Climbing for the first time / Escalade : une première

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BC (before children), Brian and I used to go rock climbing together. Not having practiced in well over a decade, we booked a family induction session at Gravity, one of three indoor climbing centres in the greater Dublin area.

Instructor Theo spent over an hour with us, explaining the main safety rules and the basics of bouldering as a family.

The acorns took to climbing like fish to water. ‘Wouldn’t it be amazing to have my birthday party here?’ Mermaid asked halfway through the session.

True to his nickname, Squirrel took one look around, and off he went. At the best of times, we have trouble keeping him on the ground. Everywhere he goes, he climbs – up trees, walls, fences. If it is upright, it must be scaled.

Needless to say, he had little time for warm up exercises, advice and rules. Not once did he look less than utterly at ease. All nimble legs and strong grip, he climbed way out of our reach… and gave us the thumbs up from the top of the wall!

As for us, it only took a few minutes to get back into the groove of climbing. Next time, we’ll have to climb outdoors again.

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Dans notre vie d’avant (c’est-à-dire avant les enfants), Brian et moi faisions de l’escalade. N’ayant pas grimpé depuis plus de dix ans, nous avons réservé une séance familiale à Gravity, un des trois gymnases d’escalade de la couronne dublinoise.

Un moniteur nommé Théo a passé plus d’une heure avec nous, expliquant les régles de sécurité des lieux et les principes de la varappe en famille.

Les graines de chêne se sont immédiatement pris au jeu. “Ce serait génial de faire mon anniversaire ici, tu ne crois pas ?” a demandé Sirène au bout de quelques minutes seulement.

Digne de son surnom, Ecureuil a jeté un coup d’œil alentour et s’est lancé sans attendre. Nous avons du mal à le garder par terre. Où qu’il aille, il grimpe : murs, barrières, arbres, etc. Si c’est vertical, il faut l’escalader.

Alors il ne prit le temps ni de s’échauffer, ni d’écouter conseils et règlements. Et il s’est avéré étonnant d’aisance. Agile de jambes et solide de poigne, il a rapidement grimpé hors de notre portée… et nous a montré ses deux pouces du haut du mur !

Quant à nous, il ne nous a fallu que quelques minutes pour retrouver nos sensations. La prochaine fois, c’est en plein air que nous grimperons.DSC03207-001 DSC03165-001 DSC03194DSC03179-001 DSC03196DSC03170-001 DSC03152 DSC03173 DSC03158 DSC03186 DSC03190 DSC03189

Additional information

Gravity logoGravity Climbing Centre
6a Goldenbridge Industrial Estate
Inchicore
Dublin 8
Tel. +353 01 7078585
Email info@gravityclimbing.ie
Open Monday-Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-8pm.

Gravity offers acres of bouldering walls (i.e. no ropes involved) and colour-coded routes for all ability levels. Children from the age of 5 and beginners welcome. Induction sessions and coaching available, as well as group sessions, kids’ holiday camps, birthday parties, etc. Climbing shoes available to rent. All information, including prices and directions for motorists and public transport users available on their website.

Awesome Walls, with locations both in Dublin and Cork, and The Wall, in Sandyford, are the other climbing centres available in the Dublin area.


Pour en savoir plus

Gravity Climbing Centre
6a Goldenbridge Industrial Estate
Inchicore
Dublin 8
Tel. +353 01 7078585
Email info@gravityclimbing.ie
Ouvert lundi-vendredi 10h-22h, samedi-dimanche 10h-20h.

Gravity propose un vaste choix de murs de varappe (c’est-à-dire sans corde d’escalade) et de voies classées par couleur pour tous les niveaux. Enfants à partir de 5 ans et débutants bienvenus. Séances d’introduction et encadrement disponibles, ainsi que l’accueil de groupes, stages pour enfants, anniversaires, etc. Location de chaussures d’escalade. Pour tous renseignements supplémentaires, dont les tarifs et comment y accéder en voiture ou en transport public, consultez le site.

Awesome Walls, présent à Dublin et à Cork, et The Wall, à Sandyford, sont les deux autres centres d’escalade de la couronne dublinoise.

3 Responses to “Climbing for the first time / Escalade : une première

  • Looks like you had a great time! I tried it for the first time a few months ago and am hooked, though not managed to climb for a few weeks now, looking forward to going again. Fabulous pics and glad the little ones had fun!

    • Thank you for commenting and well done you for trying it too! It is pretty addictive, isn’t it? When I first tried many, many years ago, I was immediately hooked too, which really took me by surprise. Hope you get to go again real soon! x

  • It looks like great fun and something that I would like to try. Don’t think I’ll be quite as graceful as you and your family though!

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