General rules in the climbing centre
1. Personal responsibility: Climbing is a sport that entails inherent risks and is carried out at your own responsibility. By signing the registration form you confirm that you possess all the necessary knowledge, skills and experience in bouldering and rope climbing required to correctly check/control and make use of all essential safety measures and all pieces of equipment OR that you yourself have arranged appropriate guidance, supervision and instruction from a qualified person. Although the climbing centre staff does not carry out any checks as to whether these conditions are fulfilled, any instructions or orders they give are to be followed.
4. Changing rooms: Users should change in the changing rooms only and have a € 2 coin for the lockers. We kindly request that you keep the equipment you take with you into the climbing hall to the necessary minimum and store all your other belongings in the changing room lockers. Please do not take rucksacks into the climbing hall and do not walk on the safety flooring with outdoor shoes. Items left lying around will be removed and disposed of at regular intervals. The facility operator assumes no liability for the loss or damage of any articles left in the changing rooms.
5. Danger zones (fall zones and exclusion zones): As soon as you, as a climbing centre visitor, enter the climbing or bouldering area, you should always avoid the fall zones of climbers/boulderers above you. Do not stand/sit or linger in areas onto which people or objects could fall down (e.g. broken holds). Please do not place any hard objects or other obstructions in climbers’ fall zones. The areas in which climbing partners stand to belay or spot are ‘exclusion zones’ in which, under no circumstances, should the belayers/partners be distracted.
6. Mobile phones, music, animals, jewellery, smoking, alcohol and many other logical, common-sense issues: Never climb after consuming alcohol. Smoking is forbidden throughout the entire climbing centre. If possible, switch off your mobile phone and leave it in a changing room locker. Telephoning while climbing or belaying is strictly forbidden. Listening to music with earphones impedes your concentration and is dangerous. Rings, necklaces and other pieces of jewellery can become caught on hooks and holds, causing very unpleasant injuries; the same is true of untied long hair. Pets/animals are not permitted in the climbing centre.
7. Markings, modification, damages: Guests in our climbing centre are not permitted to make any markings/place labels or move or turn holds. If you notice that any holds are loose or askew or if you notice any damages (e.g. damage to holds, climbing panels, carabiners, slings etc.), please inform us immediately.
8. Accidents: All climbing centre users are obliged to provide assistance in the case of accidents; in the case of a police report on the accident, users are obliged to provide their personal data. Correctly completed registration forms are vital in such cases. Accidents of any kind should be reported to a member of our climbing centre staff immediately.
9. Dust exposure: During very busy times in the climbing centre users can be exposed to an increased amount of dust and magnesium in the air. This can pose a health problem for young children and people with respiratory ailments in particular.
10. Barefoot and topless: Climbing barefoot, entering the bistro barefoot and
‘T-shirtlessness’ (while climbing and in general) are forbidden. Athlete’s foot is contagious and contact with other people’s uncovered sweaty body parts is considered unhygienic.
Bouldering rules (‘Boulder safe’)
a. Warm up: Bouldering and jumping down involve physical strain and high-impact forces on your body. Therefore, you should warm up appropriately beforehand (outside of the danger zones) to prevent the risk of injury.
b. Keep the fall zone clear: Please do not place any objects (brushes, bottles, magnesium bags etc.) on the bouldering mats, but rather use the shelf space provided. Never stand/sit/linger in the fall zone beneath, to the side of or behind the boulderers and, when bouldering, keep your distance from other boulderers.
c. Spotting and assistance: Unfavourable falls can lead to serious injuries. Please offer one another support and help and, if necessary, provide safety assistance. When doing so take care that the boulderer does not fall on top of you.
d. Children and playing: With the exception of in the ‘Kinderparadies’ play area, playing and running around are forbidden throughout the climbing centre. Pay special attention to children; they require constant supervision in the bouldering room. Small children should always have a spotter within arm’s reach; therefore, they should not boulder at heights of more than approximately 3 metres.
e. Bouldering heights: We recommend that children of school age and beginners boulder at a maximum height of 3.5 – 4 metres. Maximum bouldering height is 4.5 metres.
f. Boulder system: The climbing centre also has so-called ‘top-out boulders’ that are maximum 4 metres high from which you can climb out at the top end onto the platform behind. Please climb down at the designated place – don’t jump down! All other boulders have a ‘Stop’ marking and may not be exited at the top. Standing/stopping on the platform above the bouldering wall is strictly prohibited.
g. Colour-coded bouldering and training zones: Our bouldering facility includes zones in which holds for hands and feet are screwed onto the wall in such a way as to create colour-coded problems. There are other areas ideal for training purposes in which the boulder is unmarked and has no set routes. Please note that adding your own markings with magnesium or tape is not allowed.
h. Jumping and climbing down: In order to be able to land safely, you need to gear the risks you take and the height from which you jump towards your level of ability. Land on both legs evenly with a good amount of body tension and then roll. If possible, try to climb down as opposed to jumping down. This is better for your back and helps prevent injuries. Most injuries occur through landing sideways on the feet (ankle injuries) or landing backwards with the bodyweight on the hands (arm fractures).
i. Reserved zones (training for competition athletes and course areas): The areas reserved for competition athletes (Bundesleistungszentrum) and for courses are for the exclusive use of the respective groups. Please respect this and refrain from using these cordoned-off areas. Reserved zones/times can be seen on the display boards and on our homepage. Outside of these reserved times you can, of course, climb anywhere you choose.
j. ‘Kinderparadies’ children’s play area and weight-training room: The children’s play area includes an integrated therapeutic climbing wall. Please observe the reserved times that are displayed in the climbing centre and listed on the homepage. Children may not enter the weight-training room.
