A Word on Climbing Safety
Climbing is inherently risky. The climbing industry has developed systems for securing the climber that, when used correctly, do not fail. Climbing gear manufacturers put their equipment through rigorous testing to ensure the highest quality and maximum load bearing capacity. This commitment to quality has turned a sport that was once thought extreme into a mainstream activity. Unfortunately, the inherent risks associated with climbing have not changed… i.e.: gravity works.
The term “belay” is a nautical term that stands for “hold fast.” This means the belayer takes an active role in securing the ascent and descent of the climber. There is a high level of personal responsibility and accountability for everyone involved. This reason, coupled with the inherent risk associated with climbing, is why a liability waiver is needed. No one climbs without signing it.
- All climbers & belayers must first accept personal responsibility and sign the release of liability waiver. Anyone under the age of 18 must have the filled out by parent or legal guardian in order to climb or belay.
At inSPIRE Rock we have developed a training method which strictly follows industry standards in order to minimize the risk associated. The training focuses on the principles of proper belaying, equipment use, knot tying, and general climbing etiquette. It emphasizes the importance of being active and attentive, whether operating as belayer or climber. All climbers and belayers must take personal responsibility for their own safety.
Children are certainly welcome at inSPIRE Rock, but for the safety of all climbers, all children under the age of 14 must be actively supervised by a parent/guardian or adult at all times. If children are repeatedly unattended, they may be asked to leave the gym.