Instructor Courses Running at RCC this Spring


16 Hr First Aid Course

Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st April 2015


CWA Training – Now Fully Booked!

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April 2015

The Climbing Wall Award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to supervise climbers on purpose built artificial climbing walls and boulders. It is ideal for people who work at climbing walls or at venues with permanent or mobile climbing towers.

Is it for me?

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 17 years old (18 at assessment)
  • You should have at least 6 months of experience of using a variety of climbing walls
  • You should have an interest in climbing and in supervising groups on climbing walls

CWLA Training

Thursday 7th May 2015

This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to teach lead climbing skills on indoor or outdoor artificial climbing walls and structures with fixed protection. It builds on the skills gained through either the Climbing Wall Award or Single Pitch Award, one of which candidates must hold to access the Climbing Wall Leading Award scheme.

Is it for me?

Registration for the Climbing Wall Leading Award is an application process, during which your experience of logged sessions as a Climbing Wall Award holder or Single Pitch Award holder, along with your personal indoor climbing experience, is taken into account.

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must hold either the Climbing Wall Award or the Single Pitch Award
  • You must have an up to date logbook (ideally DLOG) with evidence of the following…
  • 50 led routes
  • Climbed at 3 different major climbing walls
  • Belayed a lead climber 50 times
  • 25 lead routes at grade F6a on indoor climbing walls
  • 20 supervising sessions after passing either Climbing Wall Award or Single Pitch Award
  • A referee within your digital logbook who can endorse your experience

CWA Assessment

Thursday 28th May 2015


For more info on how to book please email


Easter Holiday Sessions, Courses & Opening Times


This Easter Reading Climbing Centre has a host of activities happening every day to keep the whole family active and entertained!

The holiday activities include:

  • Full day kids holiday club
  • Daily Little Monkeys classes for 5&6 year olds
  • Daily Rock Its classes for 7-11 year olds
  • Kids Intro to Climbing Course for 5&6 year olds
  • Kids Intro to Climbing Course for 7-11 year olds
  • Family/friends Climbing Taster Session, to book at a time to suit you (as available)

For a full timetable of courses and to book online, please check our bookings page.

Easter Opening Hours

Well the good news is, we are open as normal….

Monday to Friday: 10am – 10pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Happy Easter!!!!


Coaches Blog: La Sportiva Winter Bouldering League – The Final

Winter Bouldering League Reading

Final Podium Positions

V4 – V8+ Category

Male Female Male Junior Female Junior
1st Matt Varela-Christie 1st Liv Hatt 1st Luke Fletcher 1st Rebecca Kirtland
2nd Kris Suriyo 2nd Lucy Englert 2nd Joe Olson 2nd Lily Dekic
3rd Kyle Steadman 3rd Ctarin Rose 3rd Ben Barnard-Edwards 3rd Ellen Jeffries
4th Fabian Ahomer 4th Abi Boyce 4th Alex Brett 4th Cara Hunt

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VB – V4 Category

Male Female Male Junior Female Junior
1st Oliver Light 1st Cat Morgan 1st Saveliy Obraztsov 1st Ella Jacobs
2nd Ryan Ash 2nd Laura Bowle 2nd AJ Tollet
3rd John Buck 3rd Kate Radcliffe 3rd Alek Dekic
4th Peter Eastland 4th Sam Cartwright 4th Billy Seymour

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For the full league results excluding the Grand Final please click here….


With Winter now coming to an end, and Spring just round the corner W.B.L comes to a close. With a week’s worth of preparation, and the boulder wall getting a face lift, the Final was set to see a showdown. Thursday saw Guest Setter Yann Genoux joining local boy Rob Lloyd and In-house setter Danny setting the Final Blocs. The newly developed “Comp wall” saw brand new volumes from x-cult and crazy coloured holds going up all over the place! The hanging slab saw some scary stuff, with the main face being elongated by a substantial amount. The curtains were drawn, with the wall to be unveiled on comp day!

