/ Indoor climbing, West Cornwall
Now we're moving to Cornwall (near St Ives), and I'm looking to keep up, as is my daughter, who is a real talent (she's 10 and has lead at 6a)
We've only been doing it about nine months, and because of the weather and other commitments, we've only really climbed outdoors a couple of times - which is a way of me explaining why we're interested in indoor climbing with all that Cornish rock around.
I've had a look online, and have seen Granite Planet - anyone used the place and can tell me how good/bad/indifferent it is, or if there are any other centres which I've missed.
Granite Planet is nowhere near as big as your previous wall, however there is a fair amount of climbing there and (I hear) a really good social atmosphere.
Your next closet wall will be The Barn, again not 23m high, but superb routes and bouldering.
Definitely worth having a look on this site...
Loads of friendly people and you may find other people in your area to lift share/climb with etc.
If you're desperate for a higher wall then there is High Sports in Plymouth, but that's a very long way to go for an indoor wall.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad there's a centre at all. I imagine there are plenty of places where I could be driving for hours to find one. Glad to hear the place is friendly. I imagine once moved down to Cornwall, It'll be one of the first things I check out (that and sea Kayaking).
Again, thanks for the input, and hope to see those who use PG soon.
Hi, I've got to say that GP is about the most uninspiring climbing atmosphere i've witnessed, the routes are just holds bolted to the walls, rather than thoughtfully placed to mimic certain rock types and the movement and technique required, as they get harder the holds just become smaller and less frequent, although there is a couple of good routes. They are building a new area but have been for for about a year, nothing really going on.
THe Barn though is very different, i live near GP but drive to The Barn as often as i need to, well worth it, excellent bordering, route setting is also excellent, and the atmosphere is very friendly and buzzing.
Try both, you may like them both equally!
Maybe the key question is what would it take to get you more able to take advantage of the natural rock resources in Cornwall? I suspect this may be your better angle.
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