“All climbing activities have a risk of serious injury. Participants must recognise that even if they follow all good practice, there may still be a risk of accident and injury. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the participant to adhere to the conditions of use.”

Before climbing at Highball for the first time, you must complete one of the registration forms which includes an 'Acknowledgment of Risk'. We recommend reading and completing the documents at home so you can absorb the information at your own pace.

If you wish to climb independently - without supervision - we will expect you to have a minimum level of knowledge and experience. Our team will assess this when you come to reception.

If you have any questions about what we do, the registration forms, or acknowledgement of risk, please contact us before completing the form.

Read our Conditions of Use

Activity Registration

You or your child have booked a specific supervised climbing activity at Highball and will be supervised by a member of the Highball Team. For example:

  • Youth Climbing Session
  • Groups / Birthday Party
  • Taster Sessions
  • Bouldering Inductions
  • Intro to Climbing Course

Guest Registration

You or your child are going to be supervised by a friend/family member. This person must be aged 18+, be a competent independent climber, and have the knowledge to supervise others safely.

Note: All novice adults and young climbers under 18 must be supervised when climbing.

Competent climbers can supervise 2 novices if both are aged 8+. Under 8's must be supervised on a 1:1 basis.


Experienced Climber Registration

You are aged 18+ and are a competent climber and/or boulderer; you do not need supervision.

On your first visit, you will need to come to reception before your climbing session so a member of the team can assess your competence (questions and/or practical test) and activate your registration. 

You have 90 days to come to reception and complete registration

Competency Test : Frequently Asked Questions

Are you ready - Do any of the below apply to you?

"I haven't done this for a while"
"I've only climbed once or twice"
"It might take me a few goes"

If yes, then bear in mind this is not the time for practice; Our crew will only observe and can not offer help or instruction, and we wouldn't expect a friend to have to show you what to do.

If you don't feel ready, be honest with yourself. You may just need a refresher session with an instructor or spend some time under the supervision of a competent climber before you're ready.

Note: If you have only ever used an indoor sport climbing wall and have little or no bouldering experience, we have a bouldering induction video, you can watch before climbing.


If you wish to use our sport climbing walls without supervision, we would expect you to either:
Be an active climber, regularly climbing indoors or outdoors
Have recently completed an appropriate climbing course
Gained the equivalent knowledge/experience through personal training e.g. from a 3rd party

We may ask to observe you:
Put on a harness
Tie into the harness
Belay a Climber
Lower a Climber
Use an Auto belay
Identify good/bad practice on some images

During the practical assessment, we would expect you to be 'Slick and Safe' i.e. you will be able to do all the above correctly, smoothly and without uncertainty, error, or prompting

If you wish to boulder without supervision we would expect you to either:
Be an active boulderer, regularly climbing indoors or outdoors
Have recently completed a bouldering induction or
Have gained the equivalent knowledge/experience through personal training e.g. from a 3rd party

Are you ready? Bouldering can be dangerous so, it's important you know that you know how to keep yourself safe and others who are climbing with you or, around you.