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!
FREE CLIMBING 101
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.
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.
HOW TO CLIMB 5.11s
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, OCT 28 | 10:00am-12:00 | $50
Are you climbing 5.10s and want to move into 5.11s? Learn the tips and methods needed to improve strength and gain the information necessary to take your climbing to the next level. This class focuses on the skills needed to improve your footwork, route reading, grip skills, movement and more.
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, OCT 28, 8:00am-12:00, $75
Learn and practice the skills needed to climb efficiently and safely on multi-pitch sport terrain. Experienced instructors cover topics such as command systems, belay and rope management, fall factors, belay styles and more. Participants must be comfortable leading 5.10+ and using a tube belay device. All participants must be lead-certified and have completed an anchor building course with Planet Rock.
This class requires the following gear: harness and shoes, personal anchor tools, guide-capable tube belay device, 20ft webbing sling or cordalette, 6+ extra locking carabiners. If you have questions, please ask our front desk staff. We would be happy to assist you!
GYM TO CRAG
MADISON HEIGHTS: Thursday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm, $65
ANN ARBOR: Thursday afternoons, 4:30-7:30pm $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 covers everything 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 & Tuesdays, 3:00-6:00 or 6:30-9:30 | Saturdays, 10:00-1:00
ANN ARBOR: Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30, $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.