Digital climbing waiver is the guardian of your safety.


It is critical that all participants adhere to and follow all protocols and procedures established by the University and the OAP. This includes following all directions and instructions given by University or OAP personnel. By filling out this form, you are giving your consent to being held responsible for your actions and adhering to the institution's stated protocols and procedures. This includes adhering to ALL procedures implemented to reduce the contraction and spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. 

I accept full responsibility for my own safety while in the Eastern Oregon University Climbing Wall. I agree to abide by, and help enforce, the following safety policies and rules. 


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Special Addendum - Infectious Disease - COVID-19 Policies

  • Participants MUST schedule an appointment with the OAP in order to access the climbing wall.
  • Participants MUST fill out and submit the Health Screening Checklist before entering climbing wall facility.
  • All climbers will wash hands 20 seconds with soap and water before entering the facility. 
  • All climbers must use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entry and after each climbing attempt. The OAP will provide hand sanitizer.
  • Any participant or climber entering the climbing wall facility will be REQUIRED to wear an approved face covering during the entirety of their visit.
  • A limit of 6 climbers will be allowed in the climbing wall area at any one time.
  • Each climber MUST stay with the same partner for their entire visit.
  • Roped climbing routes will be spaced out at least 12 feet from each other.
  • No loose chalk. Only liquid chalk is allowed. Liquid chalk will be available for purchase at the climbing wall.
  • Sharing of belay devices or other equipment is strongly discouraged.
  • The OAP strongly recommends that climbers use their own harness and shoes. However, the OAP will continue to rent out these two items to students in need. 
  • Any participant not adhering to these infectious disease protocols will be asked to leave the premises. Campus Security may be notified if non-compliance persists.


1. Climbers must check in at desk before climbing and have completed the Activity Waiver form and the Safety Policies and Rules form.

2. Climbers engaged in roped climbing must go through a Climb & Belay proficiency check unless under the direct supervision of a climbing instructor or if a youth (see youth policies.)

3. All belayers must stand. Sitting or laying down while belaying is not allowed.

4. No use of headphones allowed while engaged in roped climbing.

5. Only commercially manufactured personal climbing equipment in good condition is allowed.

6. Climbing equipment must be used according to manufacturing instructions. Tie in with figure-eight follow through only. Only locking carabiners are to be used to connect the belay devices to the belayer. Standard climbing signals must be used.

7. Please report loose holds, bad wear spots on ropes, and anything else you believe to be a safety hazard.

8. Only climbing staff or approved designees will move handholds and hardware.

9. Helmets are recommended, but only required for users who have not signed helmet waiver.

10. No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs allowed on the premises.

11. Eating, drinking and chewing gum in the climbing wall area is prohibited with the exception of water.

12. Barefoot climbing is not allowed. No street shoes on blue mats.

13. All accidents or equipment damage must be reported immediately to staff.

14. Any climber may be asked by Climbing Wall staff or EOU Security to adjust, alter, or discontinue any activity or behavior judged to be inappropriate, disruptive, or hazardous.

15. Climbing Wall staff and Security reserve the right to suspend any individual permanently, or for a specified period of time, for failure to comply with the above safety policies and rules, or for any conduct that is viewed by the staff as unsafe or inappropriate.

16. It is the responsibility of all users to be aware of their surroundings and to not climb or stand below other climbers where they could have objects or climbers falling on them.

Youth Policies

17. All participants under 18 must have a waiver and rules form signed by both them and their parents/legal guardian.

18. Children 4 and under are not allowed to climb. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

19. Climbers under the age of 14 are designated as “Climber only” and may not belay or tie themselves in without special approval from Climbing Wall staff. They must be accompanied by a belay certified adult at all times.

20. Children and youth must be under control and within arms reach of supervising adult when not climbing.

21. Only two children per parent or adult.

Bouldering Policies

22. It is up to the climber/boulderer to be aware of landing zone, any people below them and ensure the area is clear.

23. Crash pads and spotter are highly recommended when climbing on the outside boulder. It is the climber’s responsibility to move and use portable bouldering pads appropriately.

24. No bouldering allowed above bouldering line or on roof of bouldering wall.

25. Spotters highly encouraged, especially when in an inverted position.

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