Traditional climbing involves a pair of climbers wearing harnesses who are connected by a rope. The first climber (the leader) places wedges, nuts and other forms of protection from their racks into cracks in the rock. The rope is hooked to these pieces of protection so that, if the climber falls, the rope catches them.
Indoor climbing works on the same principle but the footholds, handholds and protective pieces are bolted to a wooden structure.
Although a knowledge of rope techniques and safety procedures is essential before you climb, with professional instruction a complete beginner can soon experience the thrill of scaling vertical rock faces.
It’s recommended that you wear comfortable clothing which offers a good range of motion, a harness and a decent pair of specialist climbing shoes, with rubber soles which mould to the surfaces of the rock. A chalk bag provides you with a solution to potentially dangerous situations - heat and high anxiety which tend to go hand in hand with this precarious sport result in slippery hands - not ideal when you’re hanging on to rocks, high from the ground. Many climbers don’t wear a helmet but we cannot stress highly enough the importance of this vital piece of kit.