Planet Rock is all about climbing. Our classes and instructional clinics are designed to elevate your climbing experience by improving technique, strength, knowledge and flexibility. Classes fit a wide range of climbing levels and abilities; learn the basics of rock climbing, including belaying and technique.or progress into more advanced skills such as anchor building, technique and transitioning to climbing outdoors. Let us help you get ready for your next climbing adventure!
Participants must have already gone through a Starter Package lesson and know how to belay prior to taking this class. Climbing 101 is a great review for current climbers and a great introduction for beginning climbers ages 14 and older. Stretches are designed with climbers in mind, highlighting areas in the shoulders, hips, obliques and hands. Classes cover techniques for effective foot/hand placement as well as identifying different types of holds. If you are newer to climbing or are at a 5.6-5.8 level, this is a great class for you. All Climbing 101 classes are free with a gym membership or purchased gym day pass.
ICE CLIMBING 101
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MADISON HEIGHTS: Thursday, JAN 17 | 6:00-8:00pm | free with membership or day pass
Learn techniques for smooth and natural ice climbing movements, how to best use tools and crampons, as well as methods for climbing and belaying on ice. Try out your new-found skills while climbing the telephone poles and special dry-tooling routes! All Ice Climbing 101 classes are free with a gym membership or purchased gym day pass.
Participants must know how to belay prior to class and be able to climb 5.9 (or above) routes.
CLIMBING CLINICS & INSTRUCTION
Every month, Planet Rock offers classes and instructional clinics focused on more specific climbing practices. Refer to this section for class information, dates/times and class availability.
• BAD GIRLS CLUB
ANN ARBOR: Sunday, DEC 16 | 6:00-10:00pm | $15, $5 members
After-hours climbing for women only! Instructors are on hand to guide technique, answer questions or help you try something new. Become a part of our amazing climbing community! All ability levels welcome. Ages 16+
• ANCHOR BUILDING THEORY
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, JAN 12 | 9:00am-12:00 | $50
Learn the theory and basic skills needed to construct top rope and multi-pitch anchors using installed bolt hangers or trees. Hands-on instruction tying knots, identifying carabiners and setting several types of anchors. Ages 16+
This class is for climbers: leading 5.10s or above, top rope and lead check completed, comfortable using a tube belay device (ATC).
• HOW TO CLIMB 5.10s
ANN ARBOR: Saturday, JAN 19 | 10:00am-12:00 | $50
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, JAN 26 | 10:00am-12:00 | $50
One of our all-time favorite classes is back! Take your climbing to the next level with instructor Corey Perez. The ultimate resource to improve your footwork, route reading, movement, grip skills and more. Learn the tips and methods to improve strength, technique and overall climbing ability. For climbers in the 5.9 range, ready to move into 5.10s. Ages 16+
GYM TO CRAG
MADISON HEIGHTS: Thursday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm, $65
ANN ARBOR: Friday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm, $65
Are you climbing 5.10s comfortably and are lead-belay certified? Ever think about climbing outdoors? This is the perfect time to learn (or refresh) with professional training on skills needed to climb outside. Our Gym to Crag class is an overview of what you need to know to climb safely on simple pre-bolted single-pitch sport routes. For more information, refer to our Gym To Crag section.
MADISON HEIGHTS: Mondays & Fridays, 3:00-6:00pm or 6:30-9:30pm | $55
ANN ARBOR: Mondays, 3:00-6:00pm | Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-9:00pm | Fridays, 4:30-7:30pm | $55
Planet Rock lead classes will teach you everything you need to know about lead climbing and lead belaying. Lead lessons take 2 days to complete; 1 day for the lesson, 1 day for a lead-check the next time you climb. For class availability and information, refer to our Lead Lessons section.