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 casual social climbing. Our bouldering areas are available at any time during open hours; simply purchase a day pass and get a brief safety orientation. We have a variety of boulder problems set on the wall to ensure it’s suitable 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. Our “Intro to Technique” course is a perfect way to get comfortable on the wall and meet other beginners.
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.
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*