A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published March 12th 2013
No Mountain Too High
Rock climbing is challenging, enhancing your strength and physical prowess. An excellent way to exercise, rock climbing will tone your muscles in no time. At first, I thought climbing up a wall wouldn't be too hard but boy, was I wrong.
After a while, my muscles started to shake and I had to really use my mental capacity to decide what my next step would be. It felt like I was solving a puzzle, except that it physically hurt while doing it.
Despite (or maybe because of the challenges), rock climbing is enjoyable and addictive, such that one wall is not enough. If you are hunting for different "puzzles to solve", Brisbane is full of rock climbing walls, indoor and outdoor. See below for some of the options:
Not just limited to rock climbing enthusiasts, Rocksports is also a great place for social climbers wanting to celebrate a special occasion or a team building event. No experience is necessary as all climbers receive a free safety demonstration and there are two venues to choose from, Fortitude Valley and Logan. Prices start from $17 for climbing without a time limit, so you can have a full-on day if your body can take it. Harness hire and belayers harness is extra.
2) Urban Climb Located at 220 Montague Road, West End, Urban Climb has 40 ropes and over 200 routes from beginner to advanced level. Adult entry starts at $18 plus extra for harness and shoe hire. If you sign up to a membership, you are not just limited to rock climbing. You will also have access to their fully equipped gym including spin bikes, treadmills, rowing machines and free access to yoga classes. If you would like to brush up on technical knowledge, courses such as climbing 101 are held as well.
Once you have mastered indoor rock climbing, it is time to master the real thing. Looming mountains and a deep breath of fresh air, conquer nature at its best. The Brisbane Rock Climbing Club organizes regular rock climbing trips, meeting weekly on Tuesday nights at Kangaroo Point. They regularly visit cliffs around South East Queensland but they also go on yearly trips further afield like Blue Mountains and Kaputar. There is an informal atmosphere and the main purpose is to have a great time with other members. There is no formal teaching but you learn from other climber's experience and knowledge. If you feel like joining them on their climbs at Kangaroo Point every Tuesday night, watch out for their banner at the base of the cliff and the orange BRC witches hat and flags at the top and bottom of the climbs.
4) Kangaroo Point Cliffs
Pic from Riverlife
You can't miss out on rock climbing at the iconic Kangaroo Point cliffs with the breathtaking view of Eagle Street pier and CBD buildings in the backdrop. Although you can climb the cliffs with several different clubs throughout the week, some of you may just want to try it out as a once off and do not want to make the commitment of getting a membership. Another commercial option is Riverlife, situated right next to the cliffs. It costs $49 for 2 hours or $59 for the night option and you will be provided with a qualified and experienced instructors. You will have to pay a bit more for the instruction as compared to other rock climbing areas who leave it up to you and your partner to tread your own way up to the top.
So there you go; lots of places to choose from and no excuses. Brush your laziness aside and get out of your comfort zone, you have mountains to climb!