GenevaRocks' General Conditions

1. Price and Registration

1.1. The price includes: all climbing materials, the return travel by car from Geneva (except for Family Climbing Days and private courses), accommodation in double room with breakfast if the climbing weekend is situated at more than 2h from Geneva (except private courses), and the professional fees. For the weekend in Provence, dinner is also included. 

1.2. The price does not include: The entry to public climbing gyms (16 Euros for Vitam’Parc and 20 CHF for Queue d’Arve).   

1.3. A 10% reduction is granted to children and students if they present a copy of their student card at the moment of registration. This reduction is not valid for private courses.  

1.4. The membership fee is 50 CHF (25 CHF for students) per year and it is valid from August to August each year.    

1.5. The registration is valid only after reception of the payment on the following account: Account number: 15-87314-4; IBAN: CH23 0900 0000 1508 7314 4; BIC/SWIFT: POFICHBEXXX; Account holder and address: GenevaRocks, Nyon; Bank name and address: Postfinance, 3030 Bern, Switzerland, and after confirmation by GenevaRocks.   

2. Compulsory Insurances and Medical Issues   

2.1. Each participant needs to be covered by a personal liability insurance. They also need to have a personal health and accident insurance. In addition, they need to have their medical doctor’s agreement with regards to practicing rock climbing.   

2.2. Participants with a medical condition and/or who are taking medication which should be known by the climbing instructor need to inform GenevaRocks. A weight superior to 90 kg or inferior to 55kg also needs to be signalled in advance.  

2.3. You can have drinks… but only after the course. 

3. Changes and Cancellation Conditions  

3.1. The climbing instructor can be replaced by another qualified person. 

3.2. For reasons of weather conditions and of changes in the composition of the group, a course can take place at a different location.  

3.3. In case of cancellation by GenevaRocks (because of weather conditions, an insufficient number of registration, unavailability of climbing instructor, etc.) the amount paid will be credited for a next course (no cash will be reimbursed).  

3.4. Such changes are announced by email or by phone at least 24 hours before the course.    

3.5. In case of vis major or a medical certificate which prohibits climbing explicitly or implicitly, a vaucher will be issued for the courses which were missed after GenevaRocks’ reception of the certificate or document of proof, unless the place is being kept free until the participants’ return. 

3.6. In the case of a pandemic, the participants will receive a full reimbursement for the courses which could not take place due to the pandemic. 

3.7. It is recommended to take a cancellation insurance, for example with Alllianz. 

4. Miscellaneous: Image Rights, Theft and Losses, Complaints

4.1. Photos taken by GenevaRocks are shared with the participants and can be used for GenevaRocks’ communication, unless the participant(s) explicitly state their wish not to be taken on photo and do so before the course. 

4.2. Responsibility is declined in case of theft or losse of personal items. 

4.3. Complaints related to the present contract need to reach GenevaRocks within a month. A professional liability insurance has been concluded with Allianz Suisse Assurances, Bleicherweg 19, CH- 8002 Zürich, +41 58 358 71 11, contact@allianz.ch.

COVID-19 Protection Plan

Please follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing established by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), as well as the protection plan by the Swiss Association of Mountain Guides (in French). A maximum of 5 participants wearing a protection mask are admitted to GenevaRocks 7-seat car (middle seat empty) and individual rooms are taken for overnight stays.

Public Climbing Gyms
Public Bouldering Gyms
Climbing Stores & Buying Material

In all of GenevaRocks’ climbing courses, you can borrow the necessary climbing equipment for free. If you wish to get your own, here are some tips:

  • Shoes: As beginner, go for comfort! Make sure your toes touch the end of the shoe, but take shoes which fit your feet well and which you can wear for about 5 minutes without being sore. Once you learnt proper foot technique, you will get new shoes anyway.
  • Harness and Helmet: Try them (harness: while hanging in it)! You will quickly feel which one is most comfortable for you. 
  • Belay device: Take the one from this list which you have properly been trained in and feel comfortable with, and take the locking carabiner which goes with it (NOT twist-lock!). If you intend to multi-pitch climb, take the Reverso from Petzl. 
  • Sling: We highly recommend the Dual Connect Adjust from Petzl
  • Quickdraws: Take 12-15 of them, ideally light, with wires gates and clean nose.
  • Rope: If you only climb indoors, take a 40m long climbing rope. If you also climb outdoors, take a 70m long single climbing rope (even 80m if you intend to climb in the South of France). A standard diameter is 9.8mm. Add a simple rope bag to keep your rope clean. 

Note: Only use normed climbing materials. All textile materials need to be changed after 10 years at the latest (!), whether they have been used or not. NEVER use second-hand material, you do not know how it has been treated. Do NOT mark your gear with pens or chemical products but buy a special marker in a climbing store or put colour tape on your carabiners. 

