After completing a waiver, every new visitor is guided through a 10-15 minute orientation of the gym by one of our experienced staff members. Participants may then use any of our 10 beginner-friendly autobelays located throughout the gym and our large top-out boulder. We have routes for all levels of difficulty and experience. Though not required, if you would like to learn more about rock climbing and how to belay on our top ropes, the Rock Gym 101 class is the best way to begin.
How old do you have to be to climb?
There is no minimum age requirement for climbing in the gym. However, we do require participants 13 and younger to be accompanied by an adult at all times. If an adult is simply accompanying a child and not climbing, the adult does not have to pay (with the exception of Rock Gym 101). However, everyone entering the rock climbing area must fill out a waiver. Waivers for minors must be completed by the legal guardian.
What clothing and equipment are necessary?
We recommend wearing apparel appropriate for exercising or gym activities (including close-toed shoes). The minimum personal equipment necessary to climb in our gym, a harness, is available for rent as well.
When is open climb & what are your hours?
Are reservations necessary?
Reservations are only required for special groups, classes, and other similar events. However, if you have a group of 8 or more participants visiting at one time, please be courteous and call ahead to communicate so we can expect your arrival.
Are passes hourly or all day?
Day passes and equipment rentals are good for all day. This means you can leave and return as much as you please during the day of your visit. There are no hourly rates available for open climb.
Can I purchase gift cards?
Do you offer large-group rates for open climbing?
We do offer special rates for open climb groups of 10 or more people who contact us more than 48 hours before the visit, provide at least one Upper Limits-certified belayer for every 5 climbers, and pay a $5 deposit per climber before the visit. Please call for details.
Do you have birthday parties?
Not only do we offer birthday parties, we throw the BEST birthday parties in St. Louis! Reservations are recommended at least 2 weeks in advance, as spots fill up quickly. You can get more information about our parties, including pricing, by clicking here.
I have a group of Scouts, what can we do?
We LOVE hosting scout troops at Upper Limits and we have tons of options for scout leaders to bring a group in, including Scout Discount Night, Group Adventures, Team Building, and Group Rock Gym classes. We also have Merit Badge counselors on staff for Boy Scouts looking to earn their Merit Badge!
I have significant climbing experience. What do I need to do to climb at your facility?
No matter the experience, every new visitor must complete a 10-15 minute orientation of our facility. To top-rope belay in our facility, you must request a belay test from one of our available staff members as soon as you arrive. The test comes with a small fee and takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes, so please come prepared. You will need to demonstrate proper belay technique with an ‘ATC’ style belay device, tie-in with a figure-eight knot, and demonstrate proper use of climbing commands and safety checks. After completing a waiver, orientation, and belay check, you will be free to belay and climb in our facility. A lead climbing test may be completed at no charge directly after passing the top-rope test.