Over the past few weeks you may have noticed some Top Ropes on the lead walls! Here's a Q + A from our Routesettters hopefully answering any questions you may have.
"Why are the top ropes here?"
On any given week night, our top rope terrain is extremely high traffic while our lead walls remain nearly empty. Not only do the top ropes on the lead wall provide much needed relief to our crowded areas elsewhere in the gym, but they also provide top rope climbers with access to the underused and more intimidating terrain they seldom get to experience.
"Now there are crowds on the lead walls as well, why diminish the space dedicated to leading?”
We value all our members and guests equally. Higher traffic on the lead walls is exactly what we hoped to see with the addition of these top ropes. The vast majority of our customers and members are top rope only. When we please the majority of our clientele, our business benefits, and when our business benefits....everyone benefits! We are a united climbing community and no one customer is more important than another so we hope everyone can share the terrain and their climbing experiences with a happy heart!
"Why can't the top rope climbers just learn to lead climb or partner up with someone who can?"
This may seem easy to the experienced climber, but all of us were beginners at one point and should remember that learning to lead climb is a slow process and that finding a lead climber willing to partner up with someone who can't lead belay can be very challenging. There are not many opportunities in our gym for climbers to practice a climb on top rope before leading it and some of the lead terrain is much more challenging than anything available in our top rope terrain. We hope the availability of these new lines will help bridge the gap for climbers transitioning between the two disciplines.
"Don't the top ropes get in the way and seem dangerous?"
We get it, bobbing and weaving around a top rope isn't the most fun thing to do when leading, but it’s a small sacrifice we hope our elite members are willing to make so that this valuable terrain may be put to better use. In many gyms (and in our future gyms), wall manufacturers design all lines to be lead AND top roped. This practice is quite common and we are sure Climb Nashville members will get used to it in time.
"Is having a top rope climber next to me dangerous while I'm lead climbing?"
We hope that all our members and guests communicate with each other in all areas of our gym to keep each other safe and strengthen the bonds of the community. If the presence of the top ropes has invited less experienced users into your lead environment, please share with them your thoughts on climbing etiquette and use the opportunity to educate one another!
"Can I just pull the top rope and put it back up when I'm done?"
Tampering with or removing gym equipment (including top ropes) is not allowed.
"Where do I clip my lead rope in at the anchors?"
Simply drop the rope through the shuts at the top like you normally would and lower back down to earth!
"Will the top ropes be changed out or rotated?"
Lead wall top ropes rotate between the 7°, 10°, and 20° walls along with the normal route turnover.
"Where can I provide feedback on these top ropes or anything else setting related?"
We love to hear what you think! Any feedback you have can be shared by filling out a comment card and dropping it in the "Setter Feedback" box near the front of the gym. We've had a very positive response to the addition of these top ropes but we also understand that some of our members are not pleased with their presence. We hope to strike a compromise by rotating them between our lead walls as we set!