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, technique and transitioning to climbing outdoors. We will get you ready for your next climbing adventure!



FREE CLIMBING 101
Climbing 101 is a great review for current climbers and a great introduction for beginning climbers ages 14 and older. Participants must have taken an initial belay lesson from Planet Rock staff. 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 new 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.

MADISON HEIGHTS:  Classes are limited to 6 people. Reserve your space online, click on MH Adult Classes tab

  • Classes are offered twice monthly on Thursday evenings, from 6:00-7:00pm:
                 APRIL 13 & 27                   MAY 11 & 25


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 5.10s – CLASS IS FULL, STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE DATES!
If you are a solidly climbing 5.9 and are ready to move your climbing into 5.10s, this is the perfect class for you. This class is the ultimate resource to improve your footwork, route reading, grip skills, movement and more. Learn the tips and methods to improve strength, technique and overall climbing ability.

HOW TO CLIMB 5.11s – ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, April 8, 10:00-12:00, $50
Reserve your space online
The next step in your climbing practice! If you are climbing 5.10 but really want to get into 5.11, check out this class. Another ultimate resource to improve your footwork, route reading, grip skills, movement and more. Learn the tips and methods to improve strength, technique and overall climbing ability. Learn the skills and knowledge you need to move your climbing from 5.10s into 5.11s!


BUILDING ANCHORS – NEW DATE!
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, April 15, 9:00-12:00, $65
Reserve your space online
Just in time for outdoor climbing season! Learn the theory behind constructing top rope anchors during our 3-hour hands-on instructional class. Our class covers the introductory skills needed to set standard anchors on bolts and trees, including knot tying, identifying carabiners and setting several types of anchors. If you are lead-certified and comfortable climbing 5.10 or above, this might be the perfect class for you.
Please note, this class is not a substitute for professional outdoor guiding services. Planet Rock advocates hiring guide services in any climbing location you wish to visit.


GYM TO CRAG
MADISON HEIGHTS: Thursday 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 covers everything you need to know to climb safely on simple pre-bolted single-pitch sport routes.
             APRIL 20             MAY 18


LEAD LESSONS
MADISON HEIGHTS & ANN ARBOR: lessons are on-going throughout the month, check for availability
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 more information, refer to our Lead Lessons section.