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.
• BAD GIRLS CLIMBING CLUB
MADISON HEIGHTS: Sunday, FEB 25 | 6:00-10:00pm | $15, $5 annual members
This month, we learn how to Train Like A Girl! Instructors help you push your climbing to the next level by focusing on training techniques for: hang boards, pull-up progression, composing, moon board and circuit wall. Get beta, meet other climbers and become an active part of our awesome climbing community! Women of all climbing abilities welcome. Ages 16+
• ADVANCED CLIMBING SKILLS
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, MAR 3 | 10:00am-12:00 | $50
Get what YOU need to break through your climbing plateau and advance to the next level! Designed for climbers in the 5.10+ thru 5.13+ range, Advanced Climbing Skills delivers individualized climbing strategies that promote personal growth on the wall. Get in-depth information and beta on a variety of topics unique to your specific climbing practice; climbing and training techniques, advanced movement, footwork and grip. Build confidence, expand your abilities and progress your skill set. Class is customized to enrolled climbers – bring questions or notes if desired. Ages 16+
• ANCHOR BUILDING
MADISON HEIGHTS: Saturday, MAR 24 | 9:00am-12:00 | $65
Learn the theory behind constructing top rope anchors during our 3-hour hands-on instructional class. This 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: March classes are open now!
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. 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 | $55
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.