Once everyone is fully confident with belaying its time to get started. One person gets clipped into our belaying devices, one person gets clipped into our backup belaying device and one lucky person gets to test all the skills they’ve learnt and climb. Our climbing wall has two sides, every climber will start off on the easier side to get used to the wall. You will use your problem-solving skills to figure out a way to climb up onto our tricky ledge on the first half of the wall. Then communication with your instructor and your team mates is the key to figuring out a way to the top. See if you can support each other as a group, to make sure everyone pushes out of their comfort zone and rings the bell at the top of the wall.
Once everyone is confident with the wall, your instructor will open up the second side as well for even more of a challenge. There’s no ledge to have to deal with, but you’ll need all your leg power and grip to push yourself up with these small holds. The more you push yourself, the more fun things you’ll get to do on the wall. Try racing your friends to see who can reach that bell first.
At the end of the session the staff at Lakewood lodge want you to leave itching to climb again, with the knowledge and skills needed to do that. You’ll leave with belaying skills, climbing techniques, communication skills, and confidence. Maybe you’re facing a fear and trying something new, maybe you’re practising something you already know. Either way you’ll leave our Climbing Wall with something.