Visiting the Gym


New to climbing? We’re here to help!

Island Rock Gym welcomes climbers of all experience levels, including no experience! Climbing is an activity that can be enjoyed by people of nearly any age and fitness level. Come in and challenge yourself today!


1. Fill out a Waiver

Every participant must have a waiver filled out prior to climbing, which can be done at the gym or online by clicking HERE. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian (you cannot sign a waiver for a nephew, grandchild, friend, etc). Anyone entering the gym to supervise a youth climber must fill out a waiver as well.

2. Watch our Facility Orientation video

Every participant must watch the video either online provided HERE or at Island Rock Gym.

3. Learn how it Works

• Get Started on your Own: Drop-in without Reservations

Adults and Youth aged 14+

Anyone aged 14+ can climb in our gym anytime, unsupervised, without reservations, and without any prior experience.

•  Bouldering: purchase a day pass and shoes and climb on our unroped climbing walls, 16 feet high or less

•  Using our auto belays: purchase a day pass, shoes and harness and climb on our roped walls without a class

Youth aged 4-13

Youth aged 4-13 can climb in our gym anytime without reservations and without any prior experience; must be supervised by an individual aged 14+.

•  Bouldering: purchase a day pass and shoes and climb on our unroped climbing walls, 16 feet high or less

•  Using our auto belays: purchase a day pass, shoes and harness and climb on our roped walls without a class

• Get Started with a staff member: Reservations Required

Adults and Youth aged 14+

Adults and youth aged 14+ have multiple class options! Reservations are required. No experience necessary!

•  Climbing Fundamentals: don’t know where to start? take our fundamentals class and learn how the gym works, basic technique, and basic terminology

•  Belay Class: the best way to learn how to belay, use our roped climbing areas, and become a valuable climbing partner; $40 includes instruction PLUS two weeks of membership

•  Experience Climbing Package: the best way to have a private instructor show you the ropes; includes a day pass, gear and an hour of staff instruction, $35 for the first climber, $20 for each additional up to 4

Youth aged 4-13

Youth aged 4-13 can be dropped off to climb in any of our instructor led programs, learning how to climb in a fun and enjoyable environment!

•  Experience Climbing Package: the best way to have a private instructor show you the ropes; includes a day pass, gear and an hour of staff instruction, $35 for the first climber, $20 for each additional up to 4

•  Youth Programs: the best instructor led youth activity on a weekly basis: Rock Tots (ages 4-5), Rock Monkeys (ages 6-12), Juniors (ages 7-13), Recreation Team (ages 12-19) & Competition Team (ages 8-18)

•  Birthday Parties: the coolest birthday party that your kids will love; $250.00 for up to 10 climbers

4. Start Climbing

To book a spot, please call 206-451-4020, stop by the gym, or check out our adult classes or youth classes to sign up online!



Frequently Asked Questions

What is bouldering?

Bouldering is ropeless climbing, and all you need is a pair of climbing shoes to do it! We have an entire area dedicated to bouldering.

What is belaying (top roping)?

Belaying or top-roping is managing a rope to protect a climber as they ascend a wall. The belayer controls the slack in the rope, catches a climber if they fall, and lowers them to the ground. You can learn how to do it in our Belay Class!

What is an auto belay?

Auto belays automatically belay a climber, thus eliminating the need for a human belayer. They don’t require any previous knowledge, and we can show you how to use them in minutes. Auto belay orientations are required and youth (13 and under) must be actively supervised at all times.

What is the youngest age you allow in the gym?

There is no minimum age in the gym. Our youngest age for youth programming starts at 4 years old with our Rock Tots class. Children under 4 years old are welcome in our gym but may not be able to climb in all areas due to distance between holds. When not otherwise occupied, our upstairs party room has the best climbing for kids 4 or under.

How do I learn how to belay?

Take our Belay Class! The class occurs weekly and $40 includes instruction PLUS two weeks of membership.

What happens in the belay test?

In order to belay in our gym you must be at least 14 years old and pass our belay test. Any of our front desk staff can administer this test for you and there is no need to make an appointment. In this test you will need to correctly and safely: put on your harness, tie in with a figure-8 follow through, set up the belay device, perform all the safety checks, safely belay, brake, take and lower, as well as demonstrate the verbal commands.