La Sportiva WBL Round 3: The Results


It was yet again a great round! Thank you to all for attending. For full up to date results for rounds 1-3 click here…

Thanks to Andrew Fleming for the great shot, all other Round 3 shots from Andy can be seen here…

Round 4 Thursday 26th Feb 2015 make sure you put it in you calendar people!

Coaches Blog: 2014, What a Year! What will 2015 bring?

Written by Danny Haynes – RCC CoachPetzl Neil Gresham WBL R2 (2)

With 2015 creeping in, and 2014 seeming like it was yesterday here at Reading Climbing Centre we have sprinted off the start line. Route setting has kept you all on your toes (excuse the coaching pun) over the Holiday period with over 100 new blocs in our newly designed boulder wall and more than 25 routes to go at. Off the backside of this coaching sessions here have gone through the roof, with 1:1’s being the order of the day along side our academy squad nights and our new open academy helping develop young talent from our NICAS & NIBAS programmes. Week nights seem to be ever increasing in popularity, with social nights adding to the mix of good music, great atmosphere and the occasional high pitched scream. Gear demos have also been a regular occurrence with the first Lyon Winter Wall Event with guest stars including Neil Gresham!

OWBL Round 2 (3)ur monthly Winter Bouldering League has come round again with Round 3 on Thursday 29th January, ensure you get down from 6pm for an evening of funky shapes and numerous apes swinging around. Alongside W.B.L this month we will be holding the first round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series (London and South East, North Region), a nationally recognised competition for kids aged from 7 – 17 with kicking off Saturday 24th Jan 2015: the perfect place to start your kids competition climbing career. This is sure to be poplar amongst the younger generation of climbers that are up and coming through the ranks, and one not to be missed even if you thought climbing wasn’t a spectator sport.

15911482342_1fc1f6cdaa_zAlongside all of these events the Academy is back to training mode, with a lot of the RCC staff following in their footsteps! If your keen to hop on the training train, then get in contact with us here at Reading Climbing Centre through January for our Get Fit Campaign and receive 20% off coaching sessions. 2014 saw RCC Academy Veteran (at 15!) Catrin Rose retaining her place in the GB Junior Lead Climbing Team, plus a whole host Academy Podiums in comps from the Welsh Open, British Lead Climbing Championships, Youth Lead Cup and our own WBL and Petzl Lead comps. Oh and not forgetting our guest Coaches James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini.

photoElliott our in house setter, coach and all round nice guy managed to redpoint his first ever 8a down at Cheddar Gorge. Top efforts all round I must add.

Our open academy has started up, with great turn outs on both Wednesday and Friday night. These are the up and coming kids to keep an eye out for when on a rope as they have undiscovered talent! Not forgetting our fresh out of the box NIBAS scheme is now up and running, with some great feedback from the kids so far, even the instructors seem to be getting something out of it.

So that’s 2015 so far with our ever growing sport going from strength to strength here at Reading Climbing Centre, we are all climbers so come have a chat if you ever need anything, and if you haven’t checkout our new Boulder wall or Comp wall get down soon!


Get Fit for Less this January

Reading Fitness


Work off the over-indulgence in a fun and social way!

If you are looking for a new activity this New Year, or would like to use your hobby as a way to increase fitness and your enjoyment of climbing, then why not take advantage of our great New Year fitness offers to help you on your way.

Climbing is one of the best all-round fitness sports, burning up to 800 calories for each hour of continuous exercise, but unlike other traditional fitness activities, it is much more social and interactive. So whether you have never tried climbing, always wanted to get involved, or are already climbing but would like to push your grade, learn better technique and make it even more enjoyable, now is the time!

Simply input the codes above when booking online (in the ‘promotion code’ option) or quote the offer when booking over the telephone.

Great Christmas Deals & Opening Hours


Whether you are looking fro Christmas gifts for loved ones, or activities for friends and family over the festive period, we have something for everyone! Don’t forget to make use of the discount codes above, whether you are buying gift vouchers, or booking the course over the holidays.

Click through to our bookings page to buy vouchers, check out the kids club timetable or book a Taster Session!

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Eve: 10am – 4pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: Closed

27th Dec: 10am – 6pm

28th Dec: 10am – 6pm

29th Dec: 10am – 10pm

30th Dec: 10am – 10pm

New Years Eve: 10am – 4pm

New Years Day: Closed

All dates before Christmas Eve and after New Years Day are normal opening hours.

Coaches Blog: WBL Round 2 – The Results

Article and Photos by RCC Coaches Danny Haynes

WBL Round 2 (3)With 6pm arriving sooner than foreseen, the Round 2 Winter Bouldering League was on, with competitors keen to bring their A game… With La Sportiva and Petzl, (courtesy of Lyon Equipment) on hand, casing boot demos and equipment demonstrations the night was set to be a cracker.

The night kicked off with competitors eagerly walking round the blocs, looking for those all important flash attempts. The easier grades were looking to be very droppable, so the categories were in for a slight mix up; Yann and Evie had brought a unique style this round with a well rounded set of problems. Throughout the evening we saw great attempts on the funkier looking blocs, as well as some great encouragement/ heckling from the crowds!

Petzl Neil Gresham WBL R2 (2)

With the evening rounded off with a great demonstration from Neil Gresham and Roger from Lyon Equipment, on dynamic belaying, the route climbers got something out of the night as well!  A great evening all round and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

WBL Round 2 Results are now available here…..

Don’t forget Round 3 is now the 29th January 2015, so come on in and get training to keep the psyche through December - happy training everyone!