First Time Visitors
- Before you Arrive: Before your first visit, we highly recommend you complete the online waiver prior to coming to the crag to expedite the orientation process (this will also ensure you have adequate time to review the waiver in detail and ask any questions you may have). If you forget or are unable to complete the waiver prior to your visit, you will be able to complete the waiver when you arrive at the crag at one of our several computer waiver stations (please allow adequate time to read and review the document in detail – a preview of the document is AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD as well).
- Your First Visit to the Crag: All first time guests will be given an orientation tour that introduces you to our facility and will familiarize you with our climbing features, route setting, fitness areas, and reviews rules. Once completed, you will earn your first “Crag Badge” — the orientation badge. Please allow approximately up to 30 minutes to complete this orientation.
- The Belay Test: Those guests with previous climbing experience wishing to either use the auto belays, top rope belay, or lead climb/belay will be required to complete a review of their skills by our staff (aka “the belay test”). There are three different crag badges you can earn that demonstrate your level of proficiency. To earn your badge, you must be able to demonstrate successfully the following skills:
- The Auto Belay Badge: How to properly put on your harness, what you need to inspect on your harness, AutoBelay clip in (proper tie in to belay loop on harness), dangers of solo climbing, and use and knowledge of AutoBelay gates.
- The Top Rope Badge: How to tie into the rope using a “Figure 8 Follow Through Knot” (including proper tie in point on harness), how to inspect your knot and harness, verbal commands, belay device proper use (rigging), and demonstrated proper belay technique including taking slack, catching a falling climber (simulated), and lowering a climber.
- The Lead Climb Badge: To pass a lead climbing test, you must be able to top rope 5.10 and lead climb 5.8. When climbing you must demonstrate proper clipping technique and be able to describe improper clipping practices (z-clipping, back clipping). Climber should be able to describe and identify backstepping. When belaying, you will demonstrate quickly letting out and taking in slack, how to catch a fall, proper position to the wall.
First Time Climbers
If you are new to the sport or maybe it has just been a while and you need a refresher before jumping right in, we have several options for you.
- For those individuals that want to learn to climb so that you may participate on your own, we recommend you enroll in our “Introduction to Climbing” course. This is a 2 hour course that teaches the fundamentals of climbing movement, instructs you on how to properly tie in to a rope and belay a climber on top rope, and teaches you about climbing equipment and its proper use. After completing this course, you will be given a 14 day trial membership (rental equipment not 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 climb and belay others on top rope.
- For those that just wish to sample climbing without committing to a full class, we offer our “Get On Belay” package. This package gives you entry to the facility, rental gear, and provides a staff member to belay you for up to three top rope climbs of your choice. If you haven’t had enough climbing after these three climbs, you may purchase additional staff supervised climbs for $5 each. If you fall in love with climbing, on your next visit you may wish to enroll in the “Introduction to Climbing” course.
A Note on Youth Participation
All crag guests under the age of 13 years old must be either supervised by an adult (18 years or older) or enrolled and participating in a staff supervised activity. Those parents that wish to bring their children under 13 years old to the crag without providing supervision will need to enroll them in one of our numerous youth programs including camps, clubs, after school programs, and climbing teams. Kids 13 years old and older may take our learn to climb classes to learn learn proper use of climbing equipment used at the crag as well as how to belay and climb on top rope. Once a child has completed this course and passed our belay certification, they can climb and belay others at the crag without adult supervision.