LACK OF KNOWLEDGE, NON-RESPECTING OR IGNORING SAFETY RULES ON CLIMBING MAY RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURIES AND EVEN DEATH!

Entrance to the gym is only permitted after filling out a WAIVER through which you find out about the safety precautions you need to respect, the risks posed by rock climbing and you take responsibility for all your actions inside the gym.

  • Through this WAIVER and using the safety maneuvers you will declare knowledge of, we will inform you of the types of rope maneuvers you are allowed to perform inside the gym.
  • For your own safety and the safety of others, Vertical Spirit staff reserves the right to ban some courses of action or rope maneuvers if they deem them not up to par with performance standards. Also, we may restrict gym access if you don’t respect the safety precautions.
  • Minors who are younger than 14 can only enter the gym during climbing classes or accompanied by an adult (parent, legal guardian, coach, representative of the parent or legal guardian) who will take responsibility for their safety.
  • For minors THE WAIVER must be signed by the parent, legal guardian, coach or a person empowered by the parent, in the presence of the designated staff of the Vertical Spirit Climbing Gym.

GENERAL SAFETY RULES FOR USING THE FACILITIES OF THE CLIMBING GYM

  • Consuming alcoholic beverages or drugs during training sessions is strictly forbidden, as well as access to the climbing gym of persons under their influence.
  • Using curse words or vulgar language may lead to losing access privileges to the gym.
  • Running inside the gym is forbidden.
  • No food, drink or pets is permitted in the climbing area; with the exception of bottled water.
  • Parent / guardian / coach supervision is required for children under 14 years old.
  • Children may not play on the bouldering mats or nearby the climbing wall area!
  • Playing with the safety equipment (ropes, harnesses, carabiners, belay devices, quickdraws) or with the physical training equipment found in the warm-up area is strictly forbidden!
  • Bringing any object on the bouldering mats or in the climbing wall area, with the exception of the personal climbing gear and water bottles, is strictly forbidden!
  • Do not climb while wearing rings of large jewelry.
  • Use of loose chalk is not permitted. You may only use chalk balls to cut down on the amount of chalk that can be inhaled.
  • WATCH OUT! Artificial climbing holds set on the wall might break and injure nearby persons. Vertical Spirit buys holds from internationally certified producers. In case of breaks, the gym’s owners, their collaborators, volunteers or those responsible for gym activity supervision cannot be held responsible for the breaks or any injuries brought to persons inside the gym.
  • Each climber has a duty to draw the attention of others or to notify the gym’s staff if they notice mistakes concerning safety maneuvers.
  • You may not move holds or any other materials and tools in the gym.
  • Watch out for your personal belongings! Vertical Spirit does not claim responsibility for the loss or theft of personal items and is not under the obligation to offer safe areas for their storage.
  • Entering the gym or any adjacent areas (locker rooms, bathrooms, access hallways, table area) with bikes, scooters, tricycles and other transport equipment is forbidden.
  • Those who break the safety and conduct rules or who ignore the instructions given by gym staff may be prevented from using the gym’s facilities. Any fees paid beforehand will not be returned in case of expulsion.
  • Using the Vertical Spirit facilities is only allowed after paying the requisite fees. The fees will not be returned in case you don’t carry out the agreed sport activities.
  • The timetable for the sport activities will be agreed on before paying the requisite fee and may not be changed afterwards except in extreme cases.

SAFETY RULES FOR PRACTICING INDOOR SPORT CLIMBING

  • The minimum age for belaying without supervision from an instructor is 14.
  • You may only use safety equipment and belay devices that have been certified by the UIAA.
  • To tie into the rope, you may only use the figure-eight knot, which has been run through your harness loops for lead climbing or through 2 safety carabiners that have been certified by the UIAA (for climbing on toprope).
  • All climbers must use specialized climbing shoes. Climbing in street shoes or in inadequate footwear is forbidden.
  • Climbing the lead walls without using a rope is only allowed for up to 3 m above ground (measured starting from the lower end of your body) and only if there are safety mats on the ground with a minimum thickness of 15 cm.
  • To climb the lead climbing walls beyond 3 m (measuring from the lower end of the body) climbers must use a harness, dynamic belay rope, the quickdraws mounted on the wall and a belay device.
  • Toprope climbing is only allowed in the dedicated sectors and by using the ropes specially set by the gym staff, which have been run over the safety toprope bars on the ceiling.
  • It is recommended to keep the rope between your arms when climbing on toprope.
  • The climber and the belayer must check each other to ensure that they have correctly tied the safety knot and that they are using the belay device properly.
  • You must clip all the quickdraws on the climbing wall.
  • The belayer will not stand futher than 2 m from the base of the climbing wall and will pay full attention to the the climber whom they are belaying.
  • When climbing on lead, be careful not to stand above another climber.
  • You may not play with the safety equipment or make any jokes regarding safety maneuvers, safety gear and general conduct while training for climbing.
  • You may not bring any object inside the climbing area except from your personal climbing gear (this may injure other climbers, for example in case of a fall on said object).
  • Clipping various objects to your harness, with the exception of those used for climbing, is forbidden.
  • Do not use the bolts mounted on the wall to climb. Use only holds and wall for climbing.
  • Do not touch exposed metal i.e.: top rope attachments, structural steel, lead anchors etc.

SAFETY RULES FOR BOULDERING

  • You may not boulder in the sport climbing area.
  • You are recommended to have at least one spotter when you boulder.
  • You may not stop on the safety mats or walk underneath persons who are climbing.
  • Children may only boulder under the supervision of a parent / legal tutor / instructor.
  • Children may not play or run on the bouldering mats.

The Vertical Spirit team would like to create a safe and fun environment for all climbers, practitioners and spectators. This is why Vertical Spirit claims the right to forbid or restrict access to the gym of any persons whose actions or behavior are inadequate, risky or unsafe.