Friday saw Rob and Danny setting the qualifiers, with the normal Black and Yellow blocs being set around the wall. 20 blocs in total ranging from VB – V7 were scattered amongst the circuits including some real funky stuff! With blocs set it was time to test, with some tweaking to ensure all the blocs were world class. Without blowing our own trumpets, the blocs for the final were some of the best we have seen here at Reading Climbing Centre.

Saturday saw an early start, with competitors eagerly turning up to see what all the social033_AFP_WBLF-21 media hype was about. Twitter and facebook for the past week had seen many updates with new volumes, so psyche was high. 10am things kicked off, with the crowds gathering, a quick briefing and the tunes were blasting out as were the competitors on the blocs. With double points on hand there was everything to play for in the final round. A few early score cards handed in really mixed up the standings! Lyon Equipment were on hand with selection of gear for everyone to check out, kindly manned by Jim Pope and his dad Nick, thanks be to both of them for their support!

With 1pm coming sooner than expected the standard rush to get score cards in before cut off, saw reception busier than ever. Last minute points made all the difference, with the league results changing with every input of a score card! Once scores were in, the categories were set with the top 4 places going through to the finals to battle it out. Finalists made their way to isolation, before viewing the three blocs they’d be competing on, on the now unveiled comp wall. Once viewing times were over it was down to business with Junior categories up first. All finalists put in a stern performance with Ella Jacobs (being the only Finalist in her age group) climbing her heart out to top all three final problems. In other age groups Alex Dekic, climbed his way into second with Saveliy Oraztsov smashing his third bloc to be crowned champion. The higher Junior category was fiercely fought out with Rebecca Kirtland being a clear winner, and the boys scraping it out to see Luke Fletcher climbing his way to first place.068_AFP_WBLF-57

042_AFP_WBLF-31Second bout of finals were the adults, which after the qualifiers was sure to be a real battle of the biceps! First out was the VB – V4 category with noticeable performance from both Laura Bowle and Ryan Ash regular attendees of all the rounds, climbing their way to second place respectively. The others pulled hard to see Oliver Light and Cat Morgan stepping into top spots on the podium, great efforts all round. Now it was time for the biceps to start bulging with, the V5 – V8+ category stepping out into the limelight! The blocs were the hardest yet, with some intimidating holds making the judges hands sweat just marking. A few screams, grunts and gasps later the finals were almost up, coming down to the final Female bloc to see who would pip the other to the title. Lucy Englert took the final win, however gracefully stepped down having only attended the final round, allowing series winner Olivia Hatt to stand in top spot.

With Prizes and podiums now over, it was time for the masses to leave, what an incredible atmosphere to finish up this years La Sportiva Winter Bouldering League. Thanks be to Lyon Equipment, GroundUp Cafe, Urban Rock and Beta Climbing Designs for their help and support through the series. Roll on the Summer Showdown where this year could see a few mix ups… Keep your ears out for more and stay psyched!

Blog by Danny Haynes and photos courtesy of Andy Fleming and to check out the whole event click here….

A massive thank you to Anne Wilson Illustrations for designing our WBL Final tees, they look amazing and are still on sale at reception!


Winter Bouldering League 2015 Final

After a whole Winter of competing it all comes down to this!

This Saturday 28th March, sees our 2015 La Sportiva Winter Bouldering League coming to a finale and what an event we have in store! With guests setters including Yann Genoux, Rob Lloyd & RCC Setter Danny Haynes, brand new volumes, limited edition event tees designed by RCC regular Anne Wilson, amazing grub from Ground Up Café, La Sportiva boot demo from sponsored athlete and Junior GB member Jim Pope as well as an exciting new Bouldering Competition Wall format to be revealed at the Grand Final we are psyched for the event!

Get yourselves down from 10am and get involved!

Winter Bouldering League Reading


Reading Half Marathon 2015 Route

Please be aware of the below closures and access route to RCC due to road closures for this years Half Marathon…

Good luck to all competing and especially any RCC customers!

Reading Half Marathon 2015