Rock climbing about to break into mainstream, says Belmont bouldering facility owner


Adrenaline Vault owner Chris Chin is encouraging people to check out the facility and climb like his brother Tim.
Adrenaline Vault owner Chris Chin is encouraging people to check out the facility and climb like his brother Tim.

ROCK climbing is working its way up from a niche sport into the mainstream, according to the owner of a new facility.

Adrenaline Vault has opened in Belmont and includes 700sqm of climbing space, which is the second biggest bouldering facility in Australia, according to Chris Chin.

Bouldering means that there are no ropes or harnesses.

“We’ve had experienced climbers and newcomers to the sport, I think people have watched shows like Ninja Warrior and that’s helped the sports popularity, some of the best contestants have a background in rock climbing,” he said.

Tim Chin scales the walls at Adrenaline Vault.

“The next Olympics will feature rocking climbing too, so it’s becoming more mainstream.”

Mr Chin said the walls were built by Walltopia, a “world leader” in artificial climbing wall construction.

“The holds are all colour coded for people to follow, yellow is the easiest and black is the hardest,” he said.

“The indoor climbing that you do here will translate to the outdoor climbing and even have a top out, which means people can get on top of the roof.

“Our busiest days are the weekdays when people come in after work and de-stress.”

The facility also includes a gym and space for people to practice yoga.

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