Learn to Climb at Mesa Rim. Why Knot?

At Mesa Rim, you won’t find devices attached to the climbing ropes or knots already tied in the ropes. There is no clip-and-climb here. Why?

• We are passionate about climbing. Both as a sport and a lifestyle. We want to share our passion and ignite the adventurous, lifelong climber within you!

• We focus on climbing education, empowerment, and fun! We are here to teach you essential climbing and rope work skills that will last a lifetime.

• Climbing is inherently dangerous. Being educated and using proper technique helps manage the risks related to your own safety and your partners’. Climbing with a trusted and skilled belayer keeps climbing fun for everyone.

What to Expect on Your First Visit

Fill Out a Waiver

All gym users must have a waiver in our system. Parents or court appointed legal guardians must sign a waiver for their child under 18 years old.

We encourage filling out the online waiver to speed up check-in.

What to Expect at Mesa Rim on Your First Visit

Take a Belay Lesson

“Belaying” is the technique for managing the rope of a climber using a tube style device in order to protect the climber by pulling up slack rope, catching a fall, and lowering the climber.

Rope climbers MUST pass our belay certification test. The best way to pass the test is to take a belay lesson. If you know how to tie a figure-8 knot follow through and are familiar with the P.L.U.S. method of belaying, the lesson may not be required. Belay lessons often fill up, therefore reserving a spot online prior to your first visit is highly recommended.

Having climbed at other gyms does not necessarily qualify you for our belay test. The climbing certification requirements at other climbing gyms may be very different.

Parents climbing with youth climbers are encouraged to sign up for a youth program or belay lesson prior to visit in order to walk in and climb.

Common Activities for a First Visit

Top Rope Climbing: It takes two to climb! One person climbs while one person on the ground manages the rope (this is also known as belaying). Belay Certification is required if choosing to belay your partner. Must take a lesson or pass the certification test before climbing on the ropes. Belay lessons often fill up, therefore reserving a spot prior to your first visit is highly recommended.

Bouldering (climbing without ropes on shorter walls): No lesson required, no partner required.

Gear is available for rent for climbing (harness, climbing shoes, chalk for $6 – not included in day pass)

Yoga: No lesson is required
Yoga mat and prop rental provided with day pass purchase

First Visit FAQ’s

What are your hours? Do you offer membership only?

Mon-Fri 6am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-9pm
We offer single Day Passes, 10-Visit Punch Cards, and Membership. View day pass rates and membership information.

What is required to climb on my first visit?

A waiver is required for all gym users. All parents or court appointed legal guardians must sign a waiver for their child under 18 years old. After that, requirements depend on which activity you are doing in the facility.

Top Rope Climbing: It takes two to climb! One person climbs while one person on the ground manages the rope (this is also known as belaying). Belay Certification is required if choosing to belay your partner.
Must take a lesson or pass the certification test before climbing on the ropes. Belay lessons often fill up, therefore reserving a spot prior to your first visit is highly recommended.

Bouldering (climbing without ropes on shorter walls): No lesson required, no partner required.

Gear is available for rent for climbing (harness, climbing shoes, chalk for $6 – not included in day pass)

What should I know about belaying at Mesa Rim?

“Belaying” is the technique for managing the rope of a climber using a tube style device in order to protect the climber by pulling up slack rope, catching a fall, and lowering the climber.

Climbing on ropes requires a partner. The person on the ground needs to take a Belay Lesson, or pass the Belay Certification Test. The person climbing does not need either. However, if you plan to belay your climbing partner (manage your partner’s rope while climbing), then certification is necessary.

Having climbed at other gyms does not necessarily qualify you for our belay test. The climbing certification requirements at other climbing gyms may be very different.

At Mesa Rim, you won’t find devices attached to the climbing ropes or knots already tied in the ropes. Why?
• We are passionate about climbing. Both as a sport and a lifestyle. We want to share our passion and ignite the adventurous, lifelong climber within you!
• We focus on climbing education, empowerment, and fun! We are here to teach you essential climbing and rope work skills that will last a lifetime.
• Climbing is inherently dangerous. Being educated and using proper technique helps manage the risks related to your own safety and your partners’. Climbing with a trusted and skilled belayer keeps climbing fun for everyone.

What should I wear on my first visit?

We recommend wearing loose-fitting (not baggy) or stretchy clothing that you are okay with getting chalk on. Street shoes are not allowed on the climbing wall for sanitary reasons. Climbers can wear their own climbing shoes. We offer climbing shoes, belay devices, and harnesses for rent at the Front Desk.

