Our mission is to provide a professional, high quality climbing gym that exceeds standards set by the industry, thus providing an enjoyable environment for the community to experience climbing. We emphasize customer service and promote the growth of the sport through a friendly, helpful staffand a variety of classes, clinics and other services. Come and experience the fun and exhilaration of a sport that has exploded in popularity.
If you have never climbed before, please continue reading. If you do have climbing experience and know how to belay, jump down to the experienced climbers section.
Men, women and kids of all ages enjoy rock climbing and are motivated by new challenges every day. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be in great physical condition or have a lot of upper body strength to climb. Rock climbing is a natural activity that builds the body's strength over time and is ideal for enhancing muscle tone and flexibility. Although it is a great full body workout, climbing is also a fun and exciting recreational activity.
There are two types of climbing that can be done in an indoor environment. Unroped climbing or bouldering, is climbing that is done close to the ground. The climber's hands never reach above eight feet so ropes are not required. Climbers can traverse (climbing sideways along the walls) or boulder (essentially short mini routes) without a partner. Bouldering is a good way to build strength, power and technique for climbing and does not require instruction.
The most basic form of roped climbing is top roping. The top rope system consists of a climber tied into one end of the rope, the rope runs up through a set of anchors at the top of the climb then down to the belayer. The belayer's job is to take the slack out of the system as the climber goes up a route. Using a special device attached to the harness, the belayer can take in slack, 'hold' a climber's fall, and lower the climber back to the ground when they are finished with the route. In order to belay you must have prior experience or take a class with us. We offer classes for adults as well as youth. See the classes page for information on how to get started in this fast growing sport.
Climbers can also use a device called an autobelay to climb routes without a partner. The autobelay takes the slack out of the system as the climber goes up and lowers them automatically if they fall or reach the top. Autobelays allow those without belaying experience or a partner an opportunity to still climb routes. A class is not required to use the autobelays, only a short orientation. Normally there are six autobelays up in the gym for use but this can change periodically depending on maintenance and portable climbing wall events which also use the autobelays. Feel free to call to see if any of the autobelays will be out of service before coming.
Climbers who do have experience belaying can take a belay test instead of a class to become belay certified at Upper Limits. The test requires belayers to show that they can properly put on a climbing harness and tie into the harness with a figure-eight follow through knot. Belayers must also show proficiency in setting up an ATC style belay device and use proper belay technique to take in rope, stop the fall of a climber, and lower the climber back to the ground. Proper safety checks and voice commands must also be demonstrated.
All participants must sign an Upper Limits liability waiver and rules agreement. Participants under 18 years must have their waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.
Climbers 14 years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian at all times unless lessons are scheduled.