Getting Started Climbing
On your first visit to Planet Granite, you will need to complete a liability waiver and present a government issued photo identification card. In addition, experienced belayers new to Planet Granite or returning members/guests who have not been in the facility for one year or more will be required to take the belay test before then can belay in our gyms. Waivers are available at each location and waivers for minors' only can be downloaded from here.
For participants under 18 years of age…
Please be sure that all minors have a waiver fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian. If the parent or guardian will not be present, please bring a photocopy of their government issued photo identification (for signature verification) Please note: legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child's waiver. To find out more about bringing kids into our facility, click here.
How gym climbing works.
There are two main types of gym climbing: bouldering and roped climbing.
Bouldering is climbing done on relatively low rocks, or “boulders”. Climbers who boulder don’t use ropes because the top of the bouldering climbs are low enough for climbers to jump down; however we do not recommend climbing higher than your comfort level. Bouldering is a great way for climbers to hone their climbing skills and build strength. You do not need a climbing partner when you are bouldering, but can always find a fun group of people and a great bouldering community.
To climb the tall climbing structures, climbers must tie into a climbing rope and have a climbing partner on the ground managing the rope. The rope management is called “belaying”. Every roped climber needs a Planet Granite certified belayer managing his or her rope. New climbers who come to the gym with a certified belayer can try roped climbing without gym staff instruction, but they cannot belay. New climbers with no belaying experience must take the Belay Lesson or Beginner Rock Climbing Course to learn rope management.. Climbers with prior belay experience that are new to Planet Granite must complete a belay test in order to belay at Planet Granite.
The Belay Lesson
We offer Belay Lessons every day except Wednesdays. Class size is limited to 4 people to ensure personal attention, so please call ahead for a reservation. Classes do fill up quickly!
Class participants will be allowed to belay on the day of their course. On their next visit to the gym, they will be required to take the belay test for belay certification.
New climbers can also jump right into a Beginner Rock Climbing Course (BRC) offered every Wednesday. This 4-week course starts with belaying and continues into climbing movement and technique. The BRC is the ultimate introduction to indoor climbing and a great way to start a membership with Planet Granite.
Click here for details, cost, and schedule for both the Belay Lesson and the BRC.
Taking the Belay Test
Experienced belayers new to Planet Granite or returning members/guests who have not been in the facility for one year or more will be required to take the belay test before then can belay in our gyms. Belay lesson and BRC participants will also be required to take the test on their first return visit after their class. Belay tests are given upon request.
Kid’s Climbing at PG
Kid’s are natural born climbers. At Planet Granite, we have developed a number of programs that allow kids to experience the benefits of climbing. Our most popular kids' event are birthday parties. If this will be both you and your child's first time at Planet Granite, we recommend reserving a spot in our Parent/Child Belay Lessons. This lesson teaches you, the parent, how to manage the ropes for your child! Other options to consider are our After School Programs, Winter, Spring and Summer Camps and Climb 'n Dine. And we are always happy to provide a private belayer for your child, please contact your local Planet Granite for pricing.
Please be sure that all minors have a waiver fully completed and signed by their parents or legal guardian. If the parent or guardian will not be present, please bring a photocopy of their government issued photo identification (for signature verification). Please note: legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child's waiver.