This page is for adults - for getting youth and families started, head to www.boulderbrighton.com/getting-started-youth
Bouldering is really easy to get into – you don’t need specialist knowledge to get started, you don't need previous climbing experience, and the only essential kit you'll need is a pair of climbing shoes (these are available to hire at the centre).
Here are three easy steps to get you going:
No, there are no ropes and harnesses involved in bouldering, so this isn’t necessary. Your climb is protected by safety matting instead, and staying safe involves common sense rather than any technical knowledge. See our 4 minute induction video for a quick overview of how it all works:
All sessions involving supervised children must be pre-booked as spaces are very limited. For adults, it's highly recommended to pre-book as we have limited spaces available and these regularly sell out, particularly at peak times. Head to our booking page to get booked in.
You don’t need to wear anything special – just comfortable, non-restrictive clothing that allows you to move your arms and legs about freely. Think gym kit, or shorts/leggings/comfy jeans and a t-shirt.
You'll need to wear climbing shoes to climb at the centre. These are snug-fitting, rubber coated, and allow you to get purchase on small footholds, making climbing much easier. They should be snug, but not painful - if your feet have lots of space to move around inside them, they won't work particularly well. However, if you're in pain, you won't have any fun - so try a size up! Climbing shoes can be hired at reception if needed, and are included in our First Time Climb sessions.
No, please wear shoes when you climb, for hygiene and safety reasons.
Yes! You don’t need a climbing partner for bouldering – though it’s a very social sport so you’re bound to end up talking to other climbers.