Frequently Asked Questions…
Whether this is your first time climbing or just your first time coming to The Crag, there’s a good chance you have a couple of questions. Below we’ve outlined the questions we receive the most. If you don’t find what you are looking for, be sure to contact us.
First Time at the Crag?
Do I need to make a reservation?
No, as long as you are bringing a group of less than six climbers. If you have a group of seven or more climbers, we offer special group rates that require a reservation. For more information on group climbing packages at The Crag, Click here.
Do I have to be a member to climb at The Crag?
No. While we offer a variety of memberships, we also have day rates and daily specials to help you get started climbing. Find out more at our Pricing page.
How much time should I plan to spend at The Crag?
Most people spend anywhere from 2 to 2½ hours at The Crag. Your visit can be as long as you want, you can even leave and come back.
How long does a belay lesson take?
Lessons typically take about an hour, but can vary depending on experience and the number of climbers needing a lesson.
What does the Belay Lesson cover?
The belay lesson covers the following information: how to properly set up the belay device, how to safely and efficiently work with the ropes, pre-climb safety check, climbing commands, information about how climbing routes are created, graded, and marked, and basic climbing safety.
What is Auto Belay?
An auto belay is an automatic belay device that takes up slack as the climber ascends the wall, then controls the descent when the climber lets go or falls.
Do I have to be strong/tall/athletic to enjoy climbing?
No, climbing is the perfect sport for everyone, regardless of physical or athletic ability. If you have a physical impairment or other handicap, and are interested in climbing please call us; we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
What Do I Need To Bring?
If you’re over 18, you won’t need anything more than your wallet, comfortable clothes and a desire to try something new & exciting!
If you’re under 18, you’ll need to have a waiver signed by your parent or legal guardian. They can complete the waiver online (click “Sign Below” at the bottom of this page) ahead of time or complete it in person at The Crag. We can not accept permission slips, notes, emails, phone calls, pinkie swears or a friend’s signature that was supposed to look like your mom’s. NO EXCEPTIONS.
What should I wear?
You can climb in anything you can move around in comfortably and don’t mind getting a bit sweaty. If you don’t plan on renting climbing shoes from us, you need to be wearing shoes that have a closed toe and can be tightened with laces or straps (no sandals, flip-flops, or Crocs). If you’d like to wear shorts, we recommend that they come down to atleast about mid-thigh, so the climbing harness isn’t rubbing against bare skin.
Birthday Parties or Groups.
What kinds of parties do you offer?
The Crag has several different birthday party options for kids from age 5 and up. Click here to read about our party options.
Do I just drop the kids off for a party?
The parents hosting the party must be present. Staff belayers are provided with certain birthday packages and will run the climbing portion of the party.
Please make sure all participating kids have signed waivers by their parent or legal guardian. Click “Sign Waiver” at the bottom of this page to complete our digital waiver.
How much time will they spend climbing?
Our Party Package allows for 1½ hours of climbing and 30 minutes for pizza and presents, but we have a party plan that can fit any amount of climb time your party needs.
Is there space for cake, presents, etc.?
Yes! We have a separate loft area that overlooks the climbing. Not only is is stocked with tables and chairs for pizza and presents, but it’s a great place for onlookers to snap photos during the party!
What styles of climbing do you offer at your gym?
- Top Rope Climbing is the main style of climbing offered at our gym. The Crag has approximately 60 top rope routes on the wall, with new routes added weekly. Climbers or supervising adults must take the belay lesson to learn how to belay climbers on the top rope routes. For the safety of our members, guests and staff, all climbers 14 or older wishing to climb on top rope must pass our belay test or take a belay lesson.
- Bouldering is climbing close to the ground (feet normally not higher then 8 feet from the ground) and does not require ropes or harnesses. The Crag has over 1100 square feet of wall dedicated to bouldering.
- Lead Climbing requires an advanced lesson or check and involves clipping the rope into quickdraws as you climb. The Crag has two walls with lead routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.12.
- Auto Belay Climbing is great for climbers who don’t have a climbing partner, parents bringing multiple children in for a day of climbing, or folks who want to experience climbing without learning to belay. The Crag offers six auto belay units.
Is there an age limit for climbing at The Crag?
We’ve found that most kids begin to understand the concepts and movements of climbing between 4 and 5 years old, but if your child is big enough to fit into our specialized children’s harnesses they are more than welcome to come try climbing. We pride ourselves in making sure that we have routes easy enough for any young climber that’s ready to give it a go! We also have a number of great programs designed specifically for kids, including after-school programs and kids’ camps. Click here to see more about the programs we offer.
Is there a weight restriction for climbing at The Crag?
Our rental harnesses can fit up to a 44″ waist. Climbers using auto belay must weigh at least 40 pounds and no more than 300 pounds.
What if I already know how to belay?
That’s great! Knowing how to properly belay a climber prior to your first visit will save you some time and a bit of money. We do require a quick belay test, which can be done any time during our business hours. You will need to demonstrate proper belay technique with an ‘ATC’ style belay device, as well as the use of climbing commands and safety checks.
Is belaying for a rappeller the same as for a climber?
No. Rappelling and climbing are two different sports. Rappellers descend the rope under their own power while climbers rely on their belayer to take the slack out of the system, catch a fall, and lower them back to the ground. If you don’t have any formal climbing belay training, you’ll need to take our belay lesson. For the safety of our members, guests and staff, all climbers 14 or older wishing to climb on top rope must pass our belay test or take a belay lesson.
Is there someone available on your staff that can belay for us?
We do not maintain extra staff to belay, however, you can always call in advance and set up a Staff Belayer for an additional cost, or climb routes that use our six auto belay units. Pricing information is available here.
Why do I sign a waiver?
We want to be sure that you understand that climbing is an adventure sport and involves a certain level of danger. It is in both The Crag’s and your best interest to keep you informed and understanding in your decision to climb at The Crag. Its important to note that we don’t want you to just sign our waiver, reading the waiver will help to ensure your safety and inform you of the rules and policies we put in place to protect our climbers and staff. Click “Sign Waiver” at the bottom of this page to complete our digital waiver.
If I learn to belay do I have to climb?
No. We won’t force you to climb if you do not want to. Many times parents will come in with their kids just to belay them. This will only cost the rental of a belay device and belay lesson if needed.
Is there a different price if I am just bouldering?
The day rate for bouldering is the same as for roped climbing. But if you’re looking to save money, take a look at our Weekly Specials. We have deals for all types of climbers.
Do you have a student rate?
We offer full time college students a 10% discount on memberships. College Students also receive a special day rate of 11 dollars that includes equipment when they show a valid student ID. Every Thursday is ‘Student Night’ at The Crag, where high school students climb for just 11 bucks. Click here for more info.
If you have additional questions, please contact us or give us a call at (615) 661-9444 and we’ll be ready to help.