We'll bring the ropes and equipment; you come enjoy a safe day of climbing outdoors!
Experience the thrill of feeling real rock under your fingers while enjoying the expansive vistas which only the cliff tops have to offer. This trip is designed to meet goals while at the same time developing individual self-confidence, respect, and trust. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to climb outdoors!
Due to COVID-19, Vertical Endeavors is offering private outdoor climbing trips and lessons only. Book a VEGA adventure with your family or immediate social circle. VEGA can not guarantee the social distancing of other climbers at the crag. By nature of guiding, social distancing will not be practiced by our guides. We recommend wearing a mask or face covering.
You can enjoy an outdoor rock climbing trip to any of the following areas:
- Interstate State Park – Taylors Falls, MN
- Blue Mounds State Park – Luverne, MN
- The North Shore of Lake Superior – Silver Bay, MN
- Robinson Park Quarry – Sandstone, MN
- Ely's Peak – Midway Township (Duluth), MN
- Devil's Lake – Baraboo, WI
Members receive a 10% discount!
All programs are led by VEGA guides who are required to have a solid base of personal experience and have completed VEGA guide courses. VEGA is dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible. A signed VE Outdoor Waiver is required for all participants, climbers and spectators.
VEGA Refund/Cancellation Policy
A full refund/cancellation policy for Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures (VEGA) is available here. NOTE: Full payment is required to reserve your lesson, group or trip. If we need to cancel your lesson for any reason (including inclement weather), this will be done prior to the guide departing to meet your group and you may elect to transfer registration to another date (provided the same lesson is scheduled and space is available). If no lesson is available, a full refund will be provided by VEGA. Transportation not provided.
OUTDOOR PRIVATE ROCK LESSONS
Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures (VEGA) offers year-round outdoor rock climbing. Our climbing lessons and guided trips are great for beginners and experienced climbers alike. Venture to Midwest hot spots such as Taylors Falls, North Shore, and Devil's Lake.
All programs are led by VEGA guides who are required to have a solid base of personal experience and have completed VEGA guide courses. VEGA is dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible. A signed VEGA Liability Waiver is required for all participants, climbers and spectators.
Private outdoor lessons will provide the direction, structure and content to refine your climbing skills. We offer a wide-range of customized lesson topics including: anchors, self-rescue, and intro to trad. Improve your climbing skills by reserving time for a private lesson. Lessons are 4 hours long and conducted in groups of 2-3 people.
Outdoor Sport Lead:
This private lesson is great for introducing experienced indoor climbers to leading outdoors as well as for outdoor climbers who want some extra coaching. We will teach rope management, hardware evaluation, rappelling, proper falling technique and outdoor ethics. This class requires experience in lead belaying and some experience in lead climbing. Taught at Robinson Park (Sandstone, MN).
Top Rope Anchoring Skills:
Perfect for those who started indoors and are wanting to get outside, this course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of anchor building using bolts, natural features and traditional protection. Starting with a thorough introduction to traditional protective equipment and its various applications, this private lesson is designed to provide a foundation of skills to help you learn the intricacies of constructing solid top rope anchor systems. Opportunities to climb during the lesson will be determined at our guides' discretion. Location options include Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls, MN), Ely's Peak (Duluth, MN), and Devil's Lake State Park (Baraboo, WI).
Advanced Anchoring Skills:
This private lesson is structured less like a formal lesson and more as a get-together to set up anchors with an opportunity to be critiqued by other anchor builders and a VEGA instructor. This course is perfect for people that wished they had a little more time to practice setting up top rope anchors and learning the tricks to be more efficient in doing so. This course is taught at Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls, MN) and Ely's Peak (Duluth, MN).
Top Rope Site Management:
The Top Rope Site Management and Instructor Training private course emphasizes the technical and educational skills necessary to safely and professionally instruct rock climbing and climbing related activities in a group setting. Any organization or individual who teaches top rope climbing or uses climbing as a medium for personal change or team building should consider this course a tool for improved risk management. For experienced climbers, this course is the important first step in the guide education process and establishes a foundation of skills, methods and decision making that will lead to becoming model climbing instructors. This course is taught at Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls, MN).