Bouldering is really easy to get into – you don’t need experience, any expensive kit, or even anyone else to come with for a first session (though it’s a great activity to share with friends).
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:
If you want to join an instructed session, like Get Bouldering, you should book this in advance. Otherwise, if you just want to turn up and have a go under your own steam, just register and turn up when we're open! You don't need any previous experience.
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 comfy jeans and a t-shirt.
It’s highly recommended that you wear climbing shoes, though if you want to just have a go in a (clean) pair of trainers, you can. Climbing shoes can be hired for your session at reception if needed, and are included in our Get Bouldering classes.
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.