General Gym Rules
- Everyone entering the gym must have a waiver on file, even if they’re not participating.
- All participants wanting to belay must get certified by our staff.
- Top Rope Belayers must be 18yrs or older to belay for participants under 12yrs.
- Participants 12yrs and older can get certified to Top Rope belay for others 12yrs and older.
- Only tube-style and assisted braking belay devices may be used in the gym.
- The Figure Eight Follow-through is the only knot we accept.
- Participants under 12yrs old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Closed-toe shoes must be worn on the wall. No sandals or barefoot climbing allowed.
- Shirts or modest sports bras must be worn at all times.
- No loose chalk. Please use a chalk ball.
- No food or drink on carpeted or padded areas (water is okay).
Beginner Climbing Terminology
What is Top Rope Climbing?
Top rope climbing (or ‘top roping’) is a style of climbing where a rope is already set up from the top of a wall.
Top roping requires that you have a belayer and harnesses for both the climber and belayer.
Before top rope climbing, all participants must get Belay Certified by a Quarry staff member.
What is Belaying?
Belaying is the act of keeping your climber safe and secure while they are top rope or lead climbing.
A belayer stays on the ground while their climber ascends the wall, and prevents their climber
from falling far distances or hitting the ground. All participants wanting to belay must get
certified by a Quarry staff member prior to belaying. Belay certification is free.
Top rope Belay Rules
Participants under the age of 12 must be belayed by an adult (18yrs+).
Participants 12yrs of age or older can get certified to belay for others who are also 12yrs or older.
Belay certification is awarded at our staff’s discretion.
What is Bouldering?
Bouldering is a style of climbing that involves short but difficult movements.
Bouldering does not require a rope, harness, or partner (think climbing up a boulder).
However, we strongly recommend bouldering with a partner so they can help spot you to reduce the risk of injury.
What is Lead Climbing?
Our most difficult style of climbing, lead requires advanced skills and experience.
Lead Climbing is when a climber progresses up a route by clipping their rope into the wall for protection.
Participants wishing to Lead climb or belay must take our Learn to Lead Class or test out of the class with a Quarry staff member. Visit our front desk for information about Lead Certification.
Already have experience climbing?
Here’s some info for your first visit.
Top Rope Belay Certification
On your first visit to our gym, we will need to belay certify you. Participants 12yrs and older may get certified to belay. Participants under 12 must be belayed by an adult (18yrs+). If you already know what you are doing, you can test out of our top rope belay lesson by having a Quarry staff watch you as you belay for someone. We require the Pull Break Under Slide (PBUS) method of belaying. There is no charge to get top rope belay certified. Check-in with our desk staff to get belay certified. Note: we do not have any auto-belays.
Participants wishing to Lead climb or belay must take our Learn to Lead Class or test out of the class with a Quarry staff member. To test out of our Learn to Lead Class you will need to:
- Be at least 14yrs old to lead belay (18yrs+ to belay anyone younger than 14).
- Take a short oral exam on lead climbing safety.
- Be able to climb a 5.10a on lead.
- Demonstrate safe lead belaying and climbing practices.
- Bring your own rope (at least 35 meters) and a partner who can do the certification with you.
Visit our front desk for information about Lead Certification.
We rent harnesses, shoes, and tube-style belay devices. You are welcome to bring and use your own equipment.
Harnesses must be UIAA certified. If your harness is more than 5 years old, we may require you to rent one for safety purposes.
We accept tube-style and assisted braking belay devices. The figure eight follow-through knot is required—no other knots are allowed.
FIRST VISIT GUIDE
COMPLETE A WAIVER
Everyone entering the gym must have a waiver
If this is your first time visiting the gym, you will need to complete a waiver. All participants, spectators, and belayers must have a waiver.
Minors must have a waiver completed by their Parent or Legal Guardian. Have your parent or guardian complete a waiver for you online.
Save time, complete a waiver online.
Tips and must-haves
Wear comfortable, flexible clothing. Shorts, athletic pants, or leggings generally work best. Jeans are no fun.
You will need to wear closed-toe shoes or rent climbing shoes—climbing shoes do make a big difference!
If you have long hair, we strongly recommend you put it up for comfort and safety.
Leave rings, jewelry, and non-essential valuables at home. They could become safety hazards or get damaged.
We rent harnesses and climbing shoes. If you need a belay device, you can borrow one by trading collateral (keys, wallet, phone, etc.). If you have your own equipment, you are welcome to bring and use it.
Note: if your personal equipment is old, we may require you to rent from us as a safety precaution.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
Check-in & Certification
When you arrive at the gym, visit our front desk. If you completed a waiver online, let our staff know; they will find your waiver and assist you with purchasing admission and renting equipment.
We offer Day Passes, Punch Passes, Memberships, and Classes.
Day passes are valid all day long; you can even leave and return during the same day.
All first-time guests planning to Top rope must get Belay Certified by a Quarry Staff Member. Belay certification lessons are free and typically take 15–20 minutes. No appointment necessary. After you have been certified, we will turn you loose to explore the gym.
Participants 12yrs and older can get certified to belay for others who are 12 or older.
Any participants under the age of 12 must be belayed by an adult who is 18 or older.
Still Have Questions?
Visit our General FAQ page for more info or talk to a Quarry Staff Member