Alaska Rock Gym Rules
General Gym Rules
- Anyone climbing, bouldering or belaying must be checked in at the front desk.
- Anyone climbing, bouldering or belaying must have participated in a gym orientation and be certified by Alaska Rock Gym staff to belay, lead belay or lead climb.
- Climbers must use a UIAA approved harness and belay device. All equipment must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Climbers must be on belay when climbing above one body length in height off the floor.
- No street shoes, food, or beverages on the padded surfaces.
- Children under the age of 14 must be SUPERVISED by a parent or guardian at ALL TIMES.
- No swinging, hanging or pulling on the ropes.
- No running, screaming or horseplay.
- Please be respectful of our family friendly environment.
Boulder Area Guidelines
- Anyone climbing in the boulder area must be checked in at the front desk and have participated in a boulder orientation with Alaska Rock Gym staff.
- BOULDERING IS DANGEROUS! You will fall, and injuries are common. Use spotters where appropriate, keep fall zones clear.
- DO NOT CLIMB ABOVE YOUR ABILITY to control and absorb the fall! Take the force of the fall to the pad – tuck and roll.
- BE AWARE OF OTHER CLIMBERS in your area, don’t climb above others.
- DO NOT CLIMB OVER THE TOP EDGE OF THE BOULDER WALL. The free-standing boulder in the only top-out allowed.
- Keep harnesses, water bottles and chalk bags OFF PADDED SURFACES.
- NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES allowed past the seating area.
- NO STREET SHOES allowed on the padded surfaces.
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. Can anyone learn to climb?
Yes! Anyone - young or old, in shape or out, thin or not so thin - can get on the walls and experience the physical challenge and mental stimulation of working out the “problem” found in the arrangement of holds on the wall. The Alaska Rock Gym has terrain from less than vertical to overhanging, giving virtually everyone an opportunity to “climb the walls “. We offer our “Intro to Gym Climbing” class on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – a great way to become familiar with the gym and indoor climbing.
- 2. What if I'm afraid of heights?
The Alaska Rock Gym offers two types of climbing: roped climbing on the taller walls, and bouldering, which is climbing on low walls in an un-roped fashion. Bouldering, while offering the same experience of working out the “problem” of the arrangement of the holds, allows the climber to remain low – only climbing to a height within his comfort zone. If height is an issue, bouldering is a great way to get started climbing. It requires no belayer and can be engaged in after just a short orientation.
- 3. What is belaying?
Roped climbing requires two people; a climber, who ascends the wall, and a belayer. The belayer manages the rope protecting the climber from a fall. Belaying involves learning a sequence of tasks, including a climber/belayer cross-check, taking up slack, catching a potential fall, and lowering the climber after she reaches the top of the climb. Our “Intro to Gym Climbing” class includes teaching the participants how to belay and certifying them as top rope belayers in the gym.
- 4. Can I bring my kids?
Climbing is a great family activity, and kids as young as two years old can prove to be agile and adept climbers. Children are always welcome at the Alaska Rock Gym! Once parents have been oriented to the gym and passed the belay certification, they can climb and belay their kids any time. Kids must be 14 years or older to earn their own belay certification, and all children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a supervising adult.