Fun facts about Climbing!

Rock climbing first became a sport in England in the late 1880s. Its popularity grew after adventurer William Perry Haskitt Smith made the first successful climb of the Naples Needle. Following his successful climb, others decided to attempt the climb.

Despite Mt. Everest being one of the most difficult mountains to climb in the world, it has been climbed time and time again.  The current world record holder for fastest climb is Pemba Dorje Sherpa with a time of 8 hours and 10 minutes!

Rock climbing can burn between 500 to 900 calories per hour making it a great sport for keeping in shape!

Many famous rock climbers have learned their skills on indoor climbing walls. Climbing indoors is a lot of fun and can teach you valuable skills and allow budding climbers to develop their techniques before tackling outdoor climbing.

With indoor climbing you get the best possible workout – both mental and physical. You’ll learn mental control along with improved climbing skills. As an exercise you get benefits from both endurance and strength training. Climbing exercise engages and works all muscle groups simultaneously, while improving balance and coordination.  Some of the benefits of indoor climbing include a sense of achievement and an improvement in your physical and mental well-being along with even an improvement in the social aspects of your life.

The first artificial climbing wall is believed to be Schurman Rock in Seattle, which was built in 1939.

Sport climbing has been recommended for inclusion at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Last year sport climbing was chosen by the IOC as a demonstration sport at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.  Climbing walls are now present in more than 140 countries around the world with more than 35 million climbers practising the sport!  40% of all climbers are under 20 years old!

And because it’s Christmas! Gift Vouchers are available from both Clip ‘n Climb and Bloc Climbing in Bristol. Get a perfect Xmas gift for the family with a voucher for private coaching, induction sessions or a bespoke option or to experience the fun of Clip ‘n Climb, where indoor climbing meets theme park!

There are around 400 indoor climbing facilities in the UK, two of which include Clip ‘n Climb and Bloc Climbing with over 1,200 square metres of indoor climbing available to kids and adults alike.

Clip ‘n Climb opened last month and has already received great reviews from the many that have scaled its walls! Clip ‘n Climb’s series of climbing-based activities provide a healthy and fun challenge for all the family! For further information please visit