First Time

Welcome to True North Climbing – one of the best indoor climbing gyms in Canada.

New to climbing? 

We believe climbing is for everyone. Regardless of your age or ability, we have hundreds of different top-rope, lead routes, bouldering problems, and 12 Auto-Belay stations, with the right level of difficulty for beginners to professional monkeys.

Our 12,000 sq/ft, clean, air-conditioned facility is home to some of the best and safest indoor climbing you will find anywhere.

Why rock climb?

Rock climbing is a fun and challenging adventure sport. A treat for the mind and body, climbing combines problem-solving with physical movement. It’s a great way to stay active, build confidence, and make new friends.

Getting Started

When you arrive, the first thing you have to do is fill out a waiver. You can do it online before you show up to save you some time. Afterwards, we’ll show you the best way to begin your first climbing experience.

Ways to climb

There are four main styles of indoor climbing: top-rope, auto-belays, bouldering, and lead climbing. For first time climbers, top-roping and auto belays are the best options.

Top-rope climbing happens on the taller walls, where the climber ties into a climbing rope that goes to the top of the wall, through an anchor system, and back to a belayer, who manages the rope with a belay device.

The majority of climbing routes in True North are set up for top-rope. Before you can use them, and to get the most out of our gym for your first time, you’ll need to take the 1 Hour Introductory Lesson

Auto Belays allow a climber to do tall routes without a belay partner. We have 12 Perfect Descent Auto Belay systems in use. Now you can climber higher, even without a partner! After a quick orientation, you’ll be set to climb on your own.

Bouldering is climbing on smaller walls without the use of ropes or harnesses. All you need is climbing shoes. For your first time bouldering, you’ll have to go through a bouldering safety orientation before you can start climbing.

Why do I need to sign a Waiver?

Our goal at True North Climbing is to take all reasonable steps to reduce the inherent risks of indoor rock climbing to an absolute minimum, and to make sure all our customers are aware of the best ways to manage them.  By signing the waiver, you acknowledge the risks and take responsibility to climb safely as per our Rules & Safety.

TNC Waiver

What should I bring?

  • Comfortable, athletic clothing that lets you move freely. 
  • Flip-flops if you expect to be taking off your climbing shoes often. They can fit very snugly, and it’s good to give your feet some air.
  • Hair elastic if you have long hair
  • Water bottle. Use less plastic! We don’t sell packaged water. We have a water fountain to keep you hydrated.
  • Key/combo lock to secure your valuables (or you can buy one from us).

What if I’m new to climbing and I want to bring my kids?

Here’s some options:

1. You can take the Auto Belay orientation (it’s free!) and get a Day Pass for your kids. You’ll need to stay close to supervise and help clip them in at the auto belay stations.

2. You can boulder with your kids and perhaps return another time without the kids to take the 1-Hour Intro Lesson.

3. You can book your kids into a Weekend Scramble Session, which is two hours of belay service on the weekends, during which time you could take an Intro Lesson, or just sit back and relax.

4. If there are two adults, you can take turns, one bouldering with the kids while the other takes the Intro Lesson.

5. If your children are mature enough, they can accompany you in the Intro Lesson as your climber (or take the lesson with you, if they are 13 or older).

Important Notes:  If you’re bringing kids under 18, that are not your own, make sure they arrive with a signed waiver from their parent. If you are bringing a bunch of kids under 13, please ensure there is at least one adult per 3 children to provide proper supervision and keep them safe.

August 22, 2018 Gerald Situ