There’s no better way to spend an evening after a busy day at work than testing your nerves at Rock Up Whiteley! This indoor climbing centre offers everything from beginner/easy climbs, to ones that even experienced climbers will find challenging.
On arrival the centre seems smaller than you might expect, however they do not need much floor-space, just height! The climbing floor is filled with 26 climbing towers over 25 feet high!
Once signed in you’ll head up to the top mezzanine for kit up and briefing. The friendly staff will kit you out with a harness, making sure it’s well fitted and comfortable, then talk you through the equipment and how the session will work.
You even start the session with some fun as you climb down the soft-play-style stair case into the climbing floor. Each wall comes with a belay device which takes in the slack as you climb and then lowers you gently down to the ground when you’re ready to come down. Simply stand by the wall you want to climb and the staff with come round and hook you up!
Each wall is different and several have a few different ways you can climb them meaning there are over 70 different ways to climb and routes to explore! During the hours climbing time you’re not likely to get bored, and with so many different climbs and challenges you could return time and time again!
For those that are truly brave there’s a leap of faith! Climbing up to the small platform your challenge is to jump out and try to catch the punch bag that can be moved to various distances away from the platform. Not one for the faint hearted but definitely fun for the spectators to watch!
If you are spectating there are plenty of areas where you can get comfortable and enjoy watching your children or friends do all the hard work. Whether on the ground or on the mezzanine you can enjoy great views of the action. There’s also a cafe available for refreshments and a soft-play area for the younger ones to enjoy. It’s also a great place for a children’s party with dedicated party rooms so you can cater for the little ones who will definitely need it after all that climbing!
Overall a very impressive place with loads to offer everyone from kids to adults, new climbers to veterans, and with such a range of different climbing options and challenges it’s definitely somewhere you could visit time and time again.
For more details and opening hours visit the Rock Up website.
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