About Indoor Climbing at The Edge
What is indoor climbing?
Indoor rock climbing is exploding worldwide. On purpose built walls, climbers use artificial hand holds to climb and train; rain hail or shine, day and night. It’s a great way to stay fit and active, while having loads of fun.
Every time someone climbs, somebody else belays (holds the rope from the ground). Belaying is not rocket science (unless that’s what you’re into), but it is a serious responisbility. Our staff will teach you everything you need to know to keep your partner safe. Belayers must be 12 or over, however there is no weight or strength requirements; our roping system takes care of that.
Routes are set using specifically coloured holds which indicate different levels of difficulty, you can also choose to use them all and climb the rainbow. If you fall or want to come down your belayer can easily lower you to the ground. This means you only have to go as high as you like.
If you want to climb on your own you are welcome to come and use our bouldering wall. Bouldering is low level climbing above a crash pad, so there is no need for a belayer. Our bouldering wall is 4m high with 3 varied angles. It’s a great way to work on your technique and develop strength. Bouldering is so popular that it has it’s own world championships. It’s all about developing climbing specific movements, problem solving and hanging out with friends.
Who does it?
All ages can climb and abseil, most children begin at about 5, adults right up to 88 years (currently The Edge’s oldest ever climber).
Do I need past experience?
No. Anyone can climb and abseil, there is no experience needed! You are trained by professional instructors until you feel competent.
How high can you climb?
Indoors, the average wall range is from 6 to 12 metres (but at The Edge, our highest is 18 ½ metres!) you only have to climb as high as wish, when your ready to come down, let your belayer know, and down you come, it is as simple as that…
What are the benefits?
Climbing is a fun way to exercise and have a great time doing it. It can improve flexibility, muscle endurance, strength, and is a great way to improve overall fitness without the boredom of a gym. It works all muscle groups resulting in a total body work out. Perfect for cross training.
Is it safe?
No it is not safe. There are inherent risks involved with indoor adventure; hence our qualified instructors, extensive safety instruction, and quality inspected safety equipment. All of which set the bench-mark for our industry, which we have maintained for over 10 years. Remember this is serious fun…
At a party about 15 years ago, a 21 year old mad-keen climber by the name of Chirs Milne, decided with 2 other mates to start a climbing gym. This was during the climbing explosion of the 80s. The business started a street away from its current location and hit off with the local climbing population. Seven years later they moved to the current facility, which is Sydney’s tallest indoor climbing wall. During this period, thousands of climbers have come through our facility. We have run outdoor programs, climbing courses, birthday parties, corporate team building activities and training programs. Hundreds of people climb here every week, many for the first time.