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New to climbing?

Everyone can do it and it's easier than you think to get started!

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Sign your waiver

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Attend a FREE 15 minute

Intro-to-climbing and facility orientation

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Gear up! FREE Equipment rental for all First Time Visitors*

climb on!


It really is that easy!

*First Time Visitors receive climbing shoes, chalk, and harness with buddy pass, day pass, or membership.

Ways to try
First Time Kamaaina and Military

Day PasS - Kamaaina and Military

day pass

Learn to Boulder class

Learn the Ropes Class




Ways to JOIN
Annual Membership

family Monthly membership

Monthly Membership

Weekly Membership

Shareable 6-punch pass




types of climbing

HiClimb offers four unique types of climbing. Bouldering, Auto Belays, Top Rope, Lead Climbing


Bouldering is a unique form of rock climbing that focuses on climbing short routes without the use of ropes or harnesses. As a subtype of climbing, bouldering is great for beginners and experts and emphasizes powerful, dynamic, and technical movements. Bouldering relies on the use of thick crash pads to help protect from falls.

Interested in learning more about bouldering? Check out our Learn to Boulder classes, FREE with a membership!


An auto belay is a mechanical device used for belaying on indoor climbing walls. These devices are excellent for children and adults of all skill levels and enables climbers to ascend without the need for a human belaying partner.
Weight restrictions: 30lb-300lbs

Age restrictions: must be 14 to clip in unsupervised 

Great for groups!

top rope

Top rope climbing is a form of rock climbing where the climber is securely attached to a climbing rope that runs through a fixed anchor at the top of the climbing wall, and back down to the belayer at the base of the climb. A climber who falls while climbing is caught by the belayer and can either resume their climb or have the belayer lower them down in a controlled manner to the base of the climb.

Top rope climbing at HiClimb requires a top rope belay certification.  HiClimb employs and enforces American Mountain Guide Association belay standards. Experienced climbers may ‘test-out’ with a staff member to receive certification. Belayers must be at least 14 years of age (Call for exceptions).

Want to learn to top rope? Check out our Learn the Ropes Class.

lead climbing

Lead climbing is an advanced discipline of climbing offered at HiClimb. When lead climbing, the lead climber clips their rope to a piece of climbing protection (a fixed draw) as they ascend a climbing route, while their lead belayer remains at the base of the route belaying the rope to protect the lead climber in the event that they fall. Lead climbing differs from top rope due to the position of the rope and the addition of lead specific skills required.

Lead climbing at HiClimb requires a lead climbing certification. HiClimb employs and enforces American Mountain Guide Association standards. Experienced climbers may ‘test-out’ with a staff member. Climbers must be at least 14 years of age to participate (Call for exceptions).

Interested in learning to lead? Check out our class offerings.

kilter board



The Kilter Board is a light-up climbing board that you control with your phone. Any climber of any skill level, beginner or expert, can access a worldwide database of boulder problems, or create their own to share with other climbers. What’s even cooler is that the board’s angle is adjustable, allowing you to climb at a vertical angle (0 degrees) or a steep angle (40 degrees). If you send a boulder problem at one angle, try climbing the same problem at a steeper angle to increase the difficulty gradually over time.

setting schedule

Fresh Sets!

Our route setting team works hard to keep things fresh by setting new routes 4 days per-week, every week! 

Monday: Rope Setting

Tuesday: Rope Setting

Wednesday: Maintenance

Thursday: Boulder Setting

Friday: Boulder Setting

The R.I.C Scale

All of the routes at HiClimb are set using the Risk, Intisity, and Complexity (R.I.C) Scale. This system provides setters with a higher level of understanding across all the climbs in the gym by improving the quality of climbs and creating a diverse climbing environment. 

The Team

Our route setting team consists of between 4 to 6 full-time and part-time setters. All of our setters have been professionally trained and have years of commercial experience from gyms across the globe (from New York City to Japan). 

The Community
Follow your friends, share your sends, track your progress, see who set which route/problem and get beta all in one place. 

Join Vertical Life App.

Boulder Grades

Hybrid Circuit System

HiClimb's hybrid circuit grading system categorizes each bouldering problem into a range of 3 possible V-grades. We believe this system exposes you, the climber, to a broader range of climbing styles and difficulties without the subjectivity that is often experienced with single V-grade routesetting. This broad approach encourages growth as a climber in and out of the gym. 

In the Gym

All of HiClimb's routes are monochromatic, meaning, each route uses the same color holds to ensure each route is easily distinguishable from other routes. However, a routes hold color does not always correlate to the routes difficulty. We use colored identification tags and matching colored tape to identify the routes difficulty, start and finish holds. If a route does not have an indicated finish hold, then the finish is the hand rail at the top of the wall.

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Route Grades

Yosemite Decimal System

HiClimb's Yosemite Decimal System (YSD) follows the traditional YSD but with a small modification at the levels of 5.10 to 5.13. Instead of the traditional 'A, B, C, and D' difficulty subdivisions we use a '+ or -' indicator to denote an increase or decrease of the base difficulty. For example a 5.10+ is not quite a 5.11 but is harder than a 5.10. 

In the Gym

Our roped routes (top rope and lead) begin at 5.6 (easiest) and increase in difficulty to 5.13+ (hardests). Like our boulder routes, all of HiClimb's routes are monochromatic, meaning, each route uses the same color holds to ensure each route is easily distinguishable from other routes. 

route setters
andre hoyos

Route Setting Manager

Sara Route Setter
sara griffith

Lead Route Setter

rob Ueno

Lead Route Setter

Semaj thomas

Route Setter

Jack mcnamara

Head Coach & Route Setter

Deann Route Setter
deanne kennedy

Route Setter

Have questions or feedback for our setters?

Please email our Route Setting Manager, Andre Hoyos.

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