Our climbing policies have the intent of establishing safety-focused practices that help minimize risk associated with indoor climbing. All patrons are responsible for knowing and abiding by these policies. Staff reserve the right to ask any patron who creates an unsafe environment to leave. Violation of these policies is subject to disciplinary action or loss of privileges.
Disclaimer: Climbing is dangerous. Climb at your own risk.
Top rope belaying
The following policies apply to top rope belaying at our wall. All policies must be followed, and all top rope belaying must be performed in accordance with the technique and procedures taught in the introductory top rope belay class. Any change (modification) in belay technique as an accommodation for a disability must be approved by the OA Manager.
- All patrons who wish to belay must successfully complete the introductory top rope belay class and skills test. We do not accept certifications from any other organization or institution.
- All patrons who are certified to belay must successfully pass a belay skills check at the start of each semester. If the skills check is failed the introductory top rope belay class must be retaken.
- All patrons who top rope belay must use a ground anchor.
- All patron climber-belayer teams must have staff complete a systems check prior to climbing.
- All patrons who belay must ensure the directionals are clipped before the climber begins and re-clipped during climber descent.
- Effective communication must always be used between the climber and belayer.
- Belayers must appropriately manage slack at all times.
- Belayers must maintain control of the brake strand at all times.
- Belayers must lower the climber in a slow and controlled manner.