What to expect on your first visit

1

Check in and fill out the waiver (if you haven't already).   Then you will get a quick orientation to the facility and the different types of climbing we have available. 

2

You will get one-on-one training with one of our friendly staff members. They will go over proper bouldering technique (ages 12 +) and best practices for climbing and belaying.  This will take about 15-20 minutes.

3

Get Climbing! We will show you how to read the wall and routes, and give you a couple of climbing tips to help you get the most out of your time at the gym.

How to Belay

Belaying is an important part of climbing that anyone 14 or over can learn to do at the gym. We do have auto belay systems where climbers can climb without a belayer, but most of our ropes require someone from your group be trained to belay. Learn to belay before you come, so you can get right to climbing when you get here!

Frequently asked questions

What is belaying?

Belaying is the technique of controlling the rope so that a climber does not fall far. The belayer is at the opposite end of the rope as the climber on top rope. The gym does not provide staff belayers. Instead, we train and certify everyone who is over 13 to belay each other. That way you spend more time on the wall rather than waiting for a belayer.

How do I learn how to belay?

Belay testing and certification is free.  Watch the video below to learn how to belay before you come in.  Then when you get here, we will run through the technique with you.  Don’t worry if you don’t get it right away, we will make sure you can belay safely before letting you belay your friends and family.

How old do I have to be to belay?

You must be at least 14 years old to belay.

How old do I have to be to climb?

For the boulder; no younger than 12.  Since bouldering has no ropes for fall protection, it is reserved for more mature climbers, who understand the risks associated with the sport.  For our high walls we recommend 5 years old, in some cases a child younger than that can fit in our children’s full body harness.  Our adult harnesses will fit up to a 40 inch waist.

What does the term “bouldering” mean?

Bouldering is a style of rock climbing without a rope and over a significantly padded area to protect a climber during falls.

Bouldering is a fun way to climb, but it can be dangerous if not approached correctly.   Our staff will give you an orientation to the boulder and proper falling technique before you begin to boulder.

This is a helpful video to understand proper falling technique

Falling video

Things to Remember

  • A minimum age of 12 is required to enjoy the boulder
  • Topping out is allowed around designated Black Runner only, exit via staircase
  • Please exit the top of the boulder promptly, no exceptions
Can I climb if I don’t have a climbing partner?

Yes.  We have 3 auto-belay stations on the high wall with a variety of route difficulties.   As well as a high wall, we also have a 2500 square foot boulder that is 12 feet in height that you can climb by yourself.  We will be happy to go over the basics of bouldering with you!

Do you have any group rates?

Yes we have several different options to choose from: lock ins, party rates, youth groups, and facility rentals. We have group rates that fit what you need, please call us at 615.796.6545.  You must have at least 10 climbers to benefit from our group rates. Please refer to our groups page for more questions.

 

What should I wear to come and climb?

Comfortable clothing that will not inhibit your movement.  Yoga pants, athletic pants, long shorts, t-shirts and tank tops all work great. If you will be renting climbing shoes be sure to wear or bring socks.

How can I tell the difference between and easy route and a hard one?

On the boulder there are 4 different levels of difficulty. We use the R.I.A.O. system.

R = Recreational Problems, V0 - V2 (Easy)

I = Intermediate Problems, V3 - V4 (Difficult)

A = Advanced Problems, V5 - V6 (More Difficult)

O = Open Problems, V7+ (Very Difficult)

The highwall side of climbing our gym uses the Yosemite Decimal System. For example you see a 5.10 A on the wall. This means:

  • The 5 designates vertical face climbing (technical)
  • The .10 denotes the actual difficultuy of the climb, Lower = Easier while HIGHER = HARDER
  • The A is part of a four way split in grading once you reach .10 (EX: 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 11A, 11B, ETC)
  • For grades under .10, you will only see the number, or with A +/- (EX: 3, 4-, 5+, 7, 8-, 9+, ETC).

More questions? Contact Us

GET PREPARED

1. Fill Out Waiver

Everyone who enters the facility must fill out a waiver. Fill it out in advance to get climbing faster.

2. Check the FAQ

The FAQ contains answers to our first time visitors’ most commonly asked questions.

3. Get Climbing

The Ascent is located at 831 PArk Ave, in Murfreesboro. We are right down the Street from MayDay Brewery.

Rates

1 Day
$20
Incl. Rental Gear
  • $14 Daypass Only
5 Days
$90
Incl. Rental Gear
  • $60 Without Gear
10 Days
$150
Incl. Rental Gear
  • $99 Without Gear

Multi-day punch cards are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase.
*All prices are subject to sales tax.

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