Overcome Your Fears & Reach For New Heights!
Train your Body and your mind. A full range of climbing routes for beginners, all the way through to advanced climbers.
Want to test your core physical strength, while simultaneously testing your strategic thinking skills? If so, we can provide something extreme that can be done all year round, in all weather – rock climbing! At High Altitude, our vision not only includes building mental and physical fitness but also to create that “Tribe” of climbers who want to spend time climbing together, edging each other on and having a friendly competitiveness with one another.
With indoor rock climbing growing rapidly as an alternative form of fitness worldwide, we offer an exciting way to build your muscle tone and increase your fitness. You may be asking yourself; “Why would I want to do rock climbing, when I could just go to the gym to get fit?”. Unlike traditional gyms where you focus on one aspect of your body at a time and often feel alone or embarrassed. Rock climbing works your body and mind, from core strength to mental fitness. And with a buzzing sense of belonging to “The Tribe”.
Here at High Altitude, we offer a range of options, from our basic membership for those who just love to climb and want to blow off some steam after a long day, to our intensive membership where we train you in the fine art of climbing technics and build your core strength with core strength program. With children being close to our hearts, we have put a lot of focus into working with schools to do hobby days. Where we offer an amazing course where we teach the children the ins and outs of rock climbing, build their self-confidence and teach them how to trust one another.
Tuesday to Friday from 5pm to 8pm Birthday parties can be held on request outside of normal working hours.
Participants must be 5 years and older
Open Tuesday to Friday from 5pm to 8pm
Beginner or advanced participants. Ages 5 years and over are welcome.
Birthday parties can be held on request outside of normal working hours.
Comfortable clothes, shorts/ long pants are recommended. Don't forget to bring socks.
Spectators are welcome but we can't garentee you won't want to join in on the fun!
Booking is essential.
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The Rock Climber Tribe
The rock climbing tribe has evolved from a bunch of dedicated climbers living in makeshift tents and eating cat food, first established by a group of hardcore extremist, living at Yosemite National Park in the USA.
Now it is a worldwide family of climbers wanting to better themselves, in our continuous drive to ascend that next project.
A Great Time to Spend With Friends.
At High Altitude, our vision not only includes building mental and physical fitness but also to create that “Tribe” of climbers who want to spend time climbing together, edging each other on and having a friendly competitiveness with one another.
We take the time to build relationships with all our climbers, knowing that everybody wants that sense of belonging, we started our social bring, braai and climb, where we focus on building friendships around a fire.
But nothing spells relationship building like taking a day out hiking and climbing in the beautiful countryside of KwaZulu-Natal.
Come and join our “Tribe” at High Altitude and become part of the ever-growing rock climbing family.
Train Your Body, Train Your Mind
Rock Climbing Builds Muscle and Endurance.
Contrary to what many beginners may believe, climbing requires much more than upper-body strength. The success of completing a route relies heavily on a long list of physical factors, including footwork, lower body strength, and lean muscle mass. Although not often thought of as a common form of cardio, ascending walls is a sure way to get your heart pumping, similar to the way climbing stairs or jogging does.
Climbing Boosts Brain Function.
In addition to building up muscle and helping you get that cardio, climbing involves problem-solving skills — which explains why bouldering routes are actually called “problems.” But whether athletes are scaling cliffs or conquering long traverses in their local bouldering cave, time on the rocks is anything but mindless.
As you climb you are consistently having to problem solve, you need to figure out the next move, “where do I put my feet now?”, “How must I position my weight to get maximum strength?”. These types of questions while climbing build your mental fitness, and with time you start to know exactly what your body is able to do.
With indoor rock climbing growing rapidly as an alternative form of fitness worldwide, we offer an exciting way to build your muscle tone and increase your fitness.
You may be asking yourself; “Why would I want to do rock climbing, when I could just go to the gym to get fit?”.
Unlike traditional gyms where you focus on one aspect of your body at a time and often feel alone or embarrassed.
High Altitude & VUKA Rock climbing works your body and mind, from core strength to mental fitness. And with a buzzing sense of belonging to “The Tribe”.
Here at High Altitude, we offer a range of options, from our basic membership for those who just love to climb and want to blow off some steam after a long day, to our intensive membership where we train you in the fine art of climbing technics and build your core strength with our associate Vuka Fitness‘ core strength program.
With children being close to our hearts, we have put a lot of focus into working with schools to do hobby days.
Where we offer an amazing course where we teach the children the ins and outs of rock climbing, build their self-confidence and teach them how to trust one another.
Having children still in mind, we also offer parents an alternative form of birthday parties. Giving the children an exciting time of challenging their friends on our climbing wall, playing games and doing our blood pumping 3 and 6-meter swings.
A Birthday Party to Remember!
We Offer Parents an Alternative for Birthday Parties.
Rock-climbing, games and exhilarating rope-swings provide adventure and excitement for any child.
We want to give you peace of mind, every child is included in the fun and of course kept safe.
We have professional rock climbers at the ready to keep your child and party guest safe – we have never had anyone fall under our watch!
Climbing is a wonderful activity for boys and girls alike – you’ll be surprised at how many are naturally talented at climbing.
