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

CLIMBING SCHOOL

Climbing School

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, Climbing School 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 & Wednesdays 5-7pm
Sundays 12-2pm

Includes:


  • 2 hours of climbing
  • Climbing Harness (Climbing shoes can be rented for $5 a pair)
  • Instructor (1:5 ratio)
Status Rate
Member $10 Purchase
Non-Member $35 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 I

Intro to Climbing I 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 & 2nd Thursdays of the month 6-8pm

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

Intro to Climbing II

Intro to Climbing II is a non-beginner technique & movement class, designed for a climber with a little more experience, that wants to take their climbing to the next level. Once you are getting more comfortable on V2s or 5.9s, this is the class for you. This program is free for new members in the first 30 days.

The 3rd & 4th Thursdays of the month 6-8pm

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 & Tuesdays 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
  • Basic technique and movement instruction to move intelligently on the wall
  • Ratio of 1 guide to no more than 5 climbers
  • Does not include the day pass
Status Rate
Member (Complimentary in 1st Month) $25 Purchase
Non-Member $35 Purchase

Leading Edge

Want to learn how to lead climb? Take this course to learn all things clipping, falling and everything in between. This 2 day course covers every detail to get you ready to lead climb. Two three hour days offered twice a month. Choose between:

The last Thursday & Friday of every month from 6-9pm
or
The last Saturday & Sunday of every month from 7-10am

Status Rate
Member $85 Purchase
Non-Member $105 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. Email andy@climbvertex.com for more info and to schedule a lesson.

Cost: $50 per hour

Crack Climbing for Beginners

Want to learn how to crack climb? This class with our head instructor Steve Wheeler is sure to get you prepared for crack climbing, both indoors and out. Steve will teach crack climbing basics from foot jams, to hand jam technique and more. Learn how to lock those toes and fists and add an amazing skill to your climbing repertoire.

The last Saturday of every month from 3-5pm

Status Rate
Member & Non-Member $60 Purchase

Transition to Outdoor Sport Climbing

Want to learn how to lead climb? Take this course to learn all things clipping, falling and Transition to Outdoor Sport Climbing, a long name and a class with a lot of extremely useful information. Our head Instructor Stever Wheeler will get you feeling comfortable with taking your indoor skills outside. You will learn about different anchor bolts you will see in the wild, different lowering techniques and anchor cleaning, types of quickdraws and carabiner and when they are used and many more things that will make your future outdoor experiences more safe and comfortable.This is a very in depth class that’s value will serve you indefinitely throughout the remainder of your climbing.

The last Saturday of every month from 6-9pm

Status Rate
Member & Non-Member $150 Purchase