Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
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I’m a first time climber. What’s the best way to begin?
Take our Beginning Rock class! You’ll learn basic climbing technique and rope skills in a supportive environment. If you just want to see what climbing is like, try one of our staff-supported Climb Time sessions with a dedicated belayer. If your goal is to learn the rope safety system to belay someone else, but not to climb yourself, take our Basic Safety class. For more info and to determine which of these classes is right for you, see all of our Climbing Classes for Beginners. All participants must sign a Liability Waiver.
Can my kids climb?
Yes! But kids do need someone to hold the ropes for them, aka belay. You can take advantage of our auto-belay systems, or belay them yourself. You can also learn how to belay in one of our adult classes, and then bring the kids in whenever you want. You must already know how to belay or bring them to a Climb Time session or enroll them in an after school or camp program. All children must have a Liability Waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
What types of climbing does Vertex have?
What is the belay test?
How much does the belay test cost?
Does Vertex have auto-belays?
It has been a while since I last climbed. Do I need to take the belay test again?
Can I teach a friend how to tie a figure eight knot and how to belay?
How do I find a climbing partner?
There are several options. We have friendly members, so you could come in the evening when the gym is generally busiest and befriend a climbing partner. You can also come to a Climb Time session and have our staff belay you. You can check out our community posting board to see if anyone else is in search of a climbing partner and you can also visit climbfind.com to find like-minded climbing enthusiasts. Finally, you can always boulder, which does not require a belayer at all.
Do you sell gear?
Indeed. Our pro shop carries 5.10 climbing shoes, Black Diamond harnesses, carabiners, belay devices, quick-draws, nuts and cams, as well as chalk, chalk bags and also fitness and training equipment including foam rollers!
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