Climbing

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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, multi-pitch and transitioning to climbing outdoors. Let us help you get ready for your next climbing adventure!


CLIMBING 101
MADISON HEIGHTS: Thursdays  |   APR 2   APR 18   MAY 2   |  6:00-7:00pm  |  Free with membership or day pass
ANN ARBOR: Mondays  |   APR 1   APR 8   APR 15  |  8:00-9:00pm  |  Free with membership or day pass
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. 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.


CRACK CLIMBING 101
MADISON HEIGHTS: Thursday, APR 25  |  6:00-8:00pm  |  Free with membership or day pass – session full
Become a proficient crack climber by learning the basics of hand jamming, how to make tape gloves and how to climb hand cracks efficiently. Instructor Bri Kinney helps you build a strong foundation by perfecting your crack climbing technique.



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.


• ASCENDING + RAPPELLING
MADISON HEIGHTS: Thursday, MAR 28  |  6:00-8:00pm  |  $50
Hands-on training in the techniques + skills need to safely ascend and rappel. Instructors provide an overview of basic equipment, knots & their applications, plus opportunities to ascend/rappel from the rap deck.

• ANCHOR BUILDING THEORY
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, MAY 11  |  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: top rope and lead check completed, leading 5.10s or above, comfortable using a tube belay device (ATC).

• GYM TO CRAG
MADISON HEIGHTS:  Thursday, APR 11  or  Tuesday, APR 23  |  6:00-9:00pm  |  $65
ANN ARBOR:  Friday, APR 12  or  Thursday, APR 25  |  6:00-9:00pm  |  $65
Comprehensive hands-on overview of the basic skills needed to climb safely on outdoor simple pre-bolted single-pitch sport routes. Learn techniques such as managing gear, setting up a climb, cleaning a route, as well as outdoor climbing etiquette and environmental stewardship practices.
This class is for climbers: top rope and lead check completed, leading 5.10s or above, comfortable using a tube belay device (ATC).

This class requires the following gear: personal anchor system, at least three locking carabiners. If you have questions, please ask our front-desk staff. We would be happy to assist you!


LEAD LESSONS
Learn the fundamentals of both lead climbing and lead belaying; 1 day for the initial lesson, 1 day for a lead-check the next time you climb.  Instructors cover use of climbing equipment, safety commands, correct methods for lead belaying, proper clipping, rope management and how to catch lead falls.
This class is for climbers: climbing multiple routes 5.10+ in succession, comfortable using a Sticht plate (ATC) belay device. Day 1 of lesson consists of a 3-hour class. Day 2 requires a 30 min lead “check”, which takes place on your next visit to the gym. 

MADISON HEIGHTS
Mondays |    APR 15   APR 22   APR 29  |  3:00-6:00pm or 6:30-9:30pm |  $55
Fridays  |    APR 19   APR 26  |  3:00-6:00pm or 6:30-9:30pm |  $55
Saturdays  |    APR 20     |  10:00am-1:00pm |  $55

ANN ARBOR
Mondays  |  APR 22   APR 29   MAY 6   MAY 13  |  6:00-9:00pm  |  $55
Tuesdays  |  APR 30   MAY 7   MAY 14   MAY 21  |   6:00-9:00pm  |  $55
Wednesdays  |  MAY 1   MAY 8   MAY 15   MAY 22   |  6:00-9:00pm  |  $55
Saturdays  |  MAY 4  |  9:00am-12:00  |  $55