The Climbing

The Glasgow Climbing Centre features a mix of climbing styles from slabs and vertical walls to the steeply overhanging; from short boulder problems to athletic 16 meter routes. Whether you’re a humble beginner or a rock god, or something in between, there is something here for you.

Grades

We use the French grading system for roped climbs, and our routes span the grades from 3 to 8a.

For boulder problems we use the Fontainebleau grading system and typically have problems from 1 to 7c

International visitors may benefit from checking out Rockfax’s Grade Conversion page.

Route Setting

We aim to update all our routes every three months. It’s hard work and we welcome feed back on our Facebook page, GCC Routes and Setting.

Bouldering

Two dedicated bouldering areas – around 100 problems.

Bouldering is about climbing low level short climbs (Known as problems) above thick matting. It is both the easiest way into the sport of climbing (requiring minimal kit and training), and has the greatest potential for progression!

This course will teach you to boulder safely!

Top (aka Bottom) Roping

Over 40 top roping lines – hundreds of individual climbs to choose from.

Ropes are preplaced around the top of about half our walls. While the climber goes up, the Belayer holds the rope safe, and lowers the climber back down.

This course will teach you how to use our roped climbing walls safely!

Auto Belays

For those short of time or partners we have 7 TruBlue Mk2 Auto Belay units. They’re easy to use and offer a wealth of opportunity for training or just having fun. No need to learn knots, and no need for a climbing partner. Just clip on and climb!

This course will teach you how to use Autobelays safely!

Leading

We have over 20 lines of lead climbing and upward of 50 individual routes, up to 16 meters in height and in a wide range of angles and grades.

Lead climbing involved attaching the climbers rope to the walls “runners” while climbing. This is an advanced form of climbing, as close to climbing outdoors as we can manage.

Once you are climbing confidently on our roped walls, this course will advance your skills into lead climbing!

Routes info Dec 2018

 

Route Age

  • Routes <1 month old 61%
  • Routes 1-2 months old 39%
  • Routes 2 – 3 months old 0%

Routes Grades Spread

  • 4 or less 17.6%
  • 5 – 5+ 24%
  • 6a – 6a+ 20%
  • 6b – 6b+ 15.8%
  • 6c – 6c+ 12.4%
  • 7a – 7a+ 4.8%
  • 7b – 7b+ 3.4%
  • 7c – 7c+ 1%
  • 8a or harder 1%
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