Winter Bouldering League 2015/16


It’s back!!!!!! As the nights grow darker and the weather declines, the Winter Bouldering League returns to keep your psyche levels high and your climbing technique tip-top!

With a social focus, this is a competition aimed to bring climbers of all ages and abilities together, to climb the great problems, improve their skill levels over the season and most of all, have fun!

This year, we return to the standard 3 categories including Juniors (under 16), Adult and Vets (40+) category, plus Male/Female split. The League ends with a grand final event, with La Sportiva athlete Neil Gresham in attendance to give advice, hang out with everyone and, all importantly, to award the prizes! The final problems are all worth double-points, giving you a last chance to really boost your overall score.

It’s not all about the final score though, there will be random spot prizes throughout the winter, maybe for being the most helpful to other competitors, the craziest beta on a problem, most stylish ascent, the possibilities are endless!

Scorecards cost £1 per round and are available from reception when you arrive. Each round starts at 6pm, see you there!

Keep posted for more info to be released on our Facebook & Twitter pages….

Lead Climbing Championships sponsored by Petzl


Lead Championships

Back for its third year, the Petzl sponsored Lead Climbing Championship is a collaboration between one of the best known climbing equipment brands in the world, and four of the UK’s most respected climbing centres. With rounds in Manchester, Harrogate, Reading Climbing Centres and our new Huddersfield Climbing Centre, it is truly a national lead climbing competition!

Competitors can take part in one, two, or all of the championship rounds. Each round has a £1500 fund of prizes, in the form of top-flight equipment provided by Petzl.

Supported by Petzl athletes, no other climbing competition is as well established in the community as the Lead Climbing Championships. The events offer the chance to rub shoulders with the climbing greats, whilst being at the friendliest, most enjoyable competition you can imagine.

With Junior (under 16), Adult & Veterans (40+) categories, both split into male & female, everyone will be competing against their peers. There is no extra cost to take part in the Petzl Lead Climbing Championships for our members, beyond paying the normal entry fee for each centre on the day. Non-members fee is £2 per scorecard.

Registration begins at 10am, but you can pre-register by email; please send us your name, date of birth and postcode to speed up your registration on the day. If you haven’t climbed at one of our centres before, please fill out an Adult registration Form or Under 18 Registration Form and bring it on the day. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a competent adult belayer, as the qualifying rounds are not belayed by RCC instructors.

Rob Lloyd is already confirmed for setting the event but keep posted for more info on setters, holds and a more existing additions!



It’s Reading Climbing Centre’s 5th Anniversary and to celebrate we are throwing the party of all parties on Saturday 10th October!

Book Now!!!

Date: Saturday 10th October 2015

Time:10am – Late

Ticket Price: £10 Members, £15 Non Members

Tickets Include: Free Burger, Free Vest, Free Masterclass & Competition Entry

Sponsors: Cold Mountain Kit & Ground Up Cafe



09:30 – Doors Open

10:30 – RCChallenges (includes Dyno Mini Comp), Boulder, Top Rope and Autobelay Comps begin

11:00 – 15:00 Free Abseil session, Free Masterclasses & Free Physiotherapy Consultation

14:00 – Dyno mini comp ends and all finalists take part in the Big Dynoff!

15:00 – All mini comps close

16:30 – Mini Comp winners announced and raffle takes place

17:00 – Grub!!!!! Free Burger from Ground Up Café to all ticket holders

17:30 – 18:00 RCCAcademy Members & Coaches Presentation

18:00 – 18:30 John Dunne talk on his climbing, CCG & RCC

18:30 – 21:00 Centre will stay open for late night climbing with the RCC team.



Through the day there will be friendly Boulder, Autobelay and Top Rope competitions, along with the introduction of our RCChallenges, to include Dyno, Campus, Slackline, Han’ Da Slopa, Lapis Ball and Dry Tooling mini competitions, where along with individual comp winners there will be an end of the night raffle draw for all competitors! All prices will be courtesy of our new onsite retailers Cold Mountain Kit, boy do they have some gear for you!


Order your Vest & Grub!

Once you have purchased your ticket please email with your vest size and choice of beef or halloumi burger.



