Climbing and Abseiling Course in Sussex

Combine two exciting sports in our climbing and abseiling course to really get your adrenaline going! Our climbing and abseiling course is the perfect day of adventure. Learn how to rock climb outdoors on the sandstone of Harrison's Rocks in Sussex/Kent before an exhilarating time abseiling down a 33ft (10m) purpose-built abseiling tower.

Our Climbing and Abseiling course is the perfect way to experience the exciting sport of rock climbing. You'll have the best climbing instruction from our highly qualified and experienced instructors who will teach you the basics of rock climbing. Scale your way to the top of the rocks and experience an electrifying feeling and an amazing sense of achievement when you complete a tricky move or a climb. No matter what your climbing ability we'll help you to accomplish your goals, whether it's reaching the top or just getting your feet off the ground!

After a well earned break the abseiling begins! Face your fears and feel the adrenaline as you entrust the rope and lean back over the edge of our purpose-built 33ft abseil tower. Once you've mastered the basics of abseiling, our instructors will give you the option to take up various challenges including abseiling with no hands or even blindfolded abseiling...if you're feeling brave enough!

Our climbing and abseiling course is an enjoyable day out for everyone. You'll learn the basics of climbing and abseiling, meet like minded people and enjoy being outdoors and active!

Want to focus solely on rock climbing? Take a look at our Climbing Experience or Introduction to Rock Climbing courses. Fancy the thrill of abseiling but don't want to have to climb up first? Try our Abseiling Experience.

Information

Season

March to October

Duration

7hrs (Climbing 4hrs / Lunch & Travel 1hr / Abseiling 2hrs)

Group Size

4-12

Restrictions

Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 19 stone (120kg)

Aim

An introductory course into the world of rock climbing and abseiling. The perfect taster sessions to learn the techniques needed to get started in these fantastic sports.

Who is it for?

Ideal for the complete beginner or someone who wants to take previous indoor climbing / abseiling experience outdoors.

Prerequisites

A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Groups

Group bookings can be arranged:

£95pp (Group Size 4-6)
£91pp (Group Size 7-8)
£87pp (Group Size 9-10)
£83pp (Group Size 11-12)

Please note that all group bookings will be available for others to book, unless booking for a minimum of 6 people.

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Itinerary

Rock Climbing

The climbing experience starts with an introduction and safety briefing from our climbing instructors. We then head to the rocks for some warm up bouldering problems. You instructors will then show you how to fit your climbing harness and helmet. Then comes the techy part as we teach you how to tie your climbing knotts and belay each other using group belay methods.

Once the basics are learnt the fun really begins as you scale the 30-40ft rocks! You’ll learn about correct climbing technique and experience some great sandstone climbs at Harrisons rocks.

Abseiling

After the climbing there is an hour lunch break to eat, realax and travel to the abseiling venue where some other customers will usually join us. Because of the soft nature of the sandstone rocks in the South East, abseiling is not permitted as this would cause too much damage. A 20min drive is required to get to our next venue (transport not provided - please see the transport section).

After a safety briefing, we introduce you to the abseiling equipment and abseil techniques, then you'll soon be whizzing down the 30ft (10m) abseil tower. As you build in confidence, we'll challenge you to try it no handed or blind fold!

Skills Covered

  • Safety awareness
  • Knots
  • Group belaying
  • Bouldering
  • Hand and foot techniques
  • Basic climbing techniques
  • Route grades
  • Climbing etiquette
  • Abseiling techniques
  • Confidence tests
  • Blindfold abseiling
Locations

Climbing and abseiling sessions are run at 2 venues in Sussex and Kent

Equipment

Equipment supplied

All rock climbing and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Ropes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belaying device and karabiners

Equipment needed

For all outdoor climbing courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Comfortable clothing, suitable for the time of year*
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Trainers**
  • Rucksack
  • Packed lunch and plenty of water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn.

*Clothing should comprise of several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry.

**Please wear soft-soled shoes such as trainers; you are not permitted to wear walking boots etc. as these damage the rocks. Please remember that the rocks are a short distance from the car park so it important to put all of your kit in a suitable size rucksack, leaving space for climbing equipment.

Transport

Please note that due to the soft nature of the rocks in the South East, abseiling is not permitted as this would cause too much damage. You will need to drive (approx. 20mins) to our purpose built abseil tower as there is no easy public transport between the rocks and the abseiling. - Lift sharing with other customers or our instructors can often be arranged.