All climbers must have a waiver on file in order to climb. If your child will be visiting the gym without you, please print and sign the below waiver and send it with your child. If you are 18 or older, you may sign an electronic waiver when you arrive.

WAIVERS

General Information

Do I have to be a member to climb in the gym?

No, while members receive the best daily use price and benefits, we have a range of options for use of the gym. Options include day passes, special classes, 5 and 10 punch cards, trial months, and month passes. See Day Rates and Rentals for details.

How do I get started climbing in the gym?

If you have had little or no prior climbing experience, the best way to get started on our walls (for ages 12 and up) is to take a Basic Safety class. You can also try climbing on our boulder first, before taking the class to get on the top ropes. No partner is necessary for bouldering; you will need a partner to swap belays with for the top ropes.

Do I need a partner to climb at the gym? How can I find a climbing partner?

To use the boulder, no, to climb the top ropes or lead, yes. We do not supply belayers. If you come in without a partner, you can sign up on our “looking for a partner” whiteboard, browse through our “partners” binder (for next time), post to the discussion board on our Facebook page or get to know some of the friendly folks out on the floor. You can also ask a staff person at the desk for suggestions of good people to climb with; we know just about everyone who climbs here regularly!

Do you have walls/routes set up with auto-belay or self-belay

No, we are an “old-school” climbing gym. All of our top rope and lead routes are set up to be climbed with a traditional belay, simulating outdoor climbing as much as is possible in an indoor environment.

Do you supply belayers?

While we do not have on-call belayers available, we do offer a few classes that include belayers. Kid’s Climb/People’s (adults can take this class with their children) and Rock Stars are prime examples. Outside of class times, your best option is to bring a belayer with you or to take our Basic Safety class and learn how to belay!

Facilities

How tall are the walls?

Our tallest walls are 50 feet high. We have a range of climbing terrain, beginning at 11 and 1/2 feet for our lowest boulder, and including short walls in our practice/classroom and our 35 foot slab walls. We can accommodate the height you want to attain!

How often do the routes change?

The top-ropes & boulder routes are stripped and set on a five-week rotation. The lead routes remain up for a longer time period, a three-month rotation, to allow climbers to complete projects. See our Route Setting page for the latest route updates.

Do you have gender inclusive locker rooms?

YES! As a policy, Pacific Edge is committed to creating a safe and welcoming community environment for all of our members and guests. All members and guests have access to the bathrooms that are consistent with their gender identity. Pacific Edge’s locker rooms are public changing and showering facilities. To that end, we expect all members of our community to act with the utmost respect, sensitivity, and consideration, towards each other, at all times.

Is towel and/or locker rental offered?

Yes. Towels rent for $2 each (for use in the showers or saunas) and lockers are $1 a day. Members can add ongoing towel or locker use to their membership for $15 a month for towels and $6 a month for a standard sized locker. You are always welcome to bring in your own towel or lock for day use of a locker. Personal locks must be removed before leaving, as any that are left on overnight will be removed.

Belaying and Leading

What is belaying?

Technically, belaying is the process of rope management through friction. It is how a person standing on the ground is able to keep a climber safe on a rope. The belayer has the climber’s life in his or her hands, literally, by taking in or giving out rope as needed and always being prepared to catch a fall by “braking” the rope. Because we regard belaying as a life saving skill, we devote a minimum of two hours to teaching this and the other basics of climbing.

Do you supply belayers?

While we do not have on-call belayers available, we do offer a few children’s classes that include belayers. Kid’s Climb and Rock Stars are prime examples. Outside of class times, your best option is to bring a belayer with you or to take our Basic Safety class and learn how to belay!

Is there a price to take the belay test? Do I need to make an appointment to take the test?

No, there is no cost to take our belay test and no appointment is necessary. The test usually takes between 5 and 10 minutes, sometimes longer if the desk is particularly busy, and can be taken anytime during business hours.

Do I need to take the belay test if I have a belay card from another gym?

Yes. We are not an affiliate of any of the regional gyms, being one of a kind. While a belay card from one of those gyms is good at other gyms in their franchise, it is not valid at gyms outside of the franchise. Because of our commitment to safety, we require each belayer to test with us personally before getting on the ropes.

How do I become certified to lead in the gym?

In order to climb in the lead cave, you will need to take our lead test. You need to bring in your own UIAA certified rope, have a partner to test with, and be able to lead a 5.10a route.

Additionally, you must have a minimum of 10 days experience leading and have led at least one 5.10 climb outside of Pacific Edge. If you have completed our 2-day, 6-hour Lead Climbing class, you may take the test without completing the minimum experience requirements. Once you have passed your test, we require leaders to wear their lead cards on their harnesses.

Is there a separate test to become a lead belayer?

Yes. You need to bring in a UIAA certified rope, have a leader to test with, and have lead belayed outside of Pacific Edge before taking the test. A minimum of 10 days regular belay experience is also required. If you have completed our Free Lead Belay clinic, you may take the test without having previously belayed someone outside of the gym.

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