Climbing & Abseiling Stirlingshire

Climbing & Abseiling Stirlingshire

Scale the heights when you go climbing in Stirlingshire! We are offering beginners the perfect session to get climbing at this outdoor centre near Gartmore. It’s great value for money and everything you need to climb (and abseil back down again!) is included.

Sitting pretty right on the edge of the Trossachs National Park you’ll find this farm estate that is home to this activity centre and a holiday park. It’s just west of Stirlingshire and offers a huge range of things to do.

You’re going to be here to climb. The centre has a purpose-built climbing tower with various routes of varying levels of difficulty to climb. We have to admit when you first stand at the bottom it looks a long way up to the top but you’ll be surprised how high you can climb when you put your mind to it.

Helping you with your first foray into sport climbing at this Stirlingshire venue is Ross the Boss and his team of instructors. They’re all great fun with all the banter and really good at spurring you on too. Safety is of course paramount so there’s always a briefing before you climb and you’ll be shown how to get into your harness and how to adjust it correctly.

So there you are on the climbing wall. You’re making good progress using your hands and feet to reach for the holds. As you near the top of the wall you realise that once you’re there you have to come back down. That’s when you get to abseil. It takes a bit of guts to begin with but once you’re into the rhythm it feels really good.

Having conquered the wall there should be time for you to take on one last climbing challenge. This Gartmore centre boasts a very special climbing tree. Yep it’s an actual pine tree with actual climbing holds fitted to the trunk. Hold your nerve for this one as the higher you climb the better the views of the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond are!

Start climbing in Stirlingshire at this centre near Gartmore and we’re sure you’ll be hooked on the sport. All the gear you need is included in the price of the voucher and the basecamp has free tea and coffee and a comfy seating area – ideal for sitting back and reflecting on the time you climbed right up a tree!

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Abseiling in East Sussex

Abseiling in East Sussex

Abseiling is a great way to de-stress unwind and escape to the great outdoors at the same time! This abseiling experience is all about feeding your fear as you lean back over the edge and drop down a 30ft (10m) high abseil tower near the Ashdown Forest  East Sussex.

This two hour experience is designed for you to learn the basics of abseiling under the supervision of a fully qualified instructor. Your instructor will run through a safety briefing and some abseiling techniques before it’s your turn to have a go.  The enthusiasm of the staff really is contagious meaning you will be sure to have an exciting and enjoyable time.

On most sessions you will have at least 3-4 abseils and once confident your final abseil will conclude with a little catch – you’ll be wearing a blindfold!

From complete beginners to those who have tried abseiling many times before the sessions will be tailored to suit your own experience.

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Abseiling Aberfeldy

Abseiling Aberfeldy

What goes up must come down and you’ll learn about that when you go abseiling in Aberfeldy! This outdoor adventure centre in Scotland is situated half way between Loch Lomond and Cairngorms national parks nestled alongside the River Tay. It’s a great place to abseil with an abundance of crags and rock faces to tackle.

You’ll be spending two to three hours as part of a small group being taught the skill of abseiling. It’s an essential part of being able to rock climb (which is a much-loved pastime in Scotland) and teaches you how to come down a rock face using ropes.

A fair bit of equipment is needed for abseiling but this is all provided for you by this Scottish centre. You’ll be wearing a helmet with a harness around your thighs and waist equipped with what’s called a belay device which will be attached to the rope. This gadget allows you to feed the rope through smoothly as you descend using friction so you don’t just whizz off into the abyss!

And if you don’t know your figure of eight from your prusik knots the highly experienced abseil tutors who work at this centre in the heart of Scotland know all the drills and will make sure you’re correctly attached. One last set of checks to make sure your harness is on correctly and double-backed the rope is through the belay it’s attached to your harness and you’re away to go.

This is the bit that’s the trickiest to get your head round. Facing the rock you have to inch backwards to the edge and once you’ve reached the overhang you have to stick your bum out and lean back moving your feet down until they’re flat on the rock. And we must admit it feels unnatural at first but once the rope touches the rock it’s a lot more instinctive. With one hand above the belay device and one hand below feeding the rope through allows you to descend as you walk your feet down the rock.

