ready2climb: a section of top rope climbing wall

Coronavirus protocol

In line with guidance from our industry trade bodies, a number of changes will be made to the conventional climbing for the foreseeable future as part of our fight against the re-resurgence of Coronavirus:

  • Enhanced bio-security measures put in place on entry and exit to the building
  • A one way system will be put in place – after the session, customers will be required to leave via the Fire Exit at the rear of the building
  • No payment on arrival – pre-booked and pre-paid sessions only – conventional ‘open’ sessions will be 3 hours in duration and must be booked online. We recognise this is going to feel strange for competent climbers, but it is likely to be the way at many climbing centres for the foreseeable future
  • Anybody that is unwell must stay away. If we suspect that a member of the group is unwell, the whole group will be refused entry to the building (as we assume that group members have already interacted socially). No refunds will be given under this circumstance.
  • All competent climbers over the age of 15 must register (U18s need parental consent) and successfully complete a competency assessment prior to climbing. Please ensure that you purchase the correct “competent” ticket or “novice” ticket – refunds will not be given if a person who self-declares themselves to be competent subsequently fails the competency assessment
  • Our capacity is limited by the amount of floor space available. Please do not bring additional spectators
  • Rental equipment is not available

If you are a competent climber, all you need to know is that we use a standard BMC registration form and conduct standard competency tests. All you need to do is turn up with your climbing partner, you both register, you both demonstrate that you know what you are doing and off you go! We’ve got top rope, lead, bouldering and training facilities.

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Top rope climbing

Top rope climbing is so called because the rope is always above the climber, with the belayer limiting the extent of any fall.

In our Top Rope zone, the ropes are permanently fixed in place and must not be removed. If they are accidentally pulled down, staff are always available to replace them. Currently, we have 13 rope lines with graded routes between Fr4 and Fr7.

Lead climbing

Our lead wall is specifically designed for teaching lead climbing and falling!  There are 3 rope lines with graded routes between Fr4+ and Fr6c+. You need to bring your own climbing rope and harness to lead climb.  Quickdraws are pre-positioned (perma-draws). Climbers may not lead belay or lead climb until they have successfully completed a competency assessment.

Training area

We have comprehensive training facilities including bars, campus boards and fingerboards.  Novices, climbers under the age of 18 and guest climbers may not use the training facilities unless they are under direct supervision of a qualified instructor.

Bouldering

We have a small bouldering area which competent climbers can also use subject to a competency assessment or an induction course. More details on our bouldering facilities are here

Equipment hire

We have a wide range of equipment that you can hire.  This includes a range of different harnesses and a wide range of karabiner / belay device combinations.  We don’t sell much climbing gear, so we have no commercial pressures to state whether one is better than another – try them, see which you like and then buy your preferred choice.

Novice Climbers

Climbing is a brilliant sport that exercises body and mind. It can be used as a stress reliever, a workout or just as a bit of fun and camaraderie. However, it is a technical sport and there are skills that must be learnt before you can climb safely. We teach a wide range of people – kids, teenagers, adults, in small groups or individually. It’s entirely up to you how you wish to learn. We use recognised methods to teach the basics so that those skills are transferable wherever you wish to climb.

There are hundreds of indoor climbing centres in the UK alone and we will teach you the skills that each and every one of those centres will need you to demonstrate.

You can choose from group based lessons or take some private tuition – the choice is yours.

Competent Climbers

Adults

Competent climbers over the age of 18 are welcome to use our top rope and lead climbing facilities without ready2climb supervision.  You are required to complete a registration form and take a competency test. Competent adults may download the registration form and complete it beforehand.

On a Thursday evening, we offer a Competent Adults only climbing session which is ideal for those climbers without a regular climbing partner as most turn up as individuals.

Teenagers

Competent climbers between the age of 15 and 16 may climb with a competent parent, subject to the young person and parent registering and successfully completing a a competency assessment. We need to witness a parent signing their consent for unsupervised minors, so this form is not available on-line.

Competent teenagers who have left school (i.e. 16+) can register and take a competency assessment and can also climb alongside competent adults in the Thursday evening session – parents need to be aware that this session is an adult environment.

Children

Children under the age of 15 are automatically classified as novices and must be directly supervised by a competent climbing adult. Youngsters aged 8 or above may belay their peers if ‘tailed’ by the supervising adult.

Under 4s

If you have your own harness and helmet, you can introduce your toddler to climbing.  We do not provide any equipment for use by any child under the age of 4. Footwear must be worn and we strongly suggest that climbing chalk is not used by a toddler.

Bringing novices

Competent, registered climbers over the age of 18 may bring a maximum of 2 novice guests.  Safety equipment and climbing shoes can be rented. Novices are not permitted to use the training or lead climbing facilities unless they are under the direct supervision of a qualified instructor.

Can I use the fun climbing facilities?

The fun climbing and conventional climbing are run as separate activities, so the fun climbing facilities are not available to conventional climbers unless a specific fun climbing session is booked.

External instructors

Qualified instructors wishing to use ready2climb climbing facilities as part of their instructing and coaching are welcome to do so at a reduced cost. We need proof of your qualifications (including first aid), insurance and if working with other people’s children, a copy of DBS certificate(s) before you arrive. If you are using your own equipment, we also need to see evidence of appropriate inspections conducted by a HSE recognised ‘competent person.’ We will then provide you with details about ready2climb that you can share with your delegates.

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