Our climbing policies have the intent of establishing safety-focused practices that help minimize risk associated with indoor climbing. All patrons are responsible for knowing and abiding by these policies. Staff reserve the right to ask any patron who creates an unsafe environment to leave. Violation of these policies is subject to disciplinary action or loss of privileges.
Disclaimer: Climbing is dangerous. Climb at your own risk.
- All climbers must have a current climbing waiver on file. Only those with current waivers can access the climbing area.
- Helmets are required for all climbers except those who have executed the Helmet Release on the climbing waiver.
- Personal climbing equipment is permitted for climbers who have executed the Personal Protective Equipment supplemental waiver. All equipment must be UIAA/CE approved for rock climbing.
- All climbers under the age of 18 must have a minor waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.
- All waivers will be kept on file for the duration of the current academic year.
- All climbers must check-in with rock wall staff prior to climbing.
- A rock wall orientation must be completed before accessing the climbing area.
- All climbing equipment must be used according to manufacturer specifications.
- Only staff are permitted in the equipment storage room or behind the wall.
- Do not climb above the top rope anchors.
- Do not climb above or below other climbers.
- Do not stand, sit, or lie down where a climber could fall on you.
- Do not grab or stand on wall hardware (quickdraws, carabiners, bolt hangers, etc.) while climbing.
- Remove all loose items from pockets before climbing.
- It is recommended that climbers remove all jewelry. Necklaces and dangling hoop-style earrings are not permitted.
- Clean, appropriate footwear is required when climbing. Provided climbing shoes must be worn with socks.
- Bare feet are not allowed.
- Skirts or dresses are not permitted. Shirts are required.
- No food or drink in the climbing area.
- No loose chalk. All chalk must be contained in a chalk ball that is kept in a chalk bag.
- No running, roughhousing, horseplay or acrobatics.
- No yelling or highly distracting noises.
- No portable music devices or headphones.
- No climbing while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- All problems and safety concerns must be reported to staff immediately.
- All patrons must follow and respond to staff directions.
TruBlue auto belay
- Do not walk in the fall zone of an active auto belay.
- Do not climb beside or above the auto belay housing.
- All climbers must have staff attach the auto belay carabiner prior to auto-belayed climbing.
- All climbers must have staff complete a systems check prior to auto-belayed climbing.
- All climbers must maintain a route that is underneath the auto belay.
- All climbers must have staff unclip the auto belay carabiner when finished climbing.
- Bouldering under other climbers is not permitted.
- Topping out on the bouldering arch is not permitted.
- Maximum bouldering height is the top of the fourth panel on the main wall and the top edge of the bouldering arch. A climber's wrist cannot go above either boundary.
- When bouldering it is recommended to use a properly placed pad and knowledgeable spotter.
Top rope belaying
The following policies apply to top rope belaying at our wall. All policies must be followed, and all top rope belaying must be performed in accordance with the technique and procedures taught in the introductory top rope belay class. Any change (modification) in belay technique as an accommodation for a disability must be approved by the OA Manager.
- All patrons who wish to belay must successfully complete the introductory top rope belay class and skills test. We do not accept certifications from any other organization or institution.
- All patrons who are certified to belay must successfully pass a belay skills check at the start of each semester. If the skills check is failed the introductory top rope belay class must be retaken.
- All patrons who top rope belay must use a ground anchor.
- All patron climber-belayer teams must have staff complete a systems check prior to climbing.
- All patrons who belay must ensure the directionals are clipped before the climber begins and re-clipped during climber descent.
- Effective communication must always be used between the climber and belayer.
- Belayers must appropriately manage slack at all times.
- Belayers must maintain control of the brake strand at all times.
- Belayers must lower the climber in a slow and controlled manner.
Lead climbing is only permitted during designated hours. All lead climbing policies must be followed, and all lead climbing must be performed in accordance with the technique and procedures taught in the introductory lead climbing class. Any change (modification) in clipping technique and/or belaying as an accommodation for a disability must be approved by the OA Manager.
- Lead climbing is only permitted during designated times.
- Lead climbing is not permitted for any patron under the age of 18.
- Lead climbers must satisfy all current eligibility criteria (see below) and successfully complete the introductory lead climbing class and skills test. We do not accept certifications from any other organization/institution.
- All patrons who are certified to lead climb must successfully pass a lead climbing skills check at the start of each semester. If the skills check is failed the introductory lead climbing class must be retaken.
- Only designated clipping lines and/or routes may be used for lead climbing.
- Every quickdraw on the intended route must be clipped. Climbers are not permitted to skip bolts.
- Both anchor bolts must be clipped at the top of the climbed route.
- Grabbing quick draws is not permitted.
- Grabbing or standing on bolt hangers is not permitted.
- Only SRWS lead ropes are permitted. No personal ropes are allowed.
- Only GRIGRI belay devices are permitted for lead belaying.
- Both the climber and belayer of a lead climbing team must be certified.
- Lead climbing teams must have staff complete a systems check prior to each climb.
- Effective communication must be used by the climbing team.
- Lead belayers must maintain the belay zone and keep it free of distractions and hazards.
- Lead belayers must maintain correct positioning relative to the wall and the climber at all times.
- Lead belayers must appropriately manage slack at all times.
- Lead belayers must maintain control of the brake strand at all times.
- Lead belayers must lower the climber in a slow and controlled manner.
- Falling is discouraged. Excessive falling can lead to privileges being revoked.
- The lead rope must be retrieved by being pulled back down through the quickdraws.
- The lead rope must be inspected each time it is flaked.
All current eligibility criteria must be met before being able to take the introductory lead climbing class:
- Be at least 18 years of age or older.
- Have a current waiver on file at the rock wall.
- Have a current top rope belay certification at our wall.
- Have the ability to consistently top rope climb at least 5.9 on the 53 foot wall while demonstrating controlled climbing with no falls or breaks.
The following policies apply to patrons who are under the age of 18 (youth climbers).
- Youth climbers must be 13 years old or older.
- Youth climbers must be accompanied by their sponsor at all times.
- Youth climbers are not permitted to spot for bouldering.
- Youth climbers are not permitted to belay.
- It is recommended that a parent or legal guardian spot for youth who are bouldering.