More advanced climbers can also lead climb after passing a lead test. Top rope climbing involves the use of a rope wrapped over a bar (or through an anchor) at the top of a climbing wall to protect the climber once they begin climbing.

Belaying is a technique or skill employed to protect a climber if they fall during a climb. When are your belay classes and how much do they cost? Simply put, bouldering is climbing without the use of ropes, anchors or a belay for protection. Sorry, no “high-balling” or “free soloing” in our top rope area (although we do allow traversing).Drag pads (that’s an indoor crash pad) are available in the indoor boulder area, if you would like additional fall protection from your ground impact. An auto belay is a device that mechanically performs the job of belaying a climber. It effectively takes the place of a human belayer, thereby enabling people to climb the top rope walls without a partner. Anyone using or supervising the use of our auto belays must take an auto belay orientation (no cost) prior to using. Although climbing is much more enjoyable when you have someone to climb with, auto belays can “fill-in” for your partner when you arrive a bit early and you are eager to get on the wall. The person belaying the lead climber must feed out the rope to the climber as they move, being careful not to pay out too much rope to minimize how far the climber falls before the belayer catches them.

The belayer must also be careful not to keep the rope too tight thereby hindering the climbers movement as they climb or when they attempt to clip into the next draw. All lead climbers and lead belayers must pass a comprehensive lead climbing and belay test before lead climbing or belaying. Arch staff are only available to belay reserved groups, such as birthday parties, school groups, scout troops or corporate group outings.

If you are interested in making a group reservation (minimum group size is 6), please call us at 916-852-7625 during our normal business hours (see side bar) at least one week in advance of your desired date for available times, dates and requirements.

Other options for climbers without belay partners include bouldering or using our auto belays.

If you were planning on coming in with a partner, but neither of you know how to belay, then why not learn! The supervising adult can also pay to climb and take the belay class with you, if they would like (our recommendation).

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More advanced climbers can also lead climb after passing a lead test. Top rope climbing involves the use of a rope wrapped over a bar (or through an anchor) at the top of a climbing wall to protect the climber once they begin climbing. Belaying is a technique or skill...