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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

Lea Green Learning and Development Centre

Lea Green Learning and Development Centre is one of the country’s leading outdoor education and adventurous activity centres. Offering a wide range of inclusive, accessible and challenging activities.

1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group is located in Woodville in the Heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire. Join us on our adventure! Face the challenges, develop new skills, work as a team and make lasting memories.

The Climbing Station

A bouldering centre in Loughborough run for climbers, by climbers. We have over 800sqm of bouldering surface, covering almost every angle that you can possibly think of. We have a top rope wall that can be used by both kids and adults, and training facili

Hinckley Ramblers

Located in Hinckley and have been offering walks for 45years the area's leading walking/hiking group
We offer Walks 3 times a week and
are members of HBC Ramblers Walking for Health on Burbage Common.

Mount Cook Adventure Centre

Mount Cook is a brand new not-for-profit Adventure Centre, based on the outskirts of the Peak District. We use the spectacular natural environment surrounding our Centre to provide access to a range of exciting outdoor adventure activities and outdoor lea

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.