There are alway lots of questions when it come to Rock Climbing. It’s a fun sport but needs to be treated with respect.
The frequently asked question below may answer what you’ve been thinking. If its not here, drop up a line below so we can answer your questions.
How safe is Rock Climbing?
When done correctly Indoor Rock Climbing is very safe. We have specific rules about our belaying technic and our bouldering standards to ensure that you are safe?
Do I need a Partner for climbing?
Only if you are top roping, if you are flying sole you are welcome to check out our bouldering.
How do I make a booking?
You have a few options.
- Head to our make a booking page and select which gym you would like to book into.
- If talking is your thing feel free to pop us through a phone call
- If you like to talk face to face you are welcome to head to your local gym in during our opening hours and have a chat to us.
What age restrictions are there on climbing?
Any age can climb if they are willing! We have a full body harnesses at each gym for those little kids that you can’t stop from climbing the walls
Who’s legally responsible if someone gets hurt?
Climbing as a sport has an inherent risk of injury, just like soccer or cricket does, anyone choosing to take up climbing does so at their own risk.
What’s the best clothing for climbing?
Tights, leggings, loose pants, jeans or shorts are fine. Closed toe shoes are a must and for comfort sake we recommend that no one wears dresses or skirts whilst climbing.
How often do you change your routes?
We try to change a wall every two weeks. In the case of moving too quickly we begin to wipe out people projects before they have finished them and if we move too slow the hold can become slippery. It can be a fine balance sometimes but we endeavour to try and find a good middle ground.
I’m an experienced climber, do I have to go through the belay lesson?
Yep, you sure do. Like any new gym you’ve been too we have our own wavier forms and we have a belay technic tailored to our equipment. Like most spots, the equipment has advanced and with that comes new technics to learn (most of them easier than 20 years ago!). Once you have been taken through our belay lesson you are welcome to explore the gym and its climbs.
Is there any restrictions with bouldering at your gyms?
Our Hume gym is attached to our party area upstairs so we welcome anyone to give it a go, however, it is still a training area and we ask that parents stay with their children and ensure that they don’t run underneath anyone trying a problem.
Our Mitchell gym has a strict 16+ years old to boulder in upstairs area, this is because it is higher than the Hume gym and isn’t within eye shot of the staff at all times.
What do I need to rent?
You only need to rent the harness. Climbing shoes and chalk are optional.
Can I climb barefoot?
No. We ask that all children and adults climb in either close toe shoes or climbing shoes.
Do I have to fill in the wavier form every time I visit?
You only have to fill in the form if you forget or loose the belay pass we give to you on your first visit with us. The belay pass is issued to everyone that either climbs or belays with us so we recommend you pop it somewhere safe.
Can I lead climbing at your gym if I have lead climbed at another gym?
No. We completely believe that you are capable and confident climbers, however, like more gyms we have our own risk assessments that must be abided by.
Can I lead without doing the lead course?
Whilst we would recommend the lead course we also understand that for someone that has been leading for several years that you might not want to spend the money learning something you already know. For this reason we do offer by bookings only the option to be ticked off to lead in our gyms by an experienced lead climbing staff member. Contact your local gym for more details.
Need another questioned answered?
Jump over to our Contact Us page, leave your question and we’ll get back to you.