Before you know it you’ll be getting into the rhythm and when your feet gently touch the ground to the round of applause from your fellow abseilers and instructors you’ll be begging them to do it all over again. It’s that sort of sport. It takes a bit of bottle to get over your initial fears but once you’ve (literally) gone over the edge once abseiling in Scotland is piece of (rock) cake!

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Rock Climbing and Abseilling Day

Rock Climbing and Abseilling Day

A day of ups and downs when you go rock climbing and abseiling! You will quite literally learn how to climb up rocks and then spend time being taught how to abseil down a tower too. As far as gifts for climbers go this discovery day is great for beginners who want their first experience in climbing and abseiling.

Your climbing and abseiling day is in two parts. To begin with you’ll be at the sandstone crags of Harrison’s Rocks in Kent. This is where you’ll hone your skills going up. You’ll be shown how belaying works (the system of securing the climber) essential knots that are needed and touch on climbing etiquette as well as concentrating on basic climbing technique.

What we love about these climbing and abseiling sessions is that you set your own goals. Maybe you want to reach the very top or perhaps you’ll be happy to get your feet off the ground and conquer that fear of heights. The qualified instructors are all really encouraging but they won’t push you out of your comfort zone – this rock climbing and abseiling malarkey is meant to be fun after all!

As for the abseiling bit of the day. Well here’s the thing you can climb the sandstone rocks but you can’t abseil down them as they are too soft. So for this part of the course you’ll head to a purpose-built abseiling tower. Standing tall at 10m high (that’s 33ft if your still do imperial!) this wall is as high as a house. It’s going to be nerve-wracking the first time you stand right at the top. As you lean over be prepared to step off. Get the abseil technique right and you’ll go smoothly and swiftly down down down until your feet touch the ground.

All in all you’ll spend four hours out on the crags and routes of Harrison’s Rocks and a couple of hours practicing your abseiling techniques on the tower. It’s a great day out in Kent and Sussex for anyone interested in learning the techniques and getting a head start in rock climbing and abseiling without having to buy all the gear in advance – harness shoes carabiners and descenders are all lent to you for the duration of the day.

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Caving Experience at Wild Wookey

Caving Experience at Wild Wookey

When you go down to Wookey Hole Caves it’s going to be a non-stop adventure workout like no other! You’ll be climbing crawling abseiling and walking your way around amazing underground caverns and caves on these half day cave adventure experiences!

Situated on the edge of the Mendip Hills Wookey Hole is a series of limestone caves that have fascinated us humans for many thousands of years. With the help of expert guides these experiences give you the chance to explore and conquer the caverns. It’s time to test your mettle on a Wookey Hole cave adventure.

So much more than just caving (or pot-holing as it is also known); this experience offers a truly unique and diverse sequence of activities to keep you moving and on your toes! There’s even a little boat ride over the River Axe to transfer you to some of the climbing you’ll be doing through crystal-lined passages. Via Ferrata is European-style climbing at its best and there’s plenty of it underground at Wild Wookey! Getting down is a case of abseiling which is also great fun.

As you work your way through the caverns various challenges will present themselves. You might find yourself on your hands and knees crawling through low openings or doing a bit of scrambling to get to the next chamber. Your instructor will be there to show you the way encourage you and ensure your safety at all times.

What’s interesting about these Wookey Hole Caves is that there is an underground river flowing down there. The subterranean River Axe runs right through the heart of this complex system of chambers. But fear not you won’t be doing any swimming diving or wading – there’s no immersion involved on these adventure outings so you won’t be getting wet.

To go on these underground adventures in Wookey Hole Caves you’ll need very sturdy walking boots or Wellingtons and fleece-type base layers. The caving instructors provide the harnesses karabiners helmets head torches and overalls. All you need to bring in bucket loads is bravery and bit of gusto to be an underground adventurer in Wookey!

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