What do I need to do to climb at Vertical Endeavors?
All you need to do is show up. We are very well set up for first-time climbers. With 15 Auto Belays (a device that takes up slack in the rope as you climb and slowly lets you down when you let go) and two bouldering caves, anyone can be climbing after a short orientation. Any time we are open we are ready to welcome new climbers.
What should I bring?
You should wear loose comfortable athletic clothing and tight shoes if you won’t be renting climbing shoes. Rental shoes are available for $5. If you have long hair bring something to tie it back. Everyone entering the climbing area will also need to fill out a waiver. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or court appointed legal guardian. You can save time by filling out our online waiver before your visit.
Who can climb?
Anyone. One of the great things about climbing is that anyone can excel. Unlike other sports in which specific body types provide a distinct advantage, such as taller athletes who play basketball, climbing suits people of all shapes and sizes. Also, because of the slow, controlled movements involved in climbing, many climbers can continue enjoying the sport into their 60s and 70s.
Climbing is a full-body workout. The common conception that climbing is all about upper body strength is completely false. Elegance of balance, movement and economy of strength are much more important. More than anything, climbing is fun. It combines the physicality of sport with the analysis of logic games and the mental control of walking on a tightrope.
Want to take a lesson before you get on the walls?
We recommend our Intro to Indoor Rock Climbing course. When it comes to climbing technique, better to learn it right the first time than spend hours correcting mistakes. For more information about this lesson, see below and check out our full curriculum on our Lessons page.
Intro to Indoor Rock Climbing
Are you looking for a little more directed instruction on your visit? Take this short course to learn basic information about our facility; including safety, basic climbing techniques, and extra programs to continue progress.
Class will cover:
- Orientation to the safety aspects of the facility
- Intro to top rope climbing on our auto belay systems
- Intro to bouldering and spotting
- Individual coaching techniques
- Information about opportunities to get involved in the twin cities climbing community and Vertical Endeavors