All you need to do is bring your own sweets, snacks and cool drink – we provide all the entertainment and tables while you enjoy the party.
The children usually climb for 60 minutes and then have a break for you to serve cake and sing “happy birthday”.
After cake we start getting the children ready for our two sets of rope swings (3m and 6m) – This is where many parents realize how brave their children are.
During rope swings, one of our trained professionals will continue to belay children who still want to climb.
Parents are welcome to stay for the duration of the party and watch their children concur a 12m climb.
Our 2-hour birthday bundle includes all the climbing equipment, games, plenty of climbing and our legendary rope swings.
High Altitude want to make your child’s birthday special – each child participates and goes home with memories of doing something truly exciting.
When you are latched onto the side of a mountain you want to be sure that your equipment is in good shape and that your safety is a priority.
Most mountain climbers carry backpacks with first aid supplies, food and extra clothing in case of sudden changes in the weather conditions. Should the climb be going to last more than one day then additional supplies by way of sleeping bags, cooking equipment etc will also be taken.
Footwear is important in mountain climbing and must be carefully selected for the type of terrain to be tackled.
From rock climbing to climbing a glacier, every discipline has its own specialised requirements. The only two rules are: Know what you need and don’t skimp on the equipment!
But don’t worry; if you are new to this, there is always help and advice close at hand.
Climbers usually work in pairs, with one climbing and the other belaying. The belayer feeds rope to the lead climber through a belay device. The Leader climbs up, places protection, climbs higher and places protection until the top is reached. The belayer is ready to “lock off” the rope if the leader falls.
Both climbers attach the rope to their climbing harness, usually tying into their harness with a figure-of-eight knot or double bowline knot. The leader either places protection or clips into permanent protection already secured to the rock. In traditional climbing the protection is removable. Usually nuts or spring-loaded camming devices are set in cracks in the rock (although pitons are sometimes used). In sport climbing the protection is metal loops called hangers. Hangers are secured to the rock with either expanding masonry bolts taken from the construction industry, or by placing (generally safer) glue-in bolt systems. In ice climbing the protection is tubular ice-screws or similar devices hammered or screwed into the ice by the leader, and removed by the second climber.
The leader connects the rope to the protection with carabiners. If the leader falls, he will fall twice the length of the rope out from the last protection point, plus rope stretch (typically 5 to 8% of the rope out), plus slack. If any of the gear breaks or pulls out of the rock or if the belayer fails to lock off the belay device immediately, the fall will be significantly longer. Thus, if a climber is 5 feet above the last protection he will fall 5 feet to the protection, 5 feet below the protection, plus slack and rope stretch, for a total fall of over 10 feet.
If the leader falls, the belayer arrests the rope. This is achieved by running the rope through a belay device attached to the belayer’s harness. The belay device runs the rope through a series of sharp curves that, when operated properly, greatly increase the friction and stop the rope from running.
At the top of the pitch, the leader sets up a secure anchor or belay. Now the leader belays while the belayer climbs. The second climber removes the gear from the rock (traditional climbing) or removes the carabiner from the bolted hanger (adventure sport climbing). Both climbers are now at the top of the pitch with all their equipment. Note that the second is protected from above while climbing, but the leader is not, so being the leader is more challenging and dangerous – very dangerous for new climbers.
Although the practice of rock climbing was an important component of Victorian mountaineering in the Alps, it is generally thought that the sport of rock climbing began in the last quarter of the nineteenth century in at least three areas: Elbsandsteingebirge, in Saxony near Dresden, the Lake District of England, and the Dolomites in Italy. Rock climbing evolved gradually from an alpine necessity to an athletic sport in its own right, making it imprudent to cite a primogenitor of the latter in each of these three locales. Nevertheless, there is some general agreement on the following: Heralded as a sport in England in the late 1880s after the (well publicised) solo first ascent of the Napes Needle by Walter Parry Haskett Smith, rock climbing attracted increasing numbers of participants. An early benchmark approaching modern levels of difficulty was the ascent, by O. G. Jones, of Kern Knotts Crack (5.8) in 1897. Jones was attracted to the new sport by a photo of the Needle in a shop window in the early 1890s. By the end of the Victorian era as many as 60 enthusiasts at a time would gather at the Wastwater Hotel in the Lake District during vacation periods.
Inspired by the efforts of late 19th century pioneers such as Oskar Schuster (Falkenstein, Schusterweg 1892), by 1903 there were approximately 500 climbers active in the Elbsandstein region, including the well-known team of Rudolf Fehrmann and the American, Oliver Perry-Smith; their 1906 ascent of Teufelsturm (at VIIb) set new standards of difficulty. By the 1930s there were over 200 small climbing clubs represented in the area.
The solo first ascent of Die Vajolettürme in 1887 by the 17-year-old Munich high school student, Georg Winkler, encouraged the acceptance and development of the sport in the Dolomites.
As rock climbing matured, a variety of grading systems were created in order to more accurately compare relative difficulties of climbs. Over the years both climbing techniques and the equipment climbers use to advance the sport have evolved in a steady fashion. Many participants regard rock climbing as more a lifestyle than merely an athletic pursuit
Nearest town(s): Pietermaritzburg
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