- All visitors must register at the front desk and complete a Climb Iowa Visitor Agreement. NO EXCEPTIONS
- Children under the age of 13 must be supervised at all times unless part of a Climb Iowa program.
- No running, horseplay or gymnastics of any kind; do not swing on the ropes.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not climb, stand or sit below another climber.
- Climbing on anything besides designated climbing surfaces is prohibited (e.g. ladders, building structures).
- Notify staff immediately of any unusual climbing practices or rule violations in Climb Iowa.
- Only Climb Iowa staff are allowed to provide instruction. NO EXCEPTIONS
- Visitors climbing with hands above 12′ must be “on belay” unless they are climbing in designated bouldering areas.
- All belayers (auto belay, top rope and lead) must complete a Climb Iowa belay test and be at least 13 years old (or have approval from the head climbing coach).
- The upstairs bouldering area is reserved for climbers age 13 and above (or have approval from the head climbing coach).
- Do not “top out” on upstairs bouldering walls. Once at the top, climb back down.
- Once you reach the top of the wall, try to climb your way back down. The boulder pads are there as a last resort.
- Do not try to catch yourself with your arms when falling.
- Do not try to “stick” your landing when falling. Roll with your momentum.
- Statistically, bouldering is more dangerous than roped climbing because every fall is a ground fall.
Our boulders are set with color-coded tags called circuits, where the color of the tag represents the difficulty of the boulder. Learn about our Bouldering Circuits at the link below.