Previous experience is not required! On The Rocks caters to all skill levels. We welcome anyone from first-time climbers to experienced veterans! We offer belay classes for those who are new to the sport and want to learn more. Our experienced staff will gladly guide you through everything you need to know to get started and beyond!
If you do not have your own equipment – not a problem! On The Rocks offers harness and climbing shoe rentals for those who do not have their own gear.
Belaying, in a traditional climbing context, is a rope management technique that allows a climber to ascend and descend or be lowered from a wall while being secured to an anchor or anchors with the assistance of a belayer. The Belay Class teaches basic belay techniques and how to minimize risk while belaying. If you have never belayed before there is a one time charge of $12.50 to take this class and it normally takes about 45 minutes. Once you pass the class you are able to belay for the remainder of the day at On The Rocks. On your next visit you will need to take a quick belay test to ensure that you are able to demonstrate competence in belaying. Once you pass this test, you are free to belay for all your future visits. If you are an experienced belayer, you do not need to take the class but you must be able to pass an examination before you can be certified to belay.
Yes. There is no belaying involved with Bouldering. On The Rocks also has 10 auto-belays that have a built-in belay systems so you can climb solo. Our staff members are certified to belay and will happily belay for you if you would like to try a top rope route.
You should wear comfortable, loose clothing that allows full range of motion. If you don't own a pair of climbing shoes you will need to rent a pair of shoes at the front desk.
You have to be 14 years old or older to belay.
Climbers must be at least 4 years old to climb. Children 4-7 must have 1:1 parent to child supervision and be within arms' reach. Children 8-14 must have 1:2 parent to child supervision.
Yes, On The Rocks has special pricing for groups of all kinds. We host birthday parties, team building, scout groups, church groups, even overnight lock-in parties and more. You can schedule groups during our normal business hours or rent the whole facility for yourselves. Groups must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance in order to get the discounted price.
Yes! Stop by the front desk if you have any questions about logging on.