GETTING STARTED

LOCATION & PARKING

The SFU Climbing Wall is located on the west side of Central Gym in the Lorne Davies Complex at the SFU Burnaby Campus. Please note, there is no free parking on campus and parking is enforced 24/7 by SFU Parking Services. For general directions and parking information please visit: MAP & LOCATION.

WAIVERS & PAYMENT

All facility users must sign a waiver or consent form online, at the Recreation Office or at the Climbing Office.

Payment during Recreation Office Business Hours:
Climbing Passes, Memberships & Equipment are purchased at the Recreation Office (Lorne Davies Complex, 110 - located beside the pool).

Payment for all hours:
The climbing wall is frequently open outside Recreation Office hours. Passes may be purchased online with credit card ONLY. Pay before you arrive or at the wall using the Climbing Office computer.

ORIENTATIONS & BELAY CHECKS

During their initial visit, all facility users climbers will receive a facility orientation. Those wishing to belay in our gym must undergo a belay check. Lead belay checks are not always possible, please call ahead to confirm. All belay checks are free of charge.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. I don't have any climbing experience, can I still use the wall?
Yes! Our climbing wall is set up to accommodate people of all experience levels. There are 3 types of climbing available to beginners at the SFU Climbing Wall: Auto-Belays, bouldering, and top-roping. If you'd like to use the auto-belays or go bouldering, you can drop-in anytime during open hours. We often have volunteers on hand to hold the ropes for you during drop-in hours. Please call us at 778-782-4059 to inquire. 

2. What are Auto-Belays?
Auto-Belays are machines that allow you to climb to the top of the wall without anyone holding the ropes for you. They are very easy to learn how to use. SFU has two Auto-Belays.

3. What is bouldering?
Bouldering is low-height climbing without using ropes. Climbers rely on thick pads to prevent injuries when you fall.  SFU sets boulder problems specifically designed for this purpose which end no higher than the 4m up the wall.

4. What is top-roping?
Top-roping is probably what you think of when you imagine people climbing in the gym. Usually it involves a team of two, with one person on the ground "belaying" their climber as they ascend the wall. Belaying refers to using specialized skills and equipment to keep climbers safe. If you want to have access to the entire facility without staff assistance, you'll need to know how to belay. To accquire these skills, we highly recommend taking our 2-hour Introductory Courses. Anyone wishing to belay must pass a "belay check", where our staff ensure that your abilities are in line with SFU standards.

5. What equipment do I need?
Climbers who use the wall regularly will have a harness, shoes, belay device and chalk bag. No gear? No problem! We have harnesses, climbing shoes, belay devices, chalk and chalk bags for rent. As for clothing, climbers tend to wear something casual and comfy that they can move in.

6. Do I need a partner?

No. You can use our Auto-Belays, go bouldering, or check to see if we have volunteers who can belay you. We can be reached at 778-782-4059.

7. How strong do I have to be?

Most people who come to our facility find they are able to climb the easier routes without too many problems. As with every sport, consistent practice will improve your strength and technique. 

8. Can my child climb in the gym?

The minimum age in the climbing gym is 6 years old. Adult supervision is required for all children under 14. Consent forms signed by legal guardians are required for all youth 17 and under.