Frequently Asked Questions
Can beginners climb in Ministry of Climbing?
Of course! Ministry of Climbing is the first Estonian independent climbing center, offering sport entertainment for everyone – from children to pensioners. We have a wide range of climbing possibilities for beginners to advanced.
Bouldering can be done independently after being introduced to the safety rules. The Ministry of Climbing organizes weekly workshops for beginners, at which our climbing space can be explored under the guidance of an instructor. For more details see the calendar.
On Tuesdays there is an instructor from 19:00 until 21.00 to help out all climbers, especially helpful for beginners with their first steps. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice!
You recognize the instructor by the red shirt written Ronimisministeerium on the back.
Rope climbing requires a Tallinn Kaljuronimisklubi ( Tallinn Rock-Climbing Club) card or a demonstration of relevant skills. Belaying skills can be shown to a Ministry of Climbing team member at an agreed time or, if the admin is not busy with other clients (arriving customers have priority), on the spot.
Can Ministry of Climbing be visited alone, without partner?
Absolutely! Ministry of Climbing is built predominantly for bouldering, so most of the walls are limited to 4m in height with a 30cm thick safety mattress at the base. Climbing alone is possible, but it won’t be long before making friends among those that are puzzling with same task.
Can children climb as well? Why there is a time limit for 12yrs old?
Yes, ofcourse children are welcome to climb in RonMin!
Ronimisministeerium has a rule for kids: kids under 12 can be in the gym until 6 pm. Rule is there for safety concerne. After 6 pm the gym is filled with adult climbers who are here to train, our experiences have been that oftentimes parents who come to the gym don’t look after their child all the time. No one wants to see or be part of accident when a climber falls on a child. Only exception are kids who are part of the RonimisAkadeemia training groups, whose trainer have confirmed that child knows and follows the rules properly and can be an example for others.
Can I climb with a rope?
There are seven routes up to 6m high for climbing with a rope. Ministry of Climbing was designed especially for bouldering, so most of the walls are 4m high with a 30 cm thick safety mattress at the base. On these walls a rope is not required.
How should I dress?
We recommend wearing comfortable clothes (stretchy). In the beginning there is the possibility of hitting ones knees, so it advisable to have pants which are below the knees.
What type of shoes are needed?
We have special shoes for climbing, with narrower nose and gripping sole. Climbing shoes can be rented from Ministry of Climbing. If you prefer to climb with your own indoor shoes, then tennis shoes (sneakers) are the best choice! Using your own shoes is only permitted after Ministry of Climbing staff have inspected them for cleanness.
What kind of equipment is needed in the beginning?
For bouldering, a pair of climbing shoes (prices start from 40€) and, depending on the location, your own magnesium bag (prices start from 15€). Alternatively liquid Mg (prices start from 10€) can be used.
If there is a desire to try climbing higher walls with a rope, then a harness (prices from € 50), magnesium bag (price from 15€), and a carabiner (price from €12) are required. You can also rent harnesses and climbing shoes at the Ministry of Climbing. In addition, from time to time we organize group purchases directly from the manufacturer.
Can Ministry of Climbing organize events?
Absolutely. For additional info see here.
The ordinary opening hours do not suite me, but I would like to come climbing. What to do?
You are welcome to buy 24/7 access card. For example VIP (yearly) and 6 months passes.
Can I prolong my membership card or take a pause when I get sick/injury?
10 x, 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and yearly card owners have possibility, in case of illness or injury, to prolong their card by showing a doctor’s certificate, inability to exercise for at least two weeks. In case of the illness or injury preventing climbing for less than 2 weeks, we dont prolong the cards nor when notification is given when membership card is out of validation.
Additionally 1-, 3-, 6-month and yearly card holders (24/7 members) can take training break.
1 & 3- month card owners can take 2 weeks, 6-month card owners can take 1 calendar month and 12-month 2 calendar months (accordingly 30 and 60 days), this applies if the break is used at one time. If one wishes to use it in parts, the membership can be paused in weeks (min. 1 week). In that case the total number of days will be accordingly 28 and 56 days.
During the time your card is temporary stopped (not active) and one wish to come to the training, normal entrance fees apply.