Climbing Wall Safety Code

Responsibility of Climbers

All open climbing times are unsupervised. All users must accept full personal responsibility for climbing within the limits of their own capabilities and knowledge.

All users must have and display the appropriate wristband.

The Outdoor Centre reserves the right to ask users to re-take the belay test, suspend or remove access to the facility if a user is observed violating any of these safety points or behaving in a way that puts themselves and/or others at risk of injury.


• No dry tooling.

• Please keep your shoes and shirts on.

• Personal climbing equipment must be in good condition and meet current UIAA standards.

• The steel ladders may be used to access the main floor and are the only access points for the upper deck. Remove all dirty or wet footwear and never carry anything in your hands while ascending or descending these ladders.

• Do not prop open entrance deck gate. Only one person at a time on the “unsecured” side. There must not be anyone in the unsecured space if the upper ladder is in use.

• The instruction of belay, technical, and movement skills by non-staff is prohibited. Climbing wall users are highly encouraged to seek qualified instruction to learn any new skills.

• The solid red line marks the top of the safe bouldering zone; no climber may exceed this height without being on belay.

• Any injuries, incidents, or equipment issues must be reported to the Outdoor Centre Staff immediately.

• Auto Belays are restricted to program use only.

• The Outdoor Centre is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

All visitors must check in with Climbing Program Coordinator and complete Visitor Health and Safety Orientation.

Climbing Classroom (KNB80)

• The climbing classroom (KNB80) is the main access point and emergency exit for the main floor of the climbing gym.

• Do not change in this room.

• Keep hallway door shut at all times.

• There must be a clear path between doorways at all times. Please report any conditions that could obstruct movement through this room to Outdoor Centre Staff immediately.

Upper Deck

• Upper deck is a restricted zone; users of this space must be familiar with basic rock climbing techniques, anchoring systems and belaying before using the upper deck.

• Any person in the red perimeter zone must be secured to an anchor.

Top Rope Climbing

• Users are responsible for continuing to perform belay skills to the standard at which they were tested.

• To avoid the possibility of serious injury, do not top rope beside a lead climber.

Youth Climbing

• 4–6 years: A parent or legal guardian must sign a youth consent form and the child must have direct supervision at all times while climbing (adult must have current climbing card). The use of a body harness is encouraged for youth 6 years old and younger.

• 7–13 years: Youth 7 and older are permitted to belay. A parent or legal guardian must sign a youth consent form and the child must have direct supervision while climbing and belaying (adult must have current climbing card).

• 14–17 years: Youth 14–17 are permitted to use the climbing room without adult supervision after successfully completing the orientation and belay test. A parent or legal guardian must sign a youth consent form and be present when the youth completes the orientation and belay test.

Lead Climbing and Advanced Techniques

• Lead and other advanced climbing techniques are not tested. It is the climber’s responsibility to ensure they have sought qualified instruction before attempting these types of climbing.

• Do not lead climb beside a top rope climber.

• Semi-static ropes are for top rope climbing only. Lead ropes are available on request, but users must provide their own draws.

• Lead climbing may only be done on walls with provided bolts. The use of slings may be required on some bolt lines.

• Be aware that placed protection has a much lower holding capacity in concrete than it does on actual rock. As a result a top rope or the provided bolts must be used to back up any advanced climbing such as Traditional or Aid climbing.