Frequently asked Questions

What should I wear?

Avoid loose clothing. Wear what you would wear to do any gym or outdoor activity. Our facility is not climate controlled so it's best to wear extra layers in the winter and wear light clothing in the summer. We require that all climbers wear closed toe shoes. We recommend tennis shoes. We also provide rental shoes that are specifically designed for climbing. We're sure to find you a good fit!

How old does my child have to be to climb?

We like to say, "if they're old enough to walk, they're old enough to climb!" We have safety gear for small children and provide you with the knowledge you need to know to keep them safe and still have a great time!

Can I bring a group to climb?

Definitely! We have quite a few options for groups!

For more information visit out "Groups & Parties" page or give us a call!

Do I need any climbing experience?

No prior climbing experience is needed! Our staff members are here for any questions you may have and to get you off on the right foot (or hand). Virginia Beach Rock Gym also offers Introductory Classes to get you started. We think you're gonna love it!

Do I need to do anything before I come?

Yes! Before you come we recommend that you fill out our Electronic Waiver. Filling out this form in advance helps to speed up the process to get you climbing faster, rather than hanging with us in the front lobby. Minors (under 18) must have a legal guardian fill out the waiver for them before they come to climb. Any youth under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

What is an auto belay?

An auto belay is a machine fixed at the top of a climbing wall that allow you to attach an anchor to your harness. As you ascend the machine retracts. If you fall or let go it lowers you to the ground slowly. Learn more about Auto Belays here. Must be 14 to use the auto-belays unsupervised. Adults may supervise children on these devices. Climbing by auto belay is a great option for any first time climbers or solo climbers! You don't need any experience, but a short class is required for anyone who is new to the auto belay system or anyone who is climbing at our facilities for the first time. Auto belays are suitable for all ages, heights and weights from 22-330lbs. If you don't have your own harness, we will fit you for a rental harness! Check out the facilities on our About page for more information!

What is bouldering?

This type of climbing does not require any gear or a belayer but may be challenging for beginners. Climbers under 10 must have a parent actively supervising them in the bouldering area.

Check out the facilities on our About page for more information!

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