The Wall’s Rules
General: Climbing and bouldering are activities with a danger of personal injury. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Although The Wall is an artificial environment, many of the risks involved are no less serious than when climbing outside on a crag or boulder. Climbing beyond your capabilities on any indoor wall is likely to result in a fall. Any fall may result in an injury despite the safety systems in place to avoid it. You must make your own assessment of the risks whenever you climb.
Legal Jibber Jabber: Please take time to read the Legal Jibber Jabber. It’s important and is legally binding and sets out the terms and conditions which govern our relationship with you.
The Wall’s rules: The rules of The Wall set out below are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. They are provided to help ensure that everyone who uses The Wall can do so as safely as possible. They are part of the duty of care that we owe to you. By using The Wall you confirm that you agree to The Wall’s rules and will abide by them.
Holds and volumes: Holds and volumes can spin or break at any time resulting in you falling off a wall in an uncontrolled manner. Loose or damaged holds must be reported to reception straight away.
Matting: The soft flooring under the bouldering walls is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for climbers falling or jumping from the bouldering wall. The matting does not make bouldering any safer than any other form of indoor climbing activity at greater height involving ropes. Broken and sprained limbs are common on this type of climbing wall despite the soft landing. Uncontrolled falls are likely to result in injuries to you or others.
Down Climbing: You must climb down once you reach the end of the climb you are doing. You should not jump off the walls. If you must jump off from a portion of the wall please climb down to a lower point.
Climb within your limits: You should always climb at a level that is appropriate for your ability. There are hundreds of climbs in the gym which are all assigned a grade based on their difficulty. Don’t attempt climbs that you are not likely to be able to complete safely.
Personal property: We take no responsibility for your personal property. Keep valuables with you or give them to a friend or family who is not climbing.
Your conduct: You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards the other users of The Wall. Every person climbing at The Wall agrees, acknowledges and confirms that each time they use The Wall, that they will:
- Report to reception on each visit before climbing
- Exercise care, common sense and self-preservation at all times
- Report any problems with the facilities, holds, walls, matting, climbs, equipment or other climbers’ behaviour to a member of staff immediately.
- Be aware of the other climbers around them and how their actions will affect them
- Not distract people while they are climbing
- Always climb within their capabilities and descend by down climbing when possible
- Never climb directly above or below another climber
- Not sit or stand under climbing surfaces when people are bouldering
- Finish climbing on the last, highest hold. Climbers must not grab or touch the top of the climbing walls, or any girders, structures, metalwork or lights
- Not boulder with anything hanging from their person or while wearing items which might cause them an injury (e.g. very loose clothes, rings or jewellery)
- Keep the matting free of any objects and obstructions including but not limited to bottles, bags, clothing, tablets, cameras, shoes etc.
- Not bring or consume any food or drink on the matting
- Use appropriate footwear when climbing (climbing shoes) (as determined by a member of staff)
- Ensure that they treat other users with dignity and respect
- Recognise that the soft matting does not make bouldering any safer than any other form of climbing including roped climbing at height