Ask Us Anything!

I've never climbed before, how fit do I need to be?

While climbing does require a certain level of fitness, you do not have to be an expert or in really good shape to come in an try it. In your first session, you should expect your forearms to fatigue first because their use is unique to climbing.  With practice, your overall fitness, technique, and performance will improve.

What should I wear when climbing?

The gym can be little cold sometimes, but once you get up and climbing you will quickly warm up. We always suggest that people wear clothes that they can easily move around in (like workout clothes) in layers. Climbing shoes are required but can be rented from the gym for $5 a session.

Are there any age restrictions?

You must be 14 years old to belay at The Rock Dump, and if you're under 18 we have additional rules about belaying (see below). You must also be 14 to climb unsupervised (without an adult present). A child under 14 may climb with a sibling or another person 14 or older with the permission of their parent or legal guardian and a signed Warranty and Release from The Rock Dump. There are, however NO AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR CLIMBING. We have special harnesses for very small children, routes designed for smaller wingspans, and we have had kids as young as 4 and 5 years old climb all over the gym.

Can I learn to belay?

All belayers are required to pass a belay test in order to belay unsupervised. If you have no prior experience belaying, drop in for a belay lesson any day of the week.  

Can I climb by myself?

 Yes!  Bouldering allows the climber to remain closer to the ground, meaning no rope or belay partner is needed.  Unfortunately, our staff is not able to belay climbers. If you are interested in top roping, it is a good idea to bring someone to climb with or have someone to belay for you. We also have a friendly and generous climbing community, which makes it easy to find new friends who can help. 

Do I need to reserve time to climb in advance?

No, you do not need to reserve time to climb in advance. You can come in any time and learn how to climb.  In order to reserve a group session and receive the group rate, you must book the group in advance. Also, if you need belay training it is best to call ahead.

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