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.
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
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, OCT 6 | 10:00am-12:00 | $50
Take your climbing to the next level! This class is the ultimate resource to improve your footwork, route reading, movement, grip skills and more. Learn tips and methods to improve strength, technique and overall climbing ability. For climbers in 5.9 range, but ready to move into 5.10s.
• HOW TO CLIMB 5.11s
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, OCT 20 | 10:00am-12:00 | $50
Take the next step in your climbing! Learn techniques and practice drills for improving footwork, projecting, movement, resting and more. Deepen your skills and knowledge in your own individual climbing practice with tips and methods in strength, flexibility and overall climbing ability. For climbers in 5.10 range, looking to climb 5.11s.
• MULTI PITCH
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, OCT 13 | 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-checked 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: 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 & Tuesdays, 3:00-6:00pm or 6:30-9:30pm | Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00 | $55
ANN ARBOR: Mondays & Thursdays, 3:00-6:00pm | Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00pm | $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.