/ Reading Climbing Centre
Just throughing this out there so that the staff get recognised for their effort, i am now back in reading for christmas and fully intend on spending as much time their as possible.
For anyone who is thinking of heading up their definitely give it a go as its a super chilled venue with some fantastic new routes.
hehe, I haven't been since just after it opened. I was thinking of going this week, maybe I'll give it a miss for a few months then :)
Might be going there tonight, but doesn't look like many of the group will make it and it's bloody cold in there - "super chilled" is about right, as it was freezing cold BEFORE the snow arrived!
It's a good wall, apart from that.
My only 2 criticisms so far are there's next to nothing in the way of features (it's almost all flat panels with bolt on holds) and the floor walkers aren't enforcing the belaying signs about standing close to the bottom of the routes.
It's a great venue and good to see the routes already being re-set. I agree with previous posts that the wall is way too cold for training. Will be staying away until the something is done about the heating.
The staff are approachable, professional and happy to discuss the route grades.
Keep it up.
I was there tonight (it wasn't completely freezing) and while there were people moaning about the cold I was climbing in a vest and shorts...
Suck it up, climb more while you are there and take a jumper/down jacket for belaying. Simple.
For those moaning about the cold- stop climbing with your shirts off then you posers!
Seriously though, good wall, my only issue is its a bit pricey. As for the cold, you are allowed to wear jumpers in there you know...
I like the bouldering a lot but not yet blown away by the routes. Hopefully there will be a monster steep wall at the far end!
Yes it takes a little longer to warm up but if you take it steady to begin with i haven't found it a problem. We're all ecstatic when it's this cold and dry in the peak district after all!
The staff are very friendly. Not sure how the shop makes any money though as there is always at least two mmbers of staff chatting behind the till in what is quite a small shop!
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