About

Action Packed Fun for the Whole Family!

Vertical Endeavors operates some of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the nation with multiple locations throughout the Midwest. People of all ages and abilities can challenge themselves and have a blast. Routes are available for all skill levels from first-timers to advanced climbers and offer a great workout both physically and mentally.

We have a number of fun opportunities available for both youth and adults to become better climbers, meet new friends, and host group outings including:

Take on a great work out and come experience the excitement of rock climbing!

Locations

We currently have 6 facilities in the Midwest: Five facilities spread out in Minnesota and one facility in Glendale Heights, Illinois.

MINNESOTA

Our Minnesota facilities consist of four Twin Cities locations and one facility located in Duluth. Aside from VE–Twin Cities Bouldering our facilities are equipped with numerous Top Rope climbs, Auto Belays, Bouldering areas, and Sport Lead climbing. VE–Twin Cities Bouldering is a bouldering specific facility complete with a dedicated fitness facility and yoga studio.

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ILLINOIS

Our Glendale Heights location is one of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the entire country! The facility offers numerous Top Rope climbs, Auto Belays, Bouldering areas, and Sport Lead climbing.

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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.