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Another COVID-19 statement from the 3WM team

Sep 11, 2020 5:29:06 PM / by Oliver Millington posted in COVID-19

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We’re excited to announce that we’ll be reopening for members only on the 14th of September.

While you have been away we’ve made some pretty exciting changes to the wall – you can expect to come back to everything you loved about the climbing at 3WM and a lot more besides. We want to share a little of what we have been up to during the challenging times that Covid-19 has presented.

We can’t wait to have you back and climbing at our safe space with the community we’ve been missing, but we want to do this as safely as possible .

Covid 19 and our Rules

We are prepared and ready to open so don’t be afraid to come in!

Here are our key Do’s (and one Don’t ! ) to help you stay safe:-

DO Read our COVID-19  Statement HERE - this is the really important bit to keep our climbing community as safe as possible and to keep us operating.

DO come and climb at 3WM  if you and those close to you have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least the last 14 days

DO come on time and ready to climb - This make things easier for everyone

DO use your own climbing kit and try not to share outside of your household

DO bring your own water bottles and keep bags to a minimum

DO check in AND check out of your climbing session - this helps us manage capacity

DO fill out a registration form before you visit, even if you have climbed with us before:

Register as a climber

DO be kind to our staff, be patient with the changes and please be part of the community effort to look after each other.

DO Give people their space throughout the centre - information will be displayed to help you follow the current guidance

DO Sanitise your hands regularly - stations have been installed for you to use

Do Avoid touching your face

DO Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette

DO Wear face coverings whilst not climbing 

DO be aware that together we can all minimise the risk, but we cannot eradicate it - so, as minimal as the risk might be, you have to take responsibility for your decision to come into the centre

DON’T be afraid to come back! We can’t wait to see you and to fill our safe space with the community we have been missing! 


We are managing our capacity carefully to help keep things safe and in line with government guidelines.

We’ve introduced 3hr time slots - either ropes, bouldering, or both!

Book Your Climbing Session Now

It would be very helpful for us if you can stick to the decision you've made - since each climbing area will have its own capacity limit.

We’ll try our best to be flexible - but you will need to check with the team at reception! We won’t ask you to leave early without good reason!

If you're hoping to visit last minute, you can check our current capacity here

The New Training Room

We are super excited to open our new training room - frankly it’s pretty awesome and we will be shouting loud about it over the coming days - but hey better to come and have a look for yourself and book onto our available one hour slots for this fantastic new training facility. At the moment the training room will only be available for over 18's - this will be subject to change when our insurance policies are brought up to date with the new facility.


We have a number of flexible options, for the first two weeks of re-opening we are open to Members only.

Any Questions ?

We love to hear from you and we will put together a FAQs which we will be updating as we open, you can of course get in touch with us or chat with us on Facebook. 

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Another COVID-19 update from 3 Wise Monkeys

Jul 16, 2020 2:03:21 PM / by Oliver Millington


I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty fed up of COVID-19 updates, so I'll try and scatter these with Easter eggs about what's been going on at the centre to keep it more fun for you... 

We're in an odd position on our perch up in the Highlands, watching as climbing walls across the world in areas far worse hit by the pandemic start to reopen their doors. It's a luxury in a way to be able to see how it goes for those walls, and plan accordingly. Because of that, and because we're in no way close to reopening (we have a working date of 1st of September) we don't yet have a belt and braces COVID system all laid out. 

We're asking for your opinions, on what would help you to feel safe and excited to come back to your climbing centre, and we're asking now so we can take that into account. 

There are some things that go without saying:

We're going to need to 'covidise' our sign in and sign out procedures so they're fit to help support track and tracing efforts. That means everyone will need to re-register online before you come climbing. 

We're going to need to provide extra handwashing and sanitisation facilities, and make them as hygenic as they can be, this is alongside the whole host of measures we'll take to keep the walls and facilities cleaner.

And we're going to need to set lower capacity limits in all 3 of our climbing areas, so you can maintain social distancing while climbing. 

Then there are some more tricky topics that we'd like your opinions on:

Walls up and down the UK have been managing access in different ways. Whether booking climbing slots to manage capacity, having queuing and capacity limits, or timetabling access to different groups, they're all being tried. We want your opinions on what you think would work best for you. 

And what about face coverings? Current guidelines suggest  they will not be mandatory in climbing areas, so we're working along the lines of them needing to be worn while you sign in, travel between the climbing areas or head to the cafe - but then when you're sat on your snuggly sofa enjoying a coffee from our new coffee machine, or climbing your route - masks won't be essential because you'll be socially distanced.

You can let us know what you think about these, and anything else you have concern about so we can potentially address your concerns in the run up to opening. We're monitoring comments on this page, and on the corresponding facebook post. 

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Memories of Our Joe

May 4, 2020 8:49:51 PM / by Oliver Millington


Memories of our Joe

There are plenty of places where you’ll be able to see about the news, see speculations as to the what, where and when. I only care about the who.

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Systematic Lemonade Production: What to do when life gives you lemons again and again and again.

Apr 30, 2020 5:03:00 PM / by Oliver Millington


Those days.

We all have them.

No, really, even that guy over there who appears to have his s**t together. His was probably last Tuesday, but he maybe didn’t share it on facebook.

This is not an appeal against the world that will make you feel bad for having those days, this is a citrus flavoured cheat sheet for helping those days not become those weeks.

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COVID-19 Update 2 - temporary closure of the climbing centre

Mar 18, 2020 3:42:19 PM / by Oliver Millington


Writing this has been one of the most surreal experiences of my adult life, and I’ve only written one sentence.

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The Drink 1 Give 1 Project - A practical way to help over a cup of coffee.

Mar 16, 2020 4:47:37 PM / by Oliver Millington


Strange times we're in eh?

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COVID-19 update from 3 Wise Monkeys to Our Community.

Mar 16, 2020 4:25:45 PM / by Oliver Millington posted in COVID-19


It seems like only a week ago that the biggest threat to the climbing centre and our community seemed to be a lack of toilet roll.

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Competition Results! Winter Climbing Series round 2

Feb 3, 2020 7:47:22 AM / by Oliver Millington posted in Competition Results


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It's Snow Joke - Ben and Glen Nevis to be de-iced

Aug 22, 2019 3:39:11 PM / by Oliver Millington


For the Autumn-Winter2018 season, Highland Council, in conjunction with BEAR Scotland, will be conducting a trial extension of the road gritting service to include the ‘tourist’ track up Ben Nevis, it was revealed in a consultation document released at recent local transport consultations for Fort William & Lochaber. The document cited ‘several instances of accident due to slips, trips and falls on the ice when ill prepared visitors headed for the summit’.

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6 reasons why you should get your kids into climbing

Jul 23, 2019 1:53:43 PM / by Oliver Millington posted in Insider


Climbing is something that a lot of children do instinctively. Why stop them?!

Climbing is great fun

Its new, its something different, and believe it or not, it always can be. There are so many new and exciting things and places to discover in the world of climbing, that enjoyment can remain a fundamental factor throughout a climbers life. Whether it's the enjoyment of making it to the top of their first wall, the enjoyment of completing their NICAS level 1, the enjoyment of their first outdoor climbing experience, or the enjoyment of their first teenage climbing road trip.

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