Bouldering is a form of rock climbing where you climb a set route of climbing holds up a specially designed wall.
Anyone can try it, as all the climbing holds are colour-coded by difficulty, and clearly marked. You climb without a rope or harness, to a maximum bouldering height of 4.5m, and specially designed matting provides a soft landing in case you fall off.
It is the most social form of rock climbing and is easy to start as it doesn’t require much equipment. Bouldering is good exercise both physically and mentally; training strength, skill, technique and your brain.
“Bouldering isn’t really a sport. It’s a climbing activity with metaphysical, mystical, and philosophical overtones.”
– Jon Krakauer, mountaineer and author of Into Thin Air.
We’re here to help
At Kent’s newest bouldering centre, our experienced staff will be more than happy to give you a free tour of our space. If you haven’t bouldered before, to ensure safety for you and other climbers, you’ll need to have an induction before you can start climbing.
Our Inductions will run through all of the necessary safety information that you’ll need to know, as well as teaching you some of the fundamentals of climbing technique.
Our staff will be on hand to offer you advice and encouragement all the way from the bottom to the top!
If you haven’t climbed with us before, you will need to register and answer a few short safety questions. First time boulderers will also need to complete a 1-hour induction.
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing where you climb above safety matting, without a rope or harness, up to a height of 4.5m. The idea is to climb a set route of climbing holds up the wall. The routes range in difficulty from easy to very difficult and are marked by colour so that anyone can find a climb, no matter their ability. It is one of the most social form of rock climbing and it's easy to start as it doesn’t require much equipment, just a pair of climbing shoes and some chalk- which can be hired at the centre. It is good exercise both physically and mentally; training strength, skill, technique and your brain. Bouldering is one of the fastest-growing sports in the UK and will be one of the climbing disciplines to début at the Olympics in 2020.
Bouldering is a strenuous sport but there are various grades of difficulty. The difficulty of our climbs are clearly marked by colour, so you can start with the easiest. Anyone can give it a go, but you should possess a reasonable level of fitness if you don’t want to become tired too quickly.
Not at all. Beginners are welcome and we offer inductions and courses of instruction for those who are new to bouldering or who want to improve. Anyone can climb; it is in our nature after all!
The only thing you will need is a pair of climbing shoes. These can be hired at reception. You may also want some chalk for your hands; chalk bags are also available for hire.
Loose-fitting or sports clothing, so that you can move freely. Tight jeans are not recommended. You may want to consider different layers so that you can remove clothing as you warm up. Bouldering is strenuous exercise and you can get warm quite quickly. Many people opt to wear gym type clothing.
If I've climbed before at another centre, but not at The Climbing Experience, do I still need to do an induction?
No, if you've got previously climbing experience, we'll just ask you a few bouldering safety questions and then you'll be free to climb and to supervise other novice climbers and under 16's.
If you are new to climbing, you will need an induction which does need to be booked. This can be done online or over the phone. If you have climbed before, no booking is necessary.
|Fun Wall (Peak) (One Session)||£12.50|
|Fun Wall (Off-peak) (One Session)||£10.00 *Off-peak times are every weekday excluding school holidays and bank holidays*|
10 x day pass
|Family (2 x adults, 2 x children)||£125|
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