Safety

FACILITY

  • Unless prior management approval has been given, participants must meet age requirements for the following activities:
    • Belaying: 14 years of age
    • Bouldering (with parental supervision*): 10 years of age
    • Bouldering (without parental supervision): 12 years of age
      • *Parental supervision involves spotting the climber for each climb & making sure that they are following safe climbing practices.
  • Guests age 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, unless prior management approval has been given.
  • No food or drinks are allowed on the padded areas.
  • The Crag and its employees are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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CONDUCT

  • Do not swing on the ropes, tumble on padded areas or run. Unruly conduct will be cause for removal from The Crag.
  • No climbing or belaying is allowed while under the influence of intoxicating substances.
  • The use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited inside the facility.
  • Be courteous; the use of vulgar language or improper conduct is not permitted.
  • There is no climbing instruction, personal training, coaching, or commercial use of The Crag without specific authorization by a facility manager.

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ROPED CLIMBING

  • All climbers must use proper equipment. A staff member at The Crag at Cool Springs must approve equipment brought into the Facility before use. Equipment brought into The Crag shall be used at the sole and exclusive risk of the owner of such equipment.
  • All belayers and climbers must utilize proper belaying technique and agree to DOUBLE CHECK their set-up before beginning a climb. The belayer will check the climber’s gear and knots and the climber will check the belayers system and they will exchange confirmation that the setup is correct. This is most important and must be performed at the start of each and every climb!
  • Before belaying, lead climbing, or lead belaying, you must be approved by a staff member of The Crag and display issued belay or lead tag.
  • Lead climbing at The Crag is a privilege. While leading, climbers are required to clip all appropriate gym draws on that route. There is no skipping clips. Practice lead falls are not allowed in the facility except in lessons supervised by Crag staff. Breaking these rules is grounds for removal of lead privileges.
  • Route climbers have the right of way on all roped walls.

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BOULDERING

  • Do not boulder underneath other climbers. It is recommended to have a minimum of one spotter per climber when bouldering. The boulderer’s feet should not pass shoulder height when standing on the floor.
  • A climber’s voluntary participation in bouldering indicates an acknowledgement that bouldering is very dangerous and that a spotter may not prevent injuries. Spotters understand that the boulderer may injure them if they should fall while climbing.
  • The use of crash pads is recommended when bouldering.
  • Route climbers have the right of way on all roped walls.

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The Crag reserves the right to add to the above list as it sees appropriate in an effort to provide a safe environment for its patrons. Refusal to abide by any rules can be cause for loss of climbing privileges without a refund.