Learn To Climb

At the Ravenscraig Activity Centre we provide Learn to Climb sessions for all ages and abilities.  Joining our flagship programme you can be assured of a high quality, structured and progressive climbing programme.The disciplines for each level must be complete before moving onto the next stage. Each discipline will be signed off by your instructor. This programme has been designed to develop your climbing skills as well as increasing your weekly activity level.

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Benefits of Climbing

What are the benefits of indoor rock climbing? It’s no surprise that indoor climbing offers a great workout.  It does take strength to get all of your body weight up a wall!

There are more benefits than the obvious ones that come to mind like building great looking arm muscles. You’ll work your entire body, including your mind, make yourself feel great, and maybe make some friends! Here are 5 benefits of indoor climbing that might surprise you.

  1. Climbing works your core muscles – and everything else. When you’re climbing up a wall, you use your arms and upper body to pull yourself up to the next hold and your legs to push yourself higher. It’s clearly a great workout for arms and legs. But it also works your core! It’s important to engage your core muscles as you climb to support your arms and legs. It also works muscles in your hands and fingers. Climbing is a full-body workout!

  2. Climbing just makes you feel good. Not just in the long term when you start to see the results on your muscle tone, you can feel the results while climbing or soon after! Of course you get a rush when you complete a climb, especially one you felt that you might not be able to do. There’s a feeling of accomplishment, mixed with happiness and pride.This builds confidence, because if you can conquer that tough wall, think of all of the other things you can do! But it could go farther than that. A study from Indiana University found that climbers who completely immerse themselves in the climb enter a mental state of euphoria where pain signals may be blocked!

  3. Climbing is obviously a physical challenge, but did you realise that it also offers a mental challenge? You use problem-solving skills every time you look for the next hold, figuring out where to put your foot so you can reach a higher hold with your hand. You have to focus on the holds and the placement of your body, strategically planning each move. In competitive rock climbing, there is a competition known as “on sight,” which means that each climber only gets to look at the wall briefly before starting the climb. This means climbers need to plan on the go, think on their toes, and solve the problems right ahead of them.

  4. Have you ever thought of climbing as a calorie-burning cardio session? Though some climbers race up the wall, many climbers, especially beginners, take their time ascending a wall. Even if you climb at a leisurely pace, rock climbing still gives you an intense workout. Surprisingly, the cardio work involved can get your heart rate up to the same level as climbing stairs or jogging would. And you know that cardio burns calories: according to Self’s calorie counter and The Huffington Post, you can burn over 700 calories in one hour of climbing.

  5. It may surprise you to find out that climbing can be very social.  When you see those motivational posters with climbers on them, they’re always alone.  But climbing is a very social activity.  Climbers will take turns belaying for each other, so they have to communicate with each other to keep everything safe. It’s a pretty supportive community, and fellow climbers may share tips and encouragement with each other.

So there you have it – five surprising benefits of indoor climbing.  Now go share these with a pal and see if they’ll join you next time for some indoor climbing.  Or better yet, host a group event or host a birthday party here at Ravenscraig Activity Centre.

Benefits of DD

Join our Learn To Climb membership today from as little as £23 per month

  • One 60 minute session per week
  • Affordable monthly payments
  • No annual contract
  • No cancellation fee


Establish what competency level the participant is capable of achieving with our climbing assessments. This initial assessment is a great way of introducing the participant to Xheight, the Instructor and see how the sessions operate. Book your assessment today by contacting the Learn To Climb programme. Bring along a friend, family member or distant relative and enjoy the fun with you at the same time! Learn To Climb assessments are free to new customers and spaces are limited.

How much do our lessons/sessions cost?

£23.00 per month by Direct debit = 1 hour session per week

£9.80 per Drop In session

General guidelines for your participation in the Learn To Climb programme…

  • Learners should arrive promptly for their lesson.
  • You must follow instructions at all times.
  • Long hair must be tied back and pockets empty. Any injuries, ailments, concerns or medical conditions must be disclosed prior to entering the Xheight activity area (some conditions may mean you may not want to participate, this is always a choice you have).
  • Appropriate clothing, clean closed top shoes secured, jewellery and piercings removed (some ear studs are acceptable), harnesses and helmets will be fitted and checked by us.
  • Only climb when a clear instruction to proceed given by your instructor.
  • Don’t leave Xheight without informing the instructor.
  • Call for your instructor if you have any questions.
  • Remember that every climber will learn at their own pace, and that learning thrives with positive encouragement. Instructors will provide regular feedback on progress.


Learn To Climb: Monday-Thursday




















School holidays






Monday-Thursday: (see Learn to Climb timetable)

Friday: (see weekend timetable)


Xheight:£14.70pp- 2 hour time slot, 70 minute Xheight session, hot buffet, Party room and Party invites

Xheight Character: £16.20pp-2 hour time slot, 70 minute Xheight session, hot buffet, cake with guest appearance, balloons, Party room and Party invites