In order to climb, you must first register as a competent climber at reception.
Registration will only be accepted by those who:
- Are 18 years old or over. Please note: If you have never climbed before you will need to complete our adult climbing course.
- Complete the adult climbing registration form.
- Answer our climbing competency questions correctly.
- Pass our belay test.
In order to bring a child into the climbing wall they must be 5 years old+. They need to be signed in as a guest with a registered competent adult climber.
The wall is open our full centre opening times except Monday mornings as the wall is being route set.
In order to use the bouldering wall you must be registered as a competent climber. See above.
ENERGISE CLIMBING OPTIONS
At Energise climbing wall we run a range of courses for all ages and abilities. We recommend wearing comfy sports clothing, have hair tied back and no jewellery to be worn.
- 30 minute taster session Saturday 2:30pm-3pm
- 1 hour taster / 1 hr refresher session
- Kids clubs
- Adult beginners course
- Lead climbing course
- Private course/tuition
- Group bookings
To book you can book online, at reception or call reception on 01904 403900. For more information please email Climbing.York@GLL.ORG.
For ages 7-17years Energise runs the National Indoor Climbing Award Schemes (NICAS) on Saturdays.
9am-10.30am NICAS Level 1 Age 7-11 Beginners
11am-12.30pm NICAS Level 2 Age 7-11 Intermediate
1pm-2.30pm NICAS Level 3 & 4 Age 7-11 Advanced
3pm-4.30pm NICAS Level 1 - 4 Age 11-17 Beginners - Advanced
Suitability for Saturday time slots can also depend on size and experience of climbers.
To purchase a NICAS book and register to the NICAS scheme speak to your climbing instructor or order one at reception.
We run 1 Hour taster sessions for individuals or groups. During the session you will have an introduction to climbing, a great experience with the main goal to get you climbing and see whether booking onto a course is right for you.
30 minute taster session on Saturdays 2:30pm-3pm.
We run 1 Hour refresher sessions for individuals or groups. During this session we will cover safety aspects of being an independent climber, familiarise yourself with the equipment if you’ve had a break from climbing or just go over what you already know to making sure what you’re doing is correct and safe.
Climb-ability is a drop-in session for people with disabilities or learning difficulties who wish to participate in climbing. The session includes equipment hire and 2 climbing instructors. Whether its specialist equipment or just professional guidance we make sure climbing is a sport that can include everyone.
Adult Session- 2nd Tuesday of every month 10:00am – 12:00pm
Junior Session- 4th Tuesday of every month 16:00pm – 17:30pm
LEAD CLIMBING COURSE
Our lead climbing course consists of 3 x 1.5hr sessions. All instructed sessions include free equipment hire but feel free to bring anything along that you have.
We run lead climbing courses on demand. Please email Climbing.York@GLL.ORG to show interest and we will book a course when the correct numbers arise.
ADULT BEGINNER CLIMBING COURSE
Our adult beginner course consists of 4 x 2hr sessions. All instructed sessions include free equipment hire but feel free to bring anything along that you have.
During your sessions you will learn how to climb safely, attached yourself to a rope using a safety knot, have a better understanding of climbing equipment and be taught how to belay for another climber. By the end of your 4 weeks our goal is for you to become an independent climber. If your instructor is happy with your level of competency, they will register you as a climber at our facilities allowing you to come and climb as you please.
PRIVATE TUITION/ GROUP BOOKINGS/ PARTIES
If you would like to book private tuition or for us to run a private course we’re more than happy to do so. With the right numbers we can run any course without advertising to the public.
The wall is ideal for School, Scouts, Brownies and University group bookings.
Want to do something exiting for your childs birthday? Our climbing parties are ideal!
For one off group bookings and parties please contact Climbing.York@GLL.ORG for availability and prices.
At Energise we can hire to you harness, belay devises and shoes. The cost is £2 per item with a £5 deposit which is returned to you once the equiptment is returned to reception. Helmets are free to hire.
Equiptment hire is free for all our clubs and sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age can children enter the climbing wall?
Age 7+ for regular lessons. Age 5+ for parties, taster sessions or with a climbing competent adult.
What age can someone enter the climbing wall unattended?
18+ provided they have registered as a competent climber (passing a competency check).
What happens if I fail a belay/ competency test?
You don’t gain entry to the climbing wall unless accompanied by a registered climber and must be signed in as a guest. Guest climbers can only belay under direct supervision (tailing the dead rope).
We recommend booking a refresher session for a slight failure.
We recommend booking onto an adult beginners course to learn what’s required in becoming an independent climber.
What size harness do I need?
Our harnesses for hire and for instructed sessions are one size fits all.
Smaller chest harnesses and disability harnesses can be requested but only given out by a trained individual.