Indoor Climbing Wall Conditions of Use

Indoor Climbing Wall Conditions of Use

Although the climbing wall is an artificial environment the risks involved are no less serious than when climbing outside on a crag or mountain. There is an additional risk that bolt-on holds can spin and break.

The soft flooring under the climbing wall is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for climbers falling from the lower holds on the wall. THE SOFT FLOORING DOES NOT MAKE THE CLIMBING ANY SAFER. 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 yourself or others.

Climbing beyond your capabilities on any 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.

Unsupervised Climbing: Before you climb without supervision the club expects you to be competent in the use of a safety harness, be able to use a suitable knot to attach a rope to the harness and show proficiency in using a belay device to secure a falling climber using a rope. You must be signed off as ‘competent’ by a club committee member before using the wall unsupervised. If you are not confident in the use of any climbing equipment or techniques then you should not attempt to use it without the supervision of someone who is competent to do so.

Children: All children (Under 18) must be supervised by an adult whilst at the wall.

The Rules

General Safety

  • You must exercise care, common sense and self preservation at all times.
  • Be aware of other climbers around you and how your actions will affect them.
  • Do not distract people while they are climbing or belaying.
  • Do not stand underneath someone who is climbing unless you are belaying.

When Belaying/Climbing

  • Always stand when belaying. Sitting or lying is not acceptable whilst belaying at floor level.
  • Always stand as close to the climbing wall as is practical.
  • Before climbing use a ‘buddy system’ to check each others harnesses and climbing knots are correctly done up and screw gates are locked.
  • When using club gear, always tie the rope directly into the harness, following the manufacturers recommendations, using a suitable climbing knot. Clipping in with a carabiner is not acceptable.


  • When using the lead walls you must supply your own appropriately rated dynamic rope. Do not use the wall top ropes for leading.
  • Ensure you have sufficient quickdraws for the route you plan to lead. You must clip all the quickdraws on the route you are climbing.
  • Be aware of any weight differences between you and your partner when leading and the effect this will have in the result of a fall.