Lynnsport will be scaling new heights as it unveils a versatile climbing wall and bouldering cave at its new climbing centre next week.
The climbing centre, called ‘The Hangar’, which will be opened formally by Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Borough Council Cabinet Member for Sports, Arts and Open Spaces, on Wednesday, 9 February, includes 75 climbing routes designed by a qualified route setter and 24 climbing lines (points where ropes can be positioned). The routes are of varying difficulty, catering for all abilities from beginners through to experienced climbers.
The 260-m² climbing surface is incredibly versatile with a wide variety of angles and a 25 m² articulated panel, which can be positioned to create a slab, vertical or overhang, making it perfectly adaptable to different users’ needs. Advanced climbers will be able to practice a range of more specialised techniques due to the wall’s construction.
For those new to climbing or people wanting to perfect their technique a bouldering cave has been included in the new facility. Bouldering is a branch of rock climbing, performed at low level. With a fully climbable roof, the mat-protected cave enables participants to focus on technique and movement without the hindrance of equipment normally associated with climbing or risk of injury.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for the Sports, Arts and Open Spaces, said: “At Lynnsport we aim to provide new and exciting experiences for our users and we think that the climbing wall does just that. West Norfolk’s landscape, although beautiful, isn’t renowned for its hills, so we think the climbing centre, which is one of the most sophisticated in the area, will mean that people from West Norfolk can try this sport on their doorstep.”
Simon McKenna, senior leisure manager, said: “Lynnsport has developed a reputation for providing first-class facilities and The Hangar will be a fantastic addition. Climbing is both mentally and physically challenging, allowing participants to work key muscle groups, improve flexibility and co-ordination and work the respiratory system.”
On average, climbing costs £4.25 per session for adults and £2.80 for juniors. Equipment, including harness, helmet, karabiner and belay can be hired for £6.00 per set. Before climbing participants must be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of competency or have completed an induction course at the centre, costing £10.00. For competent climbers the usual British Mountaineering Council disclaimer form is available.
The climbing centre is available for birthday party bookings.
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