FIRST TIME

Before you get started fill out our Participant Agreement

Everyone who visits a Sportrock facility, both climbers and spectators, needs to complete a Participant Agreement. You can do so below before your visit or at one of our iPad stations in the gym. Children under 18 require a Parent or Legal Guardian to complete the form.

 

Now that the paperwork is out of the way, let’s get you climbing! Sportrock offers two styles of climbing for beginners, Top Roping and Bouldering.

Top RopingTop Roping takes place on our taller walls (25-40 ft) using ropes & harnesses. A belayer is required to take slack out while you climb, which prevents you from falling to the ground when you let go. This is an important skill and only those who have been Top Rope Belay Certified can do this inside Sportrock.

Bouldering – Bouldering is a style of climbing that involves shorter walls (10-15 ft), scaled without ropes or harnesses. Large mats are placed around the bouldering area for protection if you fall. No certification is required for Bouldering and purchasing a Day Pass grants you access to this area.

Lead Climbing – Our most advanced climbing areas. These sections are found throughout our taller walls. The climber and belayer begin with the rope on the ground. The climber then clips the rope in at points along the climb. This form of climbing requires advanced skills and a separate competency test.

Fitness – All Sportrock facilities offer a fitness area with cardio equipment, weights and plenty of space for functional exercises. If you need to take a break from climbing but want to keep your heart rate up then head on over to our fitness area or take a class.

this is what we recommend

For your first visit, we think it’s best to start with one of our classes or programs. It will help you get acquainted with the facility, share the experience with other new climbers and learn more about the sport.

Open Belay – The perfect starter program for kids and adults! Our trained staff will handle the ropes for you as you Top Rope our walls as much or as little as you want. The minimum age for these programs is 5 years old. No pre-registration is required, this program is first-come, first served. For maximum enjoyment, please limit your group size to five or fewer. Larger groups may be better served by booking a private party.

Basic Skills Our Basic Skills class will teach you the essential skills needed to climb at a Sportrock facility. You’ll learn to properly put on a harness, tie into the rope and belay for a partner. You will have an opportunity to practice these skills during your class, but you will not be able to belay on your own until you pass our Top Rope Belay Test. The minimum age for this class is 14 and requires pre-registration.

Bringing the whole family along?

1. We require adult supervision for any child under the age of 14, even when participating in a Sportrock program. Our instructors are here to ensure your child has a fun climbing experience, but we need your help to achieve that.

2. When in the bouldering areas (the shorter walls without ropes), please do not allow your child to walk, run or play under other climbers.

3. Most Sportrock Youth Programs begin at age 5. We cannot be flexible with this requirement. If your child is under 5 years old, they are allowed to boulder in designated areas while under your supervision.

Wondering what clothes to wear or which type of shoes are best? Check out our FAQ for answers to these and many more common questions. 

 

Did we forget something?

Email info@sportrock.com or give us a call at 703.212.7625 

 

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