Rock climbing is a fun, rewarding, and exciting sport. As in all athletic sports, there is an inherent element of risk involved. Climbing or bouldering at any height can result in serious injury or even death. For your safety and for the safety of others, please review these rules and ask any qualified instructor if you are unfamiliar with any aspect of climbing

Top Out Climbing Facility Rules

  • All participants must sign a liability waiver before entering the facility.
  • All climbers unfamiliar with how to use an autobelay device must receive an orientation from a staff member.
  • Unsafe and reckless behavior will not be tolerated and Top Out Climbing has the right to revoke climbing privileges.
  • Climbers must wear climbing shoes or closed-toe shoes. Climbing shoes are recommended for safety.
  • No open-toe shoes, sandals, boots, or barefoot climbing is allowed.
  • No sitting down on the scramble portion of the top out boulder.
  • Do not jump, flip, cartwheel, etc. on the climbing mats or over the gaps between the climbing mats.
  • No horseplay or running in the facility. Be courteous and considerate of other climbers and guests.
  • Top Out Climbing is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  • Drugs, smoking, or obscenities are not permitted. We are a family friendly facility.
  • Climbers under the age of 12 cannot climb above the 15 foot lip on the top out boulder.
  • Climbers under the age of 12 are not allowed be in the fitness area.
  • Climbers under the age of 12 shall be accompanied by a parent or a guardian at all times. Drop offs are not permitted.
  • Please remove all jewelry, keys, watches, etc. These objects can cause injury or break. They are also hazardous to the foam and vinyl flooring.
  • Climbing is an active sport. Always keep your eyes open and we encourage experienced climbers to help out novices.

Autobelay Safety

  • Before you begin a climb and before descending at the end of your climb, double check the carabiner is locked onto your belay loop.
  • Always be sure the carabiner is locked and unobstructed by anything such as clothing before climbing.
  • When clipping into an autobelay, look at where your climb finishes. You want to clip into the unit closest to where your climb ends.
  • Before you let go from a climb, position yourself directly underneath the autobelay in order to eliminate any swinging.
  • Do not tug on the autobelay webbing while climbing or before descending. Release with both hands at the same time.
  • When descending, lean back away from the wall and gently kick off the wall as you are being lowered.

Bouldering Safety

  • Never boulder over or stand beneath another climber.
  • Topping out is not permitted on climbs that end early. A climb that ends early will have a taped box around the finishing hold.
  • While bouldering, always make sure there is sufficient distance between yourself and another climber. You don’t want to fall into each other.
  • Bouldering climbs can sometimes intersect and cross over each other. Make sure your entire climb is clear of other climbers before beginning your climb.
  • Spotters are recommended on any move where the climber may fall on their head or neck.
  • Always plan how you are going to come down once you complete your climb. Climbing down safely is an important aspect of the climb as a whole.

Falling Safety

  • Don’t brace with your arms. Ever.
  • Land on both feet if possible and never lock your knees upon impact.
  • Never stick your landing from a height waist high or higher. Falling 10ft + and sticking your landing causes your momentum to fall forward.
  • Land with your feet shoulder width apart. A pencil dive will cause your knees to hit each other and bruise or it could cause your knees to come into contact with your jaw.
  • Never hyper extend your knees, once you hit the pad squat into a chair and roll out of your fall. Feet, butt, back, shoulders and head.
  • Roll out so your shoulders and head touch the pad.