Frequently Asked Questions

What’s bouldering?

Bouldering is free climbing with no ropes and it has slightly lower walls and thicker padding.

What is a Belayer?

A belayer is the safety person on the ground to whom the climber is roped. He or she catches or lowers the climber. A belayer is required for any top rope climbing. We offer a belay class to anyone aged 13 and older who would like to learn this skill.

Do I need any special equipment?

No special equipment is needed to boulder though you might find climbing shoes beneficial. For top roping, you will need a harness, carabiner, and belay device.

All equipment is available for rent.

Do I need to make a reservation?

If this is your first time coming to a climbing gym and you feel you will need some instruction, please make a reservation for groups of 4 or more. Otherwise, no reservation is needed.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes. If you are going to participate in any activities at ARCH you will need to sign a waiver first. For participants under the age of 18, a waiver must be signed by a LEGAL GUARDIAN.

Who can sign the waiver?

Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian; babysitters, friends, activity directors or other family members do not count as legal guardians. If a waiver is not signed, participants cannot climb.

What should I wear?

Our dress code is pretty relaxed. We do advise you to wear temperature appropriate clothing. If you are going to be using a harness, you’ll probably want your shorts to be long enough to extend below the harness to avoid irritation.

Climbing shoes are not required to climb, but they are advised.

Anything I should do before our visit?

You might want to save some time by either filling out our waiver online or printing it, signing it and bringing it with you to the gym.

Do you have ‘kid friendly’ climbing?

Yes we do. Any age can climb and we also have a “toddler wall” built for the wee ones.

What is your grading scale?

Our bouldering courses range from V0 to V9. Our top ropes range from 5.6 to 5.13.

Outside food or drink?

Yes, you are welcome to bring outside food and drinks.

(806) 418-2431


Sunday 1pm–8pm
Monday 2pm–9pm
Tuesday 2pm–9pm
Wednesday 2pm–9pm
Thursday 2pm–9pm
Friday 2pm–10pm
Saturday 10am–10am


500 S Fannin St, Amarillo, TX 79106

Amarillo Rock Climbing House

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