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Climbing Walls

The HRCA's two climbing walls cater to the most daring. The aqua climbing wall at Northridge challenges participants to get to the top before falling back into the pool. The 30-foot high traditional climbing wall, located in the Eastridge Rec Center, offers a place for beginners to learn top rope climbing and boulder skills, and with a variety of routes to challenge all, advanced climbers can keep their skills polished.

Key Traditional Climbing Wall Information

  • Location: Eastridge
  • Orientation: a one-time climbing orientation must be completed with the HRCA Climbing Wall Staff before being allowed to climb. Orientation takes place at the top of the hour.
  • Waiver:Climbing Wall Waiver must be signed and fully completed every calendar year for every climber. An adult or a legal guardian must sign off on the waiver for children 17 and under before they can be certified by the HRCA to climb at its facility.
  • Age: Participants must be at least seven years of age to use the climbing wall. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Recreation Cards: must be checked in at the equipment desk prior to climbing or bouldering to show current punches of HRCA certifications.
  • Equipment: harnesses, belay devices, and carabiners available for check-out at the equipment desk, across from the climbing wall.

Spring 2024: March 25 - June 1 Schedule

This schedule represents the 'general schedule' and may be subject to daily changes due to special event and staffing.
Day Orientation* Open Climbing Belay Class Advanced
Monday 3:30 - 7 p.m. 12 - 7 p.m.   7 - 9 p.m.
Tuesday 3:30 - 8 p.m. 12 - 9 p.m.    
Wednesday 3:30 - 7 p.m. 12 - 7 p.m.   7 - 9 p.m.
Thursday 3:30 - 7 p.m. 12 - 9 p.m.  7 - 8 p.m.  
Friday 3:30 - 7 p.m. 12 - 7 p.m.   7 - 9 p.m.
Saturday 12 - 6 p.m. 12 - 6 p.m.
& 7 - 8 p.m.
6 - 7 p.m..  
Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. 12 - 6 p.m.    

*the 15-minute orientation classes begin on the top of the hour

Climbing Wall Schedule Definitions

Orientation: This basic climbing class covers HRCA policies, rules, and procedures as well as basic techniques like the use of the harness, carabiners, belay command, and wall safety. These 15 minute orientation classes begin on the top of the hour during times as designated. Please arrive early to complete a waiver and check out equipment. As a courtesy to participants already in class, late arrivers may be referred to the next class which could be the next business day.

Open Climbing: The climbing wall is staffed and staff is avalable to belay.

Belay Class: This is an in-depth class on the art of belaying for individuals 13 years and older. The class involves knot tying, belay commands, the act of belaying, spotting, and wall safety.

Advanced Climbing:The wall is open for climbers that are 13 years of age and older, belay certified, and able to climb at least a 5.9 route or higher. The climbing wall is staffed durnig Advanced Climbing.

Climbing Wall Parties

Eastridge Climbing Wall Party Reservations are available: Climbing Wall Party Details & Reservations

More Eastridge Climbing Wall Information

Eastridge Climbing Wall Rules & Regulations
  • All climbers must attend an orientation session and fill out a “Waiver, Release and Covenant Not to Sue and Indemnity Agreement” form before being allowed to climb.
  • Based upon manufacturer’s recommendations, all climbers must be 18 years of age (or have written consent of a parent or legal guardian and pass the General Orientation Test). A waiver must be signed in addition to the membership card appropriately punched.
  • Because of the high risk of injury, climbers must be alert and carefully follow safe climbing procedures at all times.
  • Thus, participants must be at least 7 years old to climb on the wall and children 12 and under must have a parent present at all times while climbing or bouldering in the climbing area. While bouldering, participants 12 years and younger must keep their feet at or below the white line. Bouldering participants 13 years and older must keep their feet at or below the grey line. Climbers wishing to belay must be at least 13 years old and have passed a belay test administered by an HRCA climbing instructor.
  • Climbers may use their own harness, belay device, and shoes; provided they are responsible for the operating condition of their own equipment.
  • Harnesses and belay devices are available free of charge, please bring your membership card for check out.
  • See the full document for most up-to-date Rec Center Rules & Regulations

Eastridge Climbing Wall Questions? Contact Tanner Pauley: [email protected] or 303-471-7029.

Aqua Climbing Wall at Northridge

Northridge’s 12-foot high Aqua Climbing Wall is angled over the water, so when you fall, you fall back into the water. Located next to the diving board in the dive well at the indoor pool. If you haven’t tried it, it is a must. I bet you can’t reach the top!

More Northridge Aqua Climbing Wall Information

Northridge Aqua Climbing Wall Rules & Regulations
  • Non-Swimmers are not permitted to use the Aqua climb wall.
  • Swim Test required for swimmers between 36˝ and 42˝.
  • Use of the lifejackets or other flotation devices are NOT permitted while climbing.
  • Climbers must start from in the water and Not from the pool deck.
  • Only one climber per route or two total at one time. Two climbers allowed with one wall between them.
  • DO NOT climb any higher than top of the Aquaclimb wall. DO NOT climb on top of the structure.
  • Before dropping into the water, make sure you can safely drop without people below you.
  • Feet first only when dropping into the water. Diving, Cannonballs, Flips etc.Are NOT allowed.
  • Do not push off the Aquaclimb wall. Land safely away from the wall or sides of the pool.
  • No catching children off the Aquaclimb wall.
  • Wait out of the water on the side of the pool until climber before you have completed their climb and has exited the water.
  • There is no open swim allowed while climbers are using the Aqau climb wall.
  • Only water shoes are allowed on the climbing wall. Athletic shoes, climbing shoes, boots, sandals/flip-flops and any other form of footwear are not allowed on the Aquaclimb wall.
  • Lifeguards exercise authority to enforce any rule or regulation to prevent potential injuries or accidents in the pool area. Decisions made by the Lifeguards and Supervisor on Duty are final.
  • See the full document for most up-to-date Rec Center Rules & Regulations

Northridge Aqua Climbing Wall Questions? Contact Sam Nielsen [email protected] 303-471-8850.