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3600 Charlotte Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209 

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Saturday: 9am-10pm 
Sunday: 12pm-10pm 


1900 Eastland Ave. #104
Nashville, TN 37206

Monday – Friday: 5am-10pm 
Saturday: 9am-10pm 
Sunday: 12pm-10pm 

3600 Charlotte Ave
Nashville, TN, 37209
United States

(615) 463-7625

Climb Nashville is the south’s destination for indoor climbing. Friendly and experienced staff can teach you how to climb safely and help you share an adventure with your family and friends that they’ll never forget.

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Auto Belay Update

Eric Steltenpohl

During the month of October we had to take down our Auto Belay units for inspection. We would like to provide information on why we removed the units so that you have a better understanding about our protocol for maintaining Auto Belay in our gyms.


Our Auto Belay units come from Perfect Descent, they contain a flat coiled piece of thin metal called the spring. It is responsible for retracting the lanyard as you climb up the wall. The spring is not solely responsible for your safety. The lowering mechanism, responsible for catching and lowering the climber is a separate part and even it has a safety back-up.


Recently, the spring in one of our Auto Belay units was functioning improperly so we immediately suspended all Auto Belay use. Our protocol is that if there is an incident with one of our Auto Belay units, we inspect all units with regard to the safety of our climbers. This case was no exception so all Auto Belay units were taken down and inspected, those without new replacement springs were returned to Perfect Descent. Springs were replaced in Auto Belay units of the same generation that had not been recently replaced, regardless of their condition. After inspecting all our Auto Belay units, we are now back up and running as before. 


Climb Nashville does not expect further issues with Auto Belay retraction. In fact, we are now replacing the springs in our Auto Belay units more often than the manufacturer recommends. However, climbers should always be aware of the issue and stop climbing and alert staff if you encounter an auto belay device that does not retract.  We hope this clears up any confusion about our protocol and risk management regarding our auto belay units, and always feel free to reach out to us here!