Highball Norwich is a dedicated climbing centre; all our team are experienced climbers and our qualified coaches and instructors are able to develop climbers of all abilities, whether you’re climbing for the first time or want coaching and support for long term goals. Highball is the biggest climbing centre in East Anglia.
We featured in Trail Magazine’s Top Ten Climbing Centre’s (June 2015) in 8th, and climbers who visit from afar, like oop north, are always very complimentary – which is nice!
Norfolk's First Dedicated Climbing Centre
Almost 600m2 of bouldering walls up to 4.5m high
State of the art safety matting system.
The largest competition grade bouldering wall in East Anglia
Lead and Top Roped Climbing up to 7.5m
Warm up/Cool down area
Beastmaker Training Boards
Café serving great coffee, tea and homemade cakes
A 4 room Multidisciplinary Clinic offering Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Sports Massage and more
Cake & Coffee
The Beta Café – Fresh, Local & Organic
We believe the coffee machine is the beating heart of any modern climbing centre. Our #BetaCafe smashes out home made cakes and toasties and ciabattas and pork rolls and soups and pizza…..Oh, and we serve a good cup of tea too.
The #BetaCafe is a firm favourite with our customers. Every member of our crew is a trained barista and we take pride in serving you an excellent cup of coffee – however you like it.
But if tea is more your…… cup of tea, we have been known to make a good brew too! We’ve lots of different teas to try, from the standard issue English Breakfast to a super charged, detoxifying Matcha Green Tea from our range of Tea Pigs.
So whether you’re climbing, watching or just want to pop in for a little treat,
The bouldering areas have over 600m2 of bouldering surface most of which is up to 4.5m high. We have every wall angle you can think of, slab, vertical, steep and overhanging plus a huge free standing boulder. There’s normally 8 circuits on the walls with around 20 problems per circuit. This means we’ve always around 160+ boulder problems between Font 3 to 7c-ish.
Problems are nicely spread out – we don’t like cramped walls – and circuits are reset every 6-8 weeks by some of the best route setters in the world.
The double sided ‘Hightanic’ has 18x7m lines with at least 2 routes per line, We have in-situ ropes for top rope climbers, 2 auto belays and almost all lines can also be lead climbed.
Grades range from F4 to F7a and we have specific routes for Junior Climbers and those working towards their National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS)
Routes are reset every 4 months
“It’s one of the best boards in the country” – Ben West
We’re proud of our little Training Area. We’ve a 40 degree Beastmaker Woody and a huge campus board featuring rungs, rolls, spheres and other interesting stuff.
We’re just about to add a new funky floor area with cool bits of cross training kit and some hanging equipment too, which will make the training area much more inclusive and useful for those who find steep boards and small rungs a bit much!
Our stamina board is one of the biggest in the country – 6m wide, 4.5 high and 20 degrees overhanging. There’s normally 6 infinite circuits on the board from F5 to F7c. The board is reset every 6 months.
THE DMM COMP WALL
The biggest competition bouldering wall in the UK. Quite a statement, we know. More importantly, size isn’t everything – It’s also bloody good. Vert, slab, roof, steep – it’s got it all and with space to spare. Setting a competition is a doddle; you can really go to town and competing on it is as close to World Cup as you can get – without all that expensive jet setting!
The DMM Comp wall is available to The GB Bouldering Teams for training and comp prep, and to the national Junior Bouldering Comp Series too, if they want to use it. However, we’ve been told – in a round about way – that as Norwich isn’t directly attached to the M1 or A1, it’s unlikely we’ll see you over here (not very inclusive, we know). But, our offer’s always there, we’re really not that far away (ask The Big Flash Competitors!)…