Thinking about coming in for your first visit, but not sure if rock climbing is for you? Our skilled staff members will teach you all of the necessary techniques for climbing efficiently. If you can climb a ladder, we have climbs that you can do, start to finish! Have more questions? Check out our FAQ’s or give us a call at (508) 984-0808.
First time visitors are encouraged to join us for a Personal Belay. Let a certified instructor guide you through the climbing gym and introduce you indoor climbing. The Personal Belay is a 1 hour climbing course ideal for families and climbers of nearly any age or ability. All equipment including climbing shoes, harnesses and helmets are included.
- $50 for up to two climbers for 1 hour
- $20 for each additional climber
- $20 for an additional hour
- $25 for each additional staff belayer
- Ask about our group rates (for 6 or more climbers)
Call ahead to schedule your personal belay
Intro to Climbing Package “Total Climbing Package”
This program combines the best parts of our Personal Belay with a complete Belay Course for a Total Climbing Package! We will introduce you to the sport with a fun hour of rock climbing followed by a belay course including knots, safe equipment use, modern belay skills.
- $45 per person (2+ people)
- $65 Private Lesson
- Duration: 2 hours
- Includes day pass and equipment rental
Call ahead to schedule your intro course
Safety Agreement & Registration Form
Every participant is required to complete our Safety Agreement & Registration Form before climbing. Participants 18 years and older may complete their own forms while kids under the age of 18 must present a waiver completed by a parent or legal guardian. Download the Safety Agreement & Registration Form (.pdf) Please note, you only need to register once!
Appointment vs. Walk In
We strongly encourage making an appointment for any course or program that requires staff assistance. We do our best to accommodate walk-ins but cannot guarantee we’ll have staff available immediately when you arrive. With an appointment and 50% deposit we’ll make sure our staff is scheduled and ready just for you. For more information or to make a reservation, call our instructors at (508) 984-0808.
Belay Certification Test
Do you already know how to belay? If you can demonstrate proper equipment use, the retaced figure 8 knot, and modern top rope belay technique you should consider taking our free belay certification test. Once you pass our test you’re certified to belay at Carabiners.
Has is been a while since you last belayed? Welcome back! Our staff is happy to help update your rusty belay skills. A refresher course is only $10. Make a reservation by calling (508) 984-0808.
Q. How old do I have to be to climb?
A. We do not have a minimum age for climbers. All climbers must be able to fit into a climbing harness and have the desire to climb. Typically kids start climbing around age 5, but we have kids as young as 2 years old climb regularly.
Q. Will I need to rent equipment?
A. If you own your own climbing equipment, bring it with you. It must be in good condition, less than 10 years from the manufacture date, fit properly, and be specifically designed for use in climbing. If you don’t own equipment yet, no problem. We have harnesses (top-rope), climbing shoes (top rope & bouldering), chalk, and helmets available for rent.
Q. Are first time climbers allowed to boulder without taking a course?
A. We generally recommend first time climbers sign up for a Personal Belay on their first visit. First time boulderers will need to take a brief, free bouldering safety orientation with our staff before climbing. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Q. What is the minimum age for belay certification?
A. The minimum age for belay certification is 15 years old. Some youth younger than 15 enrolled in our Climbing Teams will be allowed to belay with coach supervision. Exceptions to this rule can be made at the manager’s discretion.
Q. Do I need an appointment?
A. We strongly encourage making an appointment for any course or program that requires staff assistance. We do our best to accommodate walk-ins but cannot guarantee we’ll have staff available immediately when you arrive. With an appointment and 50% deposit we’ll make sure our staff is scheduled and ready just for you. For more information or to make a reservation, call our instructors at (508) 984-0808.
Q. I already know how to belay, how do I get certified by Carabiner’s?
A. All you need to do is take our free certification test. If you can demonstrate proper equipment use, thorough partner check, safe belay technique, ability to catch a fall, controlled lowering, and a figure eight retrace knot you’ll be all set. If its been a while, we offer a brief belay refresher for just $10.
Q. Can I use an ATC or tube style belay device?
A. Carabiner’s New Bedford does not allow ATC or other tube-style belay devices. The only belay device allowed to be used is the Petzl Grigri. Professionals and amateurs alike can learn and use the Grigri quickly and safely. If you do not own a Grigri, we have them available for rental at just $3 each.
Q. Do I need to wear a helmet?
A. Carabiner’s has helmets available for those that would like to wear them. We ask first time climbers under the age of 10 to wear a helmet on their first climbs while they learn proper climbing and lowering technique. Carabiner’s provides climbing helmets free of charge, but customers are welcome to bring their own helmets.