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Updated 7/2/14

Climbing and Bouldering Wall Access Policy

  1. Individuals 15 years and younger must be supervised by and in the company of a parent/guardian/adult chaperone at all times.
  2. Individuals under the age of 5 may not use the Climbing Wall.
  3. Participants must comply with all posted Climbing and Bouldering Wall policies.
  4. Participants must be 16 years old or older to participate in workshops or take a belay competency exam.
  5. Individuals without a DRS membership may not participate in Climbing Wall Workshops.
  6. Climbers interested in lead climbing and belaying must schedule a test. Lead test requests must be submitted via email at klawhead@purdue.edu.

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Bouldering Wall Policies

  1. Climbing on top of the bouldering wall is not permitted.
  2. Spotting while bouldering is strongly recommended.
  3. Loose chalk is prohibited. Please use a chalk ball.
  4. Personal belongings are not permitted on the bouldering wall landing surface.
  5. Boulderers may not move or tighten hand holds.  Please inform facility staff of any loose holds.
  6. Walking or climbing underneath other boulderers or in front of spotters is strictly prohibited.
  7. Inform staff and other climbers of any situation seen as unsafe or not in accordance with the safety policies.
  8. All climbers are asked to assist and encourage less experienced climbers.
  9. All accidents or equipment damage must be reported immediately.

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Climbing Wall Policies

  1. Participants must check-in at the Climbing Wall Desk prior to climbing.
  2. Participants must pass a belay competency exam prior to belaying. Belayers must wear the appropriate belay tag at all times.  Transfer of belay tags is prohibited. 
  3. Only UIAA approved climbing equipment may be used. All climbers who choose to use their own equipment must have a signed Personal Equipment Release on file.
  4. Helmet use is recommended. Helmets are available for rent at the Climbing Wall Desk. All climbers who choose not to wear a helmet must have a signed Helmet Release on file.
  5. Bouldering on the Climbing Wall is not allowed. 
  6. Loose chalk is prohibited. Please use a chalk ball.
  7. Personal belongings are not permitted on the climbing floor.
  8. Climbers may not move or tighten hand holds. Please inform Climbing Wall staff of any loose holds.
  9. Do not walk or climb underneath other climbers or in front of belayers.
  10. Inform staff and other climbers of any situation seen as unsafe or not in accordance with the safety policies.
  11. All climbers are asked to assist and encourage less experienced climbers. All accidents or equipment damage must be reported immediately.

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