If you are new to climbing we have a couple options to get you started up the walls. Pick the option that best fits your needs, read through our FAQ’s and our rules, then fill out a waiver and come on down!



  • We are always open to the public and you do not need to be a member to climb in our gym. Drop by anytime we are open and we will get you on the wall.
  • Climbing the auto-belay systems and bouldering are both great ways to try out climbing for the first time. Ask the staff for suggestions.
  • If you would like to tope-rope climb on ropes you can take our belay lesson (15 – 30 minute lesson provided by our staff dependent on availability)


  • For our new climbers we recommend starting out by taking one of our introductory clinics that cover all the basics of indoor climbing. We offer both private and group instruction
  • In our introductory clinics you will learn how to properly secure your harness, tie in to the rope using a figure eight follow through, set up a Grigri belay device, and safely belay your partner for top-rope climbing, as well as basic techniques to make your climbing experience more efficient and enjoyable.


  • If you are an experienced climber and you know how to belay you will need to take a proficiency test to be certified to belay in our gym.
  • For the belay test you must demonstrate proficiency in tying in to the rope using a figure eight follow through knot, going through safety checks, proper communication, and proper belay and lowering technique.
  • All top-roping lines are preloaded with a Grigri; you do not need to bring your own belay device. 
  • Once you have passed your test you will be belay certified by our staff and do not need to take the test again.


We are always open to everyone. You do not have to be a member to climb at our gym. We offer several day passes depending on age so come on down anytime we are open.

No. We only charge for a day pass if you are climbing. We do not charge for just belaying or spectating.

  • Bouldering is climbing on smaller climbs that are lower to the ground, thereby eliminating the need for ropes and harnesses. It can be done on your own and does not require any prior instruction aside from a quick safety orientation (the floors are padded to protect your fall).
  • Top-roping is where the rope is already set up on the wall for you. The climber and belayer attach to opposite ends of the rope then the climber ascends the wall while the belayer pulls up slack in the rope through a belay device to protect the climber from falling to the ground.
  • Lead climbing is a more advanced form of climbing that is reserved for those who are already familiar with top-rope climbing. In lead climbing the climber will clip the rope to carabiners attached to the wall as they progress upwards. Lead climbing requires advanced training and an intermediate climbing ability (5.9 or above).

Belaying is the act of managing the rope through a belay device for your climbing partner so that they can climb and be returned to the ground in a safe manner. As the climber moves up tension is kept on the rope so that if a fall were to occur the climber would not fall very far. When the climber reaches the top the belayer will safely allow rope to feed back through the belay device so that the climber may return back to the ground.

There is no minimum age to climb at the Cirque Climbing Gym. However kids must be 6 years of age to be allowed in our bouldering area and they need to weigh a minimum of 30 pounds to wear harnesses that allows them to climb in the rope area. There is also no maximum age limit– we regularly see climbers in their 60’s and 70’s making it up the walls with no problem.

All kids under the age of 13 must be supervised by a parent or adult at all times.

You must be at least 13 to belay at the Cirque Climbing Gym. By 13 most kids have both the physical capability and the mental maturity to handle the responsibilities of belaying.

All kids under the age of 13 must be supervised by a parent or adult at all times.

We only offer day passes, but, your day pass is valid for the whole day! That means, if you’d like, you can leave and come back. This applies to any rentals you may have paid for as well.

We require advanced booking for the following services:

  • Private clinics
  • Birthday parties or other group events (typically groups of 6 or more individuals)

Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. People with long hair should bring an elastic band to tie it up since it can be a safety hazard if it is long enough to fall into the belay device.

Absolutely! Kids of all ages love to climb and we love to teach kids how to climb! Please note that anyone under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian, so, if you are bringing along nieces, nephews or friends of your children, you will need to have their parents sign one ahead of time.

No. There is no peer teaching in the gym. Only Cirque Climbing Gym employees may instruct. This ensures a uniform safety standard in our gym which keep everyone safe.

Climbing is a very accessible sport and most anyone is able to participate, especially thanks to indoor climbing. However, unsafe climbing can result in serious injury or even death so it is important to receive proper instruction before setting out to climb. Anytime you are in doubt ask our staff, as we are always more than happy to help. For more information, please read our safety page.


Safety is our top priority and we are committed to maintaining a safe environment at all times. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff are dedicated to providing the best level of instruction so that your visit to our gym is safe and enjoyable.

To maintain a safe and standardized level of climbing, we do not allow peer-taught lessons on belaying or other safety skills. If you need instruction please ask a staff member.

  • All climbers must check in at the front desk before climbing.
  • All climbers must sign a liability waiver. Children under 18 years of age MUST have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • All climbers must be certified to belay or lead climb by a Cirque Climbing employee. Peer to peer teaching is not allowed.
  • All climbers must be at least 13 years of age to belay (no exceptions).
  • Kids 5 years old or younger are not allowed in the bouldering area.
  • Kids 6-12 years of age must have an Adult to spot them while bouldering or assist them in the rope area.
  • No running. When walking make sure you look above you to ensure you do not walk underneath other climbers.
  • Cirque Climbing Gym is a substance free facility. No alcohol, tobacco or other drugs allowed. Smoking must occur at least 25-feet from the main door.
  • No food or drink allowed on padded floor.
  • No barefoot climbing.


Cirque Climbing Gym staff have the right to revoke climbing privileges either temporarily or permanently for unsafe behavior.