3358a Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403   |   707-573-1608

CLIMBING PROGRAMS

Climbing Programs

Ready to take your climbing to the next level? Whether you’re new to climbing and want to expand your skill set or a seasoned climber looking to improve your technique, our Climbing Programs can help you reach your goals.
Drop-ins are welcome for most of our classes, however to guarantee your spot we strongly encourage you to make a reservation in advance.

Climb Time

A great introduction to indoor climbing. Our staff will give you a guided tour of the gym, provide valuable insight in climbing safety protocols, and be your belayer. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber, you are sure to have a great time. (This is not an instructional class)

Mondays & Fridays 5-7pm
Sundays 12-2pm

Includes:

  • 2 hours of climbing
  • Climbing gear is included
  • Instructor (1:4 ratio)
Status Rate
Member $20 Purchase
Non-Member $45 Purchase

Adult Climbing Practice

Adult Climbing Practice is a weekly drop-in insrtuctional event. It is taught by one of our routesetters and the curriculum changes weekly. There is a 6:1 participant to instructor maximum ratio. Must be 18 or older.

Mondays 5-7pm

Status Rate
Member Free Signup
Non-Member (w/ Day Pass purchase) Free Signup

Intro to Climbing

Intro to Climbing is designed for the true beginner. You will be instructed in everything you need to know to be competent and confident in introductory technique and movement. We will review the grading system, how to fall properly, basic technique and movement while in a fun, friendly, inclusive environment. This program is free for new members in the first 30 days.

The 1st Sunday of the month Noon-2

Status Rate
Member (Complimentary in 1st Month) $25 Purchase
Non-Member $35 Purchase

Beginning Belay

Designed for the true beginner. Our instructors will go over essential climbing gear and comprehensive top-rope belaying protocols as well as climbing technique and movement. You will be instructed to properly fit a climbing harness, tie a figure eight follow through knot and belay with an ATC/locking carabiner. At the end you will be prepared to take our belay certification test with confidence and to put into use climbing technique that will improve your natural movement on the wall. Minimum age 14 (12 for Vertex members).

Mondays 6-8pm
Sundays 10am-12pm

Includes:

  • Top rope belaying instruction:
    • how to properly secure a harness
    • how to tie a follow through figure eight knot
    • belaying with an ATC
    • running through the safety checks
  • how to properly secure a harness
  • how to tie a follow through figure eight knot
  • belaying with an ATC
  • running through the safety checks
Status Rate
Member (Complimentary in 1st Month) $25 Purchase
Non-Member $35 Purchase

Belay Crash Course

The perfect refresher for the already experienced belayer. Our front desk staff will go over essential climbing safety and facility top-rope belaying protocols, as well as proper belay technique and movement. We ask that you use the PBUS method, and tie in with a figure 8 knot and double fishermans safety knot. At the end, you will be prepared to take our belay certification test with confidence and hit the walls for some rope climbing. Minimum age 14 (12 for Vertex members).

Daily at 11am

Status Rate
Member $10 Purchase
Non-Member $10 Purchase

Learn To Lead

Want to learn how to lead climb? Take this course to learn all things clipping, falling and everything in between. This course covers every detail to get you ready to lead climb.

The last Saturday of every month from 12-5pm

Status Rate
Member $85 Purchase
Non-Member $105 Purchase

Lead Practice

This one hour class is an opportunity for you to refine your lead skills with our Head Climbing Instructor, Kai! You must either have taken the Leading Edge course or be Lead certified with us, no exceptions. Topics include better lead climbing techniques, tactics for projecting, dynamic belaying, and mental approaches to combating stress and fatigue on the wall.

Every Thursday from 6-7pm

Status Rate
Member $10 Purchase
Non-Member $30 Purchase

Climb With Staff

Looking for a climbing buddy? Want a quick catch or some tips on your technique? Interested in climbing the new sets before they’re graded? Are you a Vertex member? Well, look no further! Come enjoy an hour of social climbing with one of our staff members (often our Head Climbing Instructor, Kai)! This is a great way to get to know our staff and other members in the community. This is a FREE members only event every Thursday from 5-6 PM. 

Every Thursday from 5-6pm, You must sign up by 3pm day of.

Status Rate
Members Only Free with membership! Sign Up Here!

Route Reading Series

This 4-week series on route reading is a comprehensive course designed to teach you how to send your routes more efficiently, and in fewer attempts. The series is structured as follows:

Week 1 – Technique and Principles of Climbing: The first week is dedicated to getting everyone on the same page about what climbing technique means, learnin to identify different body positions and how to use them, and discussing a handful of guiding principles of climbing that help us in route reading.

Week 2 – Sequencing and Practical Exercises: The second week of this course is all about finding the right order for your moves and learning practical exercises to reinforce your sequence. You will learn both on and off the wall exericises as well as visualization techniques to help support finding the best sequence for your route.

Week 3 – Cruxes and Rests: In the third week we will talk all about cruxes and rests! You’ll learn how to identify and plan for your cruxes in addition to fully taking advantage of your resting positions.

Week 4 – Tying Everything Together and A Climber’s Best Friend: In the last week of this series we will tie everything together with group activities as well discuss what a climber’s best friend for route reading is.

Offered Every Other Month; Wednesdays 6-7pm

Status Rate
Member/Non-Member $60 Purchase

Bouldering Bettys

The Bouldering Bettys is a community of female rock climbers pursuing impeccable climbing skill, physical strength and power, adventure in beautiful places, and camaraderie and support through indoor training and outdoor excursions.

Wednesdays 6-8pm.

Status Rate
Member Free
Non-Member Free w/ purchase of a day pass

Private Instruction

Whether you have been climbing for years or are new to the gym, having your own personal climbing coach will take your climbing to the next level. These sessions will be tailored to your individual skill level and pursuits. See below for possible topics covered.
Minimum age 5

Includes:

  • basics of climbing
  • climbing for kids
  • belay instruction
  • advanced technique and movement
  • lead climbing/lead belaying
  • crack climbing
  • breathing & climbing
  • mental preparation
  • safety & self rescue

Lessons are scheduled around your availability and always include free rental gear.

Cost: $50 per hour/ beginner

            $80 per hour/ intermediate and advanced