Getting Started

Never Climbed Before?

Well, The Hive is the best place to learn! Here at The Hive we believe that everyone is a climber. We know that every single one of you has climbed something, somewhere, at some stage in your life. Maybe it was to get a cookie from the jar, maybe it was a tree to get a stuck frisbee, maybe it was a ladder to hang a picture. Regardless, if you’ve never been rock climbing before, we can help.

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Hive titanic wall
top of spear
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Bouldering Explained

Youth need supervision while climbing!

Never climbed before?

Bouldering is one of the best and easiest ways to start climbing: no ropes, no harnesses, no partner? no problem. All the fun of climbing, easy to access, and we offer Vancouver’s most supportive community and most comprehensive range of training and development programs. We encourage all new climbers to take our Introduction to Bouldering lesson; a two-hour class that covers all the basics of climbing, how to fall in order to reduce risk of injury as much as possible, essential tips and tricks to get you started and primed for success, and includes two weeks of membership to practice what you’ve learned!

Before you participate in any climbing activities with The Hive, please review and complete our waiver. You can save some time on arrival if you review and complete the waiver online, in advance.

Colour Coded Bouldering Problems

Boulder problems can change direction, traverse across the wall and overlap other problems, so The Hive uses a colour coded system to keep route-finding easy. We set each problem with the same colour of hand holds and foot holds from the start to the end. A hex plaque is placed at the beginning of each boulder problem that states the difficulty and hold colour.

Hex Grading System
1-hex-blue

1 Hex Blue V0

2-hex-red

2 Hex Red V0-V2

3-hex-yellow

3 Hex Yellow V2-V4

4-hex-purple

4 Hex Purple V4-V6

5-hex-orange

5 Hex Orange V6-V8

6-hex-green

6 Hex Green V8-VH

Find Your Course

Looking to Build your Skills? Whether you’re climbing for the first time, or you’ve been climbing for years, The Hive has the right course for you. Check out our course calendar to see what’s coming up.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

No, your parent or legal guardian must complete the waiver on your behalf prior to being allowed to climb or use the facility. Legally, you must be 19 to sign your own waiver in BC.

A person who’s not a parent can become a guardian by a court order or under a will.

See BC Family Law for more information.

  • Vancouver: Depending on where you’re coming from, Buses 3, 8, & 19 stop near the end of Industrial Ave. Skytrain is also an excellent option as we’re about a 10 minute walk from Main Street (Science World) Station.
    Google Map It: 520 Industrial Ave v6a 2p3
  • North Shore: Transit to our North Shore location from anywhere other than Deep Cove requires a change at Phibbs Exchange at bay 6, to the 212 or 215; a lot of folks prefer to just walk from Phibbs. (About a 15 minute walk: go under the bridge and head east along Dollarton Highway; when you see Starbucks and Stongs on your left you’re close. It’s the next set of buildings once you cross Riverside, just beyond the Arc’teryx Head Office)
    Google Map It: 140 2270 Dollarton Highway V7H 1A8
  • Surrey: Skytrain or bus to Scott Road Station and walk less than 10 minutes to get to Hive Surrey! Take the south exit from the station and walk under the skytrain through the parking lots heading west. You will see signs for Skyzone as well as The Hive as there is a shared entrance into the building; we’re through the main doors then to the right.
    Note: Make sure you’re not heading across King George! (That way lies much more confusion and unsafe highway crossings to get back to the Hive/Skyzone building.)
    Google Map It: 101-1125 124th Street v3v 4v2 
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The number of people in the gym varies from day to day, but generally speaking evenings and morning through mid day on the weekends. Hive Vancouver is the busiest location, and especially weeknights 5-10pm.

All you need are climbing shoes and a chalk bag. If you don’t have your own, you can rent them from us!

No problem! You can easily climb on your own at the hive. Bouldering is also a very social activity – you will meet people to climb with in no time!

Nope! Bouldering is beautifully simple when it comes to gear. There are no ropes in bouldering and no need for a belayer; the walls don’t go nearly as high as in a roped gym. On your first visit we will show you how to manage risk while climbing and falling during our Fall Assessment and Orientation.

You’re never too young, but we do have some extra guidelines and supervision ratios for those under 16, and anyone under 19 needs their waiver read and signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Absolutely! Bouldering is a great way to focus on technique, or work on building strength. We have a wide variety of terrain for beginners and intermediate climbers including slightly overhanging terrain, vertical walls and easier slab areas.

No problem whatsoever. At the Hive you can always choose how high you go, and how you want to get down. Our beginner areas help keep you learning and exploring!

Absolutely not! Bouldering is for everyone. At the Hive, we offer novices enough easier and more vertical terrain for anyone to get started on. The Hive is friendly, non-competitive, and supportive – that’s how we climb!

Yes, as is all climbing! Bouldering is often considered a specialized form of climbing with a high degree of difficulty. However, this is generally determined by the outdoor rock’s natural features, and at the Hive, we have improved on nature to offer a fun and challenging environment for both seasoned vets and first-timers to stay fit and active.

Definitely not to start. Although often the perception, climbing is more about pushing yourself up the wall with your much stronger leg muscles while using your hands for balance. More difficult climbing often requires a lot of upper body strength, but adopting a “feet first” approach is generally preferred. Regardless, you will quickly begin to develop much greater upper body strength just by climbing more.

Climbing is a sport that comes with inherent danger, and we want to provide our guests with the tools to properly assess risk on their own, empowering them to make informed decisions when it comes to accepting risk. The fall assessment covers the most appropriate way to fall in our facility, to reduce the risk of injury as much as possible — we consider it comparable to a belay test at a roped climbing gym. We spend a great deal of time reviewing and training our staff on proper  procedures; they’re an important part of risk management, ensuring the folks in the gym are all starting with the same set of rules and best practices. The costs associated with staff training, and the orientation of each new guest are covered by the small one time fee, charged up front rather than hide this cost in membership or other facility fees.