Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation

Climbing Wall Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations
  • Campus Recreation climbing staff must be present in order for members to climb or be in the climbing area.
  • All participants must read and understand the climbing rules and sign a Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk before being allowed to climb.
  • Climbers must be 5 years of age and older and able to fit into a child harness.  Please Note: Minors (climbers 17 years of age and younger) must have a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature on all forms.  Climbers 13 years of age and younger must be supervised by an adult at all times.

  • Climbers must be 15 years of age and older to take a belay clinic. Please Note:  Individuals who have a history of epilepsy or any other condition that could alter level of consciousness are not eligible to take a belay clinic or belay at the wall.  Please ask the climbing staff if you are unsure if you fit into this category.
  • Climbers’ pockets must be empty.

  • Items and activities prohibited in the climbing wall area: swinging or jumping on ropes, climbing into a position where you are eye level or higher with top anchors, grabbing bolt hangers (bolt hangers are for carabiner attachment only).

  • Belaying policies:
    - Belayers must lower climbers in a smooth and controlled manner.
    - Belayers must keep their brake hand on the rope at all times.
    - Belay from a standing position only.

  • Climbers should not step under or over an active belay.

  • A follow-through figure-eight knot is required to tie in a climber.

  • Please report any injury or unsafe climbing wall conditions to climbing staff immediately.

  • The number of climbers at any one time may be limited to ensure proper supervision. 

  • The Campus Recreation climbing staff reserves the right to refuse wall access for the following reasons, including but not limited to:
    - Use of dangerous climbing techniques
    - Suspected recent use of alcohol or other drugs
    - Use of unsafe or unacceptable climbing gear

    Bouldering Wall Rules & Regulations
  • Boulder climbers are not required to have the ability to belay.  Otherwise, all climbing wall policies, rules, and regulations apply to bouldering.

  • Campus Recreation strongly recommends the use of spotters while bouldering. We encourage climbers to ask climbing staff about proper spotting techniques.

  • Climbers can not boulder more than 10’ above the floor.

  • Climbers must check in at the Climbing Wall Desk before bouldering.

  • Climbers may not boulder above or below any other climbers.

  • Climbers, with the exception of climbing staff, may not switch holds.  Climbing staff may switch holds only when necessary.