The gym has 20 foot high walls that have been coated with a special synthetic material which simulates actual rock. Climbers use different sized and shaped artificial rocks, known as holds, bolted in place to ascend the walls. Each climber wears a harness and a helmet (adults can waive helmet by signing a helmet waiver form) and is tied into an anchored “belay” system.
As the climber maneuvers up the wall, the “belayer” tightens the rope by pulling it through a self locking safety brake. If the climber slips during the ascent, the safety brake locks and prevents the climber from falling. Once at the top of the route, the belayer simply lowers the climber to the floor. The “top-rope” method of belay used in the gym will hold in excess of 4400 lb, providing safe environment in which to climb.
Climbing improves communication, co-operation and trust, as teamwork is a vital aspect to safe and successful climbing. For 20 years Peaks Indoor Rock Climbing has successfully accommodated many groups, including church youth groups, high school and elementary classes, scouts, army cadets, air cadets, Niagara Firefighters, Niagara Regional Police etc.