Facility Rules and Policies
Reach climbing and Fitness maintains strict safety procedures to create a safe and welcoming environment for both new and experienced climbers. These policies are strictly enforced by our staff and reflect the current manufacturer and industry guidelines.
- All participants and visitors must have a valid waiver. All participants under the age of 18 must have their waiver filled out and signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to participating in any activity.
- Participants are responsible for their own safety. Parents, Legal Guardian, Group Leaders, and Chaperones are responsible for the behavior of the participants under their care.
- Reach Climbing & Fitness reserves the right to refuse service or revoke privileges to anyone.
- Reach Climbing & Fitness reserves the right to stop and or remove any participants from the facility based on actions deemed unsafe and/or unruly, which endanger the safety of that person or others.
- Reach Climbing & Fitness is not responsible for any lost or stolen items within the premises, including the parking lot.
- All participants must receive an orientation to the facility prior to engaging in any activity.
- All climbers new to the facility are required to pass a proficiency test to participate in any activity, including bouldering, auto-belay, top rope climbing, top rope belay, lead climbing, and lead belay.
- All Participants must check in at the front desk each time they enter the facility.
- Only Reach Employees are allowed to provide instruction or coaching.
- Only Reach Route Setters are permitted to make any changes on the wall. Staff should be alerted immediately to any loose or spinning holds, participants should not attempt to tighten holds on their own.
- Only harnesses designed specifically for Rock Climbing will be allowed. (Harnesses for tree, tower, Alpine or work are not allowed).
- Reach Climbing and Fitness is a Gri-Gri only facility. (No Figure 8’s, ATC’s or Stitch plates are allowed)
- Participants are responsible for the care of their own gear and equipment.
- Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times in the fitness areas, with the exception of yoga.
- NO climbing shoes in the bathrooms.
- NO food or open drinks allowed on the climbing mats.
- NO chalk allowed in the fitness areas.
- Climbers under 14 must be under direct adult supervision.
- Spotting is NOT recommended.
- Participants must be at least 14 years old to operate auto-belays.
- There is no age limit to participate in auto-belay climbing if under direct adult supervision by an auto-belay certified adult.
Top Rope Belay and Tying:
- Participants must at least 14 years old to top rope belay or tie themselves in.
- Children at least 10 years old can top rope belay and tie themselves in under the direct supervision of a Top Rope Belay certified adult.
Lead Climbing and Lead Belay:
- Participants must be at least 16 years old to lead climb or lead belay with the exception of those who compete in the USAC Youth B category, Reach Climbing team members, and other authorized climbing team members, under direct supervision of a Lead Belay certified adult.
- All dedicated lead walls are not to be followed or top roped.
- A minimum 40m rope is required for all Lead routes.
- NO running is allowed, except during certain Reach events / activities
- Don’t walk under people while they are climbing
- Don’t spray beta (yell out instructions) at climbers while they are climbing
- Don’t spill your chalk on the ground (keep chalk salks in chalk bags)
- Don’t touch holds without chalk on your hands
- Don’t try a problem more than once without letting others try
- Don’t wear your climbing shoes in the bathroom
- Don’t leave gear (brushes, chalk bags, shoes, etc…) in the fall zone
- Don’t allow your kids to run around the bouldering area
Reach Climbing and Fitness reserves the right to add, amend, remove, and make exceptions to any and all rules and guidelines at any time.