It’s time to tackle that wall, writes Helen Goltz.

The first thing that struck me when I entered Urban Climb was the number of families climbing together.

That’s common according to our instructor, Jo-jo, who has been climbing since she was 10-years-old.

One of the best things about indoor climbing is that you can get started quickly. The instructors show you how to climb and belay safely (be the rope person for your partner), and in no time at all you are on the yellow (easy) walls.

There are weekly beginner classes and the entry fee is $20 adult with $10 shoe and harness hire.

For those who don’t want to be harnessed, big mattresses sit under boulders and you can attempt to conquer them (bouldering is $14)!

Bring a partner to share the belaying, but if you can’t, it’s a social place, you’ll find someone. Urban Climb, West End. Visit: