Posted on Jan 25, 2023

Olympic-Standard Climbing Experience at Parthian Climbing

Parthian Climbing, the community-focused indoor climbing company, is to open a 25,000 sq ft state-of-the-art climbing experience at Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth, South-West London. The launch of Parthian Climbing Wandsworth this summer will herald an expansion programme for the brand as it prepares to open its fifth wall within the UK.

Founded in 2004 by climber John Dunne, Parthian Climbing is a high-quality provider of climbing instruction and coaching. Parthian Climbing Wandsworth will be the first indoor climbing facility in the UK to include an exact replica of “The Titan”, the bouldering wall which will feature at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 and the Climbing World Championships Bern 2023, developed in partnership with the International Federation of Sport Climbing. The space will also include a strength and conditioning gym and a specialist climbing retail offer. Completing the facility will be a café with a light menu available throughout the day, a bar, and co-working space taking advantage of the extensive views at the venue.


Working in collaboration with EP Climbing, a market leader in creating tailor-made solutions for climbing and leisure experiences around the world, the leading edge wall is set to attract professional athletes worldwide as a training tool in the run-up to the Olympics. In addition, the bouldering, auto-belays, and roped climbing (both top rope and lead) will appeal to all levels, from families to climbing enthusiasts.

Wandsworth joins Parthian Climbing’s existing sites in Manchester, Reading, Harrogate, and Southampton, with EP Climbing having played a role in the development of each, from complete builds, to renovations and new wall installations. The relationship between EP Climbing and Parthian Climbing CEO, John Dunne, has so far spanned over 30 years, dating back to EP’s sponsorship of Dunne in 1989, the distribution of the climber’s hold range ‘Ninth Life’ in the late 90’s, through to building Parthian Climbing’s walls today.


CEO of Parthian Climbing, John Dunne, commented: “Parthian Climbing Wandsworth is going to be a unique experience. Our longstanding relationship with EP Climbing has enabled us to create a new concept that will appeal to all levels and abilities, with The Titan putting us on the map as a global climbing attraction while also embedding Parthian Climbing in the local community. This is a key moment for Parthian Climbing and the whole team is committed to creating something exceptional.”

“Not only is this going to be a fantastic location to showcase the Parthian Climbing brand, but Wandsworth Southside will allow us to continue our work with the community and young climbers on the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS).”

Mike Dawe, Managing Director of EP Climbing UK, added: “Parthian Climbing Wandsworth is an amazing project that has pushed to new heights what is possible in indoor climbing. Re-creating The Titan is a milestone, and we are confident it will boost Britain’s hopes of climbing medals in Paris next year, while also delivering a real legacy piece for the community.”


For further information please contact Chris Leinster at Parthian Climbing or Tamaris Higham at EP Climbing:



About Parthian Climbing

Formed from a love for climbing and leisure by a team that is professional, knowledgeable, and passionate, climber John Dunne brings a wealth of experience to a growing team.

They offer climbing for everyone, building a passionate community that inspires and grows the next generation of climbers

Parthian Climbing has a proven track record of being one of the highest-quality providers of climbing instruction and coaching in the UK at their existing sites in Manchester, Reading, Harrogate, and Southampton. All Parthian Climbing centres offer sessions for young climbers on the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS), group events for clubs such as Scouts and Brownies, and school sessions developed around the GCSE PE curriculum.

Adults benefit from instructed and coached sessions run by some of the most qualified and experienced coaches in the industry, and customers who are already experienced climbers can make unlimited use of the facilities on offer at each centre.

About EP Climbing

A pioneer in the climbing wall industry, EP Climbing designs, manufactures, operates, and maintains tailor-made solutions for climbing and leisure experiences around the world. EP supplied the climbing walls for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and is also set to provide the walls for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Aside from competition walls, EP manufactures climbing walls for climbing gyms, schools, universities, and more. Creating climbing walls since 1985, EP’s mission is to bring climbing and its values to everyone.

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