What is Bouldering?
Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials. Leaving behind ropes and harnesses and just using climbing shoes and a bag of chalk over safety mats, your challenge is to climb short but tricky bouldering "problems" (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, technique, strength, and your brain.
You don't need experience or lots of expensive kit to have a go - making it really easy to get into if you've never tried it before. The climbs are high enough to be exciting, but not so high that they're hugely intimidating. Using safety mats means that the risks of falling off can be managed, and leaving the ropes behind means that you are free to concentrate on the climbing, not the equipment. It's just you, the wall, and your friends on the ground cheering you on.
Every climb has its own solution, and to successfully climb it you need to work it out. Depending on your body shape and personal strengths, your solution could be different to the next person's. If you're tall, you might be able to reach the next hold more easily on spaced-out problems - but find yourself cramped when the route takes you into the nooks and crannies of the wall. It all evens out in the end.
The key to the problem could be about how you position your body when you climb, or what order you put your feet and hands on the wall - or there might be a sneaky "toe hook" or one of countless other climbing techniques that suddenly takes the problem from impossible, to crushed. You might need to refine your technique before you can do it - or train some more and get stronger!
Bouldering grades, and climbing grades in general, are the source of endless arguments and strife. It's a subjective system, and one person's idea of hard can be very different to anothers. We think that giving bouldering problems grades is a great way to point you in the right direction in terms of which climbs at the centre you might enjoy, and give you a sense of improvement over time - but grades are not everything. The important thing is to have fun and enjoy your climbing - your sense of achievement having managed to climb something that you found a challenge is what really counts.
There are several different grading systems in use across the world. Big Rock Bouldering uses the V grade system.
Here at BRB we provide the ideal setting for a birthday party with a difference. Whilst the parents relax in our Cafe area the young ones have an action packed time on our world class climbing wall. Children's parties will keep your youngsters and their friends talking for weeks. We work on a instructor to child ratio of 1:8.
Price: $15.75 per child includes 1 hour supervised climbing, games and shoe rental.
The upstairs party room is available for at least 1 hour after climbing at an extra cost of $25.
For further information on birthday parties booking please contact us.
Big Rock Bouldering offers climbing lessons to schools and businesses for team building activities. Our staff have a wealth of experience in coaching and working with both adults and children. We can run the session with an emphasis on team building and developing self-esteem. We cater for all group sizes.
For further information on Learning Outside the Classroom booking please contact us.
Adult and Children private and group lesson schedules coming soon.
Join us for week long climbing holiday camps. We have camps available for climbers between the age of 5 to 14. BRB offers half day camps (4 hours) which includes 2 hours of climbing, a lunch break (lunch provided), with a craft/movie and fun games.
For further information on holiday camps and booking please contact us.
We offer numerous levels of classes for adults and children. We have scheduled classes and private lessons that happen upon request.
Note: Pricing does not include GST
Note: 14 years and younger need to be supervised by an adult.
Note: Family memberships include unlimited children under 18 years living in the same household.
Relax, grab a refreshment and look out over the climbing walls from our cafe.
Products available: Juice, Pop, Bottled Water, Energy Drinks, Tea, Latte, Coffee, Chips, Energy Bars and Children's Snacks.