FIRST TIME FAQ's
HOW DOES IT WORK?
At Rocksports we have Top rope climbing, Lead Climbing and Bouldering. When you are top rope climbing, you will be attached to a rope as you climb our walls. For this type of climbing, you will need a partner to hold the rope for you while you climb. We can show you how to do this when you come in. There are also two automatic belay stations, so you can train alone. Bouldering is climbing on shorter walls, with mats beneath you to ensure a safe landing when you fall. This can also be done alone.
HOW LONG CAN WE CLIMB FOR?
Here at Rocksports we don’t have time limits. Your entry fee is for a day pass which means pay for your entry and climb all day. If you want to have a break and grab some lunch that’s no problem, just come back when you are ready and carry on climbing.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A PARTNER?
No problem! If you’re looking for someone to climb with, you can make a post on the Rocksports community group Facebook page. This page consists of regulars looking for people to climb with. We also hold a social climber night every Monday from 6pm so if you are flying solo we will find you someone to climb with. Don’t forget we also have two Auto Belay stations where no partner is required. These walls are set with all grades of climbs. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, where we post regular events such as singles nights.
DO I NEED TO MAKE A BOOKING?
No! Bookings are only required if you intend on coming to the gym in a group of 8+ or if you are looking to hold a birthday party.
WILL I HAVE TO COMPLETE A WAIVER FORM?
Yes – the completion of a waiver form is compulsory for every climber and belayer. If you are under the age of 18, we require that you have a parent or guardian sign on your behalf. You can even do this online before you come in.
DO YOU HAVE AGE RESTRICTIONS?
Any age is able to climb (we encourage it!) but you must be over the age of 13 to belay (hold the rope for your partner).
WHAT DO I WEAR?
Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is best, and covered footwear is essential. Basically, wear what you would if you were going out for a long walk. We recommend sneakers or trainers for the beginner climber, but we do also hire proper climbing shoes which will improve the quality of your climbing.
DO YOU HAVE FREE WI-FI ?
Yes, we do !
Just ask our friendly staff for the password.