What if I've never climbed before?
No problem! No prior experience is required! You can boulder for your first time. If you want to learn to climb on a rope you can take one of our Beginner Top Rope lessons. We have shoes and harnesses available for rent.
What is bouldering?
Bouldering is climbing above a crash mat without a rope. You can keep things safe my traversing close to the ground. If you go high up we recommend you have a spotter.
What is a spotter?
An individual who ensures that if someone falls when bouldering they fall safely. That they land on the crash mat and thier head is protected if necessary.
Do I need any equipment?
If you have your own equipment you can bring it. For bouldering you only need shoes and they can be rented for $5.25 (you can also just wear your clean runners, our only rule is no bare feet). For roped climbing you also need a harness and belay device which you can rent for $3.15 if you don't have your own. We have ropes for lead climbing but feel free to bring your own.
What is belaying?
The belayer is the person who stays on the ground to hold the rope securely while the climber climbs the wall. This activity is called belaying and can be learnt by taking a lesson. See our lessons page for more details.
How old do you have to be?
Climbers need to be a minimum of 5 years old. Our requirement for belayers is that they can only belay people up to 1.5 times their body weight.Youth aged 10 and under need to be under full adult supervision whether bouldering or belaying, and all youth aged 19 and under need to have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
Do I have to pay if I'm not climbing, but I'm coming with my child who is?
No. You only pay if you climb. Belayers and spotters do not pay to use our facility. Unless you need a belay test, as we don't charge for these we do require that you pay a drop-in fee.
What's the belay test?
Anybody that wants to climb in the CUBE climbing gym on a rope must first show our instructors that they know how to belay safely. You must demonstrate that you know how to tie a figure-8, set up your belay device, check your partner, use appropriate communication and belay and lower safely. Even if you have passed belay tests in other gyms, our instructors need to see for themselves, for our insurance and liability. If all of this seems like a foreign language to you, you need to take our beginner belay lesson. Details can be found here.
Can I teach my friends how to belay?
No. We're not covered by insurance to have people belaying that haven't passed a belay test. They can take either the Beginner or Refresher lesson, or you can teach your friends at home.
Do you have showers and changing facilities?
Showers and changing rooms are available in the Selkirk Mary Hall building where the Cube is located.