The best way to get started is to do the Intro Course. This will give you a good idea of what the sport is about and familiarise you with the equipment and how to use it.
You will also be given you a tour of the gym and shown the different areas and types of climbing available to you.
The Intro Course is a once off 1-hour session held Monday to Thursday evenings between 7 and 8pm and Saturday and Sunday Mornings between 11 and 12pm and again from 2 – 3pm. It costs R250 per person which includes gear rental (Shoes and Harness). Booking required. No persons under the age of 14.
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Please note, no children under the age of 5 will be allowed to climb at CityROCK. No exceptions will be made. Children must be supervised by their parent or guardian at all times. We do not provide supervision. For more about kids rules and climbing, click here.
How Does The Gym Work?
Every person entering CityROCK will be required to fill in a waiver form whether you are watching or participating.
The Top Rope Belay test is free of charge and takes a few minutes. You may only do one test a day, so if you fail you will have to take it again on your next visit to the gym. On passing your belay test you will be issued with an orange Belay Tag which can be considered your “licence to climb”at CityROCK. This tag is to be worn on your harness when at the gym. This test is to ensure that everyone climbing at CityROCK has the proper skills and knows the correct safety procedures.
Top Rope High Climbing – Requires a team of two: climber and belayer. The belayer stays on the ground and controls the rope attached to the climber using a belay device in the event of a fall. The rope runs through an anchor at the top of the wall as the climber progresses upward. The routes require stamina as they go up to a height of 16m.
Automatic belay wall – This is a great introduction to High Climbing as you do not need experience or require a climbing partner. The rope is attached at the top of the wall (around 16m) to a braking system in case of a fall, similar to a car seat belt, and will lower you gently back down to the ground. A harness and shoes are required. A belay test is not necessary.
Bouldering area – Great for first timers as you do not need experience. This is probably the easiest and least expensive way of getting into climbing. All you need is a pair of shoes and a chalk bag. There is no need for a climbing partner and does not require you to do a belay test. The routes are not high, (between 3 and 5 meters) and therefore do not require a rope. Once you have finished a route, or your arms are giving up on you, you just jump off, onto our soft foam mats.
Top rope climbing – harness, shoes and chalk bag
All gear is available for rental, or can be purchased at our gear shop at the gym.
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