On the 3rd Wednesday of every month, year round.
Indoor rock climbing is a great way to introduce your students to a unique experience in a controlled, professional environment. Vertical Endeavors offers a variety of experiential education opportunities where students can broaden their horizons, try a new activity, and step out of their comfort zones. The benefits of indoor rock climbing include promoting mental and physical health, improving self-esteem and self-confidence, encouraging teamwork and leadership, and developing problem-solving and goal-setting skills.
Vertical Endeavors is very well set up for first-time climbers. With 15 Auto Belays (a device that takes up slack in the rope as you climb and slowly lets you down when you let go) and two bouldering caves, anyone can be climbing after a short orientation.
Climbers should wear loose comfortable athletic clothing and tight shoes (climbing shoes are available for rent). Long hair should be tied back.
Cost per child/student: $14 (includes harness rental)
Cost per adult/educator: FREE for chaperones, $14 to climb (includes harness rental)
Climbing shoe rental: $5, optional. Any tight closed-toe shoe may be worn.
Registration: Sign-up on the day of the event at Vertical Endeavors.
Liability waiver: Everyone, including climbers, chaperones, and spectators must complete a Vertical Endeavors Liability Waiver. Please double check each waiver to make sure it is complete. Anyone without a fully completed waiver will not be allowed to enter.
Sibling policy: All children under 18, including spectators, must have a Liability Waiver form signed by their parent or legal guardian to enter the facility.
Parent/educator policy: Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Adult chaperones must have a signed Liability Waiver to enter the facility. Adult chaperones should expect to be actively involved as spotters and working with Auto Belays. Parents or legal guardians must sign a Liability Waiver form for their children.
For more information, contact Kate Butler, Programs Coordinator, at 651-776-1430 or kateb(at)verticalendeavors.com or visit verticalendeavors.com/stpaul/homeschool-events/
Basic Top Rope Skills
Both students and parents are encouraged to sign up for a Basic Top Rope Skills but it is not required to participate in Homeschool Days.
This introductory lesson is designed for ages 14 and up and covers knot tying, belaying, rope management skills, the use of technical equipment, and climbing commands. An emphasis is placed on the skills needed to climb and belay in a controlled environment. With approval of the instructor, participants may stay after the lesson to practice climbing with a backup belayer.
Cost per child/student: $30 ($20 for Vertical Endeavor members)
Cost per adult/educator: $30 ($20 for Vertical Endeavor members)
Registration: Please call 651-776-1430 to reserve your spots. The Basic Top Rope Skills is currently offered on Thursdays, 7pm–9pm, and Saturdays, 12pm–2:30pm.
Although belay skills can be learned by any individual who is ready to learn them, please keep in mind that you must be 14 or older to test out to belay at Vertical Endeavors.
More information at www.verticalendeavors.com/stpaul/lessons/.