Top-rope climbing (or top-roping) is a style of climbing in which the climber is securely attached to a rope which then passes up through an anchor system at the top of the climb, and down to a belayer at the foot of the climb. In our gyms, the climber clips into the system with two locking carabiners. The belayer clips into one locking carabiner to a belt that is attached to the floor, which means they don’t have to take their climber’s weight when lowering them.
The belayer takes in slack rope throughout the climb so that if at any point the climber were to lose their hold, they would not fall more than a short distance.
Everyone who is filling in our waiver form for the first time at our gyms, regardless of experience level, will be given a full belay lesson, which only takes 5 to 10 minutes. This will allow you to feel safe and comfortable whilst exploring the gyms and all the climbs we have to offer. If you have received a lesson in the past but could use a refresher, feel free to ask our friendly staff for help.