What we do...
Why come bouldering? Bouldering is a more relaxed, social form of climbing. The shorter routes are called ‘Problems’ and are just as much about working it out as it is about getting to the top! We find it so much more fun than going to the gym, and has the added benefit of keeping you fit and healthy too. Other known benefits include, but are not limited to; increased mobility & flexibility, toned biceps, increased energy levels, new mates, bravery, and self control!
We know that some of you like to work it out yourselves but for those that want an experienced hand to guide you through the basics, or to break through a plateau in your climbing, we have a range of different coach led sessions. From our ‘Intro to Bouldering’ sessions designed for beginner boulderers all the way up to bespoke private coaching sessions, we aim to have something for everyone.
It’s not all about climbing at Roc-Bloc, and our state of the art gym facilities are there to help you reach all your fitness goals. Whether that is training for your local boulder project, or your first pull up, we’ve got you covered!
Roc-Bloc is home to one of the first angle-changing KILTERBOARDs in the UK. It goes from 0 degrees all the way down to 70 degrees and can be used by any ability level. Ask our staff for more info on how to use this beast!
We know more than anyone great coffee is an essential part of any high end bouldering wall, and that’s why we have fully trained baristas and specialty beans courtesy of Extract Coffee Roasters. We also have a fully stocked café, with handmade cakes, sandwiches and paninis, perfect for your mid climb meal break or to takeaway!
Meet (most of) the team
I was super lucky to have been introduced to climbing in 2013 by some fantastic people, who took me under their wing. It’s safe to say I caught the bug immediately!
The first few years after I started, I spent most of my time out of the UK sport climbing in places like Chamonix, Kalymnos, Sicily.
Nowadays I tend to stick to bouldering because I prefer the feeling of trying really hard for a short amount of time! I love the social aspect of bouldering too.
Without a shadow of a doubt, my fave place to climb in the world has to be Rocklands in South Africa, closely followed by Kalymnos. In both of these places, you can completely immerse yourself in climbing and the local culture that surrounds you.
Emily is the Roc-Bloc centre manager.