Climbing Wall Policies

General Rules

  • CRD climbing staff must be present in order for members to climb.
  • All participants must attend a belay orientation course, read and understand the climbing rules and sign the Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk before being allowed to climb.
  • Rental climbing equipment is located at the HWC Front Desk.
  • Climbers must check-in/check-out at the HWC Front Desk before climbing.
  • No loose chalk. Chalk balls only. Try and minimize use of chalk when possible.
  • The Figure-Eight Follow-Through knot is the only knot allowed to secure the rope to the climbers harness.
  • Only a locking carabineer may be used to secure the belay device to the harness.
  • It is recommended that belayers use the floor anchors to prevent being pulled up into the air or into the wall.
  • Climbers and belayers should use commonly accepted communication signals such as: “On belay” – “Belay on” – “Climbing” – “Climb on” – “Ready to lower” – “Lowering”
  • Rock climbing shoes or closed toed athletic shoes are required to be worn by climbers and belayers. Bare feet, sandals, open toed shoes and boots are prohibited.

Prohibited Actions

Items and activities prohibited in the climbing wall area:

  • Swinging or jumping on ropes.
  • Climbing into a position where you are eye level or higher with top anchors.
  • Grabbing bolt hangers; bolt hangers are for carabineer attachment only.
  • Listening to music while climbing or belaying.


  • Belayers are required to go through an introductory belay orientation course.
  • Belayers must lower climbers in a smooth and controlled manner.
  • Belayers must keep their brake hand on the rope at all times.
  • Belay from a standing position only.
  • Climbers should not step under or over an active belay.
  • A follow-through figure-eight knot is required to tie in a climber.
  • Please report any injury or unsafe climbing wall conditions to climbing staff immediately.
  • The number of climbers at any one time may be limited to ensure proper supervision.

Right of Refusal

The CRD climbing staff reserves the right to refuse wall access. Reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of dangerous climbing techniques.
  • Suspected recent use of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Use of unsafe or unacceptable climbing gear.

Lead CLimbing

  • A current lead climbing pass is required to lead climb.
  • Climbers are required to check out and use the lead ropes provided by the HWC.
  • Climbers must check out and display their lead card in a manner that Climbing Specialists can easily identify.
  • Only fixed quickdraws and anchors are to be used for leading.
  • Repeated falls, failure to clip properly, or skipping quickdraws may result in suspension or termination of lead climbing privileges.
  • Climbing Specialists reserve the right to revoke lead climbing privileges at any time.

Bouldering Wall Policies

General Rules

  • Bouldering climbers are not required to have the ability to belay.
  • All participants must read and understand the bouldering rules and sign the Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk before being allowed to boulder.
  • Otherwise, all climbing wall policies, rules, and regulations apply to bouldering.


The CRD strongly recommends the use of spotters while bouldering. We encourage climbers to ask climbing staff about proper spotting techniques.

  • Climbers may not boulder more than 12 feet above the floor.
  • Climbers must check in at the HWC Front Desk before bouldering.
  • Climbers may not boulder above or below any other climbers.
  • Climbers, with the exception of climbing staff, may not switch holds.
  • Barefoot climbing and loose chalk are not permitted.


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