Safety & Policies

Rules to Know Before You Climb

Please be aware that climbing is an inherently dangerous sport. Climbing or bouldering on any manufactured climbing wall can result in falls, and falling from any height can result in serious injury or even death. If you have any questions or concerns about climbing in this facility or these risks, please ask us. Safety is our highest priorities, but it is ultimately your personal responsibility.

Temporary COVID-19 Policies

Please take a moment to review some of our new operating procedures and policies below before visiting the gym. Find the most updated information on what to expect and answers to frequently asked questions here.

Triangle Rock Club Rules

These are our climbing area rules. Follow ‘em, or face the music:

Top-Rope Belay Check

We consider our Belay checking a vital aspect of each facility’s overall safety. Never assume that you will automatically pass. Each customer must pass ALL parts of the belay check without practice, instruction, or error. Customers who do not demonstrate proficiency in all parts of the belay check will not be allowed to belay that day, but can still enjoy bouldering, climbing on the Auto Belays, or with climbers who are belay certified. A belay check may only happen one time a day, per customer.

Climbers who cannot pass the top-rope belay check are encouraged to consider taking our Intro to Rope Climbing Class.

Belay Check Requirements
  • Harness: Climber must put on a harness correctly, according to the specifications of the harness manufacturer.
  • Carabiner: Climber must clip-in correctly.
  • Device: Belayer must properly set up an approved belay device according to device and harness manufacturers’ specifications. *
  • Belay: Belayer must demonstrate proficiency in top-rope belaying. The belayer’s brake hand must remain in constant control of the brake strand of the rope. Belayer must safely and immediately catch at least 2 simulated top-rope falls and lower safely while keeping the brake hand below the belay device.

* Approved belay devices include modern plate and tube-style devices (ATC, Reverso, Pyramid, Spring Plate, etc.) and assisted braking devices (GriGri, Cinch, Eddy, Smart, etc.).

Fitness Rules

  1. No loose chalk
  2. Children under 12 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian
  3. Please rerack your weights and wipe down equipment after use
  4. Please wear appropriate exercise attire at all times. Proper athletic shoes are also required. No open-toed shoes, open-backed shoes, boots, sandals, or rock climbing shoes are allowed.
  5. Report all equipment malfunctions, personal injuries and specific concerns immediately to the Fitness Coordinator.
  6. Please be courteous of your fellow gym users.

Assisted Braking Device Policy

  • As of September 1, 2018, Triangle Rock Club requires all patrons to use an assisted braking device while Lead Belaying.
  • We will allow modern assisted braking devices manufactured for climbing. Examples include but are not limited to, Petzl GriGri or the Black Diamond Pilot.
  • Passing the Lead Belay Check will require use of an assisted belay device in the gym and the age limit will still be 12 years old. Belayers must demonstrate proper belay technique per the manufacturer instructions.
  • We encourage signing up for our free Lead Belaying with an Assisted Braking Device clinic. This clinic is offered at all locations and is free for members.
  • For more information, please see our Assisted Braking Device FAQs page.

General Safety Guidelines

These aren’t the rules, but we strongly suggest you follow the guidelines to stay safe:

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