This might just be the most colourful, kid-friendly climbing centre in Leeds…
Clip ’n Climb is a national sensation, but it’s only just arrived in Leeds. They’ve had a centre in neighbouring Ilkley since July 2015, but this one is much closer to home – you’ll find it at the Tristram Centre, just around the corner from The Leeds Wall. But what can you expect from the city’s latest opening?
They’ve made it as easy (and safe) as possible for you to have a go at climbing with a simple clip-on system. Each of their climbing walls comes with its own safety line, you just clip it onto your harness when you start and unclip it when you finish. It retracts as you climb up the wall and gently lowers you to the ground when you’re done.
The simplicity of this system means that it’s perfect for kids. In fact, you can take little ones as young as four years old. That might explain why Clip ’n Climb looks so different to the other climbing centres in Leeds – it’s an explosion of colour, with a huge variety of climbs to choose from, each a little different from the last.
In fact, the new Leeds centre is the biggest in the north. It has 32 climbing walls, all of which are 9 metres high, so you’ll need a head for heights. They have all kinds of different challenges for you to take on – you can climb with ice picks on Dry Ice, take on an overhang on the H-Combo and race your mates on the Speed Climb. They even have a two-sided transparent wall, so you can climb Face to Face.
“For those seeking an adrenaline rush we have loads of challenges, such as Triffid, a real Jack and the Beanstalk tactile type wall, Tree Trunk, which will see you straddle a square tree trunk and twist and turn your way to the top, or Lightning Crack, a stunning wall with a dramatic lightening crack splitting it down the middle! Climbers need to work their way up the lightning bolt by holding on with hands and feet inside the crack,” Co-owner and Director David Robinson told us.
But it’s not just traditional climbs. You can take on a series of huge spheres on Astro Ball or climb an oddly stacked staircase in Twister. And if you need to give your arms a rest (because this is harder than it looks), you can try Stairway to Heaven. It’s a circle of poles that get higher and higher – you have to work your way from one pole to the next, balancing on each before moving on. And when you get to the top – you just step into thin air in a nerve-racking leap of faith.
They also have a vertical slide, that like the climbing walls, is 9 metres high. You’ll be decked out in special gear and lifted to the top – let go and speed down their vertical drop at break-neck speed. Afterwards, stop by the cafe for a slushy and a slice while you watch the action unfold.
You can see why Clip ’n Climb is popular with the kids, but it’s not an entirely child-centric attraction. Each of the climbing walls has three levels of difficulty, so it’s as much fun for adults as it is for kids, but don’t be surprised if you’re outnumbered.
Clip ‘n Climb Leeds, Unit 3, Tristram Centre, Brown Lane West, Gelderd Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6BF.