It's my first time Climbing. What do I do? What do I need?
First, fill out an online Liability Waiver Form (required for all climbers and belayers). Present your I.D. upon arrival. There are, essentially, two options: Independent Climbing and Guided Climbing.
If you'd like, our professional coaches will "teach you the ropes" in about 10 to 15 minutes! No reservation is necessary to become independent in our facility, and your admission is for the entire day.
Or, if you prefer, please join us during our guided ClimbTimes.
Climbers under the age of 18 MUST have their liability waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. Minors must either be accompanied by the parent who submitted the Waiver, or they may present a picture of the parent's I.D. (captured most easily on a cell phone). No unsupervised minors under the age of 16!
Does Adrenaline Climbing offer group discounts?
YES! We offer discounts to groups of just 10 or more climbers. Visit our Field Trips page for prices and info on group events.
Who can climb?
People of all ages, all levels of experience, and all levels of fitness and ability can climb! If you can climb a ladder, you can climb at Adrenaline Climbing.
However, falling is an inevitable risk in the sport of climbing. Your spine, joints, bones, etc. are at a high risk of injury in a fall if your Body Mass Index is elevated. If your BMI is greater than 29, then we strongly recommend that you do not engage in the sport of rock climbing at this time.
BMI = ( Weight in Pounds / Height in Inches, Squared ) x 703.
What is belaying and who can do it?
Belaying is the act of safely supporting a climber on rope. Any person who can successfully pass a belay test administered by an Adrenaline Climbing coach can belay. If you already know how to belay, this test is FREE. If you are a novice, our coaches will first teach you how to belay on our fixed belay systems, designed specifically for indoor use. Fixed belay instruction costs just $5 and usually takes no longer than fifteen minutes.
If you would like training on belay technique for all top-rope applications, please schedule an "On Belay?" Class.
We routinely teach belaying to teens and adults. We do not teach belay to anyone under 13 years of age, unless that child is an A-Team climber.
What should I bring? What should I wear?
The best choice is flexible, comfortable clothing. Girls and women should be mindful of modesty issues that may arise from climbing above the heads of others! Well-fitting, closed-toe shoes are fine; however climbing shoes, which are available for rent, will make climbing much easier.
What’s a belayer? Or what’s bouldering? Or what’s etc?
Learn climbing vocabulary words at Chockstones Dictionary of Climbing Terms.
Can I learn to climb if I'm afraid of heights?
We love working with children and adults who are scared of heights! Why? Because people who work to overcome their fears inspire us. We’ve helped many people overcome their fear of heights by providing encouraging coaching and a relaxed environment. We would love to work with you as well.
Isn't rock climbing dangerous?
Rock climbing can be dangerous if you do not learn and follow all safety measures while climbing. At Adrenaline Climbing we do everything possible to ensure your safety, by having wall-to-wall gymnastic mats, ropes and anchors that are inspected and maintained weekly, and First Aid/CPR certified coaches on constant lifeguard patrol. Ultimately, however, your safety is your responsibility. Please do not attempt to climb anything if you are not willing to accept personal responsibility.
You may be surprised to learn that indoor climbing is much safer (statistically) than most other sports including soccer, football, baseball, cheerleading, and more.
How can I find a climbing partner?
Join us on Facebook. Our page on the "book" is the best cyber-climbing community around. Meet others and let us get to know you. Our members are always planning outdoor climbing trips, meeting up in the gym, and comparing notes. See you online, soon!
Or, come on in any Monday through Thursday from 7pm to 10pm. This is the time frame when most of our (very friendly) community of adult climbers train. We’d be glad to introduce you!
My child wants to get involved in climbing. What is the best way?
THE A TEAM is Adrenaline Climbing’s youth rock climbing team for ages 7-17. Beginners to Advanced competitive climbers learn and develop climbing skills from our experienced and knowledgeable coaches during twice a week practices, outdoor climbing trips, and competitions. Contact Adrenaline Climbing, or fill out a Team Registration Form to learn more about The A Team.
Is there a charge for non-climbers?
There is no charge for spectators and belayers. However, if you are belaying, you may need to rent a harness.
What's up with the tape on the walls?
Tape on the walls marks climbing routes and bouldering problems designed by our experienced setting team. Climbers looking to challenge themselves with different level climbs can measure their progress by starting with easier levels and working their way up the rating scale.
Climbing Routes are rated by the Yosemite Decimal System, and Bouldering Problems are rated on the V (for Vermin) Scale. These rating systems are designed to record and communicate consensus appraisals of difficulty. The ratings take into account multiple factors affecting a route, such as the slope of the ascent, the quantity and quality of available handholds, the distance between holds, and whether advanced technical maneuvers are required.
The routes are Adrenaline are color coded, clearly labeled, and easy to find. Adrenaline Climbing has a high route turnover, to continually give our climbers new, exciting routes to climb. If you haven’t been in a while, chances are high that our walls have been completely redesigned.