Rules, Risk, & Waiver
Climbing Wall Acknowledgment of Risk and Waiver
- Climbers may only climb during posted climbing wall hours and when qualified attendants are on duty.
- All climbers must have a signed Rec Center waiver and a signed Climbing Wall waiver on file to climb.
- All climbers must be at least 16 years of age to belay.
- Only harnesses designed for rock climbing can be used on the wall.
- Personal equipment must be checked and cleared by the staff to be used on the climbing wall.
- Climbing wall staff has the right to refuse the use of personal equipment if quality is in question.
- Figure 8 and Micro Plate Belay Devices will not be allowed for any use within the climbing facility except for special instruction.
- The Figure-Eight Follow-Through knot is the only knot allowed to secure the rope to the climbers harness.
- Locking carabineers are not to be used to secure the climber to the rope.
- Only a locking carabineer may be used to secure the belay device to the harness.
- There will be no climbing above the second clip without a rope (no high ball bouldering).
- Bouldering is allowed in the bouldering area and throughout the gym provided that the climber does not boulder beneath a roped climber.
- It is recommended that belayers use the floor anchors to prevent being pulled up into the air or into the wall.
- Climbers must not climb past the top rope anchors.
- Climbers and belayers should use commonly accepted communication signals such as: "On belay" - "Belay on" - "Climbing" - "Climb on" - "Tension/Take" - "Got you" - "Ready to lower” - “Lowering"
- Only climbing shoes are allowed for climbing. No sandals, sneakers, toe shoes, or bare feet.
- Climbers must climb under the designated top rope station.
- Loose chalk is permitted in a chalk bag so long as it has some kind of stopper if spilled, such as a rolled up sock or chalk ball.
- No horseplay or misconduct will be tolerated, such as swinging on the ropes or taking big falls on the crash pads.
- Climbers should remove all jewelry and tie long hair back.
- Climbers are also encouraged to assist less experienced climbers.