It probably hasn't escaped your notice that climbing is getting bigger and bigger. This year, for example, it is already part of the Paris Olympics for the second time. But what exactly is climbing? And how do you start climbing? We explain it step by step in this article.

What is the difference between bouldering and climbing?

The most commonly practiced climbing sports in the Netherlands are bouldering and climbing. Bouldering is done on walls up to five meters high. Here you are not attached to a rope, but you are protected by a sturdy fall mat. The routes vary in level and style, for example powerful, or very much on balance.

In climbing, also called sport climbing or lead climbing, you climb high walls with long routes of sometimes 20 meters or higher! All this while (of course) being secured by a rope attached to your climbing harness by your safety officer. The fuse is your climbing partner who stands on the ground while you climb. Routes on high walls are more about endurance and precision. This is the variant of climbing you can practice at Neoliet!

Is climbing difficult?

Climbing is not difficult, but you have to know what you are doing. If you are climbing for the first time, or if you have ever tried it but do not have a climbing license, it is mandatory that an instructor explain and guide you in climbing. Does this sound lofty to you? No worries, it absolutely is not!

How do you start climbing?

Especially for new climbers, we offer intro classes, such as the group checks. The big advantage of the group introductions is that you can book a place from as little as 1 person. So you are not dependent on someone else to participate. Group check-in classes take place every week at set times, for which participants can sign up until the group is filled.

After signing in and changing clothes, you meet with your group, usually at the instructional wall. There you will be explained what climbing is, what the intro class looks like and how to secure. The group is then split into rope groups of three people. That is, per rope group, one person climbs, one fuses, and one holds the fuse's brake rope, as a backup fuse. The instructor watches with you and ensures safety, while you can learn about climbing at your own pace.

Climb together with your (new) buddy

If you do not come to the group intakes alone, but with others, there is always the opportunity to climb with them. If you do come alone, you will be paired with other participants present. As you climb, the instructor is always nearby to help and guide you.

Intro class is over, now what?

Now that you know what climbing is, and the intro class is over, briefly evaluate and there is room for questions. How did it go? Did you enjoy it? What are any next steps you should take if you want to make climbing your sport? The instructor is there for you to give you the information you need.


After the intro class, in some Neoliet locations you will have the opportunity to enroll directly in the Toprope Course with 30% discount! This offer is valid only on the day of group intro classes, so grab your chance!

Everything you need to know about group intakes

  • You can book group inspections from as little as €25 per person
  • You can participate from as little as 1 person
  • Group instruction includes climbing equipment and does not include rental shoes
  • The class lasts 1.5 hours
  • Participation is possible from 6 years of age (up to 14 years of age adult supervision required!)
  • Only climbing participants have to pay entrance fee

You book group checkups at these Neolite locations