Top Rope Belay LESSON $40

Ages 14 plus

Designed to introduce beginners to the sport. During the 1.5 hour lesson you will gain the knowledge to tackle any of our top-rope routes with confidence. Our instructors will be at your service for another 1.5 hours after the lesson to give a helping hand and take your skills beyond the basics.

Price includes day pass, shoe and harness rental.


Ages 14 plus

Our Top Rope Belay Test is available to all climbers who are experienced top rope belayers, or who have recently finished our Basic Beginner Lesson. Passing this test grants you permission to top rope belay for other guests and members at Joe Rockhead’s. You must demonstrate how to wear and inspect a harness, how to tie in and inspect a climber’s knots, and how to properly belay a climber with a Grigri. Figure 8s are not pre-tied, and Grigris must be attached to the belayer’s harness.

Visitors must have a willing partner with them for the test. No booking required.

Lead Climbing & belay course    $185

Learn everything you need to climb on the 'sharp end'. Basic principles, how to clip, and essential safety requirements. This course is three 2.5 hour sessions over 3 weeks that concludes with a lead test. Call us to book your lead course.

LEAD climbing & belay TEST FREE

Experienced lead climbers are required to pass a Lead Test before lead climbing and lead belaying in Joe Rockhead’s. Lead tests must be booked in pairs, with both climbers having experience belaying for each other.