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Bouldering 101 - Free for members, $35 for non-members

New to the world of bouldering? In this 60-minute class, your instructor will teach you the essentials of this form of climbing, including movement technique, how to fall as safely as possible, spotting basics, climber etiquette, and more.

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Intro to Rope Climbing - Free for members, $45 non-members

Intro to Rope Climbing 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, belaying and lowering your climber, and completing partner safety checks. No climbing experience necessary, but you must be 14 or older to take this class.

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Intro to Technique - Free for members, $55 non-members

Intro to Technique is the next step after our bouldering and belaying classes. Learn about different holds, technique fundamentals, injury prevention strategies, climbing shoe fitting and usage, and more! Belay-certification is recommended but not required.

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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).

We recommend age six as a minimum to climb. To take our Intro to Climbing classes, however, you must be at least 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