Indoor climbing walls are spaces where one can learn climbing techniques and improve one’s physical fitness. These walls provide, in a man-made setting, what one can find in the outdoors.
They basically serve to promote this activity, within both a sports and leisure context. Although they can be used by people of all ages, it is recommended that one be in good physical shape.
Indoor climbing walls are equipped with hooks and safety features. Their shape and size vary depending on where they are located. There are fixed indoor climbing walls at sports centre facilities throughout Catalonia, or mobile climbing walls, like those provided by the Federació d’Entitats Excursionistes de Catalunya (FEEC).
This organisation has two structures that can be hired for different types of climbing. One is vertical, which requires the use of a rope for extra security.
The other is called a boulder and is used for bouldering, a sport which does not require a rope. The FEEC’s primary objective is to organise official bouldering competitions. Thus, the availability of the walls depends on the programme of events.
In Barcelona, Gimrock is an indoor climbing wall where one can climb on one’s own or ask for the assistance and monitoring of one of their specialists. Talks and conferences related to this sport are also held at their facilities.