Vertical Endeavors offers a wide range of climbing lessons and recreational programs for individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned climber, the staff at Vertical Endeavors will provide the highest level of service and suggest the right lesson for you.

Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Lessons include the rental harness and belay tool. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class. Students may stay after class to continue climbing at the instructor’s discretion.

Basic Safety Lesson

This introductory lesson is designed to introduce newcomers to the exciting sport of rock climbing. The lesson covers knot tying, belaying, rope management skills, the use of technical equipment, and climbing commands. An emphasis is placed on the skills needed to climb and belay in a controlled environment. With approval of the instructor, participants are welcome to stay after the lesson to practice climbing with a backup belayer. Ages 14 & Older.
Prerequisites: None

Advanced reservations required.
7-9 p.m.
$20 Members
$30 Non-Members

Advanced reservations required.
Noon-2 p.m.
$20 Members
$30 Non-Members

NOTE: Lessons may run short depending on class size. Lessons are a first come first serve class registration. Please call ahead to schedule and to reserve your spot as classes often fill up.  There may be no room for walk-in registrations.

Sport Lead Lesson

Learn to climb on the sharp end. If your only experiences include top-roping/bouldering, this is the course for you. This lesson will introduce the climber to leading sport routes. Topics include the art of safe and efficient lead belaying, how to clip protection, lead climbing techniques, the art of falling safely and catching a fall.
Prerequisites: Climb at a 5.9 level or higher and certified for top rope belaying.

Advanced reservations required.
7-9 p.m.
$20 Members
$30 Non-Members

NOTE: We must have a minimum of 6 participants to run the clinic. Lessons may run short depending on class size. Lessons are a first come first serve class registration. Please call ahead to schedule and to reserve your spot as classes often fill up.  There may be no room for walk-in registrations.

Private Lessons

Have you reached a plateau? Feel like you’re not advancing? Are you frustrated with your efforts? Private lessons will provide the direction, structure, and content to refine and improve your climbing skills. Private lessons can focus on any of the topics listed below or can be custom crafted around a specific technique you’d like to develop. Any of our regularly offered clinics and lessons are available upon request with at least two weeks notice.


Up to 2 People 
• $50/hr
Each Additional Person
• $25/hr

Rentals included

Specific Course Options

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

Multi-Pitch Transitions and Belay Management

For climbers looking to tackle larger objectives beyond single pitch settings, class will teach methods for staying safe and moving fluidly and quickly on the big walls. Climbers taking this class should have experience building top-rope anchors as well as leading with traditional gear.

Class will cover:

  • Building multi-directional anchors
  • Choosing between direct and indirect belay systems
  • Speeding up transitions between leads

Introduction to Traditional Leading

Expand your leading skills beyond clipping bolts and open up a greater world of climbing by learning the art of “Trad.” For climbers with experience on outdoor sport leads as well as basic crack climbing skills.

Class will cover:

  • Gear Selection and racking up for your route
  • Direction of pull and rope drag management
  • Tips on placing gear solidly and efficiently

Introduction to Crack Climbing

Looking to climb more at Devils Lake, get out on desert sandstone splitters, or move toward the big walls of Yosemite? Broaden your skills beyond face holds to the world of cracks! Available to climbers of all levels of experience who want to expand their rock techniques.

Class will cover:

  • Making tape gloves to protect the hands
  • Jamming skills from thin cracks to chimneys
  • Foot Jams, Lie-backs, and body positioning


New to bouldering and want to learn the basics? Experienced  but looking to take your skills to the next level? Our bouldering lessons can be custom tailored to suit your needs and advance your technique.

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