When we opened, Highball was a fairly male dominated environment, however, that is now changing for the better.
We like to think this is down to our monthly ladies nights, which run on the first Monday of every month. Each month we offer free coaching to existing female climbers, plus BIG offers on Bouldering Inductions and Taster Sessions, for those who want to give it a go.
The biggest challenge we hear is ‘I’ve got no upper body strength’, but strength is only one element of climbing. There’s balance, movement and flexibility too, and in our opinion, females tend to be better in these areas than your male counterparts. And you listen too, which makes you easier to coach… but don’t tell the boys that!
Ladies Bouldering Inductions: £5 (Usually £20!)
It’s for people new to the sport of indoor bouldering (climbing without ropes and harnesses), or for traditional climbers who have not used indoor bouldering facilities. No experience necessary. Age 18+
Bouldering is climbing at a low level (up to 4.5 meters) without using ropes or harnesses for safety. The Ladies Night Bouldering Induction is a one off 60 minute group session (1:1’s are available to book separately) which teaches you all you need to know to climb safely on indoor bouldering walls.
We will cover all the basic aspects of indoor bouldering including health and safety, climbing wall etiquette and key techniques, to help get you off on the right foot – or left – and you’ll even learn some of the lingo.
After this session you should feel confident to register as a climber (bouldering only), which will allow you to climb unsupervised and also supervise up to 2 guests. Note: This induction does not cover indoor climbing walls (using ropes and harnesses).
Ladies Climbing Wall Taster: £5 (Usually £10!)
The climbing wall taster session is lead by one of our qualified instructors – female if possible – in a group of 6 maximum. Minimum Age – 18yrs
During the 60 minute taster, you’ll get to experience indoor climbing using harnesses and ropes for safety. You’ll work together in groups of 2 or 3, under supervision, to get in as much climbing as you can. You’ll also have a go at climbing on the ‘auto belays’, devices which automatically lower you down to the ground.
This taster is unique to ladies nights, and great value at just £5. pp
Ladies Coaching (FREE on ladies nights!)
Our Coaching Sessions are run for ladies by ladies (in most instances) all evening during Ladies Night. They are great for any age or ability we just ask that you are a competent boulderer and do not need supervision. The coaches that run your session will ask what you would like to get from it and base the session on the general consensus of the group. They are a great way to learn new skills, meet other ladies and have fun at the same time, often we see the same faces each month which is great. Did we mention that they are also free? No need to pay for the coaching but you will have to pay normal entry to the centre. You can book online and often we have spaces on the night so you can ask at reception.