Welcome First Time Climbers!

Never been climbing before? Vertical Endeavors is the perfect place to start! Our facilities offer a variety of climbing and activities including Auto Belays, Top Rope and Lead Routes, multiple Bouldering areas, as well as select locations offering Yoga and Fitness classes. We have routes for first time climbers, routes for the most advanced climbers, and everything in-between. Come on in to any of our 6 locations to try rock climbing today! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will guide you through a First Time Climber orientation and be happy to answer any questions.

Vertical Endeavors offers Day Passes ($18), 10-Visit Passes ($135), Month-to Month-Memberships, and Annual Memberships. Duluth prices may differ.

Gear rentals are $5 for individual items or $12 for a rental package. We recommend taking advantage of climbing shoes- they make a huge difference when gripping footholds. If you are planning on climbing our popular auto belay routes, you will need a harness. Chalk, chalk bags, and belay devices are also available to rent. Duluth prices may differ.

Here is a helpful article to read before your first time climbing.

 

Before You Climb

Step 1: Fill out a waiver.
All guests must fill out a waiver before entering the facility. This can be done online at home or once you arrive to the gym.

Step 2: Orientation.
Plan for a short facility orientation to familiarize yourself with the surroundings and learn the ropes before you begin rock climbing.

Step 3: Climb On!
All VE facilities, except for VE–Twin Cities Bouldering, feature bouldering areas, auto belays, and lead climbing options. VE–Twin Cities Bouldering is a bouldering specific facility complete with a yoga studio and a fully equipped fitness center. We have rock climbing routes available for everyone, no matter your skill level!

First Time Climber FAQs

Who can climb?

We offer climbing for all ages and abilities as there is no minimum or maximum age or skill set to climb at Vertical Endeavors. Participants under the age of 14 are required to have adult supervision, however non-climbers do not need to pay to be in the facility. We do have age restrictions for using certain areas in the facility or for obtaining certain qualifications, such as belaying and bouldering areas. There is no weight limit for climbing in the facility in the Bouldering Areas or on Top Rope or Sport Lead Climbing. The Spectrum Auto Belay systems used in our facilities are tested for up to 250 lbs. See facility signage and the Vertical Endeavors Rules Agreement for more details.

What should I bring/wear?

You should wear loose and comfortable clothing with tight athletic shoes. Rental climbing shoes are available for $5. If you have long hair bring something to tie it back.

Do I need to be member?

You do not need to be a member to climb at Vertical Endeavors as we offer day passes for individual uses. We also offer 10-visit passes that grant you access to any of our gyms and can be shared among family and friends. Members enjoy unlimited climbing, pro shop discounts, and exclusive member-only events. We offer all-access memberships which allow you to climb at any VE facility anytime or single gym memberships which grants you unlimited access to any single facility of your choice. Memberships are offered either as a month-to-month E.F.T. or the Annual Prepaid option. View our Pricing Page for more information on our rates.

What should I expect climbing at Vertical Endeavors?

The common misconception that climbing is all about upper body strength is completely false, as elegance of balance, movement and economy of strength are much more important. Our facilities offer a variety of activities including Auto Belays, Top Rope and Lead Routes, multiple Bouldering areas, as well as select locations offering Yoga, and Fitness classes. More than anything else, we combine the physicality of sport with problem solving, technique, and the mental stamina to overcome fears.

What should I do before my first visit?

All you need to do is show up! Any time we're open, we're ready to welcome first-time climbers. Everyone entering the climbing area will also need to fill out a Vertical Endeavors Liability Waiver and attend a short facility orientation. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or court-appointed legal guardian. You can save time by filling out our online waiver before your visit. With Auto Belays (a device that takes up slack in the rope as you climb and slowly lets you down when you let go) and bouldering caves, anyone can become a consistent climber.

What is the Climbing Rating System?

Our facilities set routes and problems based off of the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS). This system describes the difficulty level of the climb in combination with a scaled rating number from Beginner to Advanced/Very Difficult.

 

Roped Routes: Boulder Problems:
5.1-5.4 - Beginner VB - Beginner
5.5-5.8 - Easy V0-V1 - Intermediate
5.9-5.10 - Intermediate V2-V6- Hard to Difficult
5.11-5.12 - Hard to Difficult V7-V10 - Very Difficult
5.13 - 5.15 - Very Difficult

What is the Refund/Cancellation Policy?

View our Policies page for more information!

All participants must sign our Liability Waiver and Rules Agreement.

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