Recreational Sports Climbing Wall Participant Safety Rules
General Climbing Rules
The climbing wall supervisor has the authority to ask anyone to leave if behavior is deemed unsafe or in
violations of the rules.
No personal items, cell phones or electronic devices (i.e. head phones/ipod), cutting devices (knives/keys),
food or drink, gum or tobacco allowed in the climbing area at any time.
Shoes are required at all times when climbing. No bare-foot climbing allowed. Hiking boots and sandals are
not allowed while climbing.
Only UTD climbing wall staff may provide instruction at the wall.
No Personal equipment other than harness, shoes, and chalk bag are allowed while climbing.
Do not step on any ropes at any time.
Holds may spin. Check the tightness of a hold prior to weighing it. If you notice a spinning hold, alert a staff
member who will fix it immediately.
No body part of the climber shall exceed 12 feet.
Crash pads are recommended if bouldering on the climbing wall.
Climbers who are bouldering must give the right-of-way to roped climbers.
You must pass the introduction to climbing skills check to top-rope belay.
Climbers must have a belayer. Solo climbing is not permitted and all climbers must be protected by a top-
rope belay unless bouldering or leading.
Keep off the top of the wall.
If a climber desires to use their own harness, it must be approved by the climbing wall staff.
Harnesses must be double-backed at the waist and at the leg loop buckles (if harness has this feature) when
All top-rope climbers must clip, with carabineers opposite and opposed, into the harness belay loop.
All belaying of top-rope climbers must be done using a UTD Gri-Gri belay device, attached to the belayer’s
belay loop on their harness by means of a UTD locking carabineer.
Always double check the climber’s knot, harness, and belay system before each climb. If in doubt, ask a
climbing wall staff member for an inspection prior to climbing.
Belayers must not allow excess slack in the belay rope.
Do not touch or hang from lead climbing anchors (bolt hangers, quick draws, biners, etc.).
No top-rope climbing allowed on routes to either side of a lead route when it is being climbed.
All lead climbers and lead belayers must pass the lead climbing skills check.
Use only the UTD climbing wall ropes, ATCs, Gri-Gris, and quick draws while climbing.
Lead climbers may only use UTD ATCs or UTD Gri-Gri belay devices.
All clips must be made safely before the entire body passes them, and in the order that they appear on that
climb. BOTH final anchors must be clipped, with carabineers opposite and opposed, before lowering.
Lead climbers must know how to recognize twist clips, back clips, and Z-clips, and realize that these are
dangerous and must be corrected before climbing higher.