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Devons Most Exciting Adventure Centre

Bouldering has exploded in popularity over the past few years, partly due to the introduction of climbing in the 2020 Olympics. And, here at Rock and Rapid Adventures, we’re all for it!

We recently opened up our very own brand new state-of-the-art bouldering centre, set over 400sqm of awesome arches, islands, slab routes, kids’ routes and much more! We also have our own specialist training room, featuring a famous 45-degree ‘woody’ for those who want to progress their skills even further.

If you’re searching for the ultimate indoor bouldering in Devon, you’re in the right place! Our state-of-the-art bouldering gym in Devon boasts over a thousand climbing holds from Euroholds, all regularly re-set to the highest of professional standards, in Font style, with a monthly comp circuit added in for good measure!

What is bouldering?

But what exactly IS bouldering? Put simply, bouldering is climbing at a lower level without ropes. However, there is much more to it than this – whilst bouldering is technically a stripped-back version of roped climbing, it actually requires its own unique technique to reach the highest level.

Bouldering is a fantastic sport for beginner climbers to get involved with, because it doesn’t require any specialist experience or equipment – you can just pop on a pair of rental climbing shoes and hit the walls! After a short induction session, you will have learnt all of the basic safety principles and techniques, and you can quickly begin developing your skills.

Many people will tell you that bouldering is more physically intensive than regular climbing, because you can’t rely on the tension of the rope and support from your belayer. This is true – bouldering routes tend to be ‘short and powerful’ – but this doesn’t mean they can’t also be technically challenging. You will find lots of different styles of climbing in the bouldering centre, from arm-intensive overhangs to ‘crimpy’ routes on slabs that require careful balance.

However, bouldering is also a mental sport. Without ropes, climbers are forced to slow down and consider carefully where and how to make their next move and bring together all of the elements from strength and foot placement to balance and speed to avoid falling.

 

Bouldering centre North Devon

How it Works

Our bouldering centre is set out in ‘Font style’. This is the grading system inspired by the famous bouldering hotspot of Fontainebleau Forest in France, where climbers flock year-round to hone their skills. In our bouldering centre in North Devon, we use the colour-coded system, with five recommended routes set around the walls in different colours according to difficulty. The yellow route is perfect for beginners and provides a basis from which to progress to the orange, blue, red and black routes as your skills progress.

The routes are re-set every two weeks and a different competition circuit is added in each month so that you will always have a newly exciting and challenging experience when you visit us for a session!

Why try out bouldering?

There are so many reasons to try out bouldering. If you’re looking for a way to get fit or tone-up with a holistic, full-body workout, bouldering offers a great alternative to the gym. It’s a judgement-free zone full of other supportive climbers who will help you out with advice (or, as we call it, ‘beta’) – and it’s never boring. You don’t have to do repetition after repetition to build up your arm muscles in a bouldering cave; climbing does that for you, without you even noticing!

But it’s more than just a workout. Bouldering is an incredibly fun and engaging activity, which will give an adrenaline rush and a confidence boost to climbers of all abilities and ages. Come along with a group of friends and you can have a great laugh trying out different routes and encouraging each other along the way!

Want more info about bouldering at Rock and Rapid Adventures? Give us a call on 01769 309 003!

What people say rock and rapid

"The children were challenged"

Rock and Rapid testimonial

We had a great stay. The children were challenged in a positive way.

Ide School / School Residential

"Brilliant fun"

Rock and Rapid testimonial

Really good day out and cater for all levels of ability. As complete beginners we were a bit nervous to begin with but soon got up to speed. Very good value for money.

Darren J, Worcester / Indoor Climbing

"Great rainy day activity for all the family"

Rock and Rapid testimonial

As a family of five who like to try new things, I can’t recommend this enough. The staff member who helped us was top class. Friendly, accommodating and keen. Although, we were all at different levels of experience, some of us complete notices at climbing – we all managed to spend an enjoyable couple of hours.

Emma E / Indoor Climbing

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