Re-soling of Climbing Shoes
Competitions
Vertical Dance
Climber photographers
Outdoor Climbing Sites
Weather Forecast
Environment
Online Forums
Magazines, Blogs and TV
Classic Films
  • La vie au bout des doits, with Patrick Edlinger, in the 1980s (beware, free solo climbing is dangerous!)
  • Action Directe (Frankenjura, Germany), the world’s first 9a, climbed by Wolfgang Güllich in 1991 (in vidéo: Iker Pou)
  • The Nose (Yosemite, USA), climbed by Lynn Hill, first female climbing star, in 1993
  • Bain de sang (Saint Loup, Switzerland), the world’s first female 9a, climbed by Josune Bereziartu (let us know if you find the video!)
  • Petzl Roc Trip in China (2011) and in Argentina (2012)
  • Biography (Céuse, France), the world’s first 9a+, climbed by Chris Sharma in 2011
  • Change (Hanshelleren Cave, Flatanger, Norway), the world’s first 9b+, climbed by Adam Ondra in 2012
  • Silence (Hanshelleren Cave, Flatanger, Norway), the world’s first 9c, climbed by Adam Ondra in 2017
  • La Rambla (Siruana, Spain), the world’s first female 9a+, climbed by Margo Hayes in 2017
  • La planta de Shiva (Villanueva del Rosario, Spain), the world’s first female 9b, climbed by Angela Eiter in 2017
  • Ali Hulk Sit Extension (Rodellar, Espagne), the world’s second female 9b, climbed by Laura Rogora in 2020
  • Silbergeier (Grisons, Switzerland), with Nina Caprez from Switzerland
  • Nouvelle Vague, Urban Climbing in Geneva
  • Climbing films by BigUpProductions, including the Reel Rock series, Dosage Volumes and Valley Uprising (rent or buy)
  • A selection of freely accessible climbing films and other films
Public Climbing Gyms
Public Bouldering Gyms
Climbing Stores & Buying Material

In all of GenevaRocks’ climbing courses, you can borrow the necessary climbing equipment for free. If you wish to get your own, here are some tips:

  • Shoes: As beginner, go for comfort! Make sure your toes touch the end of the shoe, but take shoes which fit your feet well and which you can wear for about 5 minutes without being sore. Once you learnt proper foot technique, you will get new shoes anyway.
  • Harness and Helmet: Try them (harness: while hanging in it)! You will quickly feel which one is most comfortable for you. 
  • Belay device: Take the one from this list which you have properly been trained in and feel comfortable with, and take the locking carabiner which goes with it (NOT twist-lock!). If you intend to multi-pitch climb, take the Reverso from Petzl. 
  • Sling: We highly recommend the Dual Connect Adjust from Petzl
  • Quickdraws: Take 12-15 of them, ideally light, with wires gates and clean nose.
  • Rope: If you only climb indoors, take a 40m long climbing rope. If you also climb outdoors, take a 70m long single climbing rope (even 80m if you intend to climb in the South of France). A standard diameter is 9.8mm. Add a simple rope bag to keep your rope clean. 

Note: Only use normed climbing materials. All textile materials need to be changed after 10 years at the latest (!), whether they have been used or not. NEVER use second-hand material, you do not know how it has been treated. Do NOT mark your gear with pens or chemical products but buy a special marker in a climbing store or put colour tape on your carabiners. 

Re-soling of Climbing Shoes
Outdoor Climbing Sites
Weather Forecast
Environment
Vertical Dance
Competitions
Online Forums
Magazines, Blogs and TV
Classic Films
  • La vie au bout des doits, with Patrick Edlinger, in the 1980s (beware, free solo climbing is dangerous!)
  • Action Directe (Frankenjura, Germany), the world’s first 9a, climbed by Wolfgang Güllich in 1991 (in vidéo: Iker Pou)
  • The Nose (Yosemite, USA), climbed by Lynn Hill, first female climbing star, in 1993
  • Bain de sang (Saint Loup, Switzerland), the world’s first female 9a, climbed by Josune Bereziartu (let us know if you find the video!)
  • Petzl Roc Trip in China (2011) and in Argentina (2012)
  • Biography (Céuse, France), the world’s first 9a+, climbed by Chris Sharma in 2011
  • Change (Hanshelleren Cave, Flatanger, Norway), the world’s first 9b+, climbed by Adam Ondra in 2012
  • Silence (Hanshelleren Cave, Flatanger, Norway), the world’s first 9c, climbed by Adam Ondra in 2017
  • La Rambla (Siruana, Spain), the world’s first female 9a+, climbed by Margo Hayes in 2017
  • La planta de Shiva (Villanueva del Rosario, Spain), the world’s first female 9b, climbed by Angela Eiter in 2017
  • Ali Hulk Sit Extension (Rodellar, Espagne), the world’s second female 9b, climbed by Laura Rogora in 2020
  • Silbergeier (Grisons, Switzerland), with Nina Caprez from Switzerland
  • Nouvelle Vague, Urban Climbing in Geneva
  • Climbing films by BigUpProductions, including the Reel Rock series, Dosage Volumes and Valley Uprising (rent or buy)
  • A selection of freely accessible climbing films and other films
Climber photographers