New to Climbing?
Never climbed before? Well the Hive is the best place to learn! Here at the Hive we believe that everyone is a climber! We know that every single one of you has climbed something, somewhere, at some stage in your life. Maybe it was a stool to get a cookie from the jar, maybe it was a tree to get a stuck Frisbee, maybe it was a ladder to hang a picture. Regardless, if you’ve never been rock climbing before, we can help!
Bouldering is one of the best and easiest ways to start climbing: no ropes, no harnesses, no partner, no problem! All the fun of climbing, easy to access, and we offer Vancouver’s most supportive community and most comprehensive range of training and development programs. We encourage all new climbers to take our Introduction to Bouldering lesson; a two-hour class that covers all the basics of climbing and how to fall in order to reduce risk of injury as much as possible, as well as essential tips and tricks to get you started and primed for success!
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Frequently Asked Questions
- I don’t have a partner – do I need one?
No problem! You can easily climb on your own at the hive. Bouldering is also a very social activity – you will meet people to climb with in no time!
- I don’t know how to belay – do I need to?
No, there are no ropes in bouldering and no need for a belayer. On your first visit we will show you how to manage risk while climbing and falling during our Fall Assessment and Orientation, so you can get started right away!
- I don’t have equipment- what do I need?
All you need is climbing shoes and a chalk bag. If you don’t have your own, you can rent it from us!
- I’ve only top-roped, never tried bouldering. Will I enjoy the Hive?
Absolutely! We have a wide variety of terrain for beginners and intermediate climbers including slightly overhanging terrain, vertical walls and easier slab areas.
- I am afraid of heights – will this be a problem?
No problem whatsoever. At the Hive you can always choose how high you go, and how you want to get down! Our beginner areas help keep you learning and exploring safely!
- I heard bouldering is for expert climbers only – is this true?
Absolutely not! Bouldering is for everyone; especially for beginners! Most gyms design their bouldering for the experts, with very steeply overhanging terrain, but at the Hive, we offer novices enough easier and more vertical terrain for everyone to get started on. The Hive is friendly, non-competitive, and supportive – that’s how we climb!
- Is bouldering a good way to get in shape?
Yes, as is all climbing! Bouldering is often considered a specialized form of climbing with a high degree of difficulty. However, this is generally determined by the outdoor rock’s natural features, and at the Hive, we have improved on nature to offer a fun and challenging environment for both seasoned vets and first-timers to stay fit and active!