This Girl Can: climb

Posted by Tina Gardner on 17/12/2015

Get the adrenaline buzz of reaching the top... Keep fit without feeling like you're doing exercise... Socialise and build strong friendships. Tempted to give climbing a go? What's stopping you? Let's bust those myths girl!

Anyone can climb

Yes, climbing can be enjoyed by anyone. You don't have to be really strong - it is technique that matters not brute strength and the more you climb the more you'll improve both your strength and technique.

Even if you're scared of heights

A healthy fear of heights is natural and you may well surprise yourself.  You'll get an amazing sense of achievement from overcoming your fears and we fear you may get hooked!

You'll meet loads of people to climb with

Climbing walls are very sociable places. Book yourself onto a course, you'll meet plenty of people that way. Or try out a ladies night to make friends and find climbing partners.

Worried you'll be naff and everyone will be watching you?

Don't worry, the guys and girls climbing next to you will no doubt be too busy focusing on their next move, wondering what to have for tea or pondering their next Facebook post.

Find a climbing wall near you

Can't find the time to climb? There are around 400 public climbing walls in the UK so there's likley to be a venue near you. Climbing is a great activity to do as a family so it needn't be eating in to your precious family time because it is precious family time.

Click on the map below to search for a climbing wall near you

Getting started

Fancy giving climbing a go but don't know where to start?

Follow these five easy steps to starting climbing to kick off a lifetime of vertical adventures where you'll make new friends and massively expand your horizons.  

A great way to start is to do a beginner or taster course at your local indoor climbing wall. Some walls have women's nights where you can go along and climb with other women, meet likeminded people and find new climbing partners. 

For those of you who want to get outdoors on real rock check out our active outdoors courses or look into joining one of around 300 climbing, hill walking and mountaineering clubs nationwide. Find a club here

Find out more about getting started in the different types of climbing

Get the psyche

Boost your confidence by familiarising yourself with some of the basics skills and knowledge you'll be learning.

Read our special edition magazine for new climber Get into Climbing.  Buy your copy from the BMC shop for just £5 (£3 for BMC members).


 

WATCH: what This Girl Can do on BMC TV


 

WATCH: The Women's Climbing Symposium 2014 on BMC TV

WATCH: How to top rope indoors on BMC TV


 

WATCH: How to belay a top roping climber on BMC TV


You can watch more skills videos covering how to put on a harness, tie a figure of eight knot, attach a rope to your harness, how to belay at a climbing wall and simple movement on rock on BMC TV.
 

WATCH: our film about being a woman and a climber by Mina Leslie-Wujastk on BMC TV

 

WATCH: a film about climbing mums on BMC TV:


 

Watch the Climbing Wall Essentials trailer on BMC TV:

Order a copy of the Climbing Wall Essentials DVD from the BMC online shop.

This Girl Can is a national campaign designed to encourage more women and girls to get active. The campaign is funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.


This Girl Can

Get the adrenaline buzz of reaching the top. Keep fit without feeling like you're doing exercise. Socialise and build strong friendships. Tempted to give climbing a go? Find out more about This Girl Can Climb.

WATCH: This Girl Can Climb on BMC TV

WATCH: Shauna Coxsey in This Girl Can Win on BMC TV

WHAT'S NEXT? Get the psyche!

Boost your confidence by familiarising yourself with some of the basics skills and knowledge you'll be learning. Read our special edition magazine for new climbers Get into Climbing. Buy your copy from the BMC shop for just £5 (£3 for BMC members).


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1) Anonymous User
14/01/2015
Maybe a photo of a more ' ordinary ' woman would fit better with the This Girl Can image?
2) Anonymous User
01/02/2015
Why? Because THIS GIRL CAN strive to be ordinary? How inspirational. This is a great campaign which I'm sure will inspire women to embrace the ways in which we are all extraordinary.
3) Anonymous User
13/04/2017
I think it's a valid point. It's great that in climbing girls can certain stereotypes... doesn't stop the climbing community can still bein very objectiying. I came to this page to share with a friend but I'm not going to because I know she will look at the images and say 'that's not who I can be, that's who pretty middle class white girls can be'... not doubting mina/shaunas prowess and they are real class acts, but a newcomer wouldn't necessarily know that.

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