• What is UpTown Climbing?
    • UpTown Climbing is Louisiana’s premier indoor rock climbing facility, located in Baton Rouge. We offer classes, group events, memberships, other services, and of course, lots of indoor rock climbing.
  • Where are you located?
    • We are in Baton Rouge, LA, convenient to I-12. Click here for a map and driving directions.
  • Do I need any experience to climb?
    • No. After you sign our waiver, we will provide you a brief orientation that allows you to climb on our auto-belays and our 90’ long bouldering wall. If you take and pass our belay class, you can climb throughout the gym.
  • Can groups climb?
    • Absolutely. Our facility has dedicated rooms to host both parties and groups. We also offer programs for large groups.
  • What is belaying?
    • Belaying is a method of rope management used to prevent a climber from falling to the ground.
  • What are auto-belays?
    • Auto-belays are mechanical devices that slowly lower a climber to the ground in the event of a fall. Auto belays allow climbers to climb rope wall sections without a belay partner.
  • What are top-roping, bouldering, and lead climbing?
    • Top-roping, bouldering, and lead climbing are the three primary types of climbing:
      • Top-roping – Top rope climbing is where the climber is connected to a rope that passes through an anchor system at the top of the climb and back down to a belayer at the bottom of the climb. As the climber ascends, the belayer is responsible for both taking slack out of the rope to shorten the distance of the fall as well as “braking” the rope to catch the climber if they fall.
      • Bouldering – a type of climbing without the use of ropes or harnesses but at limited heights above the ground. Since all bouldering falls are “ground falls”, bouldering employs ground padding to reduce the likelihood of injury.
      • Lead Climbing – an advanced form of belayed rope climbing where the climber pulls the rope up with them as they climb and clip the rope to anchors as they go. The belayer gives slack to the rope to allow the climber to ascend to the next anchor, take slack out of the rope after the climber clips each anchor point, and brake to catch the climber if they fall. 
  • Do I need to sign a waiver to climb?
    • Yes. All patrons of the gym, even if not climbing, must sign our waiver. For children under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign on their behalf. We encourage visitors to complete our Online Waiver in advance of their visit.
  • Are there age restrictions to climb?
    • Any age may climb, however very young children may only climb if they are large enough to fit into one of our safety harnesses. 
    • Children under 18 must have waivers signed by a parent or legal guardian.
    • Age requirements include:
      • Children must be at least 16 to belay, top rope, or lead climb without adult supervision.
      • Children must be at least 14 to use auto belays without adult supervision.
      • Children must be at least 12 to boulder without adult supervision.
  • Do you have climbing options for children?
    • Yes! In fact we have two group rooms great for hosting children's parties.
    • We will also be offering children's camps and establishing children's climbing teams, among other things.
  • I don’t have any equipment – can I still climb?
    • Yes. We rent shoes, harnesses, and chalk bags for a nominal price.
  • What should I wear?
    • We recommend comfortable, loose fitting or stretch clothing. Yoga tights, sweat pants, and long shorts are good options but people do climb in blue jeans as well. If you don’t rent our climbing shoes or have your own, tight fitting tennis shoes are best. Tennis shoes also work well for young children who may not like climbing shoes.
    • Jewelry should be removed. It can snag on climbing holds and equipment and can cause severe injury.
  • Do I need a partner to climb?
    • No. If you do not have a climbing partner you may still climb using our auto belays or on the bouldering wall. 
    • You can also sign up on our “Need a Climbing Partner” sheet to get in touch with a kindred spirit.
  • How much does it cost?
    • A day pass is $16 ($14 children/police/firefighters/active military) and allows you access to the facility for the entire day. Yoga and other classes are separate. The fitness area is for monthly members only. Visit our Join page for membership details.
  • Do you sell gift certificates?
    • Coming soon. In the meantime consider buying someone a 10-punch pass.
  • I’m already a climber – what do I need to do?
    • Buy a Day Pass, Punch Pass, or Membership!
    • On your first visit, experienced climbers will need to sign a waiver (or complete our Online Waiver), go through our gym orientation, and demonstrate your belay skills to one of our staff. We practice the PBUS belay technique and it must be used at all times in our gym.