Conditions of Use

For climbing at The Foundry Climbing Centre



‘’All climbing activities have a risk of serious injury. Participants must recognise that even if they follow all good practice there may still be the risk of accident and injury. It is the responsibility of the participant to adhere to the conditions of use.’’

Climbing in its simplest form is movement at height; therefore there is a risk of a fall from height. Any fall may result in an injury despite the safety systems in place to avoid it. You must make your own assessment of the risks whenever you climb. 

Our Duty of Care – The rules of the climbing centre set out below are not intended to limit your enjoyment of the facilities. They are part of the duty of care that we as operators, owe to you, our customers, by law. As such they are not negotiable. If you are not prepared to abide by them you may not use our facilities. If it comes to our attention you are not abiding by our rules; our staff will require you to leave.

Your Duty of Care – You also have a duty of care to act responsibly towards other users of the centre. Statements of ‘Good Practice’ are posted around the centre adjacent to the relevant facilities. These describe the accepted methods of use and how customers would normally be expected to behave towards each other. 

Unsupervised Climbing – Before you climb without supervision, the centre expects you to be competent in the activity you are wishing to undertake. You are required to register to say that you understand and accept the Rules below and that you understand the risks involved in your participation. Anyone who has not registered must not climb without supervision. Unsupervised climbing is just that. Staff will provide whatever help and advice they can, but instruction in the use of equipment or climbing techniques will only be provided when booked and paid for with one of our qualified instructors.

If you are not confident in the use of any climbing equipment or techniques, you must not attempt to use it without the supervision of someone who is competent to do so.

Supervised Climbing – An adult who has registered at the centre may supervise up to two novice climbers as long as they are prepared to take full responsibility for the safety and actions of those people.

Groups of three or more novices must only be supervised by an instructor holding relevant qualifications and insurance.

Novice climbers are the responsibility of the supervisor and the supervisor must remain with their novice(s) when in the centre. 

Children – (under 18’s) All children in the centre must be supervised by a registered adult or under instruction by a qualified climbing instructor, unless they have been assessed by the centre and registered for unsupervised climbing. 



Part 1: General Safety

Registration- you may register for unsupervised climbing at reception and you may upgrade your membership as your          experiences develop. For instance:

Option 1. A bouldering only member

Option 2. A bouldering member +auto belay

Option 3. A bouldering member + auto belay + roped climbing

If you upgrade/ change your membership you must complete a new registration form and be issued with a new registration number. If you are learning a new activity (belaying for example) then you are classed as a novice at this a activity and must be supervised by an appropriately competent person.

You must:

·        Report to reception on each visit before you climb.

·        Exercise care, common sense and self-preservation at all times.

·        Report any problems with the walls, equipment or other climbers’ behaviour to a member of staff immediately. 

·        Be aware of the other climbers around you and how your actions will affect them. 

·        Do not distract people while they are climbing, belaying or supervising.

·        Stand well back from the climbing walls unless you are belaying or spotting a climber. Never stand or climb directly under someone who is climbing, and ensure the climbing zone is free from hazardous items. 

·        Refer to best practice signage for specific area safety rules.


Children – (under 18’s)

Competent children may climb unsupervised in the centre only if they have been assessed by the centre and registered for unsupervised climbing. 

They may not sign in guests and under 18 registrations follow the same 3 option steps.


Instructed groups

The centre requires a copy of instructor’s/coaches’ qualifications and insurance prior to the start of the session.

Qualified instructors/coaches can lead a session with a ratio up to and not exceeding 1:9 

Instructors/coaches are required to complete the appropriate form to sign in their group. All members of the group, including spectators, are required to be included on the form.

The instructor/coach is required to closely supervise their group at all times.



The Foundry cannot accept responsibility for loss of or damage to your personal possessions. 


Part 2: Bouldering & Traversing

The impact flooring & matting under the bouldering walls is designed to provide a more comfortable landing for the climbers falling or jumping from the bouldering wall.


·        Always climb within your capabilities and descend by down climbing, jumping or, at the very least, a controlled fall.

·        Only climbers and spotters should be on the matting.

·        Keep the climbing area clear of belongings 


 Part 3: Autobelay

•   You may only use an auto belay device if you are registered to do so or have the express permission of you supervisor.

•   When using the Auto Belay, you must identify the line your route climbs and not deviate off this line. 

•   Descending from the route must be done in a controlled manner with, where possible, the landing zone and path checked to be clear before letting go.

•   Do not climb above the device and do not attempt to grab back on to the wall when descending. 

•   Clip the auto locking carabiner in to your belay loop. If using an alpine harness the gate should face away from the climber.

•   The main wall autobelay has a designated start to all the routes, please climb this start.

•   Do not use helmets when on the auto belay.

•   Weight limit 2-23stone, 10-150kg.

•   Please remove all items clipped to your harness before climbing.


Part 4: Roped Climbing

When Climbing you must:  

•   Please ensure you identify if your chosen route is a top rope or lead route.

•   Solo climbing on top rope or lead climbs is not acceptable; always use a rope to protect yourself on these climbs. 

•   Always use a climbing harness to attach yourself to the rope. 

•   Always tie directly into the harness using a `figure of eight` or `bowline` knot.  Clipping in with a karabiner is not allowed.

•   Never climb directly above or below another climber and ensure you keep all landing zones clear. 


When Belaying: 

•   Novices must not belay without on the ground supervision by their supervisor backing up the brake rope.

•   Always use a belay device attached to your climbing harness with a locking karabiner, ensure the device is connected to the correct part of your harness.

•   ‘Traditional’, ‘body’ belaying, ‘friction hitch` or `Italian hitch are not acceptable.

•   Ground anchors and weight-bags may be provided to give support to people belaying a climber who is much heavier than they are.

•   Always connect the weight bag to a load rated part of the harness and never direct belay from a weight bag.

•   Always pay attention to what the climber is doing.

•   Always stand as close to the climbing wall as is practical unless you are using one of the weight bags (if applicable).


When Lead Climbing:

•   Do not use your own ‘quick draws’ to lead the top rope walls.

•   When using the lead walls you must supply your own appropriately rated single dynamic rope. Do not use the centre’s top ropes for lead climbing. Minimum rope length is 30m.  

•   Quickdraws are already provided at intervals on the lead walls. You must identify the line which your route follows, and correctly clip all the quickdraws.

•   If seconding a climb, the second climber should be protected from uncontrolled swings by appropriately clipped quickdraws. The rope MUST be securely fixed to the lower-off anchor. 

•   If you lead climb on an autobelay line, please release the autobelay to the top prior to leading and clip it back into the black kite after completing your climbing on the line.