Getting Started

Getting Started

Everything you need to know

No Experience? This is how to get started...

Rock climbing is an amazing sport, for beginners and advanced climbers alike, and Vertical Rock offers a variety of classes to get you started right.

First you can grab an Open Climb.  An Open Climb is where one of the VR belayers puts on your harness and belays you up the wall 3 times. Add an extra climb for $5 a climb and add on the Bouldering Cave and stay all day for an additional $7. We will tailor the climbs to your specific abilities.

Another way to get started is to come in for the Intro to Learn The Ropes Class where you will learn everything you need to know to get climbing and belaying in the facility. Once you take the Learn the Ropes intro class, you will come back 24 hours later for a quick belay test, grab a day pass and you’ll be on your way!

Open Climbs

Learn The Ropes

Can I climb without an instructor?

Once you take the Learn the Ropes intro class, you can come back 24 hours later for a quick belay test, grab a day pass and you will be on your way.

How can I find a partner?

The VR Community is made up of amazing people and staff who are excited to meet new people and climb together. A great option to get started is walk right up to someone and ask to share a belay or join the Meetup Group! The Meetup Group is FREE (for members) and meets every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

What is belaying?

The belayer is the person that manages the ropes while the climber climbs.  This person keeps you safe on the wall using a belay device.  The Learn The Ropes Intro class will teach you how to properly belay your partner.

How much is it to get in?

What is bouldering? Do I need experience?

No experience necessary. You can boulder any day, any time. The VR Bouldering Wall and Cave is located in the back left side of the building.  The wall is 16ft high and we offer an arch with a top out. Bouldering is a form of climbing that does not require a rope or a harnesses.  Anyone 13 or under requires adult supervision.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes, everyone must sign a waiver to climb in the facility. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver filled out and signed by a parent or court appointed legal guardian.

Click here to sign our INDOOR waiver

Click here to sign our OUTDOOR waiver

Belay Test Info?

In order to belay in the facility, you will need to pass a belay test. You must be 13 years or older and show that you can properly tie a figure eight following through as well as properly load the belay system and demonstrate proper belay technique.

Age & Weight Limit

We say if you wanna climb, you can climb. If you can walk up the stairs, you can climb. Any age, any weight. However, we do recommend you to consult with your physician if you are aware of certain health issues.

What do the numbers mean? (5.10, v5, etc.)

We use the Yosemite decimal system, class five climbs that require technique and hardware in case of a fall. Our range usually goes from 5.4-5.14, beginner to expert. The higher the number after the decimals, the harder the climb.

Do I need to be a member to climb?

Nope! Grab a Day Pass for $24.

Day Pass

What amazing stuff do I get with a membership?

Membership gives you a massive community of climbers, free Learn the Ropes intro class, meet-up groups, full access to the climbing walls, fitness equipment, free yoga, free rock ready, monthly guest passes, 10% Off at our Gear Shop and much more!

Rates & Memberships

Can I just come and try out rock climbing without an appointment?

Yes, you can come in anytime for an open climb!

If you would like to take an instructional class first, sign up for Learn The Ropes!

Open Climb

Learn the Ropes

What do I need?

All you need is comfortable athletic clothing. Climbing shoes and equipment are available for you at the Vertical Rock facility

Do you offer classes for children?

Yes, we offer a variety of classes, programs and camps for children and teenagers. Make sure to check out our Family Learn The Ropes class, too!

Youth Programs

Family Learn The Ropes


The following classes require the presence of parents or a legal guardian:

Toddlin’ Climbing Class

Spectrum Climbing Club