Advancement Classes

Vertical eXcape offers several climbing advancement courses. These courses will assist you in taking the next step in your climbing journey. Our knowledgeable staff can take you from the ground up or help you fine-tune existing skills.

Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for a course schedule.

All prices are subject to sales tax.

 

GYM CLIMBING: MOVEMENT TIPS AND TECHNIQUESVX_2013_56_WEB

Climbing routes and boulder problems successfully involves way more than just being strong and pulling down. Increasing your performance will require power, balance, dexterity, flexibility, and technique. This movement and technique class will build a foundation of skills for how to use your entire body to complete your “proj” top-rope route and/or boulder problem. We’ll put names to the various types of holds and grips, demonstrate some warm-ups that will keep your tendons crankin’, teach you why your shoes should be so darn tight, and show you how to keep from flinging wildly from hold to hold. Success usually comes down to many little details of your movement going perfectly all at once and in sequence, and figuring them all out is often half the fun! Plenty of folks end up completing their “project” route before the end of the night.

Cost:  $20  (FREE FOR MEMBERS)

Class Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 8
Course Length: 2 hours
Prerequisite: Must be currently certified to belay at VX

Topics:
This course builds a solid foundation in top rope and bouldering skills. Hands-on instruction topics include safety, terminology, proper equipment and its use, types of grip and holds, footwork basics, spotting, training, injury prevention, creating a safe landing zone, and overall body movement techniques.

 

 

GYM CLIMBING: SPORT CLIMBINGVX_2013_81_WEB
At this point in your climbing you should have a fundamental grasp on top rope climbing skills of anchoring, belaying, rope management, and general safety. With this solid foundation, you are now ready to take the next step in your climbing – Sport Climbing. As a lead climber, you are constantly climbing above your last “catch point” in order to reach the next. The leader must secure the climb and the belayer must constantly assess potential falls and stay ready to catch the climber. If you’re ready for the next step, sign-up for our next Sport Climbing clinic!

Cost: $59

Class Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 6
Course Length: 6 hours conducted over 2 sessions
Prerequisite: 5.9 climbing ability, current top-rope belay certification at VX

Topics:
This course builds a solid foundation in sport climbing skills for the indoor setting. Hands-on instruction topics include safety, terminology, proper equipment and its use, basic knots, leading a sport climb, belaying a leader, proper clipping techniques, communication, and body movement to avoid a trailing line. Class does not automatically grant lead certification to climb at VX.

 

 

GYM TO CRAG TRANSITION: TOP ROPE ANCHORSHPIM0887.JPG
For most climbers top-roping was their introduction to climbing. Though many climbers move on to trad and sport climbing, bouldering or big walls, top-roping is still a great way to get in on some climbing time. On the surface, top-roping seems simple: just rig the rope, set up the belay, tie in and start making the moves. However, top-roping relies on fundamental climbing skills of anchoring, belaying, rope management and general safety. A cavalier attitude and failure to follow basic principles can turn a picturesque day at the crag into an ugly tragedy. Make sure you understand the basics. Sign-up for our next Toprope Anchor course!

Cost: $39

Class Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 6
Course Length: 3 hours
Prerequisite: Must be belay certified at VX

Topics:
This course builds a solid foundation in top rope climbing skills. It includes classroom studies and hands-on instruction. Topics include safety, terminology, proper equipment and its use, basic knots, building anchors, and belaying.

 

 

GYM TO CRAG TRANSITION: RAPPELLING
Rappelling is used in many endeavors: spelunking, canyoneering, urban and wilderness rescue, military maneuvers, window washing, bird watching, tree climbing, rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and sport rappelling.VX_2013_89_WEB

Rappelling is serious business. It consistently ranks among the leading causes of climbing fatalities, according to Accidents in North American Mountaineering. Performed with care, you can make thousands of rappels without incident. Get careless and your next ride down may be your last. Safe rappelling demands constant attention to detail and you must always double-check every link in the safety chain before hitting the line. Don’t let your guard down – ever. Stack the odds in your favor and attend our next Rappelling course.

Cost: $39

Class Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 6
Course Length: 3 hours
Prerequisite: None

Topics:
This course builds a solid foundation in rappelling. Hands-on instruction topics include proper equipment, equipment use, building anchors, communication, general safety and basic rescue tactics.

 

 

GYM TO CRAG TRANSITION: SPORT CLIMBINGnathan1
Participants in this clinic should already have a good grasp on indoor sport climbing and belaying the leader, and are ready to take a trip outdoors. This class covers the differences between sport climbs indoors and at the local crag where quickdraws are not measured and hung for you in advance. We’ll discuss when longer falls or longer quickdraws might be appropriate, research some guidebooks to local crags, emphasize outdoor ethics, and practice changeovers and cleaning routes.

Cost: $39

Class Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 6
Course Length: 3 hours
Prerequisite: 5.9 climbing ability, Gym Sport Climbing class or equivalent knowledge

Topics:
This course adds elements of sport climbing that are essential for outdoor trips. Hands-on instruction topics include safety, terminology, guidebooks, proper equipment and its use, basic knots, anchors, extended protection points, changeovers, and cleaning routes.

 

 

GYM TO CRAG TRANSITION: SELF RESCUE AND ADVANCED RAPPELLING

Rob Geist Cleaning 5.25.08 “The most important self-rescue skill is the ability to prevent the need for a rescue.” However, if you are confronted with a situation in which a rescue is imminent, it is important you have a solid foundation to work from. Your knowledge and understanding of self-rescue skills could make a critical difference on inevitable or unavoidable disasters. Start building your foundation today.

This course will help to prepare you for many emergency situations you may encounter while on an outdoor adventure. You will learn how to pass a knot while rappelling, stop in mid-rappel to assist another, spider rappel with an injured partner, and emergency ascending, just to name a few. If you ever plan to take your friends out for an adventure, this course is a must! Don’t put your life or your friend’s in jeopardy. Sign-up for an Advanced Rappelling and Self-Rescue course soon!

Cost: $89

Class Size: Minimum 4 / Maximum 6
Course Length: 6 hours conducted in one or two sessions.
Prerequisite: 5.9 climbing ability + Gym Sport Climbing + Gym to Crag Sport Climbing + Introduction to Rappelling, or equivalent knowledge to all these courses

Topics:
This course builds a solid foundation in self-rescue skills. It includes classroom studies and hands-on instruction. Topics include escaping the belay, rescuing a leader, rescuing a second, and the use of pulley systems for rescue.

 

 

PERSONAL TRAININGdiscussing moves
If you are unable to attend our scheduled classes or if you prefer private and personalized instruction, we offer Personal Training for individuals and groups. Sessions must be scheduled at least one week in advance. You can request a specific trainer or we can suggest one that will best understand your needs and bring you to your peak performance.

Sessions are 1 hour minimum. Rates are per person per hour / billed in half hour increments after 1st hour.

Cost:

Instructor – Level 1 … $20

Instructor – Level 2 … $30

Instructor – Level 3 … $40

Topics:

The topics covered in Personal Training are based on your specific needs or requests. After determining your overall goal, we can design a program that will best suit you!

 

 

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