A team awayday with a difference? A new activity for your school or youth group? Even a Hen do to push the boundaries! The Climbing Hangar can cater for any kind of group or event.
How fit / strong do I need to be?
You don’t need to be fit or super strong to start climbing. You’ll find problems (what we call individual climbs) you can do on your first visit, and the more you practice the stronger you’ll become! Just make sure you warm up before you start to minimise the risk of injury, and you can get cracking right away (our staff can help if you need guidance – just ask).
What should I wear?
General sports gear is fine. The important thing is to be comfortable, and wear something that allows for a lot of movement. It can also be chilly at The Hangar, although you’ll warm up fast once you’re climbing, so layers are good. You can always remove your sweater once you get sweaty!
I want to come with a mate but they’re much better than me and I’m just starting out. Can we climb together?
We mix the problems on the wall, so beginner’s climbs will be next to more challenging climbs. This means people of all abilities can climb together throughout the centre.
I don't like heights - how high is the wall?
Bouldering isn’t about climbing high. The wall is only 4.2m at its highest point. And remember, while your hands might be at the top, your feet are unlikely to ever be more than 3m off the ground. The Climbing Hangar has crash mats throughout and we can teach you to land safely to minimise the risk of injury. As you gain in confidence you will stop noticing the heights.
What do the colours mean?
Each problem is set in one colour and each colour represents a particular difficulty level or grade. There is a board next to reception which explains which colours relate to which grade so you can easily identify problems for your skill level.
Why do I need to pre-register?
We do everything we can to make climbing fun, but it is still a dangerous activity. Registering is our way of making sure that you've had the basic safety messages. It includes a short video that explains what bouldering is and tips on how to stay safe on the wall. You'll then answer a couple of questions to make sure you've got the main points and be asked to complete a waiver document stating that you understand what you're getting yourself in to!
It takes a few minutes and it's often easier to do it at home so when you arrive for your first climb you're all set to go.
We want to bring a group of kids down - how many adults need to be with the group?
You must have one adult with you for every two children, and this includes children who aren't climbing. So for four children you would need two adults.
Children under four can climb here but supervision must be one-to-one and you must be within arm's reach of your child at all times. So if you're bringing two children, one of whom is under four, you'll need two adults supervising.
You will be turned away if there aren't enough adults to supervise the kids as our insurance wouldn't cover you. Take a look at our guidance on supervising children at the Climbing Hangar.
The only exception to this is where you have done our instructor training in order to bring down a school or youth group.