Ever wanted to be like Spiderman? Would you like to challenge your limits or fear of heights?
Then try a hand at rock climbing!
Hop on the free tram down to Elder Park or Thebarton, and walk to Ware Street for Adelaide’s Bouldering Club / Boulderzone (https://www.facebook.com/aboulderingclub). Find the gym at 10 Ware Street. Entrance fees are roughly $15+ for the whole day, and you can get a discount if you are a member of the Adelaide University Mountain Club (http://www.aumc.asn.au/index.shtml). You may have to rent climbing shoes if you do not have your own. You can only boulder at this gym. Bouldering is a form of climbing which usually involves walls no higher than 2-3 metres and crash pads (mattresses). No harnesses, ropes or assistance is needed for this type of climbing. Of course, having a spotter (someone else who stands on the mat and ensures that you fall safely) when you’re on a difficult route (following a specific set of hand and foot holds) is a good safety procedure.
For those who are interested in higher walls, which you ascend within the safety of ropes and a belayer (the person who pulls the rope and ensures your safety), head down to Vertical Reality (http://www.verticalrealityclimbing.com/) at Holden Hill. Entrance fees are roughly $10-15+, with discounts for Mountain Club members only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You may have to rent a harness and shoes if you do not have your own. There are high walls and short walls (bouldering) at this gym. Climbing the high walls requires a climbing partner — someone to belay you. Belaying and other safety procedures will be taught by the friendly staff when you sign up for an induction to the gym. You should sign up at least the day before you intend to go to the gym for the first time. After your first visit, it is not compulsory to do another induction (unless you’ve already forgotten the instructions by your next visit).
Do not be frustrated if you cannot climb well; it will probably take a few tries before you get used to the upward movement. Lack of practice or training will also weaken your strength and technique. I’ve has been climbing since I was 15 years old, but a lack of practice has rendered my comfort levels to V0s (and occasional V1s) and below Grade 15. I probably need someone to push me beyond my comfort zone.
Up for climbing anyone?