Intro To Climbing I - Free for members, $39 non-members

Part I: Learn The Basics To Get Climbing

Intro To Climbing I teaches you the essentials you need to start top-roping in the gym. You will learn skills such as tying a figure eight climbing knot, and how to belay and lower a climber. This class will prepare you for taking our top-rope belay test. After passing this test, you will be able to top-rope independently in the gym.

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Intro To Climbing II - Free for members, $49 non-members

Part II: Expand Your Skills

Intro To Climbing II builds on the essentials in the Intro to Climbing I class. You will learn different climbing movements and techniques, get an introduction to a variety of belay devices, learn how to properly fit climbing shoes and harnesses, and get tips on how to avoid climbing injuries.

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Intro To Lead Climbing - $39 members, $78 non-members

Take the next step and learn how to safely lead climb

The Stronghold's Introduction to Lead Climbing class will help you make the heady transition to the sharp end! Lead climbing involves a good deal more risk-management than top-roping, and belaying the leader requires more skill. Students should be well-practiced in top-rope climbing and belaying and feel bomber with both before taking this class. (Passing our top-rope belay test is a prerequisite.)

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Facility Waiver

All participants (climbing, fitness or yoga) must have a signed waiver. Minors (17 years and younger) must have a waiver signed by one of their parents or their legal guardian (sorry, aunts and uncles and older siblings, you've got to have Mom and Dad do it). You can also fill it in when you come at one of our waiver terminals, but filling it out online before you come in will make your first check-in easier.

Online Waiver

Classes FAQs Mod

Youth age 14+ may top-rope belay in the gym with the consent of their parent or guardian and after passing our top-rope belay test. Youth age 14+ may lead belay in the gym with the consent of their parent or guardian and after passing our lead belay test. Youth age 14+ may take our Intro to Climbing I and II classes. Youth age 14+ may take our Intro to Lead Climbing class. These age-related rules may be different for youth on our competitive and recreational climbing teams when under the supervision of their coaches.
Wear clothes you are comfortable moving in. You may want to bring a water bottle and/or snack to the gym, too, (though we do have a water fountain and bottle filler available, as well as refreshments for sale). Classes include all climbing equipment needed, (climbing shoes, harness, chalk, belay device, and lead ropes for lead climbing).

Recommended age limit are ages 6 - 14 years old.

Getting Started

Climb above pads (no class required)
Machines that you clip into to climb in the rope area (5 minutes free orientation). Harness required