1. Do I need any experience to climb?
No, you don’t need any experience to come and enjoy climbing. Feel free to sign up for a Basic Course where you’ll learn all the bases and experience some real rock climbing.
2. Can I bring my own gear?
Yes you can, but we do reserve the right to inspect your gear to make sure it meets the safety standards.
3. Do you provide gear?
Yes, we can provide helmets, harnesses and shoes if necessary at no extra cost. We have limited shoe sizes, so we do recommend at least bringing your own shoes.
4. Do you provide transportation?
Yes, we can provide transportation from hotels in the San Juan area at no extra cost.
5. What should I bring?
You’ll need your food and water. A small towel is good and we suggest a change of clothes or at least an extra shirt. Yes, we do sweat it out.
6. What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable, athletic gear. Avoid loose fitting clothes. Sneakers or approach shoes work best to walk on rugged terrain. Outdoor sandals work ok too. Avoid flip-flops or shoes with exposed fingers.
7. Are there any requisites to take the Advanced Course?
We recommend at least having top-roped 10 routes. You should feel comfortable climbing so you can process the new information given.
8. How long is a half day?
A half day consists of 4 hours of climbing
9. How long is a full day?
A full day consists of 6-8 hours of climbing, depending on how long your arms last.
10. What do we do if the weather is bad?
Rain and lightning create negative climbing experiences. Given that this type of weather can develop without warning, guides will use their best judgment to determine if they should cancel or not. We can always reschedule or change locations. If we should cancel on the same day of the activity half of your deposit will be returned.
11.Do you provide gear rental?
We currently don’t provide gear rental.
12. Are there age limits?
Yes, the minimum age limit is 10 years old, and the maximum age limit is 60 years old.
13. How does the liability waiver work?
We will provide a waiver and a medical file to be filled out the day of the activity. Waivers need to be executed every time you climb. For minors (under 18), the waiver needs to be executed by a parent or guardian. If a parent or guardian is not accompanying a minor, the parent or guardian may complete the waiver and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time.
14. How can I pay?
We currently have two methods of payment, through PayPal or cash.
15. What is your guide to participant ratio?
There is a maximum ratio of 5 participants per guide.
16. When is the best time to climb in Puerto Rico?
Basically we run on an endless summer all year round, but if you’re a climate/condition freak, the best sending temps are on the last weeks of February and the first weeks of March. Humidity levels average between 80% in the mornings and 66%w in the afternoons.
17. Can we tip our guide?
A show of appreciation for a job well done is always appropriate. We think you’ll agree that the guides go above and beyond the call of duty to make your climb as safe, successful and enjoyable as possible. Your contribution can go directly to your guide on the day of your adventure, and will surely be appreciated. If you wish to do it through PayPal you can but we are required to deduct taxes. The amount of the tip is at your discretion, but tips for excellent service normally average 10-15% of the cost of the activity.
18. Are there shower/restrooms available to use before or after my climb?
The only area that has a public restroom service would be Bayamón. Ciales has a small natural spring water pool where you can dip and freshen out after your climb.
19. If I cancel will you return my money?
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. You need to cancel at least 24 before you activity to reclaim half of your deposit.
20. Are there poisonous plants where the tours take place?
There are three kinds of plants which are stinging plants, the Ortiga, the Pringamosa and the Carrasco. The first two plants are fairly common in most crags but are easy to identify and unless there is an allergic reaction, they are not a real danger. The third one is rare on the climbing areas.
21. Are there animals we need to worry about?
There are no deadly poisonous animals in the island so nothing will kill you.
Bees and Wasps roam close to some climbing walls and are the real danger, it is best to avoid climbing near a beehive to prevent any unwanted situations.
22. How can I get involved with ClimbingPR?
You can follow us on instagram and facebook where we post and inform any current activities and events.
Feel free to tag us during your climbing days in the island. #ClimbingPR @ClimbingPR
23. What is SPI certified?
The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. It was developed to fit in the AMGA Rock program.
24. Is there DWS in the island?
Yes, but do to the unpredictability of the waves and currents we do not offer guiding services for Deep Water Soloing.
25. Is there any trad climbing in Puerto Rico?
No, limestone is not fit for the shock load of trad equipment so at this moment there are no trad climbing areas.
26. Do you take pictures during the adventures?
We try our best to take good pictures of all participants but sometimes it proves to be difficult to do without compromising safety. Bring your cameras though!
27. Is the equipment qualified for rock climbing activities?
All the gear ( helmets, ropes, harness, carabiners, ext ) is UIAA or CE certified. They are the two major standards for climbing equipment safety and reliability worldwide.