Intro to Climbing (ASL Available)

Intro to Climbing (ASL Available)


90 min. No prereqs. Ages 14+
Cliffs member price: $24.50

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Learn everything you need to get started climbing and earn your Cliffs belay certification.* We’ll cover harnesses, knots, belaying (controlling the rope for a climber), and get you climbing routes.

This class gives you the skills to climb on any of the toprope walls at The Cliffs—that’s hundreds of routes! Your rental gear is included and you can stay after your class to climb as long as you like.

*You must come back to take your belay test on your next visit.



ASL Sections

American Sign Language (ASL) sections of Intro to Climbing are available for climbers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Spanish Sections

Ofrecimos nuestra clase introductoria de escalada en español.


  • Knots

  • Belay: the art of controlling the rope for a climber

  • Harness: the anatomy of a climbing harness + how to put one on

  • Intro to climbing etiquette


Here are the classes we recommend next after taking Intro to Climbing.

Upgrade to a Learn to Climb Package

Select the Learn to Climb Package option when you book your Intro to Climbing class or stop by the front desk after your class to upgrade.

Toprope Movement

Beginner / Toprope

Intro to Bouldering

Beginner / Bouldering