Adult Rock Climbing Courses & Bouldering Courses at The XC

Get ready to reach new heights at The XC climbing gym in Hemel Hempstead! Our adult rock climbing and bouldering courses cater to individuals of all skill levels, from those who are just starting out to seasoned climbers looking to conquer more challenging summits.

Our team of friendly and qualified instructors are passionate about helping you uncover your potential and achieve your climbing goals. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge, techniques, and confidence you need to excel. With multiple walls for all levels, and diverse routes for everyone, you’ll be able to challenge yourself and conquer your goals. Book your climbing course at The XC today!

Ready to Take the Leap?

Adult Rock Climbing Taster Sessions

  • Perfect for beginners
  • Individual and family sessions available
  • Get a taste of what rock climbing is all about
  • No commitment to a full course required

Adult Bouldering Inductions

  • 45 minute bouldering induction
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Experienced instructors to teach you the basics of bouldering
  • Learn how to navigate basic boulder problems
  • Build strength and skill safely

Beginner Climbing Courses

  • 4 week climbing course
  • Learn climbing skills, safety, and equipment use
  • Experienced instructors guide you through the process
  • Gain confidence to begin your climbing journey with ease

Lead Climbing Courses

  • 6 hour course for you and your climbing partner
  • Learn advanced techniques like lead belaying, route reading, and safety
  • Conquer challenging routes and push your limits

Private Climbing Lessons

  • Instructors cater to both beginners and experienced climbers
  • Customised sessions to fit individual needs
  • Individual attention to help you reach new heights
  • Gain confidence in your climbing ability

Why Choose Rock Climbing at The XC?


What if I’m a first time climber?

If you are new to climbing, there is no need to worry! Our rock climbing courses are specifically designed for beginners like yourself. We have various taster sessions and beginner experiences available for adults, families, and groups, allowing you to experience the thrill of rock climbing without having to commit to a course.  In addition, we offer beginner courses suitable for individuals of all ages, ranging from junior courses for 3-year-olds to adult courses in bouldering and climbing courses for adults. You will be accompanied by experienced instructors who will provide guidance throughout your journey. 


At The XC, the safety of our participants is our top priority. We are dedicated to creating a secure climbing environment by strictly adhering to the safety protocols established by the Association of British Climbing Walls (ABC). Our climbing walls undergo regular inspections and maintenance by certified professionals to ensure their structural integrity. 

 We provide all the necessary safety equipment, including harnesses, helmets, and top ropes. Our friendly instructors are highly knowledgeable in proper belaying techniques and will be there to assist you throughout your climbing experience. Our instructors are always available to assist you, as we maintain set instructor-to-climber ratios. 

Dress appropriately according to the temperature outside. Although we are an enclosed building, it can be hot in summer and cold in winter. Wear layers that can be easily removed if you become hot. Dresses and skirts are not permitted. Remove all jewelry and if you have long hair, this must be tied back into a low ponytail. 

We do offer equipment hire for shoes, harnesses, belay devices, and chalk bags for rental if you don’t have your own but these are subject to availability. If you have your own equipment that is in good condition you can use it. (Note to climbers: You’ll need to bring an appropriately rated 30m rope (minimum) to lead the walls at XC.) 

Yes, you can definitely organise a climbing party or event at The XC! We offer group packages for birthdays, corporate events, and other special occasions. Our experienced instructors will be there to ensure everyone has a fantastic time while maintaining a safe and enjoyable climbing experience. Whether you’re planning a fun day out with friends or team-building activities for your colleagues, our climbing walls and facilities provide the perfect setting for an unforgettable event. Visit our party page for more info 

We have 20 lead lines, with a great variety of routes. Most routes range from 4 – 7c+ in difficulty. We have a natural feature wall which can be climbed without using any holds at all, climbers can utilise the natural holds and features of the wall to make it to the top. Our walls feature a combination of Lightwave, Cristalithe and Mozaik climbing systems 

Our 6 Auto Belays allow you to climb alone should you wish, 1 of which is on the 14m wall. 

We have 16 top rope ready walls. 10 on our 14m high walls, and 6 on 8m walls. The routes grade from 3 – 7c and are reset regularly to provide an adequate challenge and variety for experienced climbers.  

We also have a reinforced wall section that you can use to practice trad placements, but please note you will need to be backed up by a top rope when practicing this. Please ask the team for more info if you’re interested in trying trad climbing at XC.