Climbing is Dangerous: Indoor climbing is mostly practiced as an individual (without direct facility staff supervision) unless individuals choose to enroll in programs or guided climbing options. Individuals learning climbing skills should always seek qualified instruction. Individuals taking part in climbing accept responsibility for using equipment properly every time they climb and performing all safety checks and using recommended buddy checks. If you are unfamiliar with how to use a system (auto-belay, top rope, etc) please contact a UG staff member for orientation and training.
If you are new to the sport or it has been a while and you need a refresher before jumping right in, we have several options for you.
- Our staff can provide first time climbers a short orientation on how to use our Auto-Belay systems (we have over 10 Auto-Belays). Auto-Belays do allow guests without previous climbing experience to go through a short (5-10 minutes) training and certification on system use. Once certified, guests are free to use the Auto-Belay systems on their own (without staff supervision). Users of auto-belays accept all responsibility for clipping in to the system properly – failure to clip in properly can result in falling from height. Those individuals that are not comfortable with proper auto-belay or need additional training or want an different experience should speak with our staff.
- For individuals who want to learn to climb and belay so that you may participate on your own, we recommend you enroll in our introduction to climbing course, “The Crag Experience”. This is a 2-hour course that teaches the fundamentals of climbing movement, how to properly tie in to a rope and belay a climber on top rope, and the proper use and inspection of climbing equipment. With this course you have the option to enroll in a 14-day trial membership (rental equipment included) which allows you to come and climb on your own. On your first visit after completing the course you will be required to first take our belay test which certifies you to belay others on top rope.
- For those that just wish to sample climbing without committing to a full class or wish to bring in a group of non-climbers to experience climbing for the first time, we offer our “All Inclusive Crag Experience” packages. These packages give you entry to the facility for one full day, facility orientation, Auto Belay orientation, rental gear, and a dedicated staff member to guide you through the crag while providing top rope belaying. A standard amount of guided climbing is included in each package; if you would like more additional time with your guide, you may purchase additional guided 30 minute blocks ($20 for each 30 minute block). After completing your guided climbs, guests may also continue to climb on their own using our Auto Belays or bouldering facilities. If you fall in love with climbing, on your next visit you may wish to enroll in the “Crag Experience” course. Please allow for a minimum of 1 hour for the Get on Belay package (including check in, orientation, and guided climbs). Advanced reservations are strongly recommended though we will always attempt to accommodate you if our staffing and facility crowds will allow. To book your All Inclusive Crag Experience, call us at 720-592-0716. Our All Inclusive packages start at $48 for one participant (including 30 minutes of private guiding) or $98 for two participants with 1 hour of guided climbing (additional participants and guided climbing time can be added for an additional fee).