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.

Take on a great work out and come experience the excitement of rock climbing in Glendale Heights

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246 Windy Point Dr
Glendale Heights, IL 60139


Mon – Fri : Noon – 10 pm
Sat – Sun : Noon – 6 pm 

Holiday Hours 2020

4th of July: Closed
Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Christmas Eve: 10AM–4PM
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve: 10AM–6PM
New Years Day: 10AM–11PM

Our Team

John Cartozian
Facility Manager
Nikki Katz
Assistant Facility Manager
John Ott
Program and Logistics Manager
Ben Martinez
Director of Climb Team
Aaron Cruz
Staff Trainer

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!

Team VE

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).

Tryouts cost $20/child. Please sign up in advance for a tryout slot. We have a Junior Team, an Intermediate Team, and an Advanced Team.

Climb Club

Club is a laid back climbing program centered around having fun and encouraging kids to experience rock climbing. No prior experience is necessary! Club consists of a variety of games, climbing activities, and a fun environment. With Climb Club, you pick the day that works best for you! We offer a Monday session that runs from 4:30pm to 6pm and a Wednesday session that runs from 4:30pm to 6pm.Club costs $75/month and includes one session every week (either Monday or Wednesday), climbing gear (harnesses, shoes and chalk), and certified instructors. For questions regarding Climb Club, please contact our Club Master John at 

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, 4-week-long sessions throughout the year. We meet on Tuesday nights from 7pm-10pm. The cost for one 4-week session is FREE.*Please note this price does not include entry or rental gear.

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 5pm-8pm. The price is $15 for non-members and free to members.

All participants must sign our Liability Waiver and Rules Agreement.