The Climbing Hangar Reading will offer "Berkshire's best value bouldering" plus a gym and a coffee shop Press Release

The Climbing Hangar's all-new bouldering gym in Reading is offering unlimited climbing for just £1 more than a single day pass.  

Hangar Reading opens to the public on Monday 30 January 2023.

In addition to a 14,500 square foot bouldering wall with 250 climbs on the latest holds, there are digital training boards, a strength training gym and a cafe, serving great food, coffee, craft beers and our signature sourdough pizzas. 

The Climbing Hangar wants make climbing as affordable as possible at a time when many consumers are budgeting and making sacrifices. The brand believes physical and mental wellbeing are too important to cut when times are tough.

Ged Macdomhnaill, the founder of The Climbing Hangar, explains: "When we budget, we make difficult choices, like choosing between a workout, or a hang out with our mates. Our aim is to create a space where people can do both."  

He continues: "Just like lockdown, we now risk being isolated from our friends and loved ones by the rising cost of living. It's just as important to me that climbers and non-climbers have a space in which they can connect with others, and feel good about themselves, without breaking the bank.  

"At Hangar Reading, if you sign up before we open, you'll get your first month unlimited climbing for just £14.99, and then it's just £20 per month from there, with your hire kit included. This is less than half the going rate in the area.

"For the cost of a Mars bar a day, you can climb, hit the gym or relax with your friends. No need to choose." 

The Climbing Hangar currently boasts 8 gyms around the UK. They are a popular choice for UK climbers, but there's more to The Climbing Hangar, than simply climbing. 

When Ged founded the brand, he did it with the whole experience in mind.  

"The way we see it, you don't need to enjoy climbing to love great food, music and a variety of socials, screenings and events. Climbers have families and non-climbing friends too! So, a warm welcome and a smile comes as standard for everyone. The Hangar isn't a gym. It's a hub. It's a community, and we're bringing it to Berkshire." 

The Climbing Hangar Reading will launch with a packed weekly class and event timetable, including Hangar Women Rock: a weekly group climbing session run by women for women. Every month the gym will also host customer socials, screenings, climbing competitions or challenges. 

Ged continues: "I figured out, early on, that those of us who eat, sleep and breathe climbing can climb more often if our mates or loved ones want to spend time at the Hangar too. Sometimes I meet my parents at The Hangar for breakfast, but always after a quick session!" 

Former bouldering world champion, and Hangar ambassador, Shauna Coxsey has trained in the company's gyms for a decade. She says: 

"Growing up as a competitive athlete, I dragged my family to climbing centres all over the world and in those days quality coffee and fresh food weren't always on the menu. Ged and the Hangar team care deeply about everyone who comes through the door. And if my family, as onlookers, are happy, then I'm happy and climb better too. 

"It's perfect to be able to go somewhere where everyone can have a really nice time without a compromise on something as important as lunch!" 

For a limited time only, customers can get their first month's membership for just £14.99. This is a mere 99p more than the cost of a single Pay As You Go entry.  

Simply sign up for membership by Friday 27 January to get the best deal.  

You'll also receive an invitation to The Climbing Hangar Reading's exclusive VIP opening weekend, taking place 28 to 29 January. It's your chance to be amongst the very first climbers on the wall. But limited spaces are available. 

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13 Jan

Good to see some levelling up with a Liverpool based company subsidising the leisure activities of those poor people of Berkshire!

I’m just jealous being 50 minutes from my nearest wall, this does seem great value

18 Jan

It seems highly unlikely that there is any cross subsidising going on, apart from anything it make no business sense, more likely, the Reading venue expects, rightly or wrongly, more members relative to the price of its rent than the Liverpool based operations. Apologies if it was just a joke

its just a pricing tactic, the centres tend to be £15/m before they open, then up to £20 after the opening and it then climbs steadily as the customer base matures to between £30-50/m as for the subsidsing, yeh the current centers support the opening of more, i wouldn't call it subsidising though as these centres are designed from the ground for profitability first and climbing second. they also share holds and staff. OJ (picture 2 in the article) joined Hangar Plymouth and now sets at, at least, thier south west locations

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