Policies and Guidelines
Climbing facility policies
The following policies are for your safety and to protect the integrity of the SUNY Potsdam Leadership and Challenge Center. Any violation of the policies listed below will result in the suspension of your climbing privileges.
Maintain a safe climbing and field house environment
Read and sign a risk/liability waiver before climbing or have one on file
Sign in before every use
SUNY Potsdam students must provide SUNY ID card
Climbers must pass yearly belay test BEFORE belaying others
Tie in with a Figure-8 follow-through and Half-double fisherman’s knot as back up
Food or beverage is not allowed on the climbing mats
Supervision required for participants age 16 or under at all times
Maximum climber capacity on the wall at any one time: 6
**The climbing wall supervisor is responsible for maintaining a safe (physical and emotional) environment for all participants. Therefore, they have the authority to terminate participation for any reason related to participant safety at their discretion. Participants who lose their climbing privileges must meet with the Director of the Climbing Wall & Ropes Course before their climbing privileges will be reinstated.
Climbing facility operating guidelines
The following guidelines are to assist in the safe operation of the Leadership and Challenge Center. Violation of the guidelines listed below will result in suspension of climbing privileges.
Participants should keep off the running track at all times
Maintain three feet of separation from other climbers while climbing
Un-roped climbing or bouldering is not allowed above three meters or three panels high
Climbers have precedence over anyone bouldering or traversing the wall.
Bouldering is allowed even when the wall in not open to climbing
Use ground anchors for belaying those of greater weight than the belayer
Non-SUNY Potsdam climbers will be charged a $5.00 per day fee
Equipment rental requires identification (Helmet use is free to any participant
SUNY Potsdam is not liable for lost or stolen personal items
Participant risk management documents must be revised yearly
Personal gear must be UIAA approved or approved by the climbing wall supervisor