Let's try....indoor climbing

Father and son adventurers, Micha and Lleu, tackle indoor climbing.

At more than 10 metres high, with an added 2 metre overhang for those of you that are inclined, the newly opened indoor climbing wall at Haverfordwest Leisure Centre should pose enough of a challenge for all ages of explorers! We decided to don our climbing gear and check it out with the help of two intrepid adventurers.

The adventurers:

Micha (35) and Lleu (9).

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Lleu’s hobbies include art and clambering up walls, whilst Dad Micha is a huge fan of the outdoors and keeping active.

The challenge:

To scale any of the 38 routes the climbing wall offers, and survive!

The verdict:

“It’s a bit scary looking up from the bottom but then it’s fine when you’re climbing.” Lleu starts making his way up the blue route, each route is graded and ranges from an easy 3 to a difficult 7c. In no time at all he’s reaching for holds mid height along the wall and doesn’t seem to be tiring! Go Lleu!

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He’s been coming here to climb with Micha since it opened at the end of last year so he’s familiar with the wall, but not with the new routes - they’re changed every month or so to keep all the climbers on their toes.

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Lleu is well on his way to the ceiling so Micha tells us about taking a one-hour competency test (they run at least 3 times a week) so that he can safely belay Lleu as he climbs without the need for supervision from staff. This means they can use the climbing wall whenever they want to, and don’t need to wait for a class.

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‘The classes are really good: the kids get to belay each other, it’s safe and fun and a great experience. They haven’t taught Lleu to belay me though yet! It’s good practice for drier weather too, when we can go climbing outdoors again.’

Classes aren’t just for kids though - Pembrokeshire Climbing Club uses the indoor climbing wall on Monday nights too.

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When Lleu has reached the ceiling on his route and abseiled back down the wall with help from his Dad, he shows off some of the pretty brilliant knot-tying skills he’s been learning and tell us ‘the best part of climbing is hanging around on the ropes at the top!’

Try it for yourself:

  • Kids clubs £8 for 1hr30, run on the weekends during term time and both weekends and weekdays during holidays. Minimum age is 8.
  • Adult taster £10 for 1hr
  • Group taster sessions available for families or friends (no minimum number).
  • Birthday parties for up to 27 people (£8pp)
  • Keep an eye out for an ‘Adventure Triathlon’ coming up this year: Row, spin & climb for everyone aged 11+, designed especially for the Year of Adventure!

Other climbing options:

The Overhang Indoor Climbing Centre in Tenby is situated right on the award winning Castle Beach and are open all year round. They offer instructor led sessions both on the wall and out on some of Pembrokeshire's beautiful coastal cliffs. It is great fun for kids, adults, groups and parties.

If you'd like to head outside and onto the majestic Pembrokeshire cliffs, there are many experienced and highly qualified climbing instructors just waiting to pass on their knowledge and help you begin a lifelong passion for climbing.

Search for a climbing instructor just right for you.

Conquered climbing? How about another challenge, this time of a culinary kind? Mealworms, crickets and ants! Let's try....adventurous eating or get out onto the water in Let's try...Paddle Boarding.

Let us know how you’re getting on with your own Year of Adventure on our Facebook and Twitter, or Instagram, use the hashtags #mypembsplace and #walesadventure to tag us in your photos. 

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