Vertical Excape Bowling Green

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Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of climbing can I do? / How does this work?

We offer 3 types of climbing anyone can do on their very first day. It just depends on how much time you want to spend in your initial orientation.

How old does someone have to be to climb?

There is a minimum participation age of 5 years old. We have had climbers up to 80 years old do just fine climbing in our gym.

What should I wear?

Good climbing clothes can be any that don't restrict movement and allow for flexibility. For some people, that can be jeans and a t-shirt. Others may prefer sport-shorts, yoga pants, or sweatpants. Also, don't plan on going straight out to a fancy dinner afterwards. Sorry but no kilts, skirts, and dresses allowed.

Climbers are allowed to climb in tennis shoes or boots, but what works best are shoes designed specifically for climbing. We have these available at the front desk as part of your gear rental package or to members of large groups for an additional rental fee.

What is belay?

Belay is a term that describes the ropes and safety systems used to keep the climber safe and to bring them back to the ground once they're done climbing. The "belayer" is the person on the ground controlling the safety system and removing the slack in the rope created by the climber going up the wall. In the case of Autobelay stations, a device hung at the top of the station automatically takes away the climber's slack and lowers them down slowly when they release from the wall.

How old does someone have to be to belay?

Because the climber's safety depends so much on the belayer, we require belayers to be 12 years or older to get certified.

What is the Belay Course?

The full VX Safety/Belay Course is our class that teaches climbers and belayers how to how to participate in 3 different types of climbing, and also covers our facility rules and regulations. Every new climber/belayer, or anyone who has not climbed/belayed at the gym within the previous 6 months, will have to take the Belay Course prior to using the standard belay stations.

How do I sign up for the Belay Course?

Reservations are not required for individuals. Groups of 6 or more need to call ahead to ensure we can accommodate you. The best approach is to arrive 15 minutes before the class you wish to attend so we can get you checked in and geared up in time for training.

How much does it cost just to belay?

If you are "current" on your belay skills (you have trained/belayed with us in the last 6 months) there is never a charge to belay or use a belay harness. If you are "out of date" or have never belayed with us before, there is a $10 charge to attend the Safety/Belay class.

It's been over 6 months since my last visit but I still remember everything perfectly. Do I need to take the Belay Course again?

If you feel that you don't need to retrain, we offer an option to test out of the Belay Course. The first stage is a written test showing that you understand and remember the belay devices, harnesses, safety checks and commands, and guidelines for climbing at VX. The second stage is a hands-on demonstration where you show a member of the staff that you can complete each part of the climbing/belaying process properly.

I have never been to your gym, but I climb outside/elsewhere a lot and already know what I'm doing.

See above.