First Time? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Complete a Vertical eXcape waiver.
ALL participants must fill out a Vertical eXcape Release prior to climbing or belaying.
Participants under the age of 18 must have it completed by his/her own PARENT or COURT-APPOINTED legal guardian. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Follow the "Online Waiver" button on the top of the page to start your Release.
Minimum participation age is 5 years old to climb, 12 years old to boulder, and 12 years old to belay.
2. Select your climbing option
Option 1: Auto-Belay and/or Bouldering
This 90-minute, limited access package begins every other hour. Sessions are offered Monday - Saturday at the following times: 12:00-1:30, 2:00-3:30, 4:00-5:30, 6:00-7:30, and 8:00-9:30 (this session not offered on Saturday). Our designated auto-belay area is equipped with seven (7) magnetically controlled devices that manage the slack and descent of the climber. No trained belayer required.
This is great for:
- climbers who want a "jump right in and get me going" climbing experience
- climbers not participating in our full training class
- parents who are bringing multiple kids or who don't want to belay
- adult climbers who don't have a partner or prefer to climb alone
- parents who want to climb alongside their kids
Session cost is $15 per participant and includes the Auto Belay orientation, climbing pass, and complete gear rental (harness, shoes, and chalk). Children 11 and under must be supervised and double-checked by an adult (who will also receive orientation at no charge).
Space is limited for each session; therefore, reservations are recommended. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the session begins.
Option 2: Basic Introduction Package
Our Basic Introduction Package is a full-access package offered daily. It includes the safety/belay course, climbing pass for the day, and complete gear rental (harness, shoes, and chalk). After successfully completing the orientation & training, participants will have unlimited climbing for the remainder of the business day on all 26 top-rope and 7 auto-belay stations as well as on the bouldering area. This package is best for climbers who want to build a basic foundation of knowledge about indoor climbing, and want access to the auto belay, top rope, and bouldering areas. Participants must be 12 or older to use the boulder area.
The safety/belay course consists of an orientation training video followed by a hands-on practice session facilitated by our staff. The course takes approximately 45 - 60 minutes and is offered Monday - Friday at 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, and 7:00pm and Saturdays at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm. Climbers must be 12 or older to learn to belay for other climbers.
Space is limited for each course; therefore, reservations are recommended. Groups of 6 or more must call ahead for availability. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before to the session begins.
3. Go Climb!
Bouldering is climbing that is done close to the ground and needs no ropes or harnesses. While bouldering, climbers can traverse (climb sideways along the walls) or climb short vertical routes. Bouldering is a great way to build strength and technique, but lacks in endurance benefits. Participants must be at least 12 years old to boulder.
Top roping is how most people are introduced to climbing. Top roping is considered the least dangerous form of climbing. Top roping consists of a climber that is attached to one end of a rope, the rope then runs up to an anchor system at the top of the climb and back down to the belayer (second person managing the slack in the rope from the ground). The belayer's responsibility is to pull the slack through a belay device as the climber goes up the wall, "brake" the rope during a fall, and control the descent of the climber back to the ground. Participants 12 years old and over can be taught to belay during their safety/belay course. Participants 11 years and under are not allowed to belay, and are required to have an adult belayer and supervision at all times while climbing. Vertical eXcape is equipped with 26 top rope stations, enough to satisfy the beginner through advanced climber.
Auto-Belay stations are a form of top-rope climbing in the sense that the anchor and TruBlue device are always above you while climbing (very little slack in the rope). The difference with auto-belay devices is that your catch and descent are automatically controlled by a device rather than another person. There is also no "pause" on the way up; once your weight is applied to the system the device will begin to lower you automatically. Our auto-belay systems can handle any climber between 25 and 325 lbs, and require just a brief orientation to get started. The TruBlue auto-belay system is recognized across the industry as a very low-risk and reliable device when used properly.
Sport climbing is a more advanced type of climbing. With sport climbing, the climber, the belayer, and the rope all start on the ground. As the climber goes up the wall, they clip the rope into pre-set anchors. Each time the climber advances up the wall, they must climb above their last anchor point to reach the next one. If the climber falls as they climb above the anchor, there is risk for a potentially long fall before the rope catches. However, if the belayer and climber use proper skills and techniques, falls can be controlled and risk of injury can be greatly minimized. Prior to sport climbing all participants must pass a lead climb and belay test, or successfully complete a VX sport climbing course.
Sport climbing has quickly become a common outdoor activity. Vertical eXcape is committed to providing a structured environment in which climbers can learn the basics of sport climbing and begin a transition from the climbing gym to the outdoor climbing crag safely, responsibly, and ethically.