FAQs

I'm sure you have quite a few questions ...

so here are some answers:

What should I wear climbing?

There's no dress code for our climbing centre, we just advise that you wear comfortable fitting clothes, and general sports gear usually works best.

What equipment do I need?

All you need to go bouldering is a pair of climbing shoes and some chalk. If you don't have your own gear you'll be able to rent some from us. 

Do I need to book before turning up?

No, you don't need to book if you just want to climb. However, it would make your registration process much speedier if you could read our safety policy prior to arriving (this can be found under the 'first visit' tab on our website). If you would like to join one of our courses however, we would ask you to book in advance. 

Do I need an induction before climbing?

Anyone climbing at The Nest must read and fully understand our safety policy. Before you are allowed to climb our friendly reception staff will ask you a few questions to make sure you are able to climb safely. If you are unable to answer these questions correctly, you will be asked to book onto one of our induction courses.

 

Even if you have climbed before, don't be offended if we still recommend you do an induction - it may well just be a refresher, but it's our way of ensuring everyone is safe in the environment, and we promise it won't take too long. You might even pick up some useful tips! 

If you are bringing kids and are not an experienced climber yourself, you will need to book onto one our family introduction courses to make sure you understand all of our safety procedures and are best equipped to keep your loved ones safe. Alternatively, you can book your kids onto one of our kids group sessions where our experienced instructors will show them the ropes and keep them safe. 

 

We thoroughly recommend booking in advanced for all introduction session and this can be done either via our website or on the phone.

Do I need to be able do 100 pull-ups to climb?

Absolutely not! The routes in our gym are graded by difficulty and suitable for total beginners right through to seasoned climbers.  There are many strings to a climbers bow, and whilst strength can be useful for more advanced climbs, balance and flexibility are just as important at all levels.

As with any sport we highly recommend warming up before starting to climb.

How old do I need to be to climb?

Anyone from the age of 5+ can climb in the centre, however all U18s need to be supervised by a competent adult who has climbed before and is aware of the dangers in a climbing centre. Alternatively you can book your child onto one of our supervised kids clubs.

Experienced climbers aged 14-17 can book onto a junior assessment test. This 45 min session will assess the climbers knowledge and maturity, after which (if successful) they will be able to climb unsupervised in the centre. See U18 Climbing for more information:

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