All children aged 16 and under need to be supervised by an adult when at The Boardroom. NB: We now run a strict supervision ratio of two children to one adult. If you are an experienced climber then they can be supervised by yourself. If not then they will need to be supervised by one [...]
Yes, if you’re just going to boulder you can. If you haven't climbed before or don't have much experience, please book yourself onto our “Intro to Bouldering” course. This course will cover important skills for your safety and the safety of other users whilst bouldering, as well as teaching you some handy climbing techniques and [...]
The Psicobloc (pronounced; see-koh-block) at The Boardroom is just a very high boulder, 8 meters high to be precise and very steep/overhanging with extra deep matting below it to take your fall! The word Psicobloc is Spanish and its direct translation is “crazy boulder”. It’s also another name for DWS (Deep Water Soloing) which involves [...]
An auto belay is an automatic belay device that eliminates the need for a human belayer. The auto belay is attached to the top of the wall taking up the slack as a climber ascends and controls the descent when the climber reaches the top or in the event of a fall.
Climbing ropes tend to have a breaking strain of 2,400kg which is way more than a car or even an SUV! You're going to have to eat a lot of tiffin to break one! Most items of climbing equipment such as karabiners, harnesses and slings have a similar breaking strain.
Top roping is without doubt the safest and easiest to learn of the two methods used in indoor climbing where a rope is required for safety (the other being “lead climbing”). While top roping indoors (here at The Boardroom the top rope walls are the green wall) the rope which is always in place, runs [...]
Before the climber starts climbing they must attach the rope to their harness. This is often referred to as "tying in". In most indoor climbing centres this must be done using the popular and well recognised climbing knot, the figure of eight. Despite it being a fairly easy knot to learn and get right, as [...]
Belaying is the climbing term for controlling the (safety) rope whilst the climber climbs. Climbers will more often than not, take it turns as a pair. One of them climbing whilst the other belays. Then they swap. So belaying is an essential skill all climbers must learn, and learn correctly. When belaying the rope passes [...]
Bouldering in essence is the simplest and purest form of climbing. Just you, your climbing shoes and some chalk (oh, and some comfortable clothes/gym kit!). No need for a harness or rope! Not only is it a great way to get fit and tone up, it also increases flexibility and mindfulness, a bit like yoga, [...]
Indoor climbing (sport climbing) is a form of rock climbing carried out indoors on artificial structures which attempt to mimic the experience of climbing outside. Originally used by climbers as a way to train for climbing during the wet winter months, indoor climbing has now become a sport in its own right with many new [...]