- The pinnacle
- Dry tooling room
If we could improve one thing it would be…
The café – proper food, real coffee, healthy food, home made cake
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A group of four of us visited Awesome Walls in Liverpool on a rainy Saturday in March when outdoors climbing was abandoned. The centre, which is a converted church, is in an area that seems less than salubrious, so we were happy to find out that the car park has CCTV.
The member of staff member on reception was extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating from the start of our visit. She directed us to all the key areas of the centre, including their changing area with lockers and the toilets, main climbing areas and bouldering zones. She also gave us some fresh pineapple for free when we gazed longingly at it behind the counter! There didn’t seem to be lots of staff around, which is different from other centres we’ve been in, but the reception is open and accessible, so that wasn’t an issue for us.
The centre provided a great deal of variety, with something for everyone and enough lines to keep us entertained for quite a few hours. The centre boasts a very interesting layout, which hides a series of interesting rooms such as the dry tooling room if you fancy getting your axes out and also a training room. There are a few bouldering areas too.
The café was situated at reception, with little variety and no hot meals other than micro Pizza. It did fill the gap, but calling it a café is stretching the term café! If you’re going for a day of climbing or coming after work you’re not going to find anything to eat that is sufficiently filling and nutritious for a full meal. The staff were very helpful again though – it goes a long way.
In the shop the staff member was knowledgeable and helpful. She was able to offer help and advice about different things we were looking at, such as belay devices and gear, without overtly trying to sell us things. The shop had a good variety of items given the size (it’s only small) and there were lots of different brands. They offered a range of climbing shoes from really inexpensive up to high-end technical shoes. They also had bargain boxes, which we loved!
The website gives a clear indication of the courses they run. There weren’t loads of posters around advertising the courses and they don’t have a women’s club or social night. They run a selection of indoor to outdoor courses, which is great for people who want to progress outdoors, and they also have a kids club and separate kids area in the centre.
The routes were really varied with a good mix of lead and top roped lines, the highlight of which was the pinnacle, a large rock-like edifice resembling real rock and giving much more of a feel for outdoors climbing than the normal holds. The large projecting lead wall provided opportunities for more sustained and harder lead climbing, although with only one route at 6a and the remainder mostly 6c and harder, it would be out of reach for anyone without the stamina to keep going on such a consistently overhanging route. The setting for the bouldering was slightly confusing, with a lack of information to indicate grading and very dirty holds on quite a few problems. This could definitely be improved through better signage, more regular route setting and cleaning the holds and bouldering areas.
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