Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver is a family-friendly indoor climbing centre with two dozen climbing walls and other colourful cliff-like structures in Richmond.
Located at 1751 Savage Road, the facility opened in December 2017 and is tons of fun!
FACILITY CLOSES AND THEN REOPENS
On March 17th, 2020, Clip ‘n Climb announced that it would cease operations until at least April 1st, but possibly longer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests already with reservations during this period could get a credit for use at any other time in the future.
As of May 19th, 2020, the attraction has reopened, but with extra precautionary measures in place. For example, a maximum of 10 climbers can participate at any one time and attendees must maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times. Walls and other surfaces are being disinfected regularly. Guests are also encouraged to wear gloves, but doing so is not compulsory.
For more details about the status of the venue see the attraction’s Facebook Page.
To learn about other Lower Mainland attractions affected by the virus, see our article about Metro Vancouver COVID-19 Closures.
Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver
As they say on their website, Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver is “climbing reinvented.” This describes the place perfectly – it’s not a standard climbing-wall facility at all. Instead, it’s a modern, colourful venue with some two dozen completely different structures where people climb independently.
There are ropes that you clip into at the facility, so you’re safe if you fall, but the automated belay devices work on their own – nobody on the ground has to hold onto them.
At Clip ‘n Climb there are ladders, staircases and a wide variety of climbing structures including one in the dark. There is also a Vertical Drop Slide you get hauled up on, and then dropped into a pile of balloons.
For those who really want a thrill, there is also a Leap of Faith element where, if you dare, you climb up high and then jump as far as you can to a soft punching-bag-like piece of apparatus that’s hanging up to between about 2 and 4 yards away and over 15 feet off the ground.
Clip ‘n Climb is a fabulous facility that’s fun, challenging and a great source of exercise for people of all ages and climbing-skill levels.
Clip ‘n Climb Location
Located at 1751 Savage Road, Clip ‘n Climb is just on the other side of the Fraser River from South Vancouver near the Knight Street Bridge.
Coming from Vancouver, cross the Knight Street Bridge and take the Bridgeport East exit. From Bridgeport Road turn left onto No. 6 Road which soon veers right onto River Road. Savage Road is a tiny rural/industrial-looking road on your right and Clip ‘n Climb is just a short ways up on your right.
The Clip ‘n Climb building is set back a fair ways from the road and isn’t so easy to see. Look out for the small signs on the road for the turnoff. There isn’t a lot else in the area though, so it’s not overly difficult to find.
Hours and Rates
As of the summer of 2020, Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission rates to the facility are for 75-minute time slots composed of a 15-minute safety brief and an hour of climbing. When you book online you can choose your date and time, and also see how many spaces are available.
Clip ‘n Climb Prices
The cost for 1 hour of climbing is $15 for children ages 5 and under and $20 for folk ages 6+, as of the summer of 2020. Taxes are extra. For this price you get access to all but a couple of the climbing structures, so around 20 in total.
There is typically no charge for parents who don’t want to climb but need to accompany their young children, which is great.
The Vertical Drop Slide and Leap of Faith elements cost extra. This is because they require special gear and assistance by a worker. They both cost $4 for a try, or $6 for two turns.
(Note: Two turns for $6 must be done by the same person and on the same element. A single person wanting to try both activities once needs to pay the $4 fee twice.)
Groups of 10 or more get a 10% discount off regular admission and Tuesdays are cheap days where admission for all ages is $15 after 4 pm.
Rates are subject to change. To book your climb or for more information, see the Clip ‘n Climb website.
What to Expect
Below is a description of what you can expect at Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver.
When you arrive at Clip ‘n Climb you check in, store your bags and extra clothes, and then wait for your pre-climbing 15-minute safety briefing and gear.
Climbing sessions last for 75 minutes and include both the safety briefing and 1 hour of climbing.
At the safety briefing you’ll be given your harness and shown how to put it on and clip it to the automated belay devices. After that, you and your friends are ready to start climbing.
The climbing area at Clip ‘n Climb consists of a fairly large open area with colourful climbing structures along three walls plus a few extra elements scattered around the middle of the room. It’s not a huge space, like you’d find at an indoor trampoline park, but it’s comfortably big for its purpose.
There are close to 20 different climbing elements to choose from. There are ladders, a staircase of posts, a twister staircase and climbing structures that you can time yourself on. There are also multiple walls with various kinds of bumps and features you can grab a hold of, put your feet on and pull yourself up.
At Clip ‘n Climb there is also a popular structure you can climb in semi-darkness.
Some of the climbing structures are easy to climb, some require a fair bit of muscle and some need more balance than strength. Different people will have different favourites.
What’s challenging for one person, like someone that’s strong but heavy, will be much simpler for others, like folk who are lighter and more agile.
