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.
We offer auto-belay climbing, giving you the freedom to climb the taller walls without the need for an engaged partner or more advanced training. Climbing with auto-belays is a lot fun and is very easy to do.
3 – Optional Gear
Climbing shoes, harnesses and other gear 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 and harness sizing can take a few minutes to get right.
4 – Optional Climbing Certification
Rope climbing and belaying at Crux are advanced styles of climbing that require staff certification. If you are new to climbing, we will be happy to show you the ropes (pun totally intended). Auto-belay training & certification is quick and takes roughly 10-20 minutes depending upon group size. For top-rope training, we have classes that occur every Tuesday and Thursday. These classes require 24/hr notice. Lead climbing and belaying training must be scheduled in advance. Classes are 3 hours and you must already be CruxCC top-rope certified. Please see our classes page for more information on registering for a class.
If you have experience in climbing or belaying on top-rope or lead, our staff will need to verify your proficiency. Don’t take it personally—we believe that you’re amazing, but safety comes first! Please budget 10-20 minutes for this. Testing is performed by staff, as time permits and is free for the first try. If you do not pass, all other attempts will be $9.