Programs vary by location. For a complete description of programs, including class times and fees, please view our current program guide.
For All Ages
Climbing is available at Saddletowne YMCA, Shawnessy YMCA and South Health Campus YMCA.
Age:4Y – 5Y
Encourage your child to climb to new heights. This class explores the basics of indoor climbing, focusing on wall safety and fundamentals. Your child may participate in age-appropriate climbing games while learning how to boulder along the wall. Please note participants will not be permitted to climb above the bouldering line along the wall nor will they be responsible for belaying another child.
Age:6Y – 8Y
Your child can be challenged to reach new heights, both mentally and physically. This class will introduce him or her to the fundamentals of wall climbing. They will learn how to use the wall and understand the importance of trust and communication as they develop mental focus and improve muscular endurance and body awareness.
Age:9Y – 11Y
Discover a sense of confidence and accomplishment after learning the basics of indoor climbing. Test your determination, learn safety procedures and have fun in this dynamic program.
Age:12Y – 14Y
Conquer the wall. This introductory course teaches basics such as proper equipment use, safety and climbing techniques. We’ll work with you one-on-one to find new ways to approach any adversities as you address and scale the wall. You’ll finish your session with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Age:14Y – 17Y
Expand your comfort zone. This introductory course teaches basics such as proper equipment use, safety and climbing techniques. We’ll work with you one-on-one to find new ways to approach any adversities as you address and scale the wall. You’ll finish your session with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Age:14Y and up
Free for members
Strive for new heights with this 1.5 hour, one day course designed for beginners. Learn how to top-rope climb (the basic form of roped rock climbing), safety procedures, belay technique, knot tying and how to use your equipment properly.
Age:18Y and up
New to climbing? Let us introduce you to safety considerations, basic climbing style and techniques as well as warm-up stretches and training ideas.
Women with Altitude
Age:18Y and up
Experience the sense of power and accomplishment climbing has to offer in this specialized course for women. Female instructors will teach you skills to develop confidence as well as muscular strength and endurance. You’ll reach new heights in your workout routine.
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