Climbing is one of the core sports we do as a club with a focus on ice or rock climbing depending on the time of year and the conditions. Our non-winter meets are often at venues with a choice of bouldering, single pitch or multipitch. We're not very hardcore; most of our members climb between VDiff and the lower E grades (British trad grades - up to about F6c if you're looking at sport/indoor grades). Our meets are mostly UK-based and we hence normally do trad, though there are occasional ventures to bolted crags for some sport-climbing action. Members often arrange climbing trips outside the official meets list, in the UK and abroad.
Some Rockhoppers climb at the Castle Climbing Centre on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and often arrange other informal sessions at other venues including the Westway, Mile End and the Biscuit Factory. Check out our Facebook page for informal sessions.
You don't need to have climbed before to become a member, though you are more likely to find a climbing partner if you're a competent belayer and second - and even more so if you have a rack and rope and are willing to lead! Don't fret if not, we welcome new members and will do our best to find you people to climb with, and offer advice on how to learn the skills you need. However please note we are not a training or guiding organisation, and cannot provide direct training. We also run an annual Novice Meet where experienced climbers help out members who want to try climbing or improve their skills.