Welcome to Crux Climbing Center, Austin’s premier facility for climbing, bouldering, yoga, and fitness. We’re so glad you found us! We have a lot to offer, so there’s a lot to learn. In order to maximize the time you can spend enjoying the facility, please read through the steps below. This will help you get to the good stuff ASAP on your first visit.
1 – Complete the Waiver
All visitors must complete the Waiver in order to use the facility.
Anyone under 18 MUST have a parent or legal guardian complete the waiver for them, NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are bringing in someone else’s child, the parent or legal guardian of the child needs to fill out the waiver ahead of time online.
We strongly recommend that you complete and submit the agreement online before you arrive. It will be waiting for you when you arrive and will help you get to climbing sooner. If you don’t have access to a printer or just forget to knock this out in advance, kiosks are available for you in our welcome area.
2 – Orientation
Safety is our top priority at Crux Climbing Center. Every first-time visitor must complete our general orientation. This includes a facility overview and bouldering training. Familiarizing yourself with this material before you arrive will expedite the orientation, which means you have more time for climbing. You will have access to all of the bouldering walls after orientation.
Orientation is usually brief, but that can vary depending on the size of the group. Experienced climbers should budget 5-10 minutes for this session; novices may need between 15 and 30 minutes before they are comfortable getting started.
3 – Optional Gear
Climbing shoes and chalk bags are not required for climbing, but they are highly recommended. You will find all of the equipment you need to get started in our shop, or you can rent gear from us. BONUS, gear is free on your first visit. Everyone is a snowflake, so shoe sizing can take a few minutes to get right.
What do you offer?
Crux Climbing Center is a 22,000 sqft facility which includes climbing terrain, a yoga studio, a workout area, and a climbing gear shop. All climbing areas have been designed to foster a sense of community and comfort—we encourage you to relax in a comfy chair and observe your contemporaries when you’re not on the wall!
Our climbing store has everything you could need, whether you’re just getting started with your first gear or are continuing to fulfill a lifelong passion for climbing and fitness.
What does a day pass get you?
What doesn’t a day pass include might be easier to answer. A day pass at Crux Climbing Center gains you full access to the facility for an entire day. Climb until you’re hungry, step out for a bite to eat, then return for more any time throughout the day. This pass also gives you access to yoga and fitness classes, as well as fitness equipment. Gear packages are complimentary for first time visitors only. Day passes only apply to one location per day.
Do I need a partner to climb?
Climbing can be a wonderful way to socialize, but unless you are wanting to climb top-rope or lead routes (which require a belayer and only at our south location), no, you do not need to have a partner in order to climb. Bouldering and auto-belay climbing can both be enjoyed solo.
Is there an age limit?
Climbing can be a lifelong pursuit. No age is too young, so we welcome all ages. For everyone’s safety, we require that individuals younger than 13 be accompanied by an adult at all times in no more than a 1:4 (parent:child) ratio. Kids younger than 13 may be granted the freedoms of an adult if they can display competency and dedication to our safety policies and rules. The same age limit and expectations apply to youth who wish to belay and lead climb.
Do you have kid-friendly areas or day care?
Kid-friendly? Yes! Our Kids Area is perfect for them! We’ve had kids as young as 2 years enjoy the kids room, and can typically harness most 3+ year olds. We do not offer day care, but we do offer after school Kids Club and Rec Team to coach kids as young as five.
Do you offer any discounts?
We have a wide variety of discounts for members in the community. Please check our Discounted Rates page for specific details.
Do you offer birthday packages?
We love kiddos and hope you consider Crux for their next birthday party…or even yours! Please check our Parties and Groups section for more details.
Do you have locker rooms?
We’ve put a lot of time and thought into our locker rooms and we hope you enjoy them. Day use of lockers is complimentary, but we do charge a small fee of $10 for long-term locker rentals. You can obtain a free lock for day use from the front desk in exchange for collateral.
Can I rent gear from Crux?
We have you covered, don’t worry. You can rent shoes, chalk bags, harnesses, belay devices, and lead rope at the front desk. For prices check our Rates page. If you decide you want to purchase your own gear, check out our rock climbing store!
What do I wear?
Climbing can put you in some interesting positions. Tight or restrictive attire can make for an unpleasant experience, both for you and for those around you. While there is no specific required attire, we do have a few restrictions. Rings, watches, key chains, hoop or dangly earrings should not be worn. Anything that could get caught on part of the climbing terrain or in belay equipment and take part of you or your clothing with it should be removed. Using headphones or earbuds means you may not be able to hear others who may be trying to communicate with you. Please make sure the volume is low enough, so that you can hear what is going on around you. Other than that, just dress comfortably in attire that you would wear for other active endeavors.
Do I need special shoes?
Climbing shoes are not required, but some form of closed toe shoes are. If you’d like to get the best out of your climbing experience though, climbing shoes are a must. First-time visitors are provided these for free. After that, shoes and other equipment may be rented for a $5 +tax. Should you choose to wear your own shoes, we strongly recommend that you wear outdoor shoes, preferably thin soled shoes. They’ll grip better, and anyways, we don’t want you to scuff up your nice kicks.
Are there other amenities offered nearby?
Yes! One of the best things about Crux’s N. Central location are the neighbors. Our site features Spokesman Coffee and Beer with grab and go food and Brewtorium Brewery and full kitchen. We hope you come to climb and linger longer to check out the one-of-a-kind food and drinks.
My child is 5 or under, do I still pay full price for a day pass?
Kids 5 and under can climb for $10, unless the parent or guardian is a member, and then the kiddo can climb for free!
Can i bring in another person’s child?
You are allowed to bring in a child that is not your own, as long as the child’s parent or legal guardian has signed the waiver online for them.
Who can come in 6am – 11am on mon-fri?
Members are the only ones that can come in 6AM – 11AM on Monday through Friday. No walk-ins, guest passes, or punch pass holders may come before 11AM Mon-Fri.
Do you allow dogs?
Yes, we love our furry friends. Please see our full list of Doggy Dos and Donts here.