What types of climbing are offered at Mesa Rim?

Spectating: We are happy to have you here! There is no cost to hang out in the facility and watch. We just need a waiver from you. Join the community and see what climbing is all about.

Top Rope Climbing: It takes two to climb! One person climbs while one person on the ground manages the rope (this is also known as belaying). Belay Certification is required if choosing to belay your partner. Must take a lesson or pass the certification test before climbing on the ropes. Belay lessons often fill up, therefore reserving a spot prior to your first visit is highly recommended.

Lead Climbing: A more advanced style of climbing and requires a separate lead test. Must bring your own rope for lead climbing.

Bouldering (climbing without ropes on shorter walls): No lesson required, no partner required.

Gear is available for rent for climbing (harness, climbing shoes, chalk for $6 – not included in day pass)

Is there an age limit for climbing? Do you have gear for small children?

There is no age limit for climbing. All gym users must have a waiver in our system. Parents or court appointed legal guardians must sign a waiver for their child under 18 years old.

Yes! We do have rental gear available for children.

Under 18?

Sign Waiver


  • All gym users must have a waiver in our system. Parents or court appointed legal guardians must sign a waiver for their child under 18 years old.

Parents, if you are dropping off any children under 18, a Parent or Court Appointed Legal Guardian signature is required on the waiver. Fill out the online waiver

Belay Certification


• There is no requirement to have a belay certification to climb. But if you plan to climb with a partner and manage your partner’s rope when climbing, then certification is necessary.
• We do not enforce an age limit for Belay Certification, however, we generally do not teach children under 14 years old how to belay (with the exception of children and teens in our Youth Programs).

Party or Event

*Parties and Events need to be scheduled in advance by emailing events@mesarim.com

Sign Waiver


All party members must have a waiver.

    • All gym users must sign a waiver. All parents or court appointed legal guardians must sign a waiver for their child under 18 years old.

Belay Certification


Big Parties or Events do not require Belay Certification. Our friendly staff members are here to belay all climbers.

Gear

Essentials for Climbing

All essential gear is available for rent or available for purchase in our retail center.

Harness:
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Climbing Shoes:
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Locking Carabiner:
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Belay Device:
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Belay Certification Requirements

Belay Certification


There is no requirement to have a belay certification to climb. But if you plan to climb with a partner and manage your partner’s rope when climbing, then certification is necessary.

Learn how to belay on your first visit. Schedule a belay lesson by calling our Front Desk at 858.201.4411 (The lesson is $8). View belay lesson times. Please allow 45 minutes to an hour for a belay lesson.

Mesa Rim uses the P.L.U.S. Belay system

PLUS Belay System

• It is not required to have a belay certification to climb. However, if you plan to climb with a partner and belay (manage your partner’s rope while climbing), then certification is necessary.
• We do not enforce an age limit for Belay Certification, however, we generally do not teach children under 14 years old how to belay (with the exception of children and teens in our Youth Programs).
• If you choose to take the belay certification, we encourage using the belay device that you are most familiar and comfortable with. Of course, we have belay devices for rent.

Climber must VERBALLY verify the following safety check points:

Harness is properly double backed

Climber is tied-in through both the leg and waist straps on harness

Climber is tied in using a Figure-8 follow through knot with 5 parallel pairs of rope

Knot has at least 6 inches of tail or a stopper knot

Belayer must VERBALLY verify the following safety check points:

Harness is properly double backed

Carabiner is through belay loop

Belay carabiner is locked

Rope is properly fed through belay device

If using tube-style device, both rope and belay device are going through carabiner and brake strand points downward/towards dominant hand.

If using GriGri/Cinch, tug load strand to check device
Rope end is in dominant hand
Climber and Belayer should demonstrate proper communication

“On-belay?, Belay-on, Climbing, Climb-on”

Belayer should take slack for the climber using only the “hand-over-hand” or “Pull-Lock-Under-Slide” method

Belayer must not use a shuffle belay whereby the brake hand is slid up the brake strand without the other hand on the brake strand.

Belayer should not allow significant slack to build up between the wall and climber

Belayer must always keep at least one hand (preferably the same hand) on the brake strand at all times

Belayer must keep the brake strand in the locked off position when not taking rope

Belayer should lower climber with both hands on brake strand

If using GriGri/Cinch, one hand must be on brake strand at all times