Post Belay Lesson Resources

Congratulations on completing our Intro to Climbing: Belay Lesson!

We know that there is a lot of information packed into one class so we want to ensure you have a resource where you can review the knowledge you learned! If you have any questions about this information or are unsure about something, please ask a staff member! We are here to help!

NOTE: This page is NOT intended to teach you how to belay. This is a secondary resource where you can review the information taught by our Intro to Climbing Belay Lesson. It should not replace an instructor or class.

 

 

WHAT COMES NEXT

  1. Get 15 days of access, free rentals and FREE initiation – $30

    This one-time deal is exclusively for our Intro to Climbing students! For just over the cost of a day pass, you get access to our full facility (including the gym, yoga and fitness classes) for two weeks following your belay lesson. Plus, if you decide to become a member within 30 days of your intro class, we’ll waive your initiation (savings of $45!). Must be purchased before or on day of Intro Class. Passes are not transferable.

  2. Find a climbing partner

    Make new friends while climbing! Try out any of our monthly community events like Partner Meetup.  Can’t make one of those? Add your name to our partner board to find someone with a similar schedule!

  3. Get your gear –standard package, save 20%

    Climbing gear is always available to rent, but if you’re hooked and ready to buy your own, visit our gear shop and check out our intro package! Includes a harness, shoes, chalk bag and chalk sock for 20% off.

  4. Build your climbing skills

    Climbing isn’t just about brute strength – skill, balance and technique will all help you ascend higher! We offer a ton of small group classes tailored to fit your needs, as well as private instruction. Talk to the front desk or visit your gym’s page for more info!

TOP ROPE BELAY CHECK REQUIREMENTS & REVIEW

Pre-requisites:

  • Must be 14 years of age
  • Have previous belay experience or taken a PG belay lesson
  • Must complete belay check before entering the climbing area
  • Climbers cannot receive outside help during belay check and must demonstrate independent knowledge of belaying.

Complete all of the following

  1. Tie in with a figure eight follow-through, and a double fisherman’s knot
  2. Safety Check for Climber
    Check harness to make sure it is doubled-back correctly
    Check rope is tied into the correct spots on the harness
    Check figure eight knot follow-through is tied correctly
    Check double fisherman’s knot is tied correctly
  3. Attach the belay device (must use Gri-gri)
  4. Safety Check for Belayer:
    Check harness to make sure it is doubled-back correctly
    Check you are clipped into your harness correctly
    Check the carabiner is fully locked
    Check the belay device is configured properly
  5. Demonstrate correct communication
    Climber says, “On belay.”
    Belayer says, “Belay on. “
    Climber says, “Climbing.”
    Belayer says, “Climb on.”
    Other phrases: “Tension”, “Tension On”, “Lower”, “Lowering”
  6. Demonstrate correct belay technique
    Brake hand should never leave the rope
    Rope in break position except when taking up slack
    Belayer takes out slack for climber

BELAY REVIEW

GYM ETIQUETTE

  • Right of Way – The first person on the wall and above you has the right of way. Please do not crowd a climber who is already on the wall as sometimes the climbs overlap
  • Be Aware of Your Surroundings – Look for swing zones, climbers above and below you. Check to see what route climbers around you are climbing and where your route travels and ends
  • Do NOT walk between a belayer and a wall. Do NOT walk under a climber or boulderer –  falling is part of climbing and you won’t always know before someone falls. Give people plenty of room
  • Do NOT step on ropes
  • Do NOT sit or stand in the bouldering areas unless spotting
  • Empty your pockets before climbing
  • Before you tie in, check to make sure partners aren’t switching
  • If someone is tying in next to you, ask them which route they are going up so you can navigate the wall before climbing.
  • Do NOT project a move over and over if the gym is busy
  • Please do not wear your climbing shoes in the bathrooms
  • Keep your kids with you at all time

 

NOTE: This page is NOT intended to teach you how to belay. This is a secondary resource where you can review the information taught by our Intro to Climbing Belay Lesson. It should not replace an instructor or class.