Lessons & Tests

We offer a variety of classes and tests to get you on our walls as quickly as possible. If you're a "total gumby" (beginner), sign up for a class to learn the ropes. If you "crush" (are strong), know what's up and you're visiting us for the first time, skip the lesson and arrange for a test to get yourself certified. 

Top Rope Belay Lesson

$35.40
Ages 14 and up
1.5 hours
Advanced booking required
Includes rental harness, rental shoes, and access to climbing and yoga classes for the day

Our Top Rope Belay Lesson teaches you everything you need to know for top roping at Climber's Rock. Students will learn to wear our rental harnesses properly, to tie a figure 8, figure 8 followthrough and stopper knots, and how to top rope belay with a Petzl Grigri. We also explain how climbs are organized at Climber's Rock, how to use our autobelays, and how to use our boulder walls. Students are welcome to enjoy the walls and practice their new skills when the lesson is complete.

Upon their next visit, students will have to pass our Top Rope Belay Test to be recognized as Belay Certified at Climber's Rock.


Top Rope Belay Test

Free with admission
Ages 14 and up
5-10 minutes
No booking required
Visitors must take the test with a willing partner

Visitors must pass our Top Rope Belay Test before belaying at Climber's Rock. To pass, you'll need to properly wear and inspect your harness, tie and inspect figure 8, figure 8 followthrough, and stopper knots, and properly belay and lower your climber using a Petzl Grigri. Figure 8 knots are not pre-tied, and Grigris must be attached to the belayer's harness. Passing this test permits you to belay at Climber's Rock. This certification is not transferable to other climbing gyms.

If you're unfamiliar with any of the concepts mentioned above, book a Top Rope Belay Lesson to get yourself up to speed.

Lead Climbing & Belay Course

$160 Members / $180 Non-members
Ages 14 and up
Must be able to flash 5.10
Must be Top Rope Belay Certified at Climber's Rock
2 classes, 3 hours each
Personal equipment required

This course is for advanced climbers who want to learn the basics of indoor lead climbing & belaying. In the first class, students will learn rope handling and clipping techniques, and how to identify and fix dangerous climbing situations. The second class focuses on lead belaying, catching and taking lead falls, and gaining practical experience in different climbing scenarios. 


Lead Climbing & Belay Test

$15 (free for graduates of our Lead Climbing & Belay Course)
Ages 14 and up
20-30 minutes
Advanced booking required
Visitors must take the test with a willing partner

Visitors must pass our Lead Climbing & Belay Test before leading at Climber's Rock. You must provide your own harnesses, climbing shoes, Grigri, caribiner, and dynamic rope - Climber's Rock does not provide ropes or Grigris. To pass, you'll need to properly wear and inspect your harness, tie and inspect figure 8, figure 8 followthrough, and stopper knots, and properly belay, lower, and catch your climber on a fall using a Petzl Grigri. You will also need to climb to demonstrate your understanding of clipping (including back-clips and Z-clips), body positioning around the rope, and taking a fall.  Passing this test permits you to lead climb and belay at Climber's Rock. This certification is not transferable to other climbing gyms.

If you're unfamiliar with any of the concepts mentioned above, schedule a Lead Climbing & Belay Course to get yourself up to speed.