Climbing is inherently risky. The need for safety systems beyond reproach is obvious. The equipment developed by the climbing industry doesn’t fail when used properly. But the system is passive—participants must engage. This dictates the need for personal responsibility to allow the sport we love to exist indoors at all. Our liability release’s primary purpose is to agree on this principle. Without this agreement, we do not allow users in our facilities.


Dogpatch-13The popularity of bouldering has grown rapidly in recent years. With that growth has also come the increased awareness of and emphasis upon safe bouldering techniques for both the climber and the spotter(s). Even though you may only be a few feet off the ground while bouldering, climbers and spotters must still take precautions to ensure their own safety and the safety of other people in the bouldering area. If you have questions about etiquette or safe practices, do not hesitate to ask! 

Personal Responsibility. Bouldering involves risk. All falls are ground falls. All boulderers must be willing to take personal responsibility for their own safety.

Safety Requirements for Bouldering

• Don't boulder unless you know how to fall—feet together for strength, or springy and apart if stable.
• Don't brake falls with your hands or arms.
• Use a 'spotter' for difficult or risky moves.
• Know how to 'spot.' Be active and poised to orient falling climber correctly onto padding.
• Position foam crash pads beneath crux moves to cushion a potential fall.
• Do not boulder on the climbing walls beyond 14 feet in height (hands).
• Roped climbing has priority over bouldering on main climbing walls.
• Do not boulder in areas of heavy top-rope and lead climbing.
• The bouldering area is for adults—children must be supervised.
• Children may not play on the foam in the bouldering cave.

Our liability waivers are located here.




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