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Back to our Routes: Meet ‘Parthian Climbing’

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The news is breaking, the cat’s out of the bag, we have something big to tell you. We’ve been working away for quite some time now, and as of Monday 5th April, we’re thrilled to announce we’re changing our group name to ‘Parthian Climbing.’

So why the big change?

To explain that, we need to go all the way back to the beginning.

In the late nineties we had the idea of opening a wall in the Manchester area. In 2002, we found the iconic Grade 2 listed building of St Benedict’s Church and after two years of planning applications, diocese dealings and purchasing wranglings, Manchester Climbing Centre was born. Soon after we opened a second site in Harrogate followed by a third in Reading.

We created the Climbing Centre Group to link these three sites, and over the last decade we’ve delivered a high quality experience across all of them. However, as time has passed we’ve become increasingly aware that people don’t see them as part of the same group. With the upcoming addition of our fourth centre in Southampton, the time was right to bring all our sites under one unified brand. ‘Parthian Climbing.’

Why Parthian Climbing?

The idea of Parthian Climbing takes us back to our roots on the windswept moors of Yorkshire and the Peak District. ‘Parthian Shot’ is a world-famous route first climbed by the founder of Manchester Climbing Centre, John Dunne, in 1989. As this was an iconic route, not just for our founder but the entire UK climbing scene, it seemed a fitting name to link our heritage and future development. Bringing communities and centres together, it will help us build a brighter future for indoor and outdoor climbing in the UK.

What does this mean for our current sites?

As we transition to Parthian Climbing our sites will change too. Our websites and social media handles will change – with each site identified via Parthian Climbing Manchester, Harrogate, Reading or Southampton respectively – setting us up for future sites and developments. The rebrand will also see us align our memberships into a northern and southern offering. That means you can access multiple sites, at no extra cost.

From all of us here at Parthian Climbing, we’re super excited about the change and hope to be announcing our return in the next few days.

John Dunne, April 2021

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