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Manchester Indoor Climbing Evening - Beginners 190218 (39406)

Event Overview

Want to learn the ropes and give indoor climbing a go? Then why not join OutdoorLads at the Manchester Climbing Centre, where you will be taken through all you need to know for your climbers journey, as well as having a fun, sociable evening with our other members...

With over 75 different lines to choose from there is an interesting mix of different types of climbs to enjoy and learn on. Along with two dedicated bouldering areas the Manchester Climbing Centre is a fantastic place to start off your climbing experience. Indoor climbing centres offer the challenges of climbing that you'll find on natural outdoor structures - simply indoors! It's a fun way to stay fit, you'll quickly begin to develop arm, back, finger and core strength as a result of the many reaches and holds that are repeated through to the completion of a climb. It's a great body workout! 
This event is for all full, trial and guest OutdoorLads members have either never climbed before or have tried climbing in the past, but cannot sign into a climbing centre to climb unsupervised. 
To come along, you will need to register via the event page, and to climb you will need to pay an entry fee directly to the centre when you arrive. For entry fee prices at the centre go to: 
It is important that all members sign up through the event page to make sure the event leader has all information of the members attending.

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What to bring

If you have your own climbing gear i.e. harness, shoes, chalk-bag, Belay plate and screw-gate karabiner, climbing rope, you can bring this along, but please make sure it is in good condition.

As a minimum you will need the use of a climbing harness and a belay device (belay plate and a screw-gate karabiner, or a gri-gri if you have one). If you do not have your own, you will be able to hire what you need directly from the centre. For prices please use the link:

A Padlock will also be required to secure any belongings in the on-site lockers (Padlocks can also be bought/hired at the centre)

What to Wear

It is best to wear either shorts, combats or tracksuit bottoms. No jeans or any form of trouser which hampers movement. A t-shirt or vest is also suitable.

If you have any OutdoorLads branded clothing then please try and wear this as it will give the group a good level of visibility.

Any jewellery such as rings, watches, chains or bangles should be removed before beginning the session to prevent injury.

Food & Drink

There is a cafe at the centre where hot and cold drinks along with snacks can be purchased. Bottled drinks can also be purchased here.

Halfway through the event we have a 30 minute break in the cafe.

Meeting & Times

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Do I need a guided session?

If you can answer Yes to the following three questions:

1. Can you tie the correct knots (double figure of 8 and stopper knot)?

2. Can you fit a harness correctly?

3. Can you belay correctly and confidently?

Then you do not need a guided session and need to sign up to any of the Experienced climbers events. Please check the event listing pages for details of the next event, or use the link:

If you answer No to any of the questions, then don't worry and please don't be put off. All this means is you will need to be signed in to the centre by the event leader who will then provide you with an evening’s tuition on the above techniques. This will usually be at a ratio of 2 novices to 1 leader.

How many guided sessions will I need?

Typically after two guided/beginner sessions you will be ready to take a short test with climbing centre staff to confirm your competence to climb unsupervised. 
This will also mean you will now also be able to sign up to any of the 'experienced climbers' only events listed on the website.

If you progress at a slower rate then don't worry, you will just need to sign up to further 'beginners' events where the event leader(s) will happily instruct you until you can safely climb unsupervised. 
Don't worry if you do not progress at the same time as others, everybody's journey to becoming a climber is different and our leaders make sure your own journey is set at the best pace for you.

Your first visit to Manchester Climbing Centre?

To save time when you first arrive, you may like to complete the registration for the Manchester Climbing Centre online by clicking on the following Link and Registering as a “New Adult Climber” through their website;


On the Membership Selection page tick “Non Member £0.00

On the Adult Membership Questionnaire Tick “YES” to the question ”Would you like to use the centre as a Supervised Climber” then tick NO for the rest of the questions in that section except the last one“Do you consent to the Climbing Centre Group updating your account and registration details?” and then complete the rest of the registration process.

If you have any questions about this, contact the Event Leader, or ask us or Manchester Climbing Centre when you arrive.

Participation statement

Please note that every person participating should be aware of (and accept) that those members perceived as ‘in charge’ or leading the event are not necessarily qualified, do not need to be qualified, and are not regarded by OutdoorLads, or themselves as ‘technical experts’ but are amateur climbers with some experience and who are happy to impart their knowledge. Any advice given should be considered with this in mind by the recipient.

All those attending the event must also be aware of the centre's own terms and conditions of participation and abide by them, along with any instructions given by the centres staff. Everyone must also take responsibility for their own safety while participating in Indoor climbing events.

Post-event activities

After we finish climbing we have a short social session in the Molly House where we can catch up with how our climbing went during the session, along with general chatter.

If you enjoyed climbing with us at The Manchester Climbing Centre, why not register for the other climbing sessions at this centre, or checkout other indoor climbing events throughout the country in the 'related events' section, or by using the link

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