Vertical Wall

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Vertical Wall Policies

  • Harnesses must be worn based on manufacturer specifications. All buckles should be tightened and double backed when necessary. Spot checks will be done by RecSports staff.
  • The figure eight follow through is the only acceptable tie in knot.
  • Tie-ins should be directly into both hard points on the front of the harness or as per the manufacturer's specification.
  • Only the GriGri belay device provided by the facility is permitted for belaying. No personal gear or tube style belay devices are permitted outside of the instructional clinics.
  • A tight belay must be maintained at all times. No excess slack in the system.
  • The PBUS (Pull, Brake, Under, Slide) style of belaying is required while belaying in the facility.
  • When belaying the brake hand may never leave the rope at any time or for any reason.
  • When lowering a climber the belayer must control the descent with two hands at a slow rate. Always make sure the landing area is clear beneath the climber.
  • Practice falling on a loose top rope is not permitted.
  • Metal bolts on the wall should never be used as a hand or foot hold. Fingers should not be placed in the bolt holes or in quickdraws.
  • There is no topping out on the vertical wall or going above the anchors. When you reach the top, verbally signal to your belayer to be lowered.
  • Once you begin climbing do not undo or alter your tie in knot or harness.
  • Floor anchors are available for belayer’s with an unbalanced weight in comparison to their climbing partner. See RecSports staff for assistance and additional gear. These anchors are optional but encouraged.
  • Both the climber and belayer must do a multipoint inspection of each other’s full setup before each climb.
  • The use of industry standard belay commands is required: On Belay, Belay on, Climbing, Climb on, Take, Lower.
  • Go behind belayers instead of between them and the wall. Please do not walk under the rope.