Waivers + Policies

Waiver Policy
All participants must sign a Vertical Endeavors Liability Waiver and Rules Agreement.

  • A signed waiver is required for all participants, climbers and spectators in order to enter the gym
  • Participants 18 years old (or older) must present a valid photo ID to a Vertical Endeavors staff member after submitting these forms to verify their information.
  • Participants under 18 years old must have the form signed by their parent or court-appointed legal guardian
  • Vertical Endeavors requires all customers and members to fill out a new waiver every two years
  • Speed up the process by filling out an Online Waiver prior to your visit
  • NOTE: To complete your Online Waiver, you must click on the link emailed to you after completing the form. After you have clicked and confirmed this emailed link, a PDF copy of your waiver will be sent to your email and the Vertical Endeavors location you selected.

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Vertical Endeavors Rules Agreement – Glendale Heights, IL

General Rules

Anyone entering the Facility must have a signed/completed “Waiver of Liability/Assumption of Risk” form on file. If the participant is under 18 years of age their Parent or Court Appointed Legal Guardian must sign it for them.

Everyone must check in at the front counter before entering the climbing area. ­­­Members must show a counter employee their membership card and picture ID when entering.

Before using the Auto Belays, Bouldering, Belaying, Lead Climbing or Lead Belaying, you must be checked out by a Vertical Endeavors staff member. You will be given a wristband when you check in. Upon passing the qualification, the staff will remove the wristband and will enter your name in our database as qualified for that activity.

WARNING – Wristbands removed by the climber may result in loss of climbing privileges.

  • All climbers must comply with the judgment and decisions of the staff on duty in the climbing facility.
  • The teaching of rock climbing safety procedures is not allowed in the facility except by Vertical Endeavors staff.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult unless they are part of a Vertical Endeavors Program.
  • The use of cellular phones, MP3 players, headphones or similar devices is prohibited while belaying and climbing.
  • Climbing with a cellular phone, MP3 Players, headphones or similar devices that could be dropped onto or injure others is prohibited.
  • Only rock climbing equipment approved by Vertical Endeavors staff is to be used in the climbing facility.
  • Only appropriate climbing footwear will be permitted on climbing surfaces. The use of rock climbing shoes or athletic shoes is recommended. No bare feet allowed in gym except in locker rooms.
  • Climbers must wear appropriate clothing at all times. Shirts must be worn in the facility, except in locker rooms.
  • Please consider using a helmet. Helmets are available for a nominal fee.
  • No snacks, food or beverage (except bottled water) is allowed in the gym past the front counter area. Please use the customer table, cubbies, counter top or picnic tables for snacks and beverages.
  • Chalk balls only. No loose (powdered or block) chalk allowed. Any chalk bags found with loose chalk will either be held at the front counter or dumped out and a chalk ball can be purchased.
  • Groups and lessons in progress have priority on routes. If an instructor needs the route, you may be asked to move to another route.
  • Packs, shoes, coats etc. must be stored in a locker or cubbies. Do not store items on the main level or in the weight equipment workout area. Vertical Endeavors is not responsible for personal items including Lost & Found, stolen or broken items.
  • No climbing or belaying is allowed while under the influence of intoxicating substances.
  • The use of vulgar language or improper conduct will result in loss of climbing privileges without a refund.

Facility Specific Rules

  • Vertical Endeavors Kids Clubhouse: This area is NOT supervised by Vertical Endeavors Staff. Children playing in this area must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • If you are unfamiliar with the proper use of the weight equipment you must ask for a short orientation before use.
  • Locks are not allowed to remain on lockers overnight. If locks are left, they will be cut off and contents will be put in Lost & Found.
  • Parking is not allowed in front of loading dock area. Overnight parking is prohibited. Your car may be towed by building management at your expense.

Auto Belays Rules

All customers using the Auto Belays must be oriented to the proper use of this system. Orientation will only allow you to use the Auto Belays until you have passed the regular top rope belay check-out. It is the climbers responsibility to properly clip into the Auto Belay and to perform the proper double checks on themselves. Always “DOUBLE CLIP”! Always “DOUBLE CHECK”! Stay in line with top anchor. NEVER CLIMB INTO SLACK!

Children under the age of 12 must be supervised and connected to the Auto Belays by an adult.

Bouldering Rules

Bouldering is only allowed over padded areas. Do not boulder under roped climbers. Bouldering is not allowed next to, above or across the emergency door area. It is recommended to have a minimum of one Spotter per Climber when bouldering. When bouldering, the Boulderer’s feet shall not pass above the height on the wall equivalent to the height of the Boulderer’s shoulders at ground level. A Climber’s voluntary participation in bouldering indicates their acknowledgment that bouldering is dangerous and that a Spotter may not prevent injuries. Spotters understand that they may be injured by the Boulderer if they should fall. Vertical Endeavors recommends the use of portable landing mats (crash pads) in addition to existing protective systems, whether provided by Vertical Endeavors or customers. Move the provided landing mats to the best position to protect you from a fall when bouldering.

Only authorized participants may climb or boulder on the walls. Authorization must be obtained by demonstrating the appropriate skills to an appointed member of the staff on duty in the facility.

Top Out Bouldering Rules

  • You must be 18 to top out on boulder (Exceptions by arrangement only).
  • If you do not demonstrate topping out you may lose your top out boulder privileges.
  • Vertical Endeavors Top Out Boulder tag must be worn at all times while in top out boulder area.
  • You must sign the “qualification” form prior to bouldering on your own. Only qualified participants may top out on boulder.
  • No flips, tricks or jumping from top out bouldering area.
  • Practice safe falling techniques; roll if needed to reduce impact. All falls are ground falls!

Belaying Rules

All belayers and climbers agree to utilize proper belaying technique and agree to DOUBLE CHECK their set-up before beginning the climb. The belayer will check the climbers gear and knots, and the climber will check the belayer’s system and exchange confirmation that the set-up is correct. This is most important and must be performed at the start of each and every climb!

The belayer must pay attention to the climber at all times.

Children must be 14 or older in order to belay (Exceptions by arrangement only.)

Lead Climbing Rules

Lead climbing at Vertical Endeavors is a privilege. Lead climbers that do not abide by the Lead climbing rules will be warned and Leading privileges may be taken away. Practice lead falls are not allowed in the facility except in lessons supervised by Vertical Endeavors staff. All Lead climbers must have a VE lead climbing tag on their harness.

Children must be 16 or older to Lead Belay or Lead Climb (Exceptions by arrangement only.)

Any infractions of the above rules will result in loss of privileges for that event. Repeated infractions will result in loss of climbing privileges.

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