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 is clipped into quick draws by the climber as they ascend the route. The quick draws are already in place and climbers do not need to bring their own, they are spaced out every 1-2m. The routes require stamina as they go up to a height of 16m.
Lead climbers and belayers: you must pass our compulsory Lead test.
Upon completion of the test you will receive a Green Lead tag which must be displayed on your harness at all times and complete the Lead waiver. Climbers must be 16 years or older.
The Top Rope Belay test is a prerequisite for the Lead test.
Safety always comes first at CityROCK, and we do all we can to keep your climbing incident-free! In line with this, we are officially prohibiting the use of non-assisted-braking belay devices in the gym as of 1 June 2023
This means all of our lead climbing customers will need to use assisted-braking devices (ABD) for belaying, rather than tube-style devices like ATCs. Assisted-braking devices help significantly in preventing belaying accidents, which is why ABD-only policies are becoming the standard in gyms around the world.
To help ease the transition, we have an assortment of ABDs available for use during your session (you can grab one from the front desk in exchange for your keys/ID/driver’s licence etc.)
Safety Check for Climber and Belayer
Below is the checklist that you will be tested on:
- Harness fits correctly and above hips.
- Waist belt and leg loops fitted snugly and double backed if applicable.
- Harness not twisted.
- Carabiner attached to belay loop.
- Carabiner locked – squeeze test.
- Assisted-braking belay device attached to carabiner.
- Correctly tie a double figure eight through the correct tie-in points.
- Stopper knot tied at end of figure eight.
- Knot tied close to harness.
- Buddy check.
- Clear communication before climbing.
Purple Tag: Kids’ Lead Climbing and Belay
This tag indicates that a child under the age of 16 has passed the lead test. Children with this tag may lead belay one another in the low climbing area under parent supervision, or on the high walls under one of our certified coaches’ supervision, provided that both children have purple tags, are roughly the same weight, and a sandbag is used at all times. Children with this tag are also allowed to lead climb on the high walls, when belayed by an adult with a green tag. In order to be tested for this tag, the child must either:
a) have completed one of our CityROCK kids courses
b) been trained one-on-one by one of our coaches
Lead climbing waiver: On passing the Lead Test, this needs to be signed by all climbers wanting to lead on the high walls.