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Published January 31st 2013
Need to take on that metaphorical wall?
I had had always wanted to try rock climbing, so when the opportunity came along to try out one of Perth's indoor rock climbing warehouses, City Summit in Malaga, I did not hesitate to drag along my friend Jodie and her 13 year old son, Chandler.
The moment we entered the building we were greeted by friendly staff who took us through the basics: wavers, lockers, toilets etc. Then we were kitted up and were handed over to our basics instructor who was to help us get to know the ropes.
Jodie was the first to combat her fears and climb the wall. She started quickly then as she got higher she slowed, until just over the halfway point she asked to come back down. Not bad for a first timer. Then it was my turn. I attached my harness. Took a few deep breaths and began the ascent.
I was surprised how much easier it was than I had expected. When I reached about a metre from the ground, the vertigo started. I pushed through however, climbing higher. There were times where I wanted to stop and come back down, but the support from Jodie, Chandler and the instructor helped me to go further. I passed the halfway point after a slight pausing moment, then after losing my grip on one of the nodes I began to panic. I knew I was safe, I would not fall and hurt myself, but my heart began racing and the adrenalin began pumping. At this point I asked to come down. Surprising, it was the same point where my friend had reached. Then Jodie went again, this time, all the way to the top. There were times where she wanted to stop but with encouragement she had beaten her fears and conquered the wall. This made me rather excited to climb again, but seeing as I have only returned to exercise after about a year I was exhausted from the first climb. Even though I still wanted to climb I didn't want to push it.
After both becoming exhausted we decided to explore, while her son climbed on the Bouldering Wall. It was great to see that they had a harnessless climbing wall, which was a hit with the teenagers. The Bouldering Wall is 5.5 metres high and has thick mats below. So you know that your kids, or yourself, won't be hurt if they fall.
Upon exploring, Jodie and I watched her son for a bit as he climbed, while we admired the artwork of the climbing walls. We were then joined by one of the friendly staff who told us a little about the venue. About how the walls were painted by local artists and they hope to soon have an art gallery feature at the venue to help support the local art community. Upstairs is an air-conditioned cafe and plenty of seating area where you can relax if you are just wanting to be an observer.
Some of the funky artwork coving the climbing walls.
This venue is great for a family outing, friendly get together or maybe to start a new hobby. City Summit offers various programs from beginners climbing to yoga classes.
What they have on offer: Introduction to Climbing ClimbFit
Lead Climbing Course Private Instruction Corporate Bookings
Kids Climbing Courses
Facilities: Functions Centre
Climbing Walls for various levels.
Would I go back again? Definitely. With such affordable pricing there is no excuse to not conquer the wall for myself.
The only downside: There is currently no air-conditioning in the main area, so you may find yourself tiring quicker. If you a NOT a summer person maybe wait until the weather cools. They do however expect air-conditioning to be installed by next Summer.