First Time / Need to Know at Urban Krag

Your first time at Urban Krag will require a signed liability waiver. All climbers must have a Urban Krag Climbing Center waiver form on file. Climbers under 18 must present a hard copy (paper waiver) signed by a parent or court appointed legal guardian. Minimum age is Four (4) years.

Important Notice: If your were born before June 24, 1999 Print and Sign the Minor Waiver.

Retention of submitted online waivers is 60 days.


For all those 14 or older, your first visit will require a belay certification. Belay certifications are held on demand, Tuesday through Sunday from opening to 2 hours before closing. No appointment is necessary. We do not belay for customers so bringing a buddy is a good idea but, not necessary. We usually have folks looking for a climbing partner. And our regulars are the best.

If you have previous belaying experience; you can opt for our belay test which is $3.00. (If more than 2 of the 6 procedures need to be taught, then it will be considered a class and proper charges will be applied.)

Or if you have no experience you will need to take the Belay Certification class. This is all the safety instruction; it usually takes about 20-30 minutes to teach 1 person (the more people in the class, the longer the class will take) and is a one-time charge of $15.00 per person. It isn’t difficult to belay but remember it is all about safety so the class could take longer (or shorter) depending on how quickly you learn. After the class, you will be tested, this test is included in the price of the class.

First time participants 14 or older will receive a free week membership (including rental equipment) After passing a belay certification class and purchasing a day pass.

If you are 13 and younger, you will need someone who is belay certified to belay for you. Preferably a legal guardian.

If you are a minor (17 or younger) you will need to have a parent or legal guardian fill out and sign a hard copy (paper) waiver for you. You will need to bring this signed paper waiver with you, we will need this for our files.

After certification, you are free to top rope and boulder as much as you wish.

Day passes are good ALL DAY.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX, Cash and personal in state checks with proper ID as methods of payment.

The total charges for a first time (no prior experience) visit will be:

Belay Certification $15.00
Daily Pass $14.00
Shoes $4.00
Harness $3.00
Tax $1.60
Total $37.60

To access the Digial Waivers, you must have read and understood the above information. Call for questions: 937.224.KRAG (5724)

Please ensure all minors (under 18 years of age - minimum age is four years old) who are not accompanied by a parent or court appointed legal guardian come to Urban Krag with a hard copy (paper) waiver that is completed and signed by their parent or legal guardian. Please note: Legal guardians must present proof of guardianship to sign a child's waiver.


Top-rope; is a style of climbing in which the climber is securely tied into a rope which then passes up, through an anchor at the top of the climb, and back down to the belayer at the bottom of the climb.

Bouldering; short climbs close to the ground (12’ or lower) usually consisting of difficult dynamic movements.

Belay; to tend the rope, to “spot” or “catch” the climber in the event of a fall.

Belay test; The following are the 6 requirements you will be tested on.

  1. Harness fitting
  2. Figure of 8 knot
  3. Figure of 8 follow through knot
  4. Double fishermen or double overhand backup knot
  5. Proper belaying technique
  6. Belay communications

If more than 2 of the 6 requirements are found to be incorrect, then it will be considered a class and proper charges will be applied.

You will need to test to either lead belay or lead. There are no charges for these tests however, you can only test once per day for either. If you fail after 3 attempts, you must complete a Lead Climbing class before you can test again.