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New indoor climbing wall open to all

Shetland’s new Indoor Climbing Wall is now open to all at the West Mainland Leisure Centre.

A series of taster sessions led by SRT climbing instructors will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays prior to the facility becoming available for classes, courses and private bookings.

The wall consists of nine roped routes to a height of 7.5m and a 3m boulder wall for rope-free climbing.

West Mainland Leisure Centre manager Ian Simpson said: “We’re pleased that the new wall is complete and ready for action.

“A lot of hard work has been put in by a lot of people to get us here, and all those involved with ClimbShetland have been very supportive.”

Kevin Learmonth, chair of ClimbShetland, said: “We are delighted to see the new wall going up at the West Mainland Leisure Centre in Aith. 

“Big thanks are due to the trustees and staff of SRT for their commitment to bringing about the only indoor climbing facility in Shetland, making it the most northerly climbing wall in the UK.”

He added: “The wall at Aith is a huge boost to climbing in Shetland, and a great training and practice resource for experienced climbers, local and visitors alike. The wall at Aith also opens the way for anyone who wants to have a go and see why climbing is one of the fastest growing sport and leisure activities worldwide.

“Indoor climbing can be for everyone, and it’s not about big muscles either! Climbing is about balance, precision, control and focus. Roped climbing is low impact, interesting, and fun physical exercise, but good for the mind too. Everyone climbs within their own comfort zone, and to their own ability. This can give people a great sense of achievement and satisfaction, as well as building self-confidence.  

“When you watch a new climber figure out a particular sequence of moves or find the correct grip for a hold, their sense of achievement is brilliant to see!”