PRIVATE CLIMBING COACHING
CLIMBING CLASSES: INTRO SERIES
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What's this about a waiver?
All participants need to fill out a waiver and bring a government issued photo identification. The waiver is the most important piece of information. Minors must have a minor’s waiver filled out by a parent or court-appointed legal guardian. If the parent or legal guardian is unable to accompany the child, we must receive a photocopy of the signing parent/legal guardian’s government issued photo ID. Legal guardians must bring proof of their guardianship.
Don’t forget every minor needs a completed waiver!
I've never done this before, what do I need to know?
It's my first time climbing, what should I wear?
Welcome! We recommend wearing comfortable, loose clothing. All the equipment needed for climbing in our facility is available for rent. If you want to skip the rental shoes, you can wear your own close-toed athletic shoes on the wall (parent tip!). Helmets are always available free of charge.
Do I need to know how to belay?
There are two main types of gym climbing. While you would need someone to belay you if you are climbing the tall walls, bouldering does not require any previous knowledge or someone to manage the rope.
Please keep in mind that although bouldering walls are not as high as the tall walls, each fall is considered a ground fall. Watch our Bouldering Orientation Video to learn more about what to expect.
I'd like to climb the tall walls, how do I do that?
As a climber, you’ll need a partner who has a Planet Granite or Earth Treks belay certification to belay you. If you and a friend want to learn how to manage the ropes for each other, check out our Intro to Rope Climbing class. This 1 hour class will teach you how to manage the ropes.
What if I already know how to belay?
That’s great! We require a Planet Granite belay card, where you can demostrate the appropriate safety checks and belay technique anytime during our business hours. If you are coming with a group of people and plan on belaying for them, we highly recommend coming in on an earlier day to ensure you can belay for your friends.
Will there be a staffer available to belay if we stop by?
We do not maintain extra staff to belay. However, you can always fill out this form in advance to be matched with a private coach.
Can I drop off my child for a couple hours?
Parents are responsible for their child’s safety. We do not recommend this and are not responsible for watching your child.
I took the belay lesson. Now what do I do?
You now have with the skills to come back to our facility and climb, but first you need to pass a belay check. This is a short review where you demonstrate your belay skills. Belay checks are available anytime during business hours free of charge.