‘Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its basic essentials. There are no ropes or harnesses; the only equipment used are climbing shoes and chalk. Falling happens over safety mats, with willing onlookers ‘spotting’ when required. The Challenge? to climb short but tricky boulder “problems” (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, technique, agility, strength, and your brain.’
If you would like to use the centre, please visit the ‘Before Your Visit’ page in the first instance. It is also useful to familiarise yourself with the ‘Conditions of Use’ and ‘Rules of Rockburn’, below:
Climbers under 18 years of age can use the centre initally by attending Rockburns T’n Club sessions. For more info – click here.
There are two minimum ages for Rockburn:
1). 4 Years old: when accompanied by a responsible adult on a 1-to-1 basis. There are set times when we allow the young ones to climb (e.g. Parent and Child session). This is due to insurance requirements and is non-negotiable.
2). 7 Years old: when receiving instruction. A certain level of understanding and maturity is required to get the most out of instructed sessions, therefore, if attending club or other instructed sessions, without a responsible parent climbing, 7 is the minimum age. The exception to this is after-school club (minimum age 5 however parent MUST be on the premises).
U18s are required to be supervised and are NOT allowed to use the centre unsupervised. Ideally a parent/guardian would complete a centre induction and supervise them at Rockburn. Bouldering is a social sport/activity and great way to strengthen relationships and create shared experiences. We see this as a positive! A parent/guardian can supervise a maximum of 2 children (if over 6 years of age: 1 if 5 years of age or under). U12’s are able to climb until 6pm – Evenings are for the grown ups.
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