During winter months, the club has use of 2 indoor climbing walls. They are great facilities for both new and experienced climbers. Our sessions are broken down into two formats and you are required to be a member of the club to attend any of the sessions.
These sessions can be booked by anyone on a weekly basis. These sessions are primarily for beginners (but open to all) and there will be club members on hand to assist climbers with belaying, tying in and keeping safe whilst using the wall.
During the sessions, you will be assessed on the following criteria to determine if you can climb unsupervised in our other sessions:
- Correctly fitting a harness
- Tying-in to the rope using an appropriate knot
- Using the correct belay technique
Once you have satisfied these criteria, a club leader will let you know that you have been ‘signed-off’ and you can then attend our other indoor sessions if there are spaces available.
Towards the end of summer, an email will sent to all members with a schedule for the indoor season. These are block bookings which carry through from October to March.
Priority will be first-come, first-served and worked out so that everyone gets at least 1 slot before additional slots are allocated.
If you are looking for a slot in these sessions, keep an eye on the #slots-for-sale channel in Discord where sessions will be advertised if people are unable to make it on a given week. You must be ‘signed-off’ by a club leader before you can attend these sessions.
Langford Sports Centre is about 7m high, has 7 top-ropes and 3 auto belays, comprising roughly 30 routes. Route-setting is done by professional route-setters brought over from the UK 2 or 3 times a year. The grades range from 4 to 7c+, with the majority or routes being around the 6a grade. Sessions are normally an hour long and the club books multiple sessions per week throughout the winter.
Grands Vaux is a small wall, about 5 meters high with 8 ropes and roughly 30 routes. We have the privilege of being able to set our own routes here so we have tried to add some testing climbs, whilst keeping some of them more suitable for the younger users of the youth centre. Sessions are normally 3 or 4 hours allowing people to relax and chat between routes. We only book Grands Vaux occasionally during the winter, and it is often last minute so keep an eye on the Facebook Group for upcoming sessions.