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. Let us help you get ready for your next climbing adventure!


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.

MADISON HEIGHTS: Thursday evenings, 6:00-7:00pm
reserve your space online:  APR 26     MAY 10     MAY 24

ANN ARBOR: Monday evenings, 6:00-7:00pmt
reserve your space online:  APR 23     APR 30    MAY 7     MAY 14     MAY 21     



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 CLUB
MADISON HEIGHTS: Sunday, April 29  |  6:00-10:00pm  |  $15 / $5 annual members
This month Bad Girls Club is getting some miles in! Get the information you need to train specifically for endurance. Warm up with a quick group yoga session, then join our instructors for 3 specialized endurance-based stations and open climbing until 9:00. Challenge yourself to climb as much as possible, then match your “miles” to some famous peaks. Potluck and Q & A session to follow, so bring your favorite after-climb snack or beverage.

• ANCHOR BUILDING
MADISON HEIGHTS:  Saturday, MAY 5  |  9:00am-12:00  |  $50
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.

• MULTI-PITCH
MADISON HEIGHTS:  Saturday, MAY 12  |  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: April dates available
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.



LEAD LESSONS
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.