Frequently Asked Questions
(last updated 9/25/13 - call for additional details)
What are your hours?
During Fall months (beginning Sept 1) we are open Monday thru Friday from 2 pm - 10 pm and Saturday 10 am - 8 pm. Sundays from 1 pm - 6 pm. We have special members-only hours on M, W, Th from 12 pm-2 pm. During the Summer our hours expand to Monday thru Friday from 12 pm - 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday remain the same.
Where are you located?
We are located in OKC just south of Bricktown. For detailed directions please check our directions page.
When is a liability waiver required?
A liability waiver is required for ALL climbers and belayers participating in activities at Rocktown. Climbers under the age of 18 MUST have their liability waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. Filling out the waiver is a one-time thing - we keep these on file and note in our computer system who has completed a waiver.
This is my first time climbing, what do I need to know?
Our first time climber package is $29 and includes the necessary rental equipment (shoes and harness), an Orientation Course, and your day pass. The short Orientation Course will cover facility orientation, top-rope qualifications, bouldering orientation and auto-belay qualifications. Please note that you MUST be at least 14 years old to belay. The course can take anywhere from 30-45 mins. Allow approximately 2 hours for your first time climbing. You must have a partner for all of our top-rope climbs.
I don't have a partner to climb with - can I still climb?
If you do not have a climbing partner there are a few options. On occasion we have singles come to the gym looking for partners but it can be difficult to match people up so do not count on it. We recommend you check out our partner Meet Up Group OKC Climb. Here you can interact with new and experienced climbers online that frequent Rocktown.
If finding someone to climb with is not possible we also have three routes with Perfect Descent Auto-Belay devices which allow a climber to clip-in and climb on their own.
Some climbers prefer to boulder. We have two main bouldering areas; the bouldering room and the 60-degree overhang room. Often times we also have traverse boulder problems set in rooms throughout the gym
A final option is to give us a call and arrange for a staff member on a belayer-for-hire basis. This costs $30 per hour and is based on availability. Due to staff scheduling, we usually require advance notice of about 24 hours.
What should I wear to climb?
Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move. Dress according to the outside temperature as the environment inside the gym is not climate controlled and will vary only a few degrees from outside.
What is a "belayer" and "belaying"?
The belayer is the person on the ground who controls the rope for the climber, catches them when they fall and lowers them when they are ready to be lowered. Belaying is the action of holding the other end of the rope while the climber climbs.
What kind of equipment do you have installed for your belay setup?
We use Petzl Gri-Gri 2 devices for the belay end, coupled with a steel, captured-eye triple-locking carabiner and webbing ground anchor. The climber end is a specialized aluminum captured-eye, triple-locking carabiner which attached directly to the climber's belay loop and/or climber-tie-in point(s).
How old do you have to be to climb and/or belay?
For risk and liability reasons climbers must be at least 14 to belay. Kids can be any age but any younger than 3 can be difficult to fit in a kids harness - it will depend on the size of the child. However, we have had children as young as 22 months climb at the gym!
How much does it cost for my child to climb and me to belay?
For kids the pass is $14 and the rental equipment (shoes & harness) is $9. The adult must have the Orientation Course which is $7 and rent a harness for $4. Total price is $34. For the next visit, once you've had the belay/orientation/safety class, the combined price would be $27.
How tall are your walls?
The silo walls are 90 feet tall. We have routes of all heights and difficulties - from about 35 feet to 90 feet and from very easy to very difficult. There are some routes that meander around and the overall length ends up being about 140 feet!
What is the policy on lead climbing?
Lead climbing is an advanced form of climbing where the climber places and clips into anchor points (bolts with quickdraws) as they climb upwards. Climbers must have the necessary skills to qualify for lead climbing. All climbers wanting to lead climb will be evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis. In general, if you were certified/approved to lead climb at OKC Rocks you will most likely be approved to lead climb at Rocktown. However, all climbers will be required to pass a lead climbing Orientation course and lead belay assessment for lead certification at Rocktown. For previous leaders at OKC Rocks there is no charge for the test.
Lead climbing is open every day and there is no additional charge to lead climb. Quickdraws are fixed on most of the routes but select routes may require the use of your own draws. You are also required to supply your own lead rope. Due to the length of our routes all lead ropes MUST be 60 meters or greater. Your rope and draws must pass a visual inspection by qualified Rocktown staff to ensure you are not climbing on junk (or a rope that is too short).
For prospective climbers wishing to become lead certified at Rocktown you must first qualify for and take the Learning to Lead class ($30 members, $45 non-members) and pass the lead climbing Orientation course and belay assessment. The qualifications for taking the lead class are: you must be a solid intermediate climber able to climb our 3-star routes (5.10) on top-rope with no falls. If we have any concerns about your ability we'll simply encourage you to keep climbing, get stronger, and take the class later.
In certain circumstances if you have not lead at the gym (OKC Rocks or Rocktown) but are a proficient lead climber outdoors and/or in other gyms AND you can demonstrate your ability to our satisfaction then you may be allowed to forego the Learning to Lead class but you must be able to pass the lead climbing assessment ($8).
When are the climbing technique classes held?
Clases alternate and are taught on a weekly basis on Monday and Friday evenings. Current clases include the Basic Climbing Technique, Intermediate to Advanced Technique, and Learning to Lead climb - if you are interested please give us a call to sign up. Details and cost for these classes are listed on the Classes webpage. We also have private lessons/training if you want more specialized and personalized instruction.
My child wants to get involved in climbing - what is the best way?
In August 2009 we launched the Oklahoma Climbing Club as a means for youth from ages 5-18 to learn and develop climbing skills. The Club meets twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:20 pm. There are three experienced climbers/coaches which run the Club and work with the kids to develop fundamental technique and climbing skills. The Club operates on a month-to-month registration basis and enrollment is limited to 15 climbers per month. Cost is $95/month. For additional information you may contact the gym.
What is the Touchstone Youth Project?
Touchstone Youth Project is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to serve youth through adventure-based education, mentoring, and life skills cultivation. Touchstone operates after-school programs at Rocktown Climbing Gym. Each week, Touchstone youth and volunteers meet to rock climb. We mentor youth and work on the following “Touchstone Life Skills”: take care of myself, be respectful, think positive, aim for success, manage emotions, do the right thing, never stop learning, be a good friend, help others, and lead by example. Touchstone Youth Project was founded in 2002 and has served hundreds of kids since its inception.
How can I get involved in Touchstone?
Students may apply to participate in after-school program. Participants are selected from interested applicants and enter the program. Priority is given to applicants in need. On a weekly basis, the participants and volunteers climb at Rocktown Climbing Gym. Each session focuses on the Touchstone Life Skills and includes a group discussion. Taking part in Touchstone is a privilege and students are expected to: retain eligibility at school; attend at least 80% of sessions; behave appropriately at school and in the program; adhere to all rules; and participate in group activities. Students who maintain expectations will be eligible to continue participating in Touchstone, at no cost, until they graduate from high school. To request an application email email@example.com.
Volunteers may apply to mentor and supervise youth during the after-school program. To request an application email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donors may provide tax-deductible donations. Make checks payable and mail to: Touchstone Youth Project, P O Box 643, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.
ContactRocktown Climbing Gym
200 SE 4th Street
OKC, OK 73129
PO Box 643
OKC, OK 73101