General Information

  • Young climbers aged 14 to 17 may climb unsupervised at Redpoint if they pass an assessment. (Advanced Booking Required)
  • Assessments are conducted by designated members of staff who will judge whether the candidate has the necessary maturity, experience and skills to climb unsupervised.
  • Under 18 assessed climbers may not supervise other climbers.
  • Young climbers must re-register as adult climbers (either Roped Climbing or Bouldering Only) when they turn 18.

Parental Attendance and Consent

  • 14-15 year olds: Parent/Guardian must sign parental consent and the Parent/Guardian must attend the assessment.
  • 16-17 year olds: Parent/Guardian must sign the consent form, but does not need to be present at the assessment.
  • Parents and young climbers must  complete the registration form and parental consent.

Unsupervised Bouldering

The young climber must have a pre booked bouldering induction / assessment where the young climbers suitability for unsupervised bouldering will be assessed. Please note that an induction is no guarantee of unsupervised bouldering status.

Once a bouldering assessment has been passed both parents and young climbers must read the information on and complete the under 18 tested bouldering only registration form. This form has two pages that must be printed back to back.

If the young climber is under 16 years old, a parent or guardian must attend the induction/assessment.

Training Room Restrictions!
Under 18's are not allowed in the training room

 

Unsupervised Top Roping

The under 18 climber must be able to boulder safely and pass a compulsory belay test.

Once a belay test has been passed both parents and young climbers must read the information on and complete the under 18 tested registration form. This form has two pages, both of which have a section that needs to be completed by a parent or guardian and must be printed back to back.

 Under 18 assessed climbers may not supervise novices or other Under 18s.

For Unsupervised climbers under 16 years old, the registration and consent forms must be completed at the centre in person by the parent or guardian.

 

Unsupervised Leading

An under 18 can lead climb with an over 18 competent lead belayer
No under 18 lead belaying

Further Information

The BMC has an excellent guide on Climbing, Hill Walking and Mountaineering for Young People that can be downloaded from their website.