Rock Climbing has long been an activity that defines Squamish. In recent years it has gained incredible momentum both indoors and outside. The draw to climbing is that it challenges us mentally, physically and technically in almost even portions.
This makes it a great way to stay fit, stay engaged and have fun. There are 3 main ways to enjoy climbing in the Ground Up Climbing Centre. Please be aware that certification/assessment are required before participating in any of the activities listed below.
Top-Roping is the most common style used at indoor climbing walls. A climber is attached to one end of a rope, which then passes up through an anchor at the top of the wall, and then down to a partner who belays the climber. As the climber ascends the wall, the belayer pulls in the slack rope, such that if the climber were to let go, they would be held in place. For those just starting climbing, top-roping is the ideal way to begin. It is psychologically easier and less physically demanding than lead climbing.
* In order to top rope climb in Ground Up Climbing Centre, you must receive facility certification. If you would like to learn these skills please sign up for Ground School*
Bouldering involves climbing without a rope up to 17 feet high. When you fall, you land on the large padded floor beneath. Bouldering is a great activity whether you are in a group or alone. It’s good for building strength, working on technique, and monkeying about. Our bouldering areas are available at any time; simply purchase admission to the gym and get started with a brief safety orientation. Problems are set up on the wall for all ages and difficulty levels.
Bouldering is inherently hazardous: You will fall, and when you fall, you will land on the floor. Please review all posted rules, safety information, and consult a staff member before beginning your bouldering session.
Lead climbing differs from Top-Roping in that the climber does not have an anchor point above them whilst climbing, but clips their rope onto the wall as they ascend. This does give potential for larger falls and presents a greater mental challenge. Generally, a climber will have climbed many times on top-rope before they progress to lead climbing.
Like with Top-Roping, the lead climber must have another person acting as a belayer. However, the belayer’s job is more complex, since they not only hold the rope in the event of a fall, but also must give out rope or take up slack as the climber moves up and progressively clips the rope into the quick draws.
* In order to lead climb in Ground Up Climbing Centre, you must receive facility certification. If you would like to learn these skills please sign up for a Lead Course*