What is Stowe Rocks?
Stowe Rocks is the indoor climbing center at Stowe Adventure Center. There is a Kid Zone, a 30 foot high Program Wall and a 40 foot high, Elephant Head Rock tower. There are a total of 16 stations from which Top Rope or TruBlue Auto Belay systems are set up, each featuring multiple routes.
Are there any age limits for climbers?
No. Climbers of all ages are invited to join the fun at Stowe Rocks Climbing Center. There is a weight limit for the TruBlue Auto Belay devices. Climbers must be over 22 pounds and less than 330 pounds to use the auto belays. Climbers under the age of 14 must be actively monitored and supervised by a responsible adult (18 years or older).
Is there any paperwork to fill out?
All participants must complete a Participant Agreement prior to. A signature from a parent/guardian is required for all participants under the age of 18. If a minor is coming to Stowe Mountain Resort without a parent/guardian, the agreement must be signed in advance and brought with the minor.
What is the Kid Zone?
The Kid Zone is a climbing area for children ages 12 and under. A twelve foot high wall featuring crazy fun climbing hold such as planes, trains, letters, numbers and trucks! The Kid Zone also features Atomik Climbing Holds Sensory Block holds. These holds are very large and easy to stand on Lego shapes designed to help build confidence needed for stabilization on the wall. Great for working on mobility with young ones!
What is a route?
A route is a series of same colored holds creating a challenge. Each route has a start point and an end point. The challenge is getting from the start point to the end point only using the same colored holds.
What are the difficulty levels of the routes available to climb?
Each of the 16 stations has a variety of routes, each set with a specific degree of difficulty. Each station has a minimum of three routes, a beginner, intermediate and hard route. The grading of these routes follows the Yosemite Decimal System, starting at 5.5 and gradually getting more technical up to 5.14. Routes are changed approx. every month and a half.
What equipment will I need to climb?
All equipment that you will need to climb is available and is included with your pass fee. The equipment available to you is: climbing shoes, climbing harness, and a belay device if you are belay certified. It is recommended that climbers wear athletic clothing while climbing. NOTE: Stowe Rocks is a “liquid-chalk-only” climbing facility.
Can I use my own gear?
Guests who choose to use their own shoes and/or harnesses are responsible for inspecting this equipment prior to use. Stowe Rocks guides reserve the right to prohibit use of equipment with apparent deficiencies. No personal hardware (carabiners, quick draws, belay devices, etc.) are permitted. Stowe Rocks is happy to provide these items for your use, at no additional charge, with your pass fee. Please ask Stowe Rocks staff for assistance if you have questions or concerns.
Are instructions available?
Yes. Certified climbing instructors are on staff whenever Stowe Rocks is open for business to coach and assist with any questions you may have. If you are seeking a Private Lesson, Please call our Vacation Planners to make a reservation.
What is an “auto-belay”?
Auto Belay devices allow a solo climber to hook-in and be belayed by the device while climbing. As the climber ascends, the auto belay automatically reels in the nylon webbing, to which the climber is attached, providing gentle tension as the climber ascends. When the climber “tops out” at the end of their route, or falls, the auto belay gently lowers the climber back to the floor of the climbing wall. Allowing solo climbers to get a lot of climbing in a short amount of time!
What do I need to do to be able to Top Rope belay a climber at Stowe Rocks?
You will need to pass a belay test, designed to show the Stowe Rocks staff that you know how to belay and communicate effectively with your climbing partner. To take the belay test, you must be 13 years of age or older.
Can I Climb at Stowe Rocks if I’m pregnant or have a preexisting medical condition?
The staff at Stowe Rocks Climbing Center at Stowe Mountain Resort are not medically qualified to assess the capacity of participants with medical conditions or questions to undertake the adventure sport of climbing. It remains your responsibility to undertake such an assessment prior to participating in the sport of climbing. We advise you to visit Stowe Mountain Resort prior to booking. You may also wish to contact your doctor for further advice.
USE ALL EQUIPMENT PROPERLY.
Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the use, care, inspection and retirement of climbing gear.
DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR BELAY SYSTEM.
Verify that you’re on belay and that your harness and knot are secure before leaving the ground.
Climbing or bouldering on any wall may result in falls, and falls from any height can result in serious injury or death.
REMEMBER, YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.