Rules and Regulations

1. Bouldering on the bouldering wall and below the “bouldering line” of the top-rope wall can be done at any time the Student Recreation Center is open. No body parts may go above the “bouldering line” of the top-rope wall while bouldering. Rope climbing can only be done during the posted rope climbing hours while there is a climbing wall staff present. During roped climbing hours, bouldering can occur, but individuals bouldering must yield to roped climbers. During high use roped climbing, when all routes are in use, bouldering may be stopped temporarily.

2. All rope climbers will be required to fill out a Notification or Risk/ Waiver, a policies form, and a personal information form. The patron will be entered into the wall database. Each time the patron visits the wall during roped climbing, they are required to check in at the desk to be logged into the database.

3. All rope climbers must present a photo ID to gain access to the climbing wall during rope climbing hours. Climbers, belayers, and wall staff are allowed within the “fall zone”. All spectators and those waiting to climb must stay in the “safe zone”.

4. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult to boulder or climb on the wall. Participants, age 16 and older, who take and pass the Introduction to Gym Climbing Class (Belay Class) will be given “Probationary Belayer” status. Probationary belayers must belay for five separate sessions within a month and a half after their class and then take the belay test. If the probationary belayer does not do this, then their belay status will be changed to “climber” and they will have to take the class over again.

5. Climbers must pass a belay proficiency test to belay other climbers. Once this is accomplished the individual will become a WVU Climbing Wall “Belayer” and this status will be added to the computer database.

6. Anyone climbing above the bouldering line must wear a harness, be attached to a rope and belayed through the provided gri-gri. All climbers must use provided ropes, belay devices, carabiners, and other hardware but may use their own harness and helmet. Shoes must be worn at all times while climbing.

7. Roped climbers must stay “on route” (ask wall staff to define the proper areas) while climbing due to the dangerous swing factor caused by climbing “off route”.

8. Belayers must belay from their harness, not from the floor anchor. Belayers are required to use floor anchors unless they are belaying small children.

9. Helmets are required for all “Try Climbers” and “Climbers” while they are rope climbing but “Belayers” and “Probationary Belayers” may choose whether or not to wear helmets.

10. All accidents and equipment damage must be reported to wall staff immediately.

11. Inform other climbers of any situation seen as unsafe or not in accordance with the Safety Policies. All climbers are asked to assist and encourage other climbers.

12. Participants found to be climbing or belaying in an unsafe manner will first be counseled about appropriate techniques or procedures. If continued abuse occurs, participants will be asked to retake the safety and skills test. If inappropriate climbing techniques persist, privileges will be suspended or revoked. Any infraction of any policy can result in immediate suspension of climbing wall privileges.