Frequently asked questions
To help give you a better understanding of how our Climbing Wall operates, we have listed some frequently asked questions along with the answers.
The wall is located at the Pleasance Sports Complex & Gym, 46 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ.
To gain access, enter through the main entrance. The Climbing Wall is located at the back of the gym, past the squash courts and near the Sports Hall.
- Top roping
- Lead climbing
- 8 metre walls with varying angles
- 25 lines
- Abseil Platform
- 4.2 metre walls with varying angles
- Climbing Wall Reception
Between 75 – 100 routes
Between 60 – 100 boulder problems
In the Tower?
3 – 7B
In the Rock?
V0 – V9
No. You can boulder in the Rock without having to complete a Beginners course
If you want to use the Tower roped wall, then you must know how to put on a harness, tie an appropriate climbing knot and belay safely. If you do not know how to do any of the above, then a Beginners course is required.
A short refresher can be requested for anyone who needs a quick reminder of skills. If staff deem this to be more involved than a quick refresher, then they will suggest a Beginners Course.
You can teach your friend as long as you hold the relevant instruction qualification and insurance. These documents must be produced to the Wall in advance of the session. For more information on these, contact the Climbing Wall Team.
If you do not hold the above, then you cannot teach your friend.
Nope, we do not.
Yes, you can on all 25 lines. You need to:
- Be competent in performing lead climbing skills
- Be competent at lead belaying
- Bring your own lead rope to climb with
We’d recommend wearing something you’d feel comfortable climbing in, usually clothes you may wear to the gym.
Please take off rings and jewellery before you climb.
To climb in the Rock, you need climbing shoes, and, if you like, some chalk.
To climb in the Tower, you need climbing shoes, a climbing harness, belay device and karabiner (between 2), and, if you like, some chalk.
Climbing shoes, harness, belay device and karabiner hire are currently free.
Chalk can still be purchased at the front desk if desired.
You do need to have a Sport & Exercise gym membership to book a session at the wall. Currently, we are prioritising memberships for the University of Edinburgh students and staff as well as our existing members. This is to help manage our capacity, follow government social distancing guidelines and ensure a safe environment for everybody. Therefore, when we reopen, we will not be accepting any new community membership applications.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the main Pleasance changing rooms, lockers and showers/sauna are not currently available although you will have access to toilets.
However, the lockers outside the Bothy will still be available for people using the Tower but please note you will need to bring your own padlock as these will no longer be available to purchase from reception. The storage space underneath the benches in the Bothy will no longer be available.
People using the Rock will now be able to store their belongings in the room opposite the Rock.
The minimum age for using the gym is 16 years old, and this filters into the Climbing Wall. This may mean that your child is not old enough to use our facilities.
An organised kids group booking can be arranged in advance though, and this can be for kids aged 8 years old and up. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for price and more details.
All members need to pre-book sessions online 3 days in advance - our booking link will be available from 10 September 2020.
Members who are not registered for climbing are encouraged to do so online and at home before booking. Whenever you climb after that, you will sign in at the Bothy desk.
Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, we are not currently taking group bookings but please check back on our website for future updates.