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Bouldering is a form of rock climbing where you climb a set route of climbing holds up a specially designed wall.
Anyone over the age of 7 can try it, as all the climbing holds are colour-coded and graded by difficulty, which is 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. All you need is a pair of special climbing shoes which you can hire from us. Bouldering is good exercise both physically and mentally; training physical strength, skill, technique, alongside the more mental aspects such as problem-solving.
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At Kent’s largest indoor bouldering centre, our experienced staff will be more than happy to give you a free tour of our space, alongside chatting through any extra questions that you might have. Why not pop in and say hi next time you’re passing? If you’d prefer to shoot us an email or give us a call, hit the button below!
Family Taster’s and Inductions
If you’re new to climbing, and over the age of 16, you must complete a bouldering induction. (Bouldering inductions can only be completed by those over the age of 16.) Inductions run through all of the necessary safety information that you need to know, as well as teaching some of the fundamentals of climbing techniques.
Our staff will be on hand throughout the hour long session to offer you advice and encouragement all the way from the bottom to the top!
Our Family Tasters have been designed so that adults can complete their inductions without leaving the kids at home! All relevant safety information will be provided to the adult participants, signing them off at the end of the session as competent climbers able to supervise u16’s, while making sure children have fun climbing our walls too!
If under 16’s wish to try bouldering, they can be supervised by a competent climber (an adult who has climbed before or taken an induction) or join a family taster. If, however, there is no adult that wishes to climb, we have our Monkey Morning kid’s club sessions on weekend mornings. These are fully instructed and supervised by one of our brilliant coaches.
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing where you climb above safety matting, without a rope or harness. The idea is to climb a set route of climbing holds up the wall. The routes range in difficulty from easy to very difficult, so anyone can give it a try, no matter their ability. It is the most social form of rock climbing and is easy to start as it doesn’t require much equipment. 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 2020 (2021) Tokyo Olympic games.
Bouldering is a strenuous sport but there are various grades of difficulty that are clearly marked by colours, so you can start with the easiest. Anyone can try, just make sure you start off slowly if you don't want to become tired too quickly! Bouldering is a great way to improve your physical fitness, burn calories and build muscle.
Not at all. Beginners are always 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! This is why bouldering is such an easy sport to enjoy- no specialist gear required. Climbing shoes can be hired at reception, and are included in the price of any inductions or instruction sessions. You may also want some chalk for your hands, to stop them slipping too much on our holds, but this can also be hired from us.
Sports clothing is what most climbers opt for, as it's stretchy and allows you to 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 a strenuous exercise and you can get warm quite quickly. Many people choose to wear exactly what they would wear to the gym.
No, if you have previous climbing experience, we'll just ask you a few bouldering safety questions and then you'll be free to climb unsupervised. Once you are signed off you can also 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
“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.
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