So, I finally managed to take some pictures of the climbing wall in Salfords! It's actually in one of those strange garage type buildings on the Salfords industrial estate. It's quite a nice place, there's a shop, a little refreshments area, and none of the walls are too tall, so you don't get quite so tired out trying to get to the top! It's also got a really nice bouldering area, with a cool archway thing you can climb all over and under! <---
That's the one I cleverly decided to climb on top of, and then was too scared to jump off! A ladder would have been handy!! Instead I somehow had to climb my way down backwards, not feeling quite so clever, hehe..
The walls with all the ropes dangling off are for climbing with a harness and all that stuff. If you look at the angle of that yellow wall, you can kind of see why! That one is still beyond me, I don't think I quite have the muscles for overhangs!
These are the walls around the other side, they look a bit more like rock.. lots of nice bits sticking out to whack your knees on!
This is the other side of the archway.. it's funny, it looks like there are a nice lot of grips to hold on to, but it turns out you're supposed to choose one colour, then try to get to the top using only those ones! It definitely makes it a bit more difficult! They give different difficulty ratings to different colour routes and write them up on a chalk board, so you can see what you're letting yourself in for!
We both managed to climb up the bit in the middle here the other day! It's a shame we can't really take photos of eachother climbing, but I think it probably isn't ideal belaying practice.. "ooh sorry I let you fall on the floor, I got a really good photo though!" Maybe not..
We did manage to grab some photos of us bouldering in K2 though! =) There's a lovely big crash mat underneath that so it doesn't matter too much if you fall off!