Rock Climbing is an extreme outdoor sport that is increasingly being made accessible to everyone through indoor climbing gyms. The most recent to open up is the Joondalup Climbing Centre just off of the Freeway in the Northern Suburbs.
Since opening in June 2012, Joondalup Climbing Centre has gained a lot of popularity very quickly. The centre features 144 climbs for every one from young children just starting to seasoned professionals looking for post-work practice.
Each wall holds 3-6 different climbs ranging in difficulty, so you can always find one to test yourself. Many walls feature overhangs and obstacles as well, so there's always another challenge around the corner.
Another big feature is the very cool looking 19-metre bouldering tunnel down the middle of the centre. Inside here you can practice crawling across the rocks - even going upside down if you're up for it - with the safety of gym mats for when you inevitably fall!
Joondalup Climbing Centre also has two rolling walls available on request. Like the standard walls they have three difficulty levels. Unlike the standard walls they move down as you go up. What this means is that you have a never-ending climb, great for exhausting your arms and legs beyond belief! The wall has adjustable speed settings too so just as you think you've mastered it it just gets tougher and tougher. The record is apparently 15 minutes non-stop.
The Joondalup Climbing Centre has an area upstairs that's great for hosting kids parties, school groups and team building days. There's safe lock up storage at reception and a few tables provided downstairs to collapse on after a tough climbing session. All the climbing equipment is very modern and if you don't have your own gear it can all be hired for very reasonable prices.
Prices start from $12 for kids under five, $15 for concession card holders and $18 for adults. Harnesses cost just $5 and if you want shoes and chalk it's not much extra. If you are just holding the ropes there is no charge for entry.
There are very good discounts for groups of 10 or more and depending how often you climb, memberships can cut the already low costs down even further. Prices for groups and memberships can be found on their website.
If you're looking for a fun way to get fit quickly or just after something different and exciting, you have to give indoor rock climbing a go. It's safe, fun, good for mind and body strength and easy to take up for people of all ages.