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On your first visit to Planet Granite there are a couple of things you will need to do before you climb:

Complete a liability waiver, present a government issued photo ID card at the front desk, AND watch the BOULDERING ORIENTATION VIDEO.

For participants under 18 years of age…Please be sure that all minors have a WAIVER fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian.

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If the parent or guardian will not be present, please bring a photocopy of their government issued photo identification (for signature verification) Please note: legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child’s waiver. To find out more about bringing kids into our facility, click here.

Experienced climbers. Must take a belay check. Those new to Planet Granite or returning members/guests who have not been in the facility for one year or more have to take a belay check. This is what lets you belay in our gyms!

New to climbing. We recommend signing up for our introductory belay lesson for your first visit. This class will teach you to manage the ropes. Have other questions, check out our FAQ page!

You’re ready to climb!

About Climbing

First time climbing? No problem. Let’s start by going over a few basics.

How gym climbing works: There are two main types of gym climbing: bouldering and roped climbing.

Bouldering is climbing done on relatively low rocks, or “boulders.” Climbers who boulder don’t use ropes because the top of the bouldering routes are low enough for climbers to jump down. That said, remember that some of the boulders in our gyms are very tall (18 feet) so be careful about what you decide to climb. Only climb as high as you are comfortable.

Bouldering is a great way for climbers to hone their climbing skills and build strength. You do not need a climbing partner when you are bouldering, but can always find a fun group of people and a great bouldering community.

The second type of climbing you will find in gyms is roped climbing. To climb the tall walls, climbers must tie into a climbing rope and have a climbing partner on the ground managing the rope. This rope management is called “belaying”.

Every roped climber in our facilities needs a Planet Granite certified belayer managing his or her rope. New climbers who come to the gym with a certified belayer can try roped climbing without gym staff instruction, but they cannot belay.

New climbers with no belaying experience must take the Introduction to Climbing or Beginner Rock Climbing Course to learn rope management. Do you have prior belay experience? Great! You still need to take a belay check in order to belay at Planet Granite. Lead climbing and lead belaying require a separate lead check.

Climbing With Kids

Kids are natural born climbers. At Planet Granite, we have developed a number of programs that allow kids to experience the benefits of climbing.

Our most popular kids’ event is birthday parties. If this will be both you and your child’s first time at Planet Granite, we recommend reserving a spot in our Parent/Child Belay Lessons. This lesson teaches you, the parent, how to manage the ropes for your child!

Other options to consider are our After School Programs, Winter, Spring and Summer Camps and Parents’ Night Off. If they’d like to climb non-stop, we are always happy to provide a private belayer for your child (reservations required). Please contact us at (503) 477-5666 for more information.



Very Important!

*Please be sure that all minors have a waiver fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian. Complete a WAIVER HERE within 30 days of your visit.


Waiver


If the parent or guardian will not be present, please bring a photocopy of their government issued photo identification (for signature verification).


*Please note: legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child’s waiver.

INTRODUCTION TO CLIMBING: BELAY LESSON

Our Intro to Climbing lesson is an essential first step when starting out climbing. This one hour class teaches students how to belay (manage the ropes for a person climbing) and comes with gear and a day pass to continue climbing after your class!

Plus, with every Intro to Climbing Lesson, you have the option to purchase a one-time 15 day access pass to our gym for just $28. This amazing deal gives you access to all of our locations to try out climbing, yoga classes and our fitness offerings, and it includes gear rentals and FREE initiation if you decide to join (savings $45!).

Must be 13 or older to enroll in classes.

To book an Intro to Climbing: Belay Lesson, call us at (503)477-5666 or go to our class section on this page to book.

Experienced belayers new to Planet Granite or returning members/guests who have not been in the facility for one year or more will be required to get a belay check before they can belay in our gyms. Belay lesson and BRC participants will also be required to get a check on their first return visit after their class. Belay checks are free and given upon request.

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