Rock Climbing Gear Hire Rules

To avoid confusion as to who can hire which climbing equipment, for whom, and for what use (club vs private trips). See below for a hopefully exhaustive guide as to club policy on this issue.

Please be aware that this policy exists to ensure the safety, quality and continuity of ROC climbing trips. If you have questions about this or any other climbing related queries, please contact your relatively friendly climbing convenors via

Item Use on club trips Use on private trips Convenor approval req’d Hire for someone else Minimum training level of hiree
Shoes, harness, helmets Yes Yes No Yes Any
Top rope rack Yes No No Yes Top rope anchors trained
Sport lead rack Yes Yes No No Indoor lead pass (any Melbourne gym)
Trad lead rack Yes Yes No No Lead trained (ROC)*
Aid climbing rack Yes Yes Yes No Checked-off lead climber (ROC)
Bouldering mat Yes No Yes No Active climber
Climbing ropes Once you have the privilege of hiring a top rope, sport or lead rack, you will receive the appropriate rope for that rack. Whilst ROC may hire ropes for outdoor trips, dynamic rope hire for the specific purpose of indoor leading is expressly discouraged. We are an outdoor club, and we do not hire consumables to supplement the day-to-day training of individuals.

*Individuals hiring a trad lead rack must be logged as lead trained in the ROC system. Even if they are externally trained and experienced, they must be checked off as safe to lead before they can hire club gear.