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alien rock / alien bloc closure 17th March 2020

You’ve all been following the impending crisis engulfing our country so will hopefully understand why the three Partners of alien rock have decided to immediate close both centers.
We have been open almost every day for nearly 26 years so this has been a terrible decision to make but extreme times call for extreme measures and we all have a part to play in this.
So how does this affect you – (other than no climbing tonight) ?
We don’t have the manpower to adjust all our records (or answer the phone) at the moment so please assume that this applies to everyone, equally, ie you.  All memberships, both annual and monthly will be frozen as they are.  We’ll honour and extend those memberships when we re-open, that may well be a number of months away . Obviously, for some of you, that might be quite a down payment which was done so in trust – please continue to trust that we will survive the coming months.
Groups /Kids clubs/Bookings/ Tasters etc
We stopped taking bookings yesterday before the evening announcement. If you have booked anything,  it’s not going to happen, please let your group know. External instructors – we’re really sorry about the effect this will have on your businesses.
How you can help
The climbing community is going to be affected by this on many levels – it’s part of our shared identity. Please help keep our great climbing community and the wider society healthy by respecting the social distancing/ self isolating advice that comes through.
This is about to be an existential crisis for many businesses and for many jobs , it’s not going to be easy for anyone, so please be patient whilst we all sit it out .
At the moment many people appear to still be in denial or shock as to the severity as to the coming months. Please try to keep an eye out for your fellow climbers (and society) and be ready to lend a hand for people who will inevitably be struggling mentally, physically and financially.
Look after each other – that’s what climbers learn to do!

Reuben, Steve and Malcolm


alien bloc is our new dedicated bouldering wall just a short distance from alien one .

There is no requirement for previous climbing experience since climbing can be enjoyed with just climbing shoes and a chalk bag.

There are over 500 sqm of varied angled walls from slab through to an outrageous 7 meter long roof. There are hundreds of different climbing "problems", more than enough to keep both novice and experienced climbers entertained for many visits.

The handholds are a mix of permanent hand moulded features and colour-coded bolted-on holds. The "bolt-on" routes are removed, cleaned and changed on a frequent basis to maintain continual interest and endless challenges.

All the climbing problems are above deep foam matting to cushion the landing should that last slap for the final hold miss. Even with a big mat present, climbers should ideally climb down from the top rather than jump , thus reducing the likelihood of injuries!

Before climbing everyone needs to sign in either online or at the reception desk. Under 18s must have parental consent and unless a member, must be supervised at all times.

For bus and travel information see the location page.

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alien rock, 8 Pier Place, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP vat registration number 634 842 921
For all bookings telephone 0131 552 7211, enquiries email us at aliens@alienrock.co.uk