The modern gal’s guide to keeping active – rock climbing

By this point I was on a buzz and I wanted to try everything I had ever thought was cool. So from a very peaceful yoga practice, I set my heart on rock climbing. Mighty Malta delivered once again, I came across the Malta Climbing Club on Google. The Malta Climbing Club has over 100 members from more than 10 different countries.
MCC Climbing WallI didn’t know if I would be any good at rock climbing or if I would have a sudden panic attack while looking down, so I contacted Simon to ask him for more information. Open and friendly, Simon invited me to a small rock climbing wall set-up in Sliema, where every Tuesday climbers gather to talk and try out their skills.
The wall is small but it gives you a notion of what climbing is like and it was great fun to see people from all types of backgrounds gathered together in their common passion for the sport. I wanted to organise a rock climbing experience with 6 other friends, and none of us had any equipment so Simon put me in touch with Stephen Farrugia, a rock climbing instructor who would organise everything on our behalf, including rental of appropriate equipment. We spoke to Stephen and he quickly arranged everything.
We met at Wied Babu, which is on the limits of Zurrieq, where we proceeded to gear up. The harness carries up to 2 tons and it has to be just tight enough not to slip down the hips; we were fitted out with one of them and started to look like proper climbers. The colourful equipment comprises of a couple of ropes, harness, chalk bag, shoes, locking carabineers and a dozen or so quick-draws. Stephen informed us that all equipment has been tested; he took time to explain technical features, stressing on safety measures. He spoke slowly and anyone from any nationality with a basic knowledge of English would be able to understand.

70% of his customers are first time climbers. Experienced climbers use their service too as it saves them time to get to the best routes if they do not have a comprehensive knowledge of the area.
I remember thinking as I dangled off a cliff ” I should be way more nervous about this than I am right now” but I trusted him, which is very important when you are hanging off a cliff. Perhaps the hardest moment comes when it is the time to let go of the rock. You must learn to trust your equipment and your belayer too. It is definitely an experience I’m trying again and I highly recommend you try it with your friends, it makes it so much more enjoyable!
Rock Climbing 1To attend events of the Malta Climbing Club, download the application online at http://www.maltaclimbingclub.com/. There is a small 10 Euro fee and you can attend the many events they organise all year round.
To see more on their events, you can also join their group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/maltaclimbingclub/ .
For a more personalised experience and rental of equipment, Stephen Farrugia is the person to go to and he can be reached at The price for our group was 35 Euro per person, but Stephen can be contacted for quotes at stevofarrugia@gmail.com. Rock climbing trips can be taken at any time, Stephen just needs a few days in advance to rent all equipment and book other climbing instructors, depending on the group’s size.

Monique Chambers

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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