Why Use Auto Belays?

Why auto belayUsing auto belays in your facility reduces operating costs and attracts more climbers. In addition to increasing current member satisfaction and retention, auto belays are proven to increase membership and overall participation.

Auto Belay Benefits

Traditionally, top rope climbing involves two people – the climber and the belayer. That means you can't climb without a partner unless a staff person at the facility is involved to work as a belayer.

An auto belay is an automatic belay device that eliminates the need for a human belayer. The auto belay takes up the slack as a climber ascends and controls the descent when the climber reaches the top or in the event of a fall. Rather than requiring one human belayer per climber, auto belay devices allows multiple climbers on the wall with one person as a supervisor.

Bottom line, incorporating auto belays into your facility helps you increase revenue while reducing costs and risk.

  • Attract solo climbers: With an auto belay climbers don't need to rely on having a partner every time they visit; single climbers can come in whenever their schedule allows, letting them come in more frequently
  • Minimizing the barriers to entry: You can attract more new participants with auto belays, since new participants can just clip in and climb (which also makes them perfect for venues that attract infrequent climbers, like amusement parks and resorts)
  • Provide a unique endurance training tool: Using an auto belay gives solo climbers the ability to climb up and down routes continuously without the need to take turns with a climbing partner; the result is an endurance workout that's more intense that in traditional indoor climbing
  • Increase programming while decreasing staff costs: Having modular auto belays allows you to hold more classes, birthday parties, clinics and other group programming while keeping staff costs to a minimum
  • Minimize risk: The biggest risk in running a climbing facility are falls related to belayer human error; auto belay devices help mitigate your risk from human error

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Why use an Auto Belay?

This short video talks about how one of our customers, the Boulder Rock Club, uses auto belays and the benefits they've seen for their their facility.

All of the results have been replicated in facilities all around the world.