Rope climbing rules (‘Climb Safe’)
a. Personal responsibility and consideration for others: All climbers use the climbing walls at their own responsibility; minors and beginners must climb under competent supervision. Everyone should conduct themselves in such a way that no one is obstructed, put at risk or injured. Select the difficulty of your routes to suit your individual ability and, when the climbing centre is busy, avoid unnecessarily long falls. Accidental falls below the fifth anchor carry the risk of you landing on the floor.
b. Avoid fall zones and keep them free: As soon as you enter the rope climbing area make sure that you do not walk in/stand in any climbers’ fall zones and try, wherever possible, to stick to danger-free zones. Climbing holds can become loose or break and, consequently, holds or pieces thereof can drop down at any time. Regular glances upwards and to the side can prevent unwanted collisions. Do not place any hard objects or any obstacles (water bottles, safety devices etc.) in climbers’ fall zones or belayers’ exclusion zones. They can lead to injuries when jumping down or to tripping when belaying.
c. Equipment: Familiarise yourself carefully with the rental equipment and with your own equipment and use it in accordance with the operating instructions and with up-to-date expert opinions. When using the various belaying devices and techniques always observe the appropriate brake-hand and lead-hand principle. For sport climbing we recommend the use of semi-automatic belay devices (Grigri, Smart, Ergo etc.)
d. Partner check before every climb: The following three error sources are the main causes of fatal climbing accidents: 1) incorrectly tied-in harness knots; 2) incorrect handling of the belaying device; and 3) a partner’s lack of belaying skills/experience.
Before every single climb make sure: that your climbing harness is tied correctly, that your belaying device is functioning correctly, that your carabiner is locked, that your rope is sufficiently long, that your rope is knotted at both ends and, above all, that your figure-eight knot is tied correctly, that your attachment point is correct and that your partner is skilled/experienced in belaying in case of an unexpected fall.
Protect your life and have the courage to make other climbers aware of mistakes!
e. Tying the knot into your harness: When lead climbing and second climbing, the rope is tied directly into the harness (figure of eight or bowline). It is only at the top rope stations (with no intermediate belay point) or the Toppas stations that you can, alternatively, tie yourself in with a safebiner (triple lock) or two carabiners opposite and opposed.
f. Top rope climbing and climbing after the lead climber are only then allowed when the two opposite and opposed carabiners have been clipped into place at the end of the route. It is strictly forbidden to top rope climb (with no intermediate belay point) or climb as second person after the lead climber (with the intermediate anchors removed) with the anchor in the middle of the wall. Climbing as second person with the rope half way up the wall (e.g. after abandoning/giving up the route half way, interval training), is only then permitted if all intermediate anchors remain in place.
g. Where to stand and conduct when belaying: The area right in front of the climbing wall is an ‘exclusion zone’ in which the belayer must concentrate fully on his/her task. When belaying do not let yourself be distracted, and select your standing position for belaying slightly behind and slightly to the side of the first clip. Try to belay in an active position: be ready to move at any time and keep the rope taut. Keep a close eye on your partner and agree on verbal or non-verbal commands. A significant difference in weight can be reduced by increasing rope friction by clipping the first quickdraw on the adjacent route or by using an ‘Ohm’ belay device. Children and beginners should not be given the difficult task of belaying much heavier climbers. Always lower your partner down slowly and smoothly.
h. Keeping your distance from other climbers and overtaking on the wall: Before you begin climbing, study the route you plan to tackle and be sure to keep sufficient distance between yourself and other climbers in all directions (above, below and to both sides). Avoid swinging falls and do not climb in the fall zone of other climbers. To overtake using an adjacent route you need to first okay it with the climber in front of you – he/she has ‘the right of way’. When overtaking, your new fall zone must not pose a danger to the climber you have just overtaken.
i. Occupying routes: Reserving specific routes or entire areas of the climbing wall incurs a fee and is only permitted with the consent of the climbing centre management. You must remove the rope immediately after each climb to clear the route for other climbers. Important: unnecessarily long hanging and resting in the climbing route can lead to other climbers undertaking risky overtaking manoeuvres. Interval training, repeatedly climbing up and down and otherwise occupying routes is only permitted when the climbing centre is very quiet.
j. Run of ropes and Toppas: The climbing routes basically run in a straight upward line to the top of each route. Using the quickdraws and/or tops of routes to the right or left side of your own route is not permitted. Deviating from the designated route line can result in damage to the climbing structures and/or to the rope. Particular caution is required when using Toppas devices (automatic steel rope belay system), and users must ensure that they keep a safe distance from other climbers.