successful community sport facilities in the UK.

Highball Climbing Centre

Highball Climbing Centre is the biggest climbing centre in East Anglia. Its qualified instructors are able to develop climbers of all abilities and ages, whether you’re climbing for the first time or want coaching and support for long term goals.

Whitlingham Adventure

Set within the beautiful Whitlingham Country Park, we offer a wide range of water & land based adventures for all ages and abilities. From taster sessions, accredited courses, school holiday activities, craft hire, birthday parties, clubs, private launche

South Norfolk Climbing Club

SNCC manage the Morley Wall, the only public indoor climbing wall in South Norfolk. We are a charity run by the community, for the community and we are committed to encouraging people to get together, get active and get climbing!

Cromer Sports Centre

One of three Community Sports Centres in North Norfolk offering affordable sporting and physical activity opportunities to the whole community. Facility hire, classes, children's holiday activities, birthday parties, events and more...

OPEN Youth Trust

We are a multi-purpose venue providing youth activities, live music, events and conferences all in the heart of Norwich.

Wymondham Leisure Centre

The gym and some classes are still currently located at #2 while the remaining refurbishment continues. The end result will bring you new and improved facilities and we would like to thank everyone for their patience while this takes place.

Holiday Camp at Sportspark

Holiday Camp at Sportspark

Sportspark run weekly multi-activity camps for children aged between 5 and 13 years old.

Junior 1 week intensive Climbing - Beginner at Sportspark

Junior 1 week intensive Climbing - Beginner at Sportspark

Our junior climbing intensives are for 8-15 year olds and are a great way to get to grips with this fun, sociable and exhilarating sport in a safe controlled environment.

Junior 1 week intensive Climbing - Improver at Sportspark

Junior 1 week intensive Climbing - Improver at Sportspark

Our junior climbing intensives are for 8-15 year olds and are a great way to get to grips with this fun, sociable and exhilarating sport in a safe controlled environment.

James Brownhill Memorial Fund

Each year bursaries will be awarded to part fund training courses run by Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre. The JBMF currently provides 12 bursaries a year.