Rock climbing is not a sport for novices, but with a little training, Ukraine, particularly in Crimea as well as some spots in the Carpathians, offers a wealth of peaks and faces just waiting to be scaled. Before heading off for distant locations What’s On suggests you learn the basics in Kyiv’s climbing clubs. There’s a bunch of them with a couple of really tall walls as well as smaller types usually called bouldering walls to train for specific moves and situations.
Vertical Sport Club (Kosmonavta Komarova 1)
Probably the tallest walls for climbing can be found here, in the National Aviation University, where the Vertical Sport Club hosts its members. The main wall here reaches 15 metres with a total number of routes numbering from 45 to 50. What’s more, the walls are constantly updated to keep climbing interesting. The club is very proud of its suspended climbing wall, which is good for mastering difficult moves.
Hyperion (Frunze 46)
Hyperion opened not so long ago, however thanks to its first class facilities it became a popular place quickly. Here, climbers will find a 12-metre high wall with various climbing routes starting with class 4 difficulty going up to the 7c class. You can find everything you need here to perfect your climbing technique.
Jiwa Climbing Centre (Chistyakovska 20)
Although Jiwa doesn’t have the tallest walls in Kyiv, the climbing here is complex and exciting thanks to the twisted combination of various angles of the walls. For those who want to put their indoor climbing knowledge into practice outdoors, the club offers hiking tours in the warmer seasons. The scale of the walls are not intimidating, making this a great place for children to get a start on climbing.
Prana Climbing Centre (Peremohy Pr 20)
As the walls in Prana Center are not higher than 3 metres, it’s considered one of those bouldering gyms where you can master technique rather than setting height records. Prana is a compact space with a casual atmosphere making it perfect for beginners.
Terminal Climbing Wall (Kyivska 316)
Whether you need a coach to help you work on your skills or not, you can find assistance here or you can opt to go it alone. There are five routes of different difficulty to be scaled on the 8-metre wall, which is perfect for newbies to the sport of rock climbing as well as for those who just want to have a go and have some fun with friends. On the other hand, experienced climbers won’t find this wall to be much of a challenge.
Robinson Tourist Club (Stroiteley 32/2)
People say Robinson Club is the cheapest for those who dream about taking up climbing but lack funds to invest in the equipment needed. Formed by enthusiasts in a basement, the club may be a little rough around the edges, but what it lacks in frills is made up for by the climbing itself. You’ll find everything you need here for training.
Up! Climbing Wall (40-letiya Oktyabrya Pr)
Up! aims to approach the sport of climbing from an educational perspective, and their school for kids is thought to be one of the best in the city. Professional coaches will teach rookies the ropes making this an ideal place to start your climbing hobby.
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Memories Of Ex-climber Alina Smolina
It’s hard to say why I decided to pick up climbing, it was just one of those things I wanted to tick off that list of things to do in life. So I attended one training session in Vertical Club at the National Aviation University. It was challenging, with multiple routes for newbies and professional climbers. But thanks to the trainer all 10 members of my group learned to love this sport quickly.
At that first training session, we were all like children climbing trees, just trying to get as high as we could. Later, you realised that the professionals focus more on various levels of difficulty, and perfecting technique is more important than speed. You also come to understand your own physical abilities, make fewer moves, and concentrate on the task. You feel muscles you never thought you had.
After a month of training, we went for our first outside climb, near Zhytomyr. I consider myself to be quite the urban type. However there I discovered an appreciation for the great outdoors, and found that roughing it in a tent wasn’t so bad after all. Finishing every climb was a personal victory and a definite boost to your self-esteem. I also learned about team spirit as we were working in couples and had to entrust our lives to our climbing partners. This was concentration at the highest level when any wrong move could have led to injury...or worse.
Climbing is a definite buzz and gives you a greater level of confidence in yourself – I would recommend it to anyone.
Three simple climbing rules to remember:
1. Rule of the Door – If you rest on your right leg and hold with the right arm you’ll probably swing like a door and fall. Make sure this doesn’t happen.
2. Keep your pelvis as close to the wall as possible as it’s the heaviest part of your body.
3. Remember, legs are stronger than arms so they are more important in climbing. Pay more attention to the position of your legs rather than relying on your arms only.
by Vadym Mishkoriz