THE HI-LINE CLIMBING CENTER (HLCC): BOULDERING ORIENTATION
Bouldering involves increased inherent risks because YOU WILL FALL, and all falls are ground falls which could result in serious injury.
Padded floors and crash pads (where present) mitigate risks, but do not and cannot guarantee prevention of injury or death.
Many injuries occur when you fall near or at the top of the wall and / or when you miss the crash pad or hit an edge of a crash pad. To reduce your risk of injury:
- Down climb when possible instead of jumping off.
- Before each climb, ensure crash pads (where present) are positioned properly so that you land in the middle of the pad.
- Use a spotter to help position crash pads (where present) and ensure a clear landing zone.
Keep Landing Zones Clear:
- Do not lounge on pads or walk under climbers.
- Remove all personal items (like water bottles) from landing zones.
- Be aware at all times because you could land on or be landed on by other participants.
Proper Falling Technique Can Reduce Injuries:
- Stay relaxed – Keep your legs and arms slightly bent and ready to absorb impact. A tense body will result in more impact force throughout your body.
- Do not try to stay standing up – Trying to stay upright at all times will cause injuries. Absorb force by collapsing / rolling to the ground. Do not try to stop your fall with your hands and arms outstretched.
Ratings: The Hi-Line rates the difficulty of boulder problems with the V-Scale (V-Intro, V0, V1, V2,V3, etc) with V-Intro being the easiest. All ratings are subjective and are meant to be suggestions.
New Climbers. Those who are new to bouldering should start with easier problems (V-Intro to V2) and avoid climbing the full height of the wall until they are more comfortable with the proper falling technique and how to utilize crash pads (where present).
1. All climbers must sign in at the front desk.
2. Climbing is inherently dangerous. Participants must assume the risks of climbing. All climbers at HLCC must sign HLCC’s Agreement, Release, and Waiver of Liability form. Those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or court-appointed legal guardian.
3. Children 12 years of age or younger must have an adult present at The Hi-Line at all times.
4. Unless prior consent is given, only Hi-Line staff may provide instruction at The Hi-Line.
5. Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are not permitted at The Hi-Line. Anyone suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave.
6. Please do not bring food or drink into the climbing area.
7. Please report any unsafe conditions, damage of the walls, holds, or exercise equipment to The Hi- Line staff.
1. Spotting is recommended when bouldering.
2. Please do not climb above or below other climbers.
3. Children 12 years of age or younger are not permitted in the climbing area without close supervision by an adult.
4. Climbing shoes only. No bare feet, boots, or street shoes on the climbing walls and no street shoes on the mats.
5. Please keep your chalk in your chalk bag.
All persons using HLCC are expected to respect other individuals and conduct themselves in good order. Persons deemed by HLCC staff to be behaving in an unsafe or disorderly fashion will be asked to leave the facility.