Grand Valley Climbing

Do I need a waiver?

  • Yes, all climbers, chaperones, and spectators must have a current Release of Liability Form (waiver) on file before being allowed access into the climbing areas.

How do I sign up for a membership?

  • Bring your photo ID and a form of payment (cash, check, Visa/MC) to the front desk and we will get you all set up.
  • You can also sign up online under “memberships.”
  • Monthly memberships pay a prorated amount at sign up and are billed by calendar month every month thereafter.
  • A credit card or checking account is required for all monthly billed memberships.
  • Changes to your billing account can be requested here.
  • Yearly memberships are paid in full and expire 1 year from the date of sign up.
  • This discounted rate is only available when paying for the year in full.

Who qualifies for a family membership?

  • Family memberships are for married spouses in a committed relationship and their dependent children.
  • A maximum of 2 adults (18 years old and up) are allowed on a family account and additional children must be under 18.
  • Roommates, adult siblings and good friends do not qualify for a family membership.
  • Family proof, showing that the adults on the membership reside at the same address, must be submitted by significant others in a committed relationship.
  • Proof of address includes: copies of drivers licenses, copies of bills or account statements, or lease agreements and can be submitted.

Who qualifies for a student membership?

  • Student memberships are for kids under 18 and is also open to full-time undergrad and graduate students.
  • Students 18 and older or out of high school must provide student proof to remain at the student rate.
  • New members have 30 days from sign up to provide proof of full time status.
  • Current members changing to the student rate must submit proof yearly and then their rate will be adjusted for their next billing.
If proof is not submitted, the dues will automatically adjust to the individual rate.  No refunds will be issued if proof is submitted late. PROOF IS REQUIRED YEARLY.
  • 18 years or out of high school students must Submit a photo copy of your school ID, YEARLY
  • Undergrad and Graduate students must submit a screenshot or printout of their full time enrollment (12 units undergrad /9 units for graduate students) that shows their name, the term, the school’s name, and the total units enrolled for the term. This must be submitted yearly.
  • Submit student proof by emailing the attachment to EMAIL
Please Note: Monthly Student members must submit student proof EVERY OCTOBER to remain at the student rate.  Annual members must submit proof at renewal.  If no proof is submitted, the dues will automatically increase to the individual rate.

Who qualifies for a discounted membership?

Who qualifies for a discounted membership?
  • Discounted memberships are for:
    • St. Mary’s hospital employees
    • Community Hospital Employees
    • Police Officers
    • VA hospital employees
    • Veterans or anyone in the military.
  • You must provide an ID from the hospital or military to remain at the discounted rate.  New members have 30 days from sign up to provide proof of ID.
  • Current members with a discounted rate must submit proof EVERY OCTOBER and then their rate will be adjusted for their next billing.
  • If proof is not submitted, the dues will automatically adjust to the individual rate.  No refunds will be issued if proof is submitted late.
  • Submit student proof by emailing the attachment to E-mail Here

 

Please Note: Discounted members must submit proof EVERY OCTOBER to remain at the discounted rate.  Annual members must submit proof at renewal.  If no proof is submitted, the dues will automatically increase to the individual rate.

Can I bring a guest with my membership?

  • Each member on the account receives 6 guest passes per calendar year and can use a maximum of 1 per month.

Can I freeze my membership if I won’t be using it?

Yes!

  • To set up a freeze, please submit a request here.
  • All requests must be done in the online form.
  • Starting October 8, 2019 a freeze or cancel needs to be submitted by the last day of the previous month, so if you want to cancel or freeze October 8 the last day you can submit that request is September 30th.
  • Freezes must last for a minimum of 1 month, and the $10 per month freeze fee will be billed in place of regular monthly dues for the duration of your freeze.
  • To unfreeze your membership, submit your request here.
  • When unfreezing mid-month, the prorated amount for the rest of that month will be invoiced to your account and billed at your next monthly billing.
  • For information on medical freezes, please email here.and provide proof of medical situation.
  • Freezes for military deployments are free for the duration of the deployment. With proof of deployment. Please email here to set up a freeze due to military deployment.

How do I cancel my membership?

  • Monthly memberships must be cancelled in writing via the online form HERE.
  • Starting October 8, 2019 a freeze or cancel needs to be submitted by the last day of the previous month, so if you want to cancel or freeze October 8 the last day you can submit that request is September 30th.
  • Yearly and Prepaid memberships are non-refundable and cannot be cancelled early.
  • All cancellations take effect on the last day of the month; cancellations cannot be prorated to cancel mid-month. As of the last day is the previous month you are committed to that future calendar month.
  • We respond to every cancellation request. If you email or submit a form and haven’t received confirmation within 3 business days, please be sure the email was sent to the correct address then contact us immediately.

What is a Gym Orientation and why must I complete one before climbing?

  • The Gym Orientation is a process that is mandatory for all climbers regardless of experience level.
  • It is a brief tour and introduction into our facility operations, gym rules, and policies. We strive to maintain a community of climbers that our educated and aware of all potential hazards at the gym.
  • The orientation process will be customized to your climbing experience level and will take 5-10 minutes.
  • At the end of the orientation process you will be certified to climb in our Auto-Belay and Bouldering areas.

I've never climbed before, what should I expect?

  • After completing the waiver/check-in process and getting geared up with the help of our staff, you will be guided around the gym during the Gym Orientation.
  • You will get a introduction GVC rules and policies and be given a brief lesson on indoor climbing.
  • At the end of the Gym Orientation process you will complete a certification process with our staff and will be given access to our Auto-Belay and Bouldering areas.

