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We recommend our Introduction to Climbing program as the best starting point, although you may also come in anytime to try it out.
The Introduction to Climbing Class covers:
Top Roping is where the rope is already set up on the wall for you. The climber and belayer attach to opposite ends of the rope, and the climber ascends the wall, while the partner pulls up slack in the rope through a belay device.
Lead Climbing is a more advanced form of climbing and one that is commonly seen when climbing outside. In lead climbing, the climber brings their rope up the wall with them as they climb, clipping into the carabiners attached to the wall. Lead climbing requires advanced training, and a well-developed climbing ability (5.9 or above) to be comfortable leading.
We also offer a variety of pass options for those interested. More information on Climbing Wall Passes...
Not necessarily. We have 12 auto-belays at the wall. If you want to top rope or lead climb, you will need to come with a partner who has passed one of our belay tests.
The climbing networking site ClimbFind is an excellent resource for finding partners. You may also put up a notice on the bulletin board at The Climbing Wall.
Absolutely! Kids of all ages love to climb, though typically kids age 7 and up will have more stamina for a longer session. Please note that anyone under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian, so if you are bringing along nieces, nephews or friends of your children, you will need to have them sign one ahead of time for you to bring with you to the Wall.
That said, there are real safety concerns that come with any vertical sport, and it is important to receive proper instruction on belaying before you get yourself into a dangerous situation.
Anytime you are in doubt, please ASK our staff - they love to offer (frequently unsolicited) advice for any situation. Safety Tips...