Want to climb indoors? Check the latest guidance

Posted by Daniel Middleton on 21/05/2021
Photo credit: James Hawkins

As things start to open up, we take a look at the latest rules and guidance for indoor climbing in England and Wales. Pulling on the plastic may be back on the menu but check the do's and don'ts first to make sure you and others have a safe and enjoyable time.

Many climbing walls are now open again, and our aching forearms and skinless fingers bear witness to just how much we've missed them. Let's check on the latest guidance for indoor climbing for each country as of May 17th and help keep ourselves and others safe.

England

Indoor walls are able to open with social distancing and mask wearing rules remaining in place. Always follow good hygiene practice and don't go if you feel unwell. You can climb with or be belayed by a partner who is not in your household or bubble, and you can car share if precautions are taken. Clubs and groups can meet indoors if there are up to six people, but always check with your wall first to find out what their arrangements are and if this is permitted.

Wales

Indoor walls are also open in Wales, car sharing is not recommended but organised activities are permitted indoors in groups of up to 30.

Whilst it is important to remember to follow Covid guidelines, take extra care to climb and boulder safely especially if you are a bit rusty. Warm up well to avoid injury and remember to always be considerate of your fellow climbers.

For North of the border read and follow the latest guidance from Mountaineering Scotland

WATCH: How to be a better indoor climber on BMC TV


We want to say a big thanks to every BMC member who continues to support us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t do it without you.

Did you know that we've just launched a new U27 membership offer for just £1 / month? And with full membership from £1.66 / month, it's never been easier to join and support our work: 

https://membership.thebmc.co.uk/campaign/indoor-climbing


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