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frequently asked questions

Q1 Can I just turn up and climb?
Q2 I Would like to learn to climb, how do I go about it?
Q3 What about Alien 2? Can we just turn up?
Q4 What if I don’t have anyone to climb with?
Q5 Can my kids just turn up and climb at Alien Rock 1?
Q6 Can you hire equipment? Harness, shoes, ropes?
Q7 Do you need to do an induction course?
Q8 Do you do kids birthday parties?
Q9 Do you charge for membership?
Q10 It’s been a while, can you remind me?
Q11 I’m here for a while, do you do frequent visits passes?
Q12 Do you have any lockers?
Q13 Do you offer outdoor climbing?
Q14 Do you offer IRATA courses?
Q15 Do you do courses at A2?
Q16 Can my 4 yr old climb?
Q17 What if I don't want to climb but I'd like to bring my kid along
Q18 What if I book a course and either dont turn up or bring less people than I said I would?
 
Q1 Can I just turn up and climb?  

If you are over 18 and know what you are doing, you can fill in and sign a disclaimer form, then "Yes, you can !"

However, if you don’t yet know what to do or consider yourself a complete novice, then you would need to be signed in, supervised and taught by a climber who does. Alternatively you can pre-book one of our qualified staff for a "come and try" taster session.

See below if you want to learn to climb on a beginners course. back

Q2 I’d like to learn how to climb. How do I go about it?  

We run adult beginners courses. We usually run them on Monday and Friday nights. You need to book in advance.

Q3 What about Alien 2? Can we just turn up?  

Adults: Yes you can but you must sign a disclaimer at the desk before climbing
Kids- 8 to 17 years old: Yes, but only during certain hours and adult supervision is required . Maximum ratio, 2 Under 18's per adult
Kids - 7 and younger: No, not at any time.

The policy for under 18's at alien two is detailed here. back

Q4 What if I don’t have anyone to climb with?

You can always go bouldering at alien two or alien one.
You could also try the notice board where you can put an advert up, or why not try climbfind? or our facebook page back

Q5 Can my kids just turn up and climb at Alien Rock 1?

If there is an adult, over 18, that knows what they are doing and is taking responsibility for them, then yes.( Maximum ratio, 2 Under 18's per adult)
Otherwise, you would need to book an instructor in advance . back

Q6 Can you hire equipment? Harness, shoes, ropes?

Yes, you can hire a harness and or boots. We do not hire out lead ropes. A deposit can be left for a belay device if you require one. back

Q7 Do I need to do an induction course?

If you know what you are doing then no, You do have to fill in and sign a disclaimer and answer a simple safety related question. If you don't know what you're doing you will need to do a beginners course or be signed in by someone who does know what they are doing. back

Q8 Do you do kids birthday parties?

Yes. We cater for groups of up to 6, 12 or 18. All the kids must be 8 or over. Each session lasts 1.5 hrs and includes instruction and all the equipment. The maximum ratio is six kids per instructor. See kids parties. back

Q9 Do you charge for membership?

We do not, However you can buy an optional "White card" that gives you discounted entry and 10% off goods bought from the shop within alien rock. back

Q10 It’s been a while, can you remind me?

It all depends on how long it has been. It might be easier doing a beginner’s course just to be sure or hire an instructor for a 1 hour private instruction. If it is just a quick refresher then yes we can, however, if it is busy, you might have to wait. back

Q11 I’m here for a while, do you do frequent visits passes?

Yes, we do. We run both monthly passes and yearly passes. We also offer a "White card" that gives you discounted entry and 10% off goods bought from the shop within alien rock. back

Q12 Do you have any lockers?

No. We do have changing rooms and open storage for bags. back

Q13 Do you offer outdoor climbing?

No, we can however point you in the direction of people who do. back

Q14 Do you offer IRATA courses?

No, we can however point you in the direction of people who do. back

Q15 Do you do courses at A2?

No, at present we do not. All of our courses are run at alien one. back

Q16 Can my 4 yr old climb?

Yes, a parent or guardian can sign in 2 kids of any age, if they are a member. back

Q17 What if I don't want to climb but I'd like to bring my kid along ?
If you know what you are doing, no problem, bring them along, we only charge for the child. Entry for adults who only belay is free. We also run a specific course (parent and child course) to teach you how to look after your child at the wall. back
Q18 What if I book a course and either dont turn up or bring less people than I said I would?

We recognise that sometimes plans change at short notice. To reduce wasted instructor time, minimise confusion at the desk and hopefully keep all our groups running smoothly we have the following policy regarding changes to booked groups.

All booked groups should pay a deposit of 10 per six visitors which is forfeitable if the group does not show up.

Any changes/ cancellation to booking should be made at least 24 hours beforehand. Please take note of who took your alteration instruction since you will be asked at the desk when you visit.

alien rock instructors will only ever teach a maximum of six people per instructor. If you bring seven, you need two instructors.

If you intended to bring (say) twelve and six or less show up then we offer the following options. Either) Use both instructors at the same price (to give a lower instructor to visitor ratio - sometimes a good choice for younger and "enthusiastic" children ). Or Pay 20 for the unused instructor and we'll send them home for you ! back

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alien rock, 8 Pier Place, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP
For all bookings telephone 0131 552 7211, enquiries email us at aliens@alienrock.co.uk