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Rock up for a totally different challenge... NEW CLIMBING CONCEPT PROMISES THRILLS FOR ALL AGES.

Byline: ZOE CHAMBERLAIN Family Writer @zoechamberlain

ATOTALLY new climbing concept - featuring a terrifying 18ft Leap of Faith challenge - is coming to the city this summer. Twenty-six differently themed climbing walls will form part of Rock Up Birmingham, making it unlike any other climbing experience in Birmingham.

There's the Dri Ice challenge where climbers make their way up with ice-picks, Jungle Gym ropes and the Speed Climb where people can pretend they're taking part in Ninja Warrior as they race to press the button at the top first.

A Twister staircase enables people to climb both on top and under the steps, and a Stairway to Heaven features an 18ft pole then a ladder to reach the top.

"It's like an indoor theme park made of climbing walls and it's completely new for Birmingham," says Sara Stockdale, marketing director for Rock Up.

"There are climbing and bouldering centres in the city but nothing like this.

"The Leap of Faith is terrifying but fantastic. You climb up an 18ft ladder then take a leap of faith as you just and try to grab hold of a punchbag."

Rock Up Birmingham is due to open at Broadway Plaza on Ladywood Middleway in August. It's not just for daredevils. There will also be a soft play area and a cafe, meaning there will be something for all ages and abilities. Sara continues: "It's cross generational - there's soft play for the under-6s, you can climb from the age of four and it's up to you what age you stop!

"Rock Up is really popular with families with a spread of ages. We had a family of four the other day where the eldest was 19 and the youngest was six. This is the one activity they could all engage in and get something out of. You can't really take that age range to the cinema as they want to watch different things."

There area whopping 70 different challenges, including: Speed Climb - climbers scramble up next to each other in a race to press the button at the top. "Our fastest person did it in just 3.54 seconds," says Sara. "It was phenomenal, like Spiderman in action!" Face 2 Face Race - a perspex climb enabling people to see their opponent as they race opposite each other Jungle Gym - ropes that offer a really good workout Twister - a stepped climb that twists round. One side is easy as you climb up the steps, the other is hard as you try to climb under the steps.

Skyscraper - where people climb up a wall that looks like, well, a skyscraper!

Dri Ice - a climb that's done with an ice-pick Prices start at PS8 for children and PS12 for adults at off-peak times. Each session is one-and-a-half hours long, including time for harnessing.

Rock Up Birmingham will use an auto-belaying system where climbers are harnessed so they can fall backwards and be lowered gently to the ground.

"We don't use pairing which means the whole party can climb together without anyone having to hold the ropes for each other," explains Sara.

"What kids don't realise is that they're exercising. I have three children myself and they don't notice that they're getting a really good workout, they just think they're having fun."

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Date:Jun 15, 2016
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