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Published April 5th 2016
Climbing, Bouldering, Parkour and a Gym
Apparently Crank Indoor Rock Climbing, Gym and Parkour centre opened up in late 2014, but for some unknown reason I only discovered this brilliant little Brissy location last week. Even though I may be late to the game, I have now been three times in seven days and intend on heading back many times in the future. This is partly because I was just blown away by not only the brilliant facilities and the fact that the staff are so friendly, but mostly I was just impressed with the accepting vibe I felt when climbing. There were serious climbers lead climbing as well as many families with small children just getting in and giving it a go.
Before you arrive to Crank, chuck on your envionmentally-friendlt hat, and fill out all the necessary paperwork online. Then, without booking, you can just stroll on in, pay your fee and get ready to climb.
This brilliant little indoor location is made up of a number of different sections which you can read about now;
Rock-climbing Obviously Crank is first and foremost a rock climbing centre and now I've given it a go I'm convinced it has to be one of the best in Brissy. There are many different walls each with their own challenges. There is a children's section where ladders replace tough rock holes, there are walls with a variety of different grades and then there are some really tough overhangs. Being 25 I skipped the ladders and went straight to the easier walls trying out the blue and yellow holds which are graded as being the easiest. Once giving a couple of them a go it was clear my capabilities sat around the purple/green range. Once you figure out when your skills lie then you can truly begin to push yourself and beginning bettering your technique.
There are many different walls to try.
Bouldering Prior to my Crank experience I had never been willing to give bouldering a go, but now I am wondering how much fun I missed out on in the past. Bouldering is basically rock climbing but instead of climbing up a wall, you might climbing a long it. You are not harnessed in and instead there are very thick mats upon which you fall. The lovely owner Nigel even gave my bestie Cassie a quick lesson on how to tackle a challenging bouldering climb.
Bouldering is completed safely over the thickest mats in the world.
Parkour was originally practiced to enhance participants ability to reach those in need of help and escape from dangerous situations. Crank's Pakour section is full of bars, crash boxes, and a variety of other obstacles for participants to perfect their skills. Every time I looked over at this area I was astounded to see the muscular blokes flipping their way around the course, right next to a bunch of active kiddies jumping and rolling their way around (note: this was school holidays). I really love that Crank caters perfectly to both serious participants, beginners and young families.
Crank is very much for people of all ages and abilities.
Challenges Aside from the rock climbing walls there are a few other little challenges around the place. The first one we tried was a floppy cargo net and second up we attempted to scrabble up a single thick rope. There is also a slack line walk that I was only able to complete whilst holding the hubby's hand. However our unanimous favourite was the milk crate stacking challenge. Basically you had to balance on one crate whilst you stacked up the next and them clambered up on to it. As you get higher the crates get more and more wobbly underfoot. However if you are like Cassie you will just shoot to the top of all thirteen before leaping off into the air (I only made it to 9).
How many crates can you stack?
Gym If like us, you found that rock climbing is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy, you can become a member of this brilliant little exercise centre. Members not only have access to the climbing, bouldering and parkour areas, they also have access to a gym and yoga classes. Prices for memberships can be seen here.