What should I wear?

  • Comfortable athletic clothing that allows for maximum mobility and stretch.
  • If you’re not planning on renting climbing shoes (which allow you to climb to your top potential), wear sneakers or tennis shoes. No boots, sandals, or “toe shoes” are allowed.
  • Socks are not provided, they are recommended but not mandatory with rental climbing shoes.

My child is under the age of 14 and wants to climb. What are your policies?

  • All climbers under the age of 14 must be directly supervised by an adult chaperone at all times.
  • The chaperone must complete their own waiver to access the climbing areas.
  • The chaperone must also participate and complete the Gym Orientation along side their child in order to be able to properly assist and supervise the child.

What are your age limits for climbing, bouldering, and belaying?

  • Two years old is the minimum for climbing on our top rope or auto belay systems.
  • Children under the age of 5 may wear a helmet while climbing (provided free of charge with day pass and equipment rental purchase).
  • We ask parents for parents with children in the 2-5 year old range to fully understand the risk and scare factor of indoor climbing.
  • Belayers must be at least 14 years of age or currently enrolled in one of GVC’s youth climbing teams to certify with GVC staff.

Can I drop off my child (under 14) to climb without a chaperone?

  • All climbers under the age of 14 must be supervised at all times by an adult chaperone.
  • No unsupervised climbing is allowed for climbers under the age of 14.

What are Auto-Belays?

  • We will have many auto-belay climbing systems in our gym.
  • They allow climbers to self-attach, climb, and descend without a second person holding a rope.
  • Climbing on an auto-belay, just like any other forms of climbing, involves an inherent risk.
  • GVC staff will train and certify all climbers in correct auto-belay use and potential hazards before allowing access.

What is Bouldering?

  • Bouldering is un-roped climbing on shorter walls up to 15 feet set above an impact attenuating flooring system.
  • No previous experience is needed for bouldering, but all new climbers are strongly encouraged to experience roped climbing before bouldering.
  • Bouldering involves increased inherent risks due to the fact that every fall off the boulder wall is a ground fall. Any type of ground fall could result in injury.

What equipment can I use?

  • You can use either our certified rental equipment or you can bring in your own climbing gear.
  • All personal equipment will be checked and verified by staff before use.

I'm an experienced climber, do I need to complete a Gym Orientation or certify to belay on top rope?

Yes, all climbers regardless of experience level must complete a Gym Orientation before climbing.

  • This process is done for the climber to learn about our particular facility rules and policies.
  • All climbers wishing to belay on top rope must complete a GVC Top Rope Belay Certification.
  • This process takes about 5 minutes and your certification will be kept on file.
  • In order to be certified, belayers must demonstrate the following to Grand Valley Climbing Staff…
    • Proper figure-8 knot construction and use and checks
    • Proper belay device/carabiner/rope setup (ATC or GriGri)
    • Proper climber communication/checks
    • Proper belay technique (brake hand must never leave rope)
    • Proper fall arresting technique
    • Controlled lowering of the climber
  • If you need a refresher or would like to learn how to belay on top rope, we invite you to our Introduction to Indoor Climbing Class offered 2 times a week.
  • 24 hour waiting period is mandatory between certification attempts. We will keep certifications on file for one year.

Can I teach my friend how to belay or tie a knot in the gym??

  • No, we do not allow any person other than GVC staff to instruct knots or belaying techniques

I am a GVC certified belayer, can I tie a knot for my climber that is not belay certified?

  • Yes, certified belayers can tie knots for any climber as long as they adhere to gym rules and policies regarding top rope belaying.

Do I need to certify to lead climb or belay at the gym?

Yes, all climbers wishing to lead climb or lead belay must certify with GVC staff.

  • In order to be certified to lead climb, climbers must demonstrate the following to Grand Valley Climbing Staff…
    • Proper knowledge of back clips and z-clips
    • Proper communication/checks before and during climb
    • Proper clipping of quick draws (no skipping clips, no back clips, no z-clips, clips both top anchors)
    • Proper body positioning while climbing and clipping (no foot over rope, proper comfortable clipping stances)
  • In order to be certified to lead belay, belayers must demonstrate the following to Grand Valley Climbing Staff…
    • Proper knowledge of back clips and z-clips
    • Proper communication/checks with the climber, before and during climb
    • Correct maintenance of slack to the climber during climbing and clipping
    • Maintains brake hand in control of the rope at all times
    • Proper understanding of effect of lead falls on climber and belayer
    • Maintains correct positioning in respect to wall and climber at all times

*If you have not lead climbed before but would like to learn, we highly recommend enrolling in our Introduction into Lead Climbing and Belaying Course. Our instructors will teach you proper rope management, clipping techniques, and train you to belay a lead climber.

I want to bring in my group to climb at GVC, what do I do?

  • We would love to host your event!
  • Please contact, our event coordinator here
  • Or view our events page here
  • Two weeks advance notice is appreciated.

How much does it cost?

  • Our day pass rates start at $20.
  • Students with a current ID and schedule receive a discount.
  • We also offer gear rental, punch cards, memberships, special group rates, and day to day specials.
  • Yoga and training classes are free for members.
  • Educational classes are also available here

Will my certifications that I get at the gym allow me to climb outside?

  • No, the certifications earned at Grand Valley Climbing are not guarantees of comprehension of all aspects of outdoor rock climbing.

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