Taster sessions are a great way to get started with climbing. You can take a look at all of our Taster options here.
There’re a few different types of climbing you can do here at Green Spider:
Climbing on walls around 3.5 metres high, without the use of ropes or a harness. We set short ‘problems’ on the bouldering walls, and the magic is in figuring out how to get to the top! We take safety seriously, so our boulder mats are there to ensure a soft landing.
If you don’t have anyone to climb with, and want to take on our big walls, the Auto-Belays are there for you. An Auto-Belay is basically an automatic rope, and will catch you if you fall, and lower you gently back to the ground. This means you can climb completely independently, with no need for a climbing partner.
Climbing with ropes is arguably the safest type of climbing. With the help of harnesses and belay devices, you’re secure and safe whilst climbing up our 10 metre walls. Of course, you’ll need a partner who knows what they’re doing, so you can keep each other safe!
You’ll need to choose which course is right for you, and what type of climbing you’ll be doing.
We recommend a Beginners Course as the fastest and most cost-effective way of becoming an all-round experienced climber. After the course, you’ll have the skills to boulder, auto-belay and top rope climb independently, without supervision. There are other options too, which you can explore via the links below:
Once you have attended a course, or if you know how to climb already, you’re ready to take your Youth Access Test. It’s important that you feel ready to climb unsupervised at White Spider, and are confident in your skills.
There are three levels to a Youth Access Test, and they all require a different level of skill, depending on what kind of climbing you want to do. Check them out below, and if you feel ready, book now!
If you want to check that you are ready, or need a refresher, we recommend booking a Private Session with an instructor to give you the best chance of passing your test. (Note that you’ll need 2 people on this session to refresh your rope climbing skills)
Socials and Events
We run a supervised social group every Monday at 6-8pm for experienced rope climbers. Find out more, along with our events calendar for the year HERE.
NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) courses begin at age 7, and participants follow a nationally recognized syllabus working towards each of the 5 levels of the scheme.
For kids aged 14+, you can skip the first two levels of NICAS by doing a Beginners Course . The Beginners Course will teach you all the necessary skills to go directly to Level 3 of NICAS!
Visit the main NICAS booking page here to find out more, and to get on the mailing list for booking information!