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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

Aztec Adventure Ltd

Aztec Adventure thrive to make your adventure one to remember. We offer water & land based activities & courses for groups, families & individuals - taster sessions, certificated courses, boat hire, birthday parties, family activity days & much more.

Disability Sport Worcester

Disability Sport Worcester specialises in creating and running sporting events, clubs and activities for children and adults with disabilities.

University of Worcester Lakeside Campus

A SUSTAINABLE AND MODERN, RURAL OUTDOOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
Future developments will be focused on supporting lifelong education in sport, outdoor activity, outdoor learning and science and the environment. We offer engaging experiences

Redpoint Worcester Climbing Centre

Whether you're just starting out or an experienced climber, Redpoint Worcester provides spectacular climbing with a friendly atmosphere in the heart of Worcester.

JUNIOR Social

JUNIOR Social

Meeting people in person is probably the easiest way to get to know other climbers. We have 4 social sessions a week and the best part is they are FREE to get involved with! All you need to do is pay the standard entry fee and tell reception you want to get involved. The crew running the session will introduce you to other people on the session and give you a few helpful tips on your climbing to help you improve!

BOULDER Social

BOULDER Social

Meeting people in person is probably the easiest way to get to know other climbers. We have 4 social sessions a week and the best part is they are FREE to get involved with! All you need to do is pay the standard entry fee and tell reception you want to get involved. The crew running the session will introduce you to other people on the session and give you a few helpful tips on your climbing to help you improve!

MIXED Social

MIXED Social

Meeting people in person is probably the easiest way to get to know other climbers. We have 4 social sessions a week and the best part is they are FREE to get involved with! All you need to do is pay the standard entry fee and tell reception you want to get involved. The crew running the session will introduce you to other people on the session and give you a few helpful tips on your climbing to help you improve!

LADIES Social

LADIES Social

Meeting people in person is probably the easiest way to get to know other climbers. We have 4 social sessions a week and the best part is they are FREE to get involved with! All you need to do is pay the standard entry fee and tell reception you want to get involved. The crew running the session will introduce you to other people on the session and give you a few helpful tips on your climbing to help you improve!

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.