Climbing is the activity of using one’s hands, feet, or any other part of the body to ascend a steep object. It is done recreationally, competitively, in trades that rely on it, and in emergency rescue and military operations. It is done indoors and out, on natural and manmade structures.

Indoor climbing

From absolute beginners to seasoned veterans indoor climbing walls give climbers the opportunity to climb regardless of the weather. Regular route-setting maintains a constant flow of new challenges for climbers of all levels. Many walls offer instruction and coaching to climbers of all abilities who wish to brush up on their skills or improve their personal performance.

Trad climbing & Bouldering

Ireland has an amazing wealth of high-quality rock which is suitable for trad-climbing. Not only has Ireland a long and rich history of trad-climbing, we also have a huge amount of un-climbed rock to keep future generations pushing their limits.

Bouldering in Ireland has undergone a huge surge in popularity in recent years. Glendalough in Wicklow, the Mourne Mountains, the Gap of Dunloe and the boulder field beneath Fairhead all have a huge number of boulder problems.

Sport climbing

To date there is a limited amount of sport climbing in Ireland. The most established and frequented sport climbing venue is Ballykeefe Quarry in Kilkenny.

Competition climbing

If you are a climber who likes to test your ability then competition climbing may be just the thing for you. There is a variety of climbing competitions to suit climbers across a wide range of abilities and ages.

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