Belay/Lead Test

Already a climber?

Then you’re ahead of the game. We have hundreds of different top-rope, lead routes, and bouldering problems, with the right level of difficulty for beginners to professional monkeys. All we need to get you climbing is to make sure you are a safe belayer.

TNC Waiver

Top-Rope Belay Test

Those who know how to Top-Rope Belay must pass our Belay Safety Test before they are allowed to do so in our gym.  This short, free test is available on demand and requires demonstration of the skills taught in the 1 Hour Introductory Lesson:  putting on the harness, tying into the rope with a figure-eight follow-through and keeper knot, operating the gri-gri properly, and performing a thorough safety check on one’s climbing partner.

Lead Belay Test

Already know how to lead? Before you can lead climb in our gym you must pass our Lead Climbing Test. The test is $20 (refunded if you pass the test) and should be booked in advance to ensure a qualified instructor is available. The test covers all the safety issues related to lead climbing, including proper clipping, rope management, falling and belaying, and includes a deliberate fall to demonstrate that both the climber and belayer know the safe technique required. If you are unable to pass the test, you may apply the $20 fee towards the cost of our Lead Climbing Class.

Please Note: Those taking the Lead Climbing Class will be given a Lead Test on their next visit to the gym, to show that they have retained what they learned. There is no charge for those who took their Lead Climbing Class at TNC.

Auto Belay Orientation

After you take a belay test, we will also go through a quick orientation with you about our Perfect Descent Auto Belay systems. We’ll show you how to properly attach yourself and perform safety checks before stepping off the ground and on to the wall.

February 20, 2015 ptmvinson