Welcome to EMU’s indoor climbing wall!

Waiver form – under 18 | Waiver form – adults

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The EMU indoor climbing wall provides an alternative form of physical fun that combines fitness, movement skill, and perceived risk into a non-competitive environment. Participants may elect to challenge themselves or each other, but the purpose is wholesome physical recreation with an exciting emotional element . Skills can be learned (belaying, movement technique); standard protocol is employed so that all technical skills are immediately transferable into other adventure settings (other gyms, outdoor climbing, etc.).

Supervision and capacity:

The wall is to be used only when staff-supervised. Open hours will be posted regularly during the winter.

Current EMU students, faculty, staff and immediate family members may climb at no charge. Others may need to pay applicable charges.

All adults must read the Welcome and Procedures Letter and complete a Liability Waiver and Agreement to Participate.

Participants should check in at the registration area; for Open Wall, participants should show an EMU ID, or, if children, be accompanied by a card-carrying parent (staff member or student).

  • If a waiver is on file for you, then you may proceed to the climbing area to begin.
  • If approved to belay, you will be given a belayer’s tag; please display it prominently.
  • If bringing personal equipment, this should be pre-inspected at the registration area and either approved or impounded.
  • If a waiver is not yet on file, an orientation will be conducted by the Logistical Supervisor. This will include:
    1. Having you read and sign the waiver (if 18 or older).
    2. Sharing and explaining the Welcome and Procedures Letter (which you are reading right now!).
    3. Explaining harness fitting and basic belay protocol (it may help to watch an active climb while going over all this).
    4. For a minor (under 18) to participate, the parent and the minor must read the Welcome Letter and sign an Agreement to Participate, and the parent or a parental designate should be present at the first visit to observe.

Standard equipment selection and use:

Footwear may include climbing shoes, gym shoes/sneakers, or hiking boots. Prohibited are dress shoes, sandals (or any footwear with exposed toes), galoshes or snow boots, hard-soled shoes (e.g. wood), and barefoot climbing. If EMU shoes are borrowed, socks must be worn, and shoes should be sprayed immediately upon return.

Chalk bags may be used, but chalk must not be open or loose (use a Bison Ball or chalk sock inside the bag).

Personal equipment must be industry spec with no functional modifications, and no debilitating wear and tear.

Personal Preparation:

Jewelry: participants should remove hoops, rings, bracelets, watches or dangling jewelry if possible, or if not, cover it with tape or restrain it inside clothing. Studs are permissible, as are neck chains if restrained inside clothing.

Climbers should empty their pockets, and not have anything in their mouths (gum, candy, etc.).

Clothing should be comfortable and movement oriented. Loose clothing should be secured (buttoned, zipped, snapped) and tucked inside the harness (to allow an unobstructed view of tie-ins and belay equipment).

Courtesies and General Deportment:

Participants are asked to refrain from vulgar language and offensive conduct. KEEP THE AIR CLEAN FOR US ALL!

Call your dynos (lunge moves and jumps), especially if close to the ground (this avoids dangerous rope slack near the climber’s neck).

Two falls on a route and then exchange if people are waiting.

Climbers should not modify routes without permission from the Activity Supervisor.

Supervisors are the final authority for any issues regarding equipment, technique, activity and behavior. Participants who disregard the direction or authority of a supervisor will be asked to leave.

Prohibited Activities

Appropriate use is top-roping, following rope routes up the wall. Inappropriate uses include but are not limited to:

  • Accessing the Wall from the balcony
  • Hand-climbing the rope
  • Unroped bouldering or climbing attempts above the yellow line (ropes and lead lines must be tied back away from the wall and landing area before bouldering can begin)
  • Excessive rope swinging or pendulums
  • Climbing off-route (either above the top edge or significantly outside the belay angle)
  • “Slack falls”or simulated lead falls
  • Interfering with a climber’s or belayer’s efforts while participating