Getting started in climbing can
be daunting.Where do I start?
We ask everyone who enters our facility to fill out a WAIVER, regardless of whether or not they actually plan to climb. The waiver takes about 2 minutes to complete, and is located right here and at our in-house waiver stations inside the foyer. Participants under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian complete their waivers.
Here are 3 options for beginner climbers:
Introduction to Rope Climbing Classes
If you see the possibility of indoor or outdoor climbing in your future and would like to rock climb without relying on our staff, then we recommend enrolling in our Intro to Rope Climbing Class. The class takes just over an hour and will teach you everything you need to know to start climbing on your own. After the class is finished, feel free to stay and rock climb for the rest of the day!
Auto Belays and/or Bouldering
Bouldering is the discipline of climbing shorter rock features that are not tall enough to require a rope (with extra cushy pads to fall onto). Not into bouldering? We also have 7 auto belays, devices you can clip into that will let you down from the top of our taller roped walls, if you’d like a taste of roped climbing and don’t yet know how to belay. Our experienced staff will show you around the bouldering area and teach you how to use the auto belays when you arrive.
If you want to come in and discover indoor rock climbing for the first time, we recommend our Rent-a-Belayer program. Renting a belayer allows climbers to work with our dedicated staff in a friendly intimidation-free environment. Please call the gym line (303) 317-3770 to book your session.* Day of, all you need to do is show up wearing athletic clothing and closed toed shoes to give indoor rock climbing a try – we’ll do the rest! Please note: We do not offer staff belaying during regular hours of operation and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure we have staff available to work with you. All climbers wishing to belay must first pass our belay test.
I have experience with climbing and belaying.
Guests who have experience rock climbing must take a toprope or lead climbing belay test when they arrive if they plan to belay in our facility. Once you pass the toprope test by showing our staff you can tie a figure-8 follow through knot and load and use a belay device without assistance, you are able to use all the toprope climbing stations in the facility. Guests wishing to lead climb and belay take a separate lead test and must be proficient at climbing 5.9 or above.
Have further questions? Call us at 303-317-3770 for more information.