Indoor climbing is a sport that builds fitness, strength, confidence, flexibility and balance. It is a full body and mind workout, coupled with good healthy exercise and a fun social vibe. It is for young and old, beginners and experienced climbers. At CityROCK you can experience this exciting and fast-growing sport in a safe and friendly environment.

How Does The Gym Work?

CityROCK caters for all levels of climbing. There are a myriad of different routes: from very easy beginner walls, to steep difficult and pumpy ones. The bigger the holds the easier the routes.

There are three sections to the climbing area of the gym:

Bouldering area

Great for first timers as you do not need experience. This is probably the easiest and least expensive way of getting into climbing.  All you need is a pair of shoes and a chalk bag.  There is no need for a climbing partner and does not require you to do a belay test. The routes are not high,( between 2 and 4 meters) and therefore do not require a rope.  Once you have finished a route, or your arms are giving up on you, you just jump off onto our soft foam mats.

Automatic belay wall

This is a great introduction to High Climbing as you do not need experience or require a climbing partner. The rope is attached at the top of the wall (around 8m)to a braking system in case of a fall, similar to a car seat belt, and will lower you gently back down to the ground.  A harness and shoes are required. A belay test is not necessary.

High wall climbing

this is probably the more complex kind of climbing and requires a climbing partner. An Introductory course (hyperlinked to Introductory course) is advisable unless you already have experience. The walls are between 5 and 10m high.  There are two types of climbing on these walls, top roping,  when the ropes are already threaded through top anchors, and lead climbing, where the climber climbs from the ground up clipping a rope into clips (quickdraws) in case of a fall.

All climbers irrespective of experience will be required to do a Belay test (hyperlinked), free of charge, before being allowed to climb on these walls.

Top rope climbing requires a partner, harness, shoes, chalk bag, locking carabiner and belay device.

Lead climbing requires the climber to have passed the Lead test (hyperlinked) (free of charge). Gear requirements are the same as for top roping, except that you will also need to bring your own rope as ropes are not for hire.

All gear is available for purchase through our gear shop upstairs (hyperlinked) or can be hired for a fee (hyperlinked to Rates) at the front desk.

For those wanting to learn how to lead, Lead Courses (hyperlinked) can be booked at our front desk.

The belay and lead tests are not negotiable and are there to ensure that everyone climbing in the gym has a basic knowledge of rope work.  This guarantees everyone’s safety which is our top priority.  Unsafe climbing practices will not be tolerated.

If you are completely new to indoor climbing and just want to see what it’s about you will have a choice of three options:

DIY – This includes bouldering (hyperlink this to the “Bouldering  area”) and our automatic belay wall (hyperlink to “Automatic belay wall”).

The cost of the DIY option includes day pass and gear rental:

Kids – R 125

Adults: R 150

Students – R 130

Test Drive

We also offer an option where you can book one of our staff members to belay you or your child on our main High climbing walls (hyperlinked to High Wall Climbing” below) (i.e. we manage the safety rope).

The cost of a “Test Drive” is the same as the DIY price plus R150 per hour for the instructor. It includes entrance and gear rental.

Test drives must be booked in advance as they are subject to availability of gear and instructors.