We buy all of our climbing equipment from professional climbing manufacturers, and each item meets the appropriate standards of either the CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) or UIAA (Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme or International Federation of Mountaineering Associations). This includes our ropes, carabiners, gri-gris, quickdraws and harnesses.
We spent weeks researching different kinds of floor padding (and learned a great deal about the various kinds of foam they are made with!), including inviting 4 flooring vendors to recommend systems for the gym. One concern we had involved the use of portable “drag mats” commonly used in indoor gyms for bouldering areas. As we learned more about flooring systems, we became convinced that drag mats can lead to ankle and other injuries, due to improper positioning, or falls onto the edges of the mats. Some mats (e.g. those with soft bevelled edges) may be better than others, but we wanted a system that presented a seamless surface to a falling climber, with the right kind of landing surface to minimize injuries.
After considering several options, we chose Asana Climbing as our padding provider. For the roped climbing area we have 6 inches of padding, made up of about 4 cm (1.5 inches) of carpet bonded closed cell foam (for a firm top layer) with about 11 cm (4.5 inches) of softer open cell foam underneath. Most of the experts we consulted felt that combination would suffice for not only the roped climbing and slackline areas, but also for some of the bouldering terrain, up to 3.35 m (11 feet) in height. Despite that assurance (which we believed), we have added another 5 cm (2 inches) of soft foam in a few areas where bouldering will take climbers to modest heights, and where there will be a lot of traffic.
In the advanced bouldering area, where the wall height varies from 3.66 to 4.25 m (12 to 14 feet), we chose Asana’s custom padding solution. This is a grid of individual pads with sewn nylon covers, joined by wide velcro seam covers to produce a seamless surface that exactly matches the contours of the bouldering wall. These 30 cm (12 inch) thick pads contain 5 cm (2 inches) of closed cell foam, and 25 cm (10 inches) of softer open cell foam.
We believe our flooring system will provide good support with the right balance between a firm surface and a soft landing. It is designed for foot falls, and the wall angles are designed to minimize the chance of falling on your back as you climb higher.
Beyond the climbing equipment, we also maintain a properly stocked first aid kit in the gym, including EpiPens for both adults and children, and an AED at the entrance to the gym. All of our Climbing Instructors have first aid training that includes use of both EpiPens and the AED.