Manchester Indoor Climbing Evening - Beginners  (38410)
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...
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: www.manchesterclimbingcentre.com/pricing.
A Padlock will also be required to secure any belongings in the on-site lockers (Padlocks can also be bought/hired at the centre)."
"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
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: http://odl.to/climbing.
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.
"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.
"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 http://odl.to/climbing."
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