Vertical Endeavors - Minneapolis

2540 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

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Vertical Endeavors offers Homeschool Days and field trips to homeschool students and families! For the child who really enjoys rock climbing, there is the Homeschool Rock Climbing Team that meets once a week for 10-week sessions.

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 25 Auto Belays (a device that takes up slack in the rope as you climb and slowly lets you down when you let go) and three 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.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8am–11pm
Saturday, 10am–11pm
Sunday, 10am–6pm

Phone: 612-436-1470
Email: info [at]

Liability waiver

Everyone, including climbers, chaperones, and spectators must complete a Vertical Endeavors Liability Waiver before entering the climbing area.

All minors must have a Liability Waivers signed by their parents or legal guardians.

Please double check each waiver to make sure it is complete.

Anyone without a fully completed waiver will not be allowed to enter.

Monthly Homeschool Days

Cost per child/student: $12 (includes harness)
Cost per adult/educator: No charge for chaperones/educators
Climbing shoe rental: $5, optional. Any tight closed-toe shoe may be worn.

Target age range: for all ages

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 supervised by an adult who must also have a signed Liability Waiver to enter the facility. Adult chaperones should expect to be actively involved as spotters and working with Auto Belays

For more information: contact Kristin Willey, Group Sales & Programs Coordinator, at 612-436-1470 or kristinw [at] or visit

Basic Safety Lesson

Both students and parents are encouraged to sign up for a Basic Safety Lesson 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 612-436-1470 to reserve your spots. The Basic Safety Lesson is currently offered on Mondays, 7pm-9pm, and Saturdays, 9:30am–11:30am.

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.

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Homeschool Rock Climbing Team

Homeschool Team offers youth an opportunity to be a member of a homeschool specific team. The focus of this team is to improve upon climbing skills in an exciting, supportive and challenging atmosphere. During practice, the coaches will help each team member maximize their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Team members learn all the basics of climbing, including how to belay. During practice there will be instruction for beginner to experienced climbers. Team members will also receive a membership valid during the current session of Climb Team only.

Cost per child/student: $280/10-week session ($220 for gym members) plus tax, includes rental gear during practices and 10-week membership (valid during climbing team session only).
Early bird discount: Sign up at least 2 weeks before the final registration deadline and receive $40 off team prices. ($240 ($180/members))
Late fee: There will be a $20 late fee added to registration forms received after the final registration deadline.

Target age range: for ages 8 to 17 years old, no climbing experience required.

For more information, contact Katie Heimer, Head Coach, at 612-436-1470 or vemteam [at] or visit

Field Trips

Is your group or organization at a loss for its next activity? At Vertical Endeavors, your group will experience climbing in a controlled, professional environment. Whether trying climbing for the first time or returning for more fun, rock climbing is an exciting and challenging activity for any group! Perfect for homeschool groups, a variety of group adventures offer the ultimate programming solution for your next event!

Cost per Child/Student: Call VE for special school pricing and homeschool discount
Cost per Adult/Educator: No charge for chaperones/educators
All of the required rental gear and instructor costs are included in the group pricing.

Advance reservations and a deposit are required for all of group events.

Minimum group size: 10 to receive the school pricing
Maximum group size: 100+

Target age range: Ages 4 and up

Cancellation Policy/Cancellation Deadline: VE requires a $50 non-refundable deposit to schedule a group event, either with a credit card or in person. There is a $10 rescheduling fee and you are asked to give at least 3 days notice to reschedule. You may reschedule within 3 months of the original date without forfeiting the deposit.

For more information: contact Kristin Willey, Group Sales & Programs Coordinator, at 612-436-1470 or kristinw [at] or visit

Getting There

Parking Information: There is a small lot that is shared with Vertical Endeavor's neighbors. If the lot is full, you can park on the street or go one block south (next to Christos Greek Restaurant).

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Information subject to change. Please check with Vertical Endeavors - Minneapolis for the most current information. Last updated on Mon, Nov 21, 2016.

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