Outdoor Lessons

Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures (VEGA) offers year-round outdoor climbing on rock and ice. Our climbing lessons and guided trips are great for beginners and experienced climbers alike. Venture to Midwest hot spots as well as areas outside the region such as the Needles in the Black Hills of South Dakota. If you’re looking to summit one of the North American 50 Classic Climbs, we guide to the summit of Devils Tower in Wyoming.

All programs are led by experienced VEGA guides who are required to have a solid base of personal experience and are qualified as guides. VEGA is dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible. A signed VEGA Liability Waiver is required for all participants, climbers and spectators.


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Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures (VEGA) offers year-round outdoor rock climbing. Our climbing lessons and guided trips are great for beginners and experienced climbers alike. Venture to Midwest hot spots such as Taylors Falls, North shore, and Devil’s Lake.

All programs are led by VEGA guides who are required to have a solid base of personal experience and have completed VEGA guide courses. VEGA is dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible. A signed VEGA Liability Waiver is required for all participants, climbers and spectators.


Top Rope Anchoring Skills

Perfect for those who started indoors and are wanting to get outside, this course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of anchor building using bolts, natural features and traditional protection. Starting with a thorough introduction to traditional protective equipment and its various applications, this lesson is designed to provide a foundation of skills to help you learn the intricacies of constructing solid top rope anchor systems. Opportunities to climb during the lesson will be determined at our guides’ discretion. Location options include Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls, MN), Ely’s Peak (Duluth, MN), and Devil’s Lake State Park (Baraboo, WI).

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Advanced Anchoring Skills

This lesson is structured less like a formal lesson and more as a get-together to set up anchors with an opportunity to be critiqued by other anchor builders and a VEGA instructor. This course is perfect for people that wished they had a little more time to practice setting up top rope anchors and learning the tricks to be more efficient in doing so. This course is taught at Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls, MN).

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Intro to Trad Lead

This class will benefit beginning and experienced trad leaders looking to learn or improve their skills. We will cover gear selection and placement, direction of pull, extending gear placements and basic top-managed belay to make the most out of your trips to single pitch trad lines. This class requires previous experience building anchors with gear and sport leading. The class will be conducted with a top rope back up and students will mock lead with their guide coaching and evaluating gear placement and strategy. This class it taught at Interstate State Park (Taylors Falls, MN) and Ely’s Peak (Duluth, MN).

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Outdoor Sport Lead

This lesson is great for introducing experienced gym climbers to leading outdoors as well as for outdoor climbers who want some extra coaching. We will teach rope management, hardware evaluation, rappelling, proper falling technique and outdoor ethics. This class requires experience in lead belaying and some experience in lead climbing. This class is taught at Robinson Park (Sandstone, MN) and Silver Creek Cliffs (Duluth, MN).

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Tettegouche Experience

Come discover the thrill of climbing over Lake Superior with our Tettegouche Experience. This course will cover different top-managed anchor setups, self rescue techniques and other skills that are invaluable for climbing at Tettegouche State Park. The Tettegouche Experience is an excellent way to be introduced to the most spectacular climbing area in the Midwest. The first day is spent at Shovel Point. The second day will be held across the bay at Palisade Head applying the skills you learned the day before on a bigger and bolder cliff.

We recommend registering for both days to get the most out of your Tettegouche Experience! Sign up for both days for only $225/climber!

Saturdays at Shovel Point, MN
8:00 AM–12:00 PM – Learn top-managed belay skills, 3:1 haul system and belayed rappel.
12:00–4:00 PM – Climb, practice anchors and top-managed belay skills.

Sundays at Palisade Head, MN
8:00 AM–12:00 PM – Guided climbing and more practice with anchors. Available to participants in the Saturday lesson at Shovel Point.

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Outdoor Merit Badge Lesson

A five-hour class in which Scouts can meet all of the requirements for the BSA Climbing Merit Badge. Badge requirements include belaying, rappelling, knot tying, rope management and other general safety requirements. We recommend that scouts be at least 12 years old and have completed the First Aid Merit Badge. This class is open to both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, however the requirements met are only that of the BSA Climbing Merit Badge.

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Private Lessons

Are you interested in learning a specific climbing skill in the outdoors? We are ready to teach you how to crack climb at Interstate State Park and improve your top-managed belay technique on the daring cliffs of Palisade Head or Shovel Point in Tettegouche State Park. Want to just get outside and hone your footwork on sport lead routes at Barn Bluff in Red Wing, Minnesota? Our experienced VEGA guides can do it all! Private lessons are 4 hours long and are priced by location and number of participants.

Contact our VEGA guides today to schedule your private lesson!

NOTE: We must have a minimum of 6 participants to run each lesson (unless noted otherwise above).

Email vesguides@verticalendeavors.com to schedule your Outdoor Lesson today!


VEGA Refund/Cancellation Policy
A full refund/cancellation policy for Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures (VEGA) is available here.

NOTE: Full payment is required to reserve your lesson, group or trip. If we need to cancel your lesson for any reason (including inclement weather), this will be done prior to the guide departing to meet your group and you may elect to transfer registration to another date (provided the same lesson is scheduled and space is available). If no lesson is available, a full refund will be provided by VEGA. Transportation not provided.

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