Let me begin by saying that though I’ve always been active, competitive, and consider myself rather athletic, I am not a natural climber. My prowess has tended on the side of lifting things up, and putting things down. A star with weights, and on a roadbike- basically, any linear movement and I can say with confidence, I’m good at it.
I’ve only been climbing once before my visit to the Wilson Climbing Centre, and then I only released the wall and dropped back down to the matt because my then 5 year old daughter was there. Otherwise, I might still be clinging to the top of the wall trying to convince myself that I could climb down.
About the same cost as a drop-in to a gym, if you don’t have gear, you’ll be able to rent it for a small additional cost.
So, this place is big- and has some climbs reminiscent of Mission Impossible II… close your eyes and conjure Tom Cruise. Visualization. It gets me through.
With a good instructor to belay me (read, “guide me through the lingo, and up and back down the wall), my confidence grew, and I found myself actually enjoying the experience.
Rock climbing is much more leg strength they say, but in this case, “they” may have the grip strength of Spiderman, I had to take a few short breaks to let my fingers and forearms recoup, but reached the top of a few climbs and was feeling conditioned in 20 minutes or so.
This rock climbing gym has a bouldering lounge, high wall loft, top roping and lead climbing. Naturally, I went straight for the high wall, climbed to the top in a bout of self confidence (I am woman, hear me roar), and spent 5 minutes convincing my instructor that it really was much easier to cling, barnacle-like for just a bit longer before allowing him to belay me down.
To my surprise, it was a glory! Not a lifetime pursuit quite yet, but a budding passion. It’s still a linear movement after all, straight up, and straight down.
Next time I’ll venture into the other parts of the centre to get my groove on.
A review by Colleen MacKinnon; a local blogger, foodie and dynamic member of the Belgravia Square sales team.