Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions? We've got the answers to your climbing gym questions!

Interested in checking out Boulder Rock Club?  Learn about what we have to offer, how to get started and more. Below is a list of our most frequently asked climbing gym questions but our easy-to-navigate website has the full listings of all of our climbing classes, youth programming, events and meetups and more.

Have a question not found here?  Happy to help!  Email or give the Front Desk a call at 303-447-2804

climbing gym questions
How do I Change/Update my Membership or Credit Card?

You can come by the front desk or go to My Membership and make your changes online.

Do I need to have prior climbing experience before I climb at the Boulder Rock Club?

No. We have courses designed to teach you the basics of climbing and belaying. If you are not interested in a course, we can schedule a private lesson. OR, you can boulder (climbing without ropes) or climb on our Trublue auto-belay systems, a great way to try out climbing and just have fun. Trublue auto-belay climbing is our most affordable option for those looking to try climbing or have fun.

What do I need to bring with me to climb?

You should climb in comfortable loose-fitting clothing. You can rent all of the necessary equipment for climbing at the BRC, or you can bring your own. We have energy snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Can I bring a friend to climb?

Yes, But they must fill out a waiver and take a belay test if they are going to belay you. Members are allowed to bring a guest for free anytime, as long as it is the guest’s first visit.

Is climbing safe?

Every book on the topic will tell you, climbing has inherent dangers; it is an adventure sport. If you are well trained and are using the correct equipment and techniques, your safety level is dramatically increased. At the Boulder Rock Club, safety is our number one concern. If you have questions or concerns about your safety, we will be happy to talk to you and answer any questions.

Safety guidelines:

In order to belay or lead climb at the Boulder Rock Club, members and guests must pass the appropriate belay or lead climb test.

All belayers must demonstrate:

  • Proper use of climbing harness, UIAA certified belay device and belay technique
  • Ability to properly tie into the correct parts of the harness with a traceable figure-eight knot
  • Leaders must also demonstrate their ability to properly handle and control the rope while leading.

Lead climbers must also demonstrate:

Ability to solidly lead 5.8. All clips must be made quickly and properly from relatively solid stances.

Can I climb in the morning and return to climb in the evening?

Yes. If you purchase a day pass or are a member you can come and go as you please.

Do you offer outside climbing instruction and/or guiding?

No, but The Colorado Mountain School, offers a variety of courses and custom guiding. They offer everything from half-day top-roping to international expeditions. Great folks, check them out.

Can kids climb?

Yes, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please check out our Kid Policies before bringing the little ones.

We also offer an after-school program for all ages, and Team BRC is designed for experienced climbers. Kids can have their birthday parties at BRC where they can climb, celebrate, and enjoy their cake too. Finally, we also offer private instruction and belayers for hire. Browse our Youth Offerings.

Can I bring a group to climb?

Yes. We’ve created fun and relevant adventures for groups as diverse as IBM, CU Alpine Club, and the Boy Scouts. Let us provide your group with a custom climbing experience tailored to your needs. No previous experience is required, and we’ll provide all the necessary climbing gear. Reservations required for all groups of 6 or more. Check out our pre-planned Climbing Parties, or email Josh Hill to book an event.

What are the benefits of becoming a Boulder Rock Club member?
  • Unlimited climbing
  • 20% discount on all classes and training
  • Free clinics
  • Unlimited weight room access
How much does it cost to be a member?

Browse our Membership options

What are your hours?

Current Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Where are you located?

2829 Mapleton Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Looking for answers to other questions?

Call us: (303) 447-2804
Email us: Front Desk Email