First Time Climbers & Newcomers

Is climbing safe?

High Steppe Climbing Center prioritizes the safety of our participants above everything else. We are committed to managing every risk, every day. All our equipment has been selected with safety in mind, was installed by professionals, and is inspected and maintained regularly. Our staff are highly trained and certified, and clear guidelines for participant behavior keep the gym safe for everyone.

Do I need to know how to climb/belay/tie knots to try climbing?

Absolutely not! High Steppe is a perfect place to try climbing for the very first time. Our expert staff have all the know-how needed to get you into a harness and up the wall. For participants who would like to grow their understating of climbing, from tying-in to reaching the top of difficult climbs, we have programs and instructional courses that can take anyone from brand-new beginner to self-reliant climber.

Do I need my own shoes or harness?

No- HSCC offers rental equipment at a low price. For those of you who would like to own the equipment rather than rent, we offer a selection of everything you will need in our retail space. All top ropes and auto belay devices are set up and free to use, but lead ropes are not provided- please bring your own if you plan to do this advanced type of climbing.

How long can I climb?

A day pass, guest pass, or punch card gets you access to every part of our gym from the time you check-in until closing. Feel free to return to our facility as many times as you like during the same day on the same pass.

What kind of climbing can I do?

High Steppe offers 3 types of climbing: Bouldering is climbing without a rope, staying near the ground, relying on our foot-thick pads to cushion a fall. This kind of climbing requires only a quick orientation and climbing shoes. We also offer auto-belays: this allows uses to climb to the top of the wall with the safety of a rope, but without the need for a partner. An orientation and a harness are required. Thirdly, we offer roped climbing: this kind of climbing requires training and/or certification, a partner and a harness.

How old does my child need to be to climb?

Anyone of any age can enter HSCC. Kids under 4 years of age can enter and climb for free with a paying adult. Kids under 8 years old must be supervised at all times by an adult. Kids 8 or older, who are approved by staff to do so, can climb independently.

Does my child need to know how to climb to enroll in a program?

No- any child who is excited to climb is welcome to join our programs. All instruction is tailored to the specific students enrolled.

Do I need to stay with my child during a program?

Only for our Mini Monkeys program, for kids ages 3-6. All other programs do not require parents to stay, but you are invited to stay whenever you’d like to see you child in action!

Can I come in to watch my child/grandchild climb?

Non-climbing visitors are welcome to enter the gym with a member or participant. Every person who enters the facility must sign a waiver, but only those who plan to climb need a day pass, punch card, or membership.

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