A great activity for kids from 7 to 17 yrs old, although we also recommend “Redpoint Youth” for teenagers.
If you just want to give it a try, join a Rock Monkey Individual or Rock Monkey Holidays session. Scroll down for more information on these sessions.
If you know you want to come every week book onto Rock Monkey 1 & 2 – scroll down for more details. No experience necessary.
The program follows an nationally accredited award scheme (NICAS) which ensures progression and quality.
Rock Monkey Individual & Holidays
This is a great place to start! Rock Monkey Individual & Rock Monkey Holidays are for those who are just wanting to try climbing for a few sessions, or if you are unable to commit to a full term.
The focus is on fun and confidence building while teaching a few key skills such as knots and belaying.
How Much? £15 per session
How Long? 1.5 Hours
When? Wednesday & Friday : 16:30 – 18:00
Saturday & Sunday : 10:30 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 14:00
Over the school holidays we run extra sessions, see online booking for availability.
Rock Monkeys 1 & 2
This group is all about the grass-roots of climbing. By the time a child has finished our level 1&2 course they will have the skills to use the centre safely and understand how to use all the climbing equipment for top rope climbing.
These are the essential skills that will provide them with a safe and fulfilling climbing career. They will also be able to complete a large number of climbs as they build up their strength and confidence on our wide variety of routes.
When new Rock Monkeys join level 1 & 2 they will need to purchase a NICAS book from our reception. This helps both them and instructors to record their progress.
How Much? £16.50 per session (number of weeks, and therefore the price, per term may vary). Please note these sessions are fixed once booked and are non-refundable or transferable.
Rock Monkeys 3 & 4
It’s best to speak to us before booking onto this block-booked session. Usually participants on these sessions have been with us for a while and hold certificates for NICAS Level 1 & 2.
Level 3: To book onto this level you should hold NICAS level 1&2 certificates and be more than confident with top-roping and belaying safely. Level 3 focuses mostly on movement skills and improving your climbing grade, so be prepared to do a lot of bouldering!
Level 3+ focuses on preparation for entering NICAS level 4 and is an introduction to lead climbing with top-rope back-ups.
Level 4 concentrates on the skills required to lead climb proficiently. It aims to develop a self-motivated climber who has a wide range of skills and has reached a high level of competence, with a desire to progress by identifying and setting goals. On the first session the duty manager will speak to the parents and explain the risks involved in lead climbing. Parents will then need to fill out an Under 18 Supervised Lead Climbing consent form to ensure that they understand the changes from level 3 / 3+ to level 4.
There are 3 conditions for starting NICAS level 4 sessions:
– Must have completed a level 4 entry test during a previous Rock Monkey session
– Must be 12 years old (or will turn 12 in the next 3 months)
– Must have the maturity to be responsible for their own safety and the safety of their climbing partner (this will be at the discretion of the instructor during their level 3 Rock Monkey sessions)
For more info and booking of these levels see the buttons below; if you have any questions please email email@example.com
Flashpoint Youth @ Flashpoint
If you haven’t heard, we have a world class bouldering centre called Flashpoint Bristol. Flashpoint Youth will run on a similar format to Rock Monkeys with individual sessions and term sessions. Flashpoint Youth will skip the focus on NICAS, knot tying and belaying; instead sessions will be based on movement, technique and conditioning, developing participants’ abilities to move well and efficiently on the wall. All of these skills will be transferable to rope climbing, but will also progress participants toward becoming independent boulderers – opening up a world of fun, social climbing and community, as they move into their teenage years and beyond.
Due to the style of route setting at Flashpoint, these sessions are suited to climbers who are 12+ years.
For more information check out the Flashpoint website.