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Basic Top Rope Skills

$40 Non-Members / $15 for Members

This beginner lesson is designed as an introduction to learning the ropes. The lesson covers knot tying, belaying, rope management skills, the use of technical equipment and climbing commands. Emphasis is placed on the skills needed to belay in a controlled environment.

Ages 14+, this lesson is not an introduction to climbing technique


Climbing 101: Intro to Climbing

No prior experience required.

Completely new to climbing? Climbing 101 is a one-hour session that will introduce you to the world of climbing and its concepts. The goal is to help you get comfortable with the language and vocabulary of the sport, as well as a basic library of techniques which will give you the tools to progress as you continue in this new sport. 10-20 minutes of the class will be dedicated to group instruction, and the rest of the time will be yours to climb and explore the facility while having a knowledgeable instructor with you as a resource.

Offered at VE–Twin Cities Bouldering only


Climbing 201: Intermediate Technique

Prerequisites: 5.9/V2-V3

This is two-hour lesson is intended for those who have been climbing for a while and are looking to step up to the next level. Many climbers experience a “plateau” a few months after starting the sport, often around the V2/V3 grade range. This class is designed to help you push through that plateau and continue your uphill momentum. Focus is placed on technique, body positioning, and footwork, with a more in-depth discussion of how to use specific holds and features when you are climbing. Two months of climbing experience is recommended, but not required.

Offered at VE–Twin Cities Bouldering only


Sport Lead

$55 Non-Members / $35 Members

Learn to climb on the sharp end. If your only experiences include top rope climbing and bouldering, but you’re ready for what’s next, this is the course for you. This lesson will introduce the climber to leading sport routes. Topics include the art of controlled and efficient lead belaying, how to clip the rope into protection as you ascend, lead climbing techniques, the art of falling and how to catch a fall.

Ages 16+, flash level 5.9, qualified to top rope belay at Vertical Endeavors.


Private Lesson

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Private climbing lessons will provide the direction, structure and content to refine your climbing skills. Customized lesson topics range from training and stretching to advanced movement techniques. Improve your climbing skills by reserving time for a private lesson. Rentals included. Open to all ages. Schedule in advance.


Prices vary by clinic.

Our indoor clinics offer instruction on more specialized subjects including Movement & Technique, Top Rope Anchors, Intro to Trad Lead, Sport Lead Transition, Crack Climbing, Escape the Belay, Rappelling and Multi-Pitch Transition. These can also be scheduled as a Private Lesson. All Ages. Ask a staff member about the next Clinic Intensive Weekend!

Not all clinics are offered at each location.

All participants must sign our Liability Waiver and Rules Agreement.