What's this about a waiver?
What is belaying?
Belaying is a term taken from sailing meaning to “hold fast”. In the climbing world, it means to manage a rope for a climber using a dynamic friction device. At Arq, we allow the use of tube belay devices as well as assisted braking devices (ABD), but we will only teach using ABD's. We know there’s a lot of belay devices out there, - so, at the very least, we require current manufacturer standard for the use of belay devices.
I've never climbed before - do I need experience to climb at Arq?
While having previous experience may provide more options - it certainly is not necessary!
How old do I have to be to belay?
For top-rope and lead belaying, we require a mininum age of 14 years old. Both are subject to completing the specific tests required.
What if I already know how to belay?
That's awesome! We require the completion of an Arq belay test, which can happen anytime during our business hours.
I don't have any equipment.
We have you fully covered! No worries. We have a full rental fleet, providing you everything you need to have a great experience. For info on our rental pricing, check out what to expect on your first visit.
Can I drop my child off for a couple hours?
Parents - you are responsible for your child's safety! Every child under the age of 14 must be supervised. However, if they are registered for a program or a class, you may choose to leave the building as soon as the instructors begin the program.
Does my punch pass expire? Can I share punches?
Our punch passes do not expire! And as a bonus - you can share your punch pass with whomever you like. Just make sure you tell us when you arrive to the gym. Punches can only be shared when the punch pass holder is present.
How much does it cost to come to Arq?
Arq's rates vary depending on what you would like to do, as well as your age. If you visit our Day Rates page, you will see all your options for a day pass. All day pass purchases are valid for the entire day, allowing you to come and go from our building as you please. If you're coming with a child, supervising parents (who are not climbing), as well as those 12 months and younger, are free.
Can I bring food with me?
Absolutely! We know that we get hungry while climbing, and so we are sure you must too. You may bring any snacks with you - we just ask that you respect the table space and stay relatively clean.
How do your passes work?
All of our day passes, and valid for just that - the entire day. So if you come in the morning, you can come back later in the day!
If I have done the waiver before, must I complete it again?
Yes... and no.