Side Note: When we went the most difficult and physically challenging structure for the ultra-fit 15-year-old 170-pound boy in our group was the Triffid vine structure. For him, once was enough.
The same element, meanwhile, was the #1 favourite for the 12-year-old 80-pound girl in our group who was also an avid and experienced climber (and who could race up the speed-timed elements at least 20% faster than the boy). Both had a blast, but preferred different structures.
Clip ‘n Climb Video
To give you a comprehensive idea of what Clip ‘n Climb is all about, check out this video. It features a lot of the facility’s elements and shows how much fun the place really is!
Tips & Advice
The following are suggestions and things to know to help you make the most out of your experience at Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver.
TIP #1: Clip ‘n Climb is suitable for all skill levels. You don’t have to be an experienced climber or in tip-top shape to participate. That being said, the activity is not recommended for people who are afraid of heights, or have balance issues or upper body (e.g., arm or shoulder) injuries.
TIP #2: The automated belay system is set to safely work on folk weighing between 10 and 150 kilos. If you weigh more or less then you’ll need to climb somewhere else.
TIP #3: Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time. That way you’ll have time to check in, sign your waivers and go to the washroom before your climb.
TIP #4: Go to the bathroom before the start of your session. You only have 60 minutes of climbing time, so you don’t want to waste it, and to use the toilet you’ll need to get out of your harness.
TIP #5: Have a drink of water before your climb and stay hydrated. It’s not intense exercise – unless you want it to be – but you can still work up a sweat.
TIP #6: An hour is a pretty good amount of time. It’s long enough that you’ll get a fair workout and leave wanting more, but not so long that you’ll get bored or too totally exhausted.
TIP #7: Prior to climbing you’ll need to fill out a waiver, or have your legal parent or guardian do it for you if you’re under 19 years of age. That means that if you are visiting Clip ‘n Climb with minors who aren’t your own, make sure their parents fill out the kids’ online e-waivers in advance.
TIP #8: Wear casual and comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. Sandals, boots and flip-flops are not appropriate, and actual climbing shoes are not required or even permitted. You’ll be wearing a harness in kind of a diaper-fashion, and climbing up fairly high, above people’s heads, so don’t wear a skirt or overly loose-fitting shorts.
TIP #9: Watch out at all times. People are climbing overhead, and from time to time they come back down. Make sure you don’t stand at the bottom of a structure that someone else is climbing up (or dropping back down from).
TIP #10: Young children can manage many of the structures on their own without adult supervision, although they may need help buckling themselves in and out at the start and finish of each climb. A couple of the elements are a bit more challenging, however.
TIP #11: From our experience, the Staircase to Heaven is very popular but can be a bit tricky getting back down, at least on one’s first time. Unless a Clip ‘n Climb attendant is there to help, an accompanying adult should be at the ready to make sure children (and sometimes adults) don’t bump into a pole on their way down.
TIP #12: Don’t forget that Tuesdays cost just $12 plus taxes after 4 pm. That’s regular price for children ages 5 and under, but a $7 savings for anyone older. It’ll be more crowded then than a typical evening, but the venue limits the number of climbers so wait times shouldn’t be too long.
TIP #13: A couple of the easiest and most simple structures to climb are the Caving Ladder and Big Cheese. Consequently, these can be good ones to start on.
About Clip ‘n Climb
Clip ‘n Climb is an Australian climbing-wall company and Richmond is its first BC location, and Canada’s third (after two other locations in the province of Quebec).
Clip ‘n Climb is very different from most other climbing centres. Traditional venues have climbing walls which simulate cliffs, boulders and slopes that you might rock climb on. There are moulds sticking out that you can grab onto, put your toes on, and pull yourself up.
At many traditional indoor rock-climbing places there are also belay systems that you attach yourself too and that require someone at the bottom to hold onto.
At Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver there are a couple of structures that are similar to more traditional climbing walls, but most are quite different. Many of the structures aren’t even “walls” at all.
Also, at Clip ‘n Climb everyone can climb independently – the belay devices are automated so there’s no need to climb with a partner on the ground.
If you’re looking for a fun place to play, a venue to sample rock climbing, somewhere for you or your kids to burn off energy, or a place to do something totally different, then Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver is a great place to visit.
For further details about the Lower Mainland’s most unique climbing-wall facility, see their Clip ‘n Climb Vancouver Facebook page.
For a list of other more traditional places to practice your climbing indoors, click Vancouver Climbing Centres.
To learn about the area or for a list of other activities in the same municipality, click Richmond.
For ideas on other things to do in the Lower Mainland, check out any of the following:
- Vancouver Attractions for Children
- Rainy Day Activities
- Vancouver Indoor Activities
- Vancouver on Rainy Day Activities Video
- Vancouver’s Top 24 Attractions
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places