Climbing walls are a great way to build confidence  tackling it outdoors. Check out our quick guide to get started.

Some climbers see indoor climbing as a discipline in its own right, but most use these purpose-built walls for practice. Many seriously active climbers have even built their own walls at home.

Best practice

Climbing walls are ideal for practicing techniques, as holds and walls can be adjusted for different movements. Not only will the wall be set at various angles to make it harder, the holds will be molded to different sizes and positioned at certain distances apart to vary the difficulty of climb.

The grips will be color-coded to represent the different grading levels of rock climbs. These moulds are bolted on, so can be changed regularly to provide climbers with new routes. Most climbing walls will have ropes already attached, which means climbers can tie their harness up straightaway and get started quickly.

Ready to compete?

There are many competitions organised on climbing walls, which climbers of all levels and experience can take part in. One of the benefits of this type of climbing is that it is not weather dependant and can be done all year round.

Beginner friendly

Indoor climbing walls also offer beginners the opportunity to hire equipment from the centre and seek expert advice when starting out in the sport. Centres will offer differing routes to take you from smaller, easier climbs when you first start out, to larger, more complicated ones. As you progress, many indoor climbing centres will also have walls which incorporate curves and angles for you to overcome, once you have mastered the basic techniques and have built up enough confidence.