Don’t miss your chance to book onto a FREE Masterclass with our in-house coaches and John Dunne, FREE Abseil sessions for you and your kids or a FREE Physio Consultation with Ellen. Places will be limited. To book your space please email with your name, age, contact number and your required activity. We will then allocate and emailed a time slot to you.

If that wasn’t enough Cold Mountain Kit will have some amazing deals running to celebrate their official Grand Opening at RCC and we have arranged for some local artists showing off their incredible artwork which will be available to buy on the day….

This is not to be missed!


Coming soon this Winter….



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Summer Holiday Kids, Family & Adult Activities


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

The holiday activities include:

  • Half day kids holiday club
  • Regular Little Monkeys classes for 5&6 year olds
  • Regular Rock Its classes for 7-11 year olds
  • Hang Time classes for 11-17 year olds
  • Kids Intro to Climbing Course for 5&6 year olds
  • Kids Intro to Climbing Course for 7-17 year olds
  • NICAS Social Club 7-17 year olds *NEW*
  • Kids Improver Climbing Course 7-17 year olds *NEW*

Did you know we do Family Climbing Taster Sessions and Beginner Courses, to book at a time to suit you (as available)

For the full list of courses available and to book online, please check our bookings page.

Coaches Blog – YCS National Final Round-Up

Blog and photos by Will Hatt – Head Coach

A rather damp, grey morning awaited all those who had travelled from far and wide to The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA) in Ratho on 25th April 2015.

RathoJoeJames2Many a bleary eyed youngster queued of for breakfast at the hotel, unaccustomed to such an early start but eager to fuel up ready for a big day of competing ahead. This grey Saturday saw the culmination of 8 months + of training and preparation from Competitors, Coaches and Parents alike as everyone did final kit bags checks then hopped into cars or taxis to the venue for the National Final of The Youth Climbing Series 2015. Academy Squad Members Joe and James were up there representing RCC, having finished in the top 3 of their Youth Age Categories in the 3 regional rounds of the highly competitive London and South East Region (L&SE), with a number of other Academy Squad narrowly missing out. EICA Ratho is an vast venue, built in a roofed over, disused quarry, with walls up to 30m high and a huge imposing articulated comp wall.

First order of the day for the 307 competitors was to find where your 3 routes and 3 blocs were (much harder this year, based on the level displayed in the regional rounds) then start reading them and get warmed up and mentally prepared before the 10am start time! As the day progressed there were tears of elation and frustration as routes and blocs were topped or dropped; dedicated coaches and parents on hand to cheer-on and gee-up as required. Joe and James cruised their first 2 Blocs and 1st routes in style as they prepped for the harder ones to come. James made an unfortunate slip on the crux of his 2nd route at just over half height leaving a lot to do on his final climb. Despite looking strong his finger snagged in the 6th clip ending his attempt early. James ended up in =9th overall (out of 32 in his category),a great result considering the strength of the field. Despite his disappointment he’s now focusing on training hard for the Imst Youth Colour Climbing Festival in Imst, Austria at the beginning of next month.

Joe performed like a pro in this, his first YCS series (let alone final), having only joined the Academy last summer. Joe made blocs the category above were struggling on look easy and very nearly topped his hardest 2 routes graded approx f7b+/f7c! All this effort (and a constant smile) led Joe to a well deserved podium spot, finishing 3rd.

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Every year there is an extra trophy awarded to the region with the highest team score, and for the 5th year running all the squads that make up L&SE ran away with it finishing nearly 500 points clear, good work guys! It just goes to show how strong the competition in the L&SE region is and tough it is to get through to finals. There was a great atmosphere to the whole day, and despite the pressure, new friendships were forged and old ones strengthened.

Now the main comp season is over, the Academy are focusing on goal setting for the year ahead, working on weaknesses, looking to get outside, and of course continuing to make us mere mortals look silly by crushing routes and blocs every time they are in!

Thanks to The BMC and MCofS for putting on the series, to EICA Ratho for Hosting, to all the hard working Coaches and their Centres for supporting their squads, to all the tireless Parents and of course all the Competitors… and finally, bring on 2016!

A video round up can be viewed here, see if you can spot ‘Smiler’ Joe:

Full results from the regionals and Final can be accessed from here: h