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Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs to fill out a waiver?

Everyone! Whether you are going to climb on either the wall or the boulder and no matter your age or affiliation, you are required to complete the waiver. Youth age 17 & below are required to have a parent/guardian signature. Waivers can be obtained at the Climbing Wall Desk. A completed waiver and orientation are what composes your “Bouldering Membership” and allows you to be entered into our system as eligible to climb.

Do I need to have climbing experience before I come to take the climbing class?

No, the purpose of the Orientation & Belay Certification Class is to teach you the basic knowledge you need to get started.

What is taught in the Orientation & Belay Certification Class?

Check here for class descriptions.

Do you have a skills check to be able to skip the Orientation & Belay class if I am an experienced climber and know how to belay and tie a Figure 8 Follow Through knot?

Yes. A top rope skill check is available during open wall hours. A lead climbing skill check is also available, but you must bring a lead climbing partner if you want to do a lead climbing skills check.

How old do I have to be to climb, or to belay?

Children must be age 5 and up to be allowed to climb on the wall or boulder as long as they can fit into a harness. A person must be 16 years of age to be able to belay at the climbing wall.

When can youth climb?
  • Youth age 16 & up can climb and belay at any time provided they have been certified.
  • Youth age 14-15 can climb at any time with direct adult supervision per completion of waiver and orientation. (Per guest policies if applicable).
  • Youth age 5-13 can only climb during designated family climbing hours, provided they have completed the waiver and have direct adult supervision. (per guest policies, if applicable)

If I am not a member of the Rec or a K-State student, may I use the climbing wall?

Yes. You can purchase a Guest Pass for $8/day to enter the building. Upon completion of the waiver and Orientation & Belay Class, you will receive a climbing wall pass card that will allow you access to the climbing wall for future visits as a guest. This card will need to be kept and presented at future visits in order to gain access again. Please note that as a guest you must follow all guest policies, including having someone to sponsor you as a guest. Youth age 5-15 will need direct adult supervision.

Can I bring a group to the wall to climb?

Yes, we do offer group rentals. Typical rentals happen on the weekends during times when the wall is closed.

Can I bring my own climbing gear?

You may use your own gear at the discretion of the wall staff. It must be used per the manufacturer’s instructions and must be approved by the UIAA or CE for climbing.

What should I wear?

Athletic and active clothing is recommended. Keep in mind you will be wearing a snug fitting harness around your mid-section. The harness may be uncomfortable if you are wearing short shorts.