• All climbers must check-in at the Activity Center and fill out an “Assumption of Risk & Release” form before entering tower area. Minors must have a parent or guardian complete and sign the “Assumption of Risk & Release” form.
  • Parents are responsible for their children. Children under the age of 14 must either have adult supervision or be a participant in a Five Pines sponsored program.
  • Spectators are welcome in observation areas safely out of the climbing area.
  • All climbers must be belayed by a Five Pines certified belayer.
  • Equipment:

Climbers must have personal equipment checked by staff. Equipment deemed unsafe will not be permitted. Harnesses must be commercial products designed for climbing. Rescue, tree and fire equipment is not permitted.

All climbers and belayers must wear helmets. Climbers may use their own helmets if they are CE or UIAA approved for climbing. Non-climbing helmets, such as bicycle or ski helmets, are not permitted.

All climbers and staff must wear closed-toe shoes. No barefoot climbing, open-toe sandals, hiking boots or hard-soled shoes.

  • All belayers must anchor to the belay stations while belaying . . . no exceptions.
  • Climbers and staff are the only persons allowed in wood chip landing pad area of climbing tower.
  • No "topping out", or going on top of tower.
  • No climbing with personal stereos, iPods, etc. Climbers must be able to clearly hear instructions from their belayer.
  • Plastic bottled drinks and water in “sport bottles” are allowed in the climbing area. No other food, drinks or gum are allowed on the woodchip landing surface.
  • Drugs, alcohol or objectionable language are not permitted. We are a family friendly facility. Offenders may be removed without refund.
  • Five Pines is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  • The Five Pines staff reserves the right to expel any participant judged unsafe or objectionable to other customers.
  • All injuries must be reported promptly to the Five Pines Staff. 

Preparing for Climb and Etiquette

  • Proper use of climbing verbal commands is expected at all times. “On belay?” “Belay on!” “Climbing?” “Climb on!”
  • Wear comfortable clothing.  Closed-toe shoes are required.
  • Jewelry, especially rings and watches, should be removed before climbing.  Long hair should be tied back.
  • Please avoid stepping on the ropes.
  • All climbers must use a belayer-check-climber and climber-check-belayer system before every climb. Check each other’s harness, knot, belay device and anchor.
  • Climbers should never climb faster than the belayer can keep the rope secure and take up slack. The belayer will let them know if they need to slow down.
  • Please stay in line, on route and avoid crossing other ropes. Climbers should never climb directly above or below others on the wall.
  • If at any time a belayer deems it unsafe or unwise for a climber to continue, they may require a climber to discontinue climbing and return to the ground.
  • Ask for assistance when needed.
  • Report damage or equipment misuse to the Five Pines Staff.

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The new year brings us snow tubing and Retreat groups. Have you ever spent a weekend, set aside, to grow relationships with your family, church or small group of friends? A refreshing weekend retreat to Five Pines might be just what you need. Great food, fun things to do, and time - time to laugh, grow and enjoy a little place of peace. 

We would enjoy hosting your group. Give us a phone call at (269) 815-5527 to set up a private event or retreat. We're open year-round and look forward to making the best of every season for you. May you find peace and joy this New Year.

"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit," Roman 14:11

Nate Parsons

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