Climbing

Whether you've never climbed before or it's your passion in life, we have climbing sessions for all abilities.

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Register as a Climber

If you are an experienced climber and are able to put on a harness, tie appropriate knots and belay correctly then you can register to use the Climbing Wall by completing a registration form at reception. Once you are registered this entitles you to supervise up to two novice climbers or children aged 6 years old or older. Climbers between the ages of 14 - 17 year olds can register to use the Climbing Wall independently, to do this they must book on a Refresher Session / Skills Update Class. Alternatively you can ring reception to see when an instructor will be next available to do the assessment. Here they will be tested on their competency in use of equipment and their understanding of the risks of using the Climbing Wall. A parent must be present to complete the young persons' registration form prior to this session. Registered 14 - 17 year olds ARE NOT permitted to supervise unregistered climbers.

Beginners Class

This course will teach you how to climb. The instructors will provide you with the fundamental skills and you can develop the experience required to become a registered climber. Registered climbers can come and use the wall without direct supervision. As a guideline it takes 3-5 beginner sessions before you’re competent enough to be signed off; the course is taken at your own pace.

You will learn:

  • How to put on a harness and helmet correctly
  • How to tie in the rope
  • Belaying methods (controlling the rope for the climber)
  • Climbing wall/ bouldering safety and etiquette
  • Basic movements

Cost: £12.90 for 1.5 hours
Ratio of 1 instructor to 6 climbers

*Please note, a parent/guardian must be present at this session to complete the young persons' registration form.

Please see a timetable below of our beginners classes, please note these are subject to change depending on route setting. Click here to see our class timetable and check for availability.

Monday

9.00am – 10.00am

8.00pm – 9.30pm

Tuesday

9.00am – 10.30am

12.00pm – 1.30pm

Wednesday

7.30am – 9.00am

12.00pm – 1.30pm

Thursday

9.00am – 10.30am

Friday

7.30am – 9.00am

12.00pm-1.30pm

Sunday

1.00pm – 2.30pm

Taster Class

A taster session is great for those who would like to get an idea of what indoor climbing involves. The hour-long class will consist of learning basic skills such as fitting a harness, tying a figure of eight knot and belaying, you'll then do some bouldering and top roping.

Cost: £8.65 for 1 hour

Refresher Class

If you’ve climbed in the past but need reminding of the process, then join us for the refresher course where we recap:

  • Equipment use
  • Tying into the rope
  • Belaying methods (controlling the rope for the climber)
  • Climbing wall/ bouldering safety and etiquette

Cost: £8.65 for 1 hour
Ratio of 1 instructor to 6 climbers.

*Please note, a parent/guardian must be present at this session to complete the young persons' registration form.

Improvers Class

For anyone who has done a beginner’s or learn to lead course who needs advice on training, strength or technique. Our instructors will point you in the right direction to be able to set yourself further personal climbing targets. Please ask at reception for this week's class times.

Cost: £12.90 for 1 hour
Ratio of 1 instructor to 4 climbers

Please see a timetable below of our improvers classes, please note these are subject to change depending on route setting. Click here to see our class timetable and check for availability.

Monday

12.00m – 1.00pm

Thursday

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Learn to Lead Class

This is a climbing class available to confident top rope climbers. It’s perfect for those who have spent time climbing after completing a Beginner Session and want to take it to the next level. The session will cover:

  • How to lead belay
  • Tying into the rope
  • Lead climbing
  • Everything you need to know in order to lead on an indoor climbing wall safely

Cost: £12.90 for the 1.5 hour session

Family Climb Time

Would you like a family climbing session with your children? Or perhaps they want to have a go by themselves?
Our Family Climb Time session allows you or your children to have a go at climbing under the guidance of our experienced, fully qualified and friendly instructors.
Children do not have to be accompanied by their parents or an adult*, however parents and adults do have to be accompanied by their children! Otherwise adults can join a beginner session to learn the ropes.

Cost: £8.65 per person
Book online, or ask at reception for slots available at the weekend.

*Please note, a parent/guardian must be present before the session to complete the young persons' registration form.

To see more information on our children's climbing classes, click here.

Private and Group Sessions

A private session is tailored to your individual needs. Any aspect of your climbing that you wish to develop or improve can be dealt with by one of our qualified instructors. You can also climb as a group.

The prices below include admission, instruction and equipment hire. To find out about availability and to book, please email climbing@lancaster.ac.uk.

Group Size1 Hour1.5 hours2 hours
1 to 2 £30.00 £40.00 £55.00
3 to 4 £40.00 £50.00 £65.00
5 to 9 £70.00 £85.00 £100.00
10 to 18 £125.00 £140.00 £155.00

Birthday Parties

If you’re planning your child’s birthday party, why not try climbing? We can take groups of up to 12 children for a 1.5 hour session in the Climbing Wall and Bouldering Cave. For more information, click here.

Equipment Hire

Adult shoes: £2.75

Adult harness (inc. belay): £2.75

Children's shoes and harness: £2.75

Helmets: Free

If you have any queries about the climbing wall please contact Lyndsey or Ben for more information and booking, or email us at climbing@lancaster.ac.uk.