Rock Climbing in Newcastle upon Tyne
Climbing is a unique and dynamic sport and delivers exciting rewards both physically and mentally, if you are just starting out or already committed the Newcastle Climbing Centre will offer the ultimate experience. Newcastle Climbing Centre is situated in the former church of St Marks the listed building provides a spectacular climbing environment with an internal height of 15 metres and over 1200 square metres of climbing walls for roped climbing and bouldering. Whatever your standard of climbing either novice or expert there are features and challenges to suit your ability and your ambition. Hotrock is a climbing wall owned by Mountaineering Ireland, and managed and situated at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. At Hotrock there is a lead wall and a bouldering area. The lead wall is 9.5m high and 11m wide; the bouldering wall is 4.5m high and 10m wide. A campus board and finger board have recently been added to the bouldering area. There are now also four auto-belay devices on the lead wall. The climbing surfaces are made from a textured fibreglass medium with rock features. A range of bolt-on holds are also in use. The lead wall has over 40 routes ranging from easier slab lines to more technical and strenuous routes through the grades. Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It’s great for either keeping fit or supporting an exercise routine.
The main arena is the core of the Climb Newcastle centre, always buzzing with climbers trying over 160 problems in 4 sections and 10 coloured circuits. Here you will find every level of difficulty and every conceivable angle of wall from slab to overhang to roof.
Newcastle University Mountaineering Club is a small, friendly group of like-minded students interested in anything to do with climbing and mountaineering. They actively participate in many aspects, including indoor bouldering and roped climbing, traditional climbing, sport climbing, outdoor bouldering and Scottish winter climbing. They are also the perfect platform from which to go on to do more adventurous things such as alpinism.