|Me reaching the top of the second wall, yaaay!|
Avertical World was ALWAYS mentioned when I was a kid. So many school pals had their birthday parties there, and I was never able to have one (and wasn't even invited to those that did have them!). So this was sort-of a childhood dream to head to this place! Down a small dead-end street in Dundee, this indoor climbing centre is situated in a converted old church - providing the high ceilings needed for indoor climbing walls.
First things first, we sorted out our harnesses and shoes. The shoes are ridiculously tight, but it makes sense, as you'll be able to feel the foot holds on the climbing wall much easier than with looser shoes. We headed for our first wall - BUZZING.
|Sally (left) showing Fiona (right) the ropes|
The climbing was great fun. I headed up first, watching our instructor Sally show us how to tie the harness rope in a figure-of-eight-style knot. The first wall we stuck to the lower level 4 colour holds. I headed up, quite confidently enjoying climbing, but noticed I felt tired after almost no time, Sally mentioned that it was natural to pull yourself up, but you need to force yourself to push up from your legs. With this advice, I was no longer tired and flew up!
The second wall we were able to head right up to the top and challenge ourselves a little more. More interested in getting to the top than sticking with a particular level, I went for a "rainbow" route, meaning any hold I wished to use I could, and counts as level 4 again. Well chuffed reaching the top, and happy I found it easier that I thought I would. I'm not afraid of heights whatsoever, but have to admit when you turn around and look down at the faces below looking up at you, the wall suddenly seems a lot higher than before!
The hour of indoor climbing was a great experience. I wish we had more time though - but all the more reason to go back! If you're interested in rock climbing at Avertical World, check out their website here: http://www.averticalworld.co.uk/ and have a look at Sally's services in adventure fitness at http://www.moiradventurefitness.co.uk/ :)
Next steps for me, personally? Ideally one day my friend and I will do the two two-hour sessions on ropes and harnesses, so we can do it ourselves one day without an instructor. I'd also love to try bouldering - so watch this space ;)
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