CLIMBING CLASSES

Improve your climbing ability with programs designed to boost technique and confidence on the wall

Intro to Climbing
BOULDERING ORIENTATION

In the Bouldering Orientation, a Mesa Rim instructor will help to familiarize you with the ins and outs of bouldering, ease your anxiety about trying it out on your own, as well as introduce you to some essential techniques to help navigate our bouldering area including how to fall properly. Orientations do not need to be scheduled ahead and will take about fifteen minutes.  

Duration

  • 15 minutes

Prerequisites

  • All participants must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Drop-ins are welcome (only if spots are available).
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to gear up.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the differences between rope climbing and bouldering. 
  • Demonstrate proper falling techniques to reduce the risk of injury. 
  • Develop awareness of fall zones when resting in or walking through bouldering areas. 
  • Interpret bouldering grades and placards.
  • Recognize appropriate ways to support other climbers including sharing beta. 
  • Model proper bouldering area etiquette when climbing independently. 

Price

  • Free
BELAY LESSON

Belaying is a fundamental rope work skill that is required to belay independently at Mesa Rim. In the Belay Lesson, you will learn the fundamentals of belaying including how to belay, catch falls, lower a climber, and also how to tie into the rope as the climber. 

Duration

  • 1hrs

Prerequisites

  • All participants must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Reservations can be made online (recommended).
  • Drop-ins are welcome (only if spots are available).
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to gear up.

 Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate competency as a belayer in top rope belay scenarios using an Assisted Braking Device (“ABD”). Included in this competency is taking in rope slack using the PLUS method, catching an unannounced fall, and lowering the climber back to the ground. 
  • Demonstrate competency as a climber in top rope belay scenarios. Included in this competency is tying a figure-eight follow-through knot and visually inspecting for correctness. 
  • Identify key components of the harness to ensure correct use and proper fit. 
  • Perform pre-climbing safety checks as both the belayer and climber. 
  • Exhibit correct and efficient use of climbing commands. 
  • Interpret rope climbing placards and grades.
  • Model proper rope climbing etiquette while climbing independently. 

 Price

  • Member: Free
  • Non-Member: $11

Ratio

  • 4:1

 Schedule

  • Daily
LEARN TO CLIMB

Learn to Climb is the perfect starting point for new climbers interested in learning all of the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to feel confident navigating all corners of the gym – on and off the walls! This course covers materials found in both our bouldering orientation and belay lesson as well as some basic climbing techniques and route reading skills.

Duration:

  • 2hrs

Prerequisites:

  • All participants must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Reservations can be made online (recommended).
  • Drop-ins are welcome (only if spots are available).
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to gear up.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate competency in all Bouldering Orientation and Belay Lesson objectives.
  • Identify different types of climbing holds and uses.
  • Knowledge of essential climbing gear.
  • Knowledge of warming up and cooling down. 
  • Practice body positioning and movement on various holds and climbing terrain.
  • Apply basic route reading and problem-solving skills.

Price:

  • Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $65 (includes day pass and rental gear)

Ratio:

  • 4:1

Schedule:

  • Weekly
Technique SERIES

The Technique Series is for beginner to intermediate climbers who want to learn and practice fundamental climbing techniques. With the support of one of our experienced coaches, you will develop an understanding of basic climbing movement in an environment designed to support your growth as a technical climber. 

Duration

  • 8hrs (four 2hr classes)

Prerequisites

  • This series is suitable for climbers of all levels, but some prior climbing experience is recommended to fully benefit from each session. 
  • Recommended class(es) to take prior:
    • Learn to Climb
  • All participants must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Reservations can be made online (recommended).
  • Drop-ins are welcome (only if spots are available).
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to gear up.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate effective warming up and cooling down routines.
  • Utilize foundational principles of balance, body positioning, and weight shifting. 
  • Apply the basic footwork techniques of edging and smearing. 
  • Perform the fundamentals of dynamic movement with confidence and control. 
  • Decipher tricky route sequences using problem-solving strategies. 
  • Explore different climbing styles and wall angles with confidence. 
  • Analyze strategies used by other climbers of similar abilities. 

Price

  • $110

Ratio

  • 8:1

Schedule

  • Monthly
Intro to Lead Climbing

Intro to Lead Climbing is designed for climbers who feel ready to take their rope climbing skills to the next level. In this course, one of our expert instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of lead climbing and belaying in a safe and supportive environment.

Duration

  • 6hrs (two 3hr sessions)

 Prerequisites

  • Must be top-rope certified with Mesa Rim, and be able to climb 5.10a with no hangs.
  • All participants must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Reservations can be made online (recommended).
  • Drop-ins are welcome (only if spots are available).
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to gear up.

 Learning Objectives

  • Review Equipment required for gym lead climbing.
  • An introduction to the basic safety fundamentals of lead climbing.
  • An introduction to rope positioning for climbers and belayers
  • Practice clipping as a climber
  • Practice bealy techniques including properly feeding slack into the system.
  • Mock set-up for lead belay and lead climbing. 
  • Practice falling as a climber
  • practice proper “catching” as a belayer.
  • Participants can opt-in to take the lead test and receive their gym lead certification as soon as 1 day after completion of the class.

Price

  • $130

Ratio

  • 3:1

Schedule

  • Weekly
Advanced LEAD CLIMBING

In Advanced Lead Climbing you will build upon foundational lead climbing techniques including the practice of different falling and belaying scenarios, the application of important mental strategies while on the sharp end, and how to maintain trust between climbing partners. 

Duration

  • 9hrs (three 3hr classes)

Prerequisites

  • Participants must be lead certified through Mesa Rim.
  • Recommended Class(es) to take prior:
    • Intro to Lead Climbing
    • Technique Series
  • All participants must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Reservations can be made online (recommended).
  • Drop-ins are welcome (only if spots are available).
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to gear up.

Learning Objectives

  • Recall and build upon the lead climbing fundamentals taught in the Intro to Lead Course. 
  • Perform various lead climbing scenarios as a climber. 
  • Perform various lead climbing scenarios as a belayer. 
  • Develop competence in both taking and catching falls during lead climbing. 
  • Apply dynamic lead belaying techniques as a belayer. 
  • Build rapport with partners in multiple lead climbing scenarios. 
  • Execute proper lead climbing etiquette in the gym while climbing independently. 

Price

  • $245 

Ratio

  • 4:1

Schedule

  • Monthly