Rock Climbing

Indoor climbing is a great way to develop your climbing skills and confidence before going on an outdoor climbing trip. Before climbing at any gym you will be taken through all of the safety information and techniques by one of the trained staff. You will then be free to climb or attempt any of the top-rope climbs set up. Climbing gyms enable you to develop your skills at your own pace with colour coded climbs ranging from 'ladder status' which have lots nice large holds and get you used to being 10m off the ground and able to trust your harness and belay partner; right up to finger and toenail sized holds which are a little more sparsely arranged. One of the great things about indoor rock-climbing is that it doesn't matter what level you start at, everyone down on the ground knows what it's like to climb your first '12' followed a few weeks later by your first '15', or to finally get to the top of a climb that's been bugging you for weeks. On top of all of that it's a great workout!!!!

Regular Climbing Nights

  • 6pm-8pm Wed nights is ODC climbing night. Email the climbing officer to find out which gym we are at this week. We have a selection of harnesses available for members to use free of charge and you'll receive a discount on entry when you show you UWA ODC membership card

Where do we go?

Around Perth

  • Churchman' s Brook
  • Roleystone National Park

A little further a field

  • Wellington Dam
  • Willyabrup Sea Cliffs

More than a day trip

  • Stirling Ranges
  • South Coast
  • Kalbarri

Australia and beyond

  • Mt Arapalies, Victoria
  • Grampians National Park, Victoria
  • Blue Mountains, New South Wales

What does it cost?

To ensure that we can maintain the club equipment at the best standards possible, there is a $5 equipment usage fee for each day of climbing whether on a day trip or longer climbing expedition. This enables us to have a regular turn over of equipment with the safety of all participants in mind. Skill Levels With the obvious dangers involved in rock climbing, the Outdoor Club has a responsibility to ensure the skill levels are rigorous, while still being fair and achievable. With these dangers, our training needs to be thorough, with a strong focus on safety. With the right attitude, and a little bit of work, you can achieve the level you want.

What gear do I need?

All beginner harnesses, ropes, helmets and set up gear are available from the club. On a day trip you will need to take a hearty lunch (climbing is hard work), water (2L minimum), sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, any medication you may need, a pinch of patience (it may take the trip leaders a while to set up, but they need your patience as it's your lives in their hands), climbing shoes or sneakers if you don't have them, a jumper (you may well be walking out in the late afternoon-evening).

Further info

Any upcoming trips are announced via our email mailing list.

For further information, send an email to our Climbing Officer - see our list of club contacts.