News 19th November 2020 - Masks are now mandatory in all indoor places.  Please ensure you bring and wear a mask.

Following weekly discussions with BC climbing gyms, in alignment with guidelines from our federal and provincial health authorities, we are excited to welcome folks back to Dogtooth Climbing. 

Managing the risks associated with climbing and the spread of COVID-19 is our priority and we all need to work together. 

We recommend that you book an appointment to access the gym as our capacity numbers have been adjusted

(Call 250-344-6444). 

We will have 1hr 45-minute time slots available when booking, if the gym is not to capacity then no time restrictions will be placed.

The number of people in the gym will be limited at any one time based on the Provincial Health Authorities guidelines for physical distancing.

DO NOT ENTER the premises if you are unwell or are required to self-isolate.

DO NOT ENTER the premises if you have a fever, a new cough, sore throat or are having difficulty breathing.  

Stay Home if you or someone you have been in contact with is exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19


We’re all in this together.  Here are some new protocols to help us all navigate the new normal.

You must wash/sanitize your hands as regularly as possible: 

  • Upon entry and leaving the facility.

  • Prior to and after climbing.

  • Before and after you touch your face.

  • Prior to donning Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

  • Before and after handling equipment.


Take extra personal self-care:

  • Do not shake hands, high five, or hug others. 

  • Cover your cough / sneeze with your elbow / sleeve.

  • Wash/sanitize your hands frequently and thoroughly.

  • Maintain reasonable physical distance at all times. 


We will have masks for sale.


Practice social distancing:

  • All customers must maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres (6 feet) with everyone in the facility at all times.

  • Minimize close-contact interactions with other climbers and employees whenever possible.

  • Climb in small groups of friends; do not move between groups.

  • Do not pass on the stairs or on the corridor. 

  • Main social distancing when sitting down.


Come prepared:

  • Come dressed to climb and only bring what is necessary to climb (gear and water bottle).

  • Leave valuables at home.

  • Liquid chalk with at least 70% alcohol content is recommended. We will have liquid chalk for sale at the facility but stocks are low.

Please pay attention to signage and respect capacity limits posted in the gym.


Check-in process: 

  • All customers must check-in at the reception.  

  • All customers (including staff) must maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from each other.

  • We will explain the new protocols and answer any questions.  Communication is key to making the gym a safe environment and fighting the spread of COVID-19.

  • We will ask: Do you have any of the following symptoms: coughing, fever, sore throat or difficulty breathing? 

  • We will verify your contact information to allow for proper tracking and tracing in the event of a facility outbreak.


Gear Rental:


Rentals are available, but are limited and we cannot guarantee availability. We will also rotate rental equipment with rest period after use. 

  • All shoes will be sprayed with disinfectant.

  • Harnesses and belay devices will be wiped down with a mild disinfectant.

  • After the gear is cleaned, it will be quarantined for a number of days.


We will:

  • Provide easy access to hand sanitizer and the washroom for washing hands.

  • Carry out increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing high traffic and high touch surfaces such as sofa arms, stair rails, cupboards, door knobs, washroom fixtures, pay terminals and countertops.   

  • Regularly walk around the gym to ensure that people are comfortable and adhering to the new protocols.

  • Have an effective process for washing climbing holds prior to route-setting and protecting the health of staff when washing holds. 


Worried about the climbing holds

New research is being undertaken by the De Montfort University to understand the potential impact of chalk on the virus.  As this is a pioneering study, there is still more work to be done, but so far the results have been positive. A model coronavirus for SARS-CoV-2, human coronavirus OC43, was used for the experiments. The press release said, “The presence of infectious virus on a plastic surface dusted with chalk was monitored over the course of one hour. The results indicated that the amount of infectious virus was reduced by around 99% immediately upon contact with the chalky surfaces. By comparison, the control test where no chalk dust was present, showed only a slight decline in infectious virus over these time periods.” Read the full press release


As per the Indoor Climbing Gym Industry Guidelines for British Columbia.


Climbing necessarily involves the touching of climbing holds within the climbing space.

Current science suggests that transmission through shared surface contact can only occur if one then transfers residual particles into one’s system, usually by touching their face, allowing the virus to enter via their mouth, nose, or eyes.

Current preventative measures recommended by the government and health authorities such as frequent hand washing, covering your cough, and maintaining physical distance should be reasonably adequate to reduce the risks of infection within the climbing space.

Our comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan is onsite and can be viewed by customers.