Vertical Endeavors Glendale Heights
Vertical Endeavors–Glendale Heights offers action-packed fun for the whole family! We are Glendale Heights' cutting edge climbing facility where people of all ages and abilities can challenge themselves and have a blast. We have fun programs for both adults and children including summer climbing camps, climb teams, leagues and more.
Take on a great work out and come experience the excitement of rock climbing in Glendale Heights
About Me: I grew up between the Chicago area and the mountainous terrains of southern Poland, which instilled an appreciation for mountaineering and the outdoors at an early age. I have earned a dual B.Sc in Astronomy and Planetary Science from the University of London, as well as a BA in Geology with a minor in Astrophysics from the University of Hawai’i, and am currently working towards my M.Sc. I ultimately hope to eventually transition to space exploration or academia as a profession, which stems from a deep-rooted passion surrounding experiencing the unknown (and rocks).
Hometown: Elmwood Park, IL, USA; Zakopane, Poland
Climbing Since: 2019
Favorite Type of Climbing: Sport
Favorite Climbing Area: Southern Arizona and RRG
What I love about climbing: Finding and pushing the limits of my own physical and mental capabilities, the camaraderie within the community, and the quintessential power screams
Other Interests: Powerlifting, plant-based cooking, cats, and coffee
Interesting Facts: Wants to establish a first ascent on Mars
About Me: Born and raised in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago although his heart belongs in the wilderness. Currently in the process of raising his daughter Linnea to become a new rock prodigy, or ballerina, with his wife Hannah.
Hometown: Batavia, IL
Climbing Since: 2006
Favorite Type of Climbing: Anything Outside
Favorite Climbing Area: Smith Rock, OR
What I love about climbing: The lifelong friendships and humorous stories. Oh and exposure. Gotta love exposure.
Other Interests: Backpacking, Hockey, Skiing, golf
Interesting Facts: Has a weakness for antipasto.
About Me: I received my Master’s degree in Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. I love nature and the outdoors. I hope to one day work with the United Nations on issues and topics such as transnational relations, sustainable food systems and planning for future eco-cities.
Hometown: Libertyville, IL
Climbing Since: 2013
Favorite Type of Climbing: Bouldering!
Favorite Climbing Area: Holy Boulders, So ILL.
What I love about climbing: I love puzzles; the problem-solving aspect of climbing is what hooked me!
Other Interests: Avid hiker, camper, kayaker, and hammocker (yes, it’s a thing)
Interesting Facts: E-Sport athlete in training.
About Me: I grew up in the Western suburbs of Chicago. When I got into climbing I never expected it to change my life in the way that it has. I’m forever grateful for all the opportunities climbing has given me and for all the amazing people it’s brought into my life.
Hometown: Hanover Park, IL.
Climbing Since: 2014
Favorite Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Favorite Climbing Area: Chatty
What I love about climbing: Finding and working on new projects and the friends you make along the way.
Other Interests: Video games and basketball.
Interesting Facts: Loves climbing but is terrified of heights.
Plan a group visit!
Vertical Endeavors Glendale Heights offers options for groups big and small. Bring your group in to experience the thrill of climbing. No experience is necessary and there is no age limit. We offer climbing for all ages and abilities!
At Vertical Endeavors in Glendale Heights, we are proud to offer three premier climbing teams; Junior Team, Intermediate Team and Advanced Team. All three of these climb teams are competitive and require kids to go through a tryout process prior to being placed on a team. Tryouts run at the beginning of each season (January for rope season; August for bouldering season).
Club is a non-competitive program for children who enjoy climbing! Our knowledgeable and experienced instructors will help kids have fun with the sport, both on and off the wall! Club runs every Wednesday from 4:30pm-6:00pm and costs $110/month. We provide all necessary climbing equipment. For questions regarding Climb Club, please contact the facility at 630.784.9000
Perfect for those who climb indoors and are wanting to get outside, this Top Rope Anchoring Skills course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of anchor building using bolts, natural features and traditional protection.
Classes run selective Saturdays in the summer from 9am-5pm and costs $175/person. We provide all necessary climbing equipment. Sign up here.
Take a Lesson!
Do you want to advance to the next level? We offer lessons for those committed climbers. A lesson with one of our staff members will open you up to new techniques and possibilities in the climbing world. We offer lessons in Basic Top Rope Skills, Movements + Technique, and Sport Lead Climbing. We also offer personalized Private Lessons so that you can work one on one with a knowledgeable instructor on how to advance your skill set.
Adult Climb League
Have you ever wanted to join a bowling league? Well this is like that. Except we climb things. Adult Climb League is a great way for both beginners and experts to make friends, meet other climbers, and get involved with our community at Vertical Endeavors! ACL has a competitive aspect, however, the competition is fun and friendly. There is no skill requirement; all levels and abilities are welcome to join this laidback league. Adult Climb League runs in seven, 6-week-long sessions throughout the year. We meet on Tuesday nights from 6pm-9:30pm. The cost for one 6-week session is $10 for members and $90 for non members.*Please note this price does not include entry.
Gals Against Gravity
Gals Against Gravity is a women's climbing group for those who identify as such. Gals fosters a community of positivity while seeking to teach skills and techniques to ladies in the world of climbing. Gals consists of a fun group of people who are all stoked on climbing. The group offers partners to climb with, clinics, and lessons aimed at improving climbing and having fun.All skill levels are welcome!
Gals runs every Thursday from 6pm-8pm. The price is $15 for non-members and free to members.
From ropes courses, ziplines, and climbing walls, to mountain biking, hiking trails, and adventurous dining options, The Forge: Lemont Quarries has something to Exhilarate, Educate, and Entertain adventurers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
Active Vertical Endeavors Members will receive a 20% off discount for any outdoor activities at The Forge in Lemont, IL. Reserve your activity online by using promo code VE2021 at checkout.
Active Forge members may receive 20% off entry to VEG when they show proof of membership with The Forge.
All participants must sign our Liability Waiver and Rules Agreement.