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Cornell University

Rock Climbing Lessons

Not affiliated with Cornell but want to climb at our wall? New to climbing and looking for a head start? Need to learn to belay so you and your partner can climb together? Looking to push your climbing skills to the next level? Our instructors will provide you with the necessary instruction to meet your goals! The following one-time classes all qualify for Community Affiliation. If you are interested in our PE classes, for more in-depth indoor instruction or to gain outdoor experience, see COE's PE Course offerings.

If you are interested in a private climbing session, contact Josh Giblin, Climbing Gym Manager, at jbg286@cornell.edu or 607-255-6040 and describe what kind of instruction you are seeking.

Student learning how to tie-in

Learn to Belay

This class will focus on the skills necessary to safely protect a climber on Top Rope, and prepare you for our Belay Proficiency Test. We will introduce the gear and systems at work, how to verify the system is setup correctly, and how to belay and lower your climber safely. Though climbing does take place during the class, the instructor will not focus on climbing technique.

The class consists of a single two-hour session, no prior climbing experience is necessary. The ratio is 1 instructor with up to 4 students. The course fee includes all necessary equipment (harness, shoes and belay kit), as well as 2 free day passes, including equipment, for future visits.

This class is not recommended for young children under the age of 10, children under 13 must have a parent participating as well.

Learn to Belay

Class Fee

$35/person, includes 2 return day passes with free gear
Schedule Weekdays: 7:40pm-9:40pm
Weekends: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Arrive 10 minutes early to complete orientation and waiver, and gear up.

Enroll

Sign up through our Online Portal or call 607-255-6183 during business hours.
Climber Top Roping at LCC

Intro to Climbing

This class will focus on the basics of rock climbing movement, including warming up and hold identification, to proper grip and footwork techniques. Students will learn how to appropriately challenge themselves on the bouldering wall and get an introduction to top rope climbing as well. Though belayed climbing will take place, the instructor will not focus on belay technique.

The class consists of a single two-hour session, no prior climbing experience is necessary. The ratio is 1 instructor with up to 4 students. The course fee includes all necessary equipment (harness, shoes and chalk), as well as 2 free day passes, including equipment, for future visits. This class is appropriate for all ages, children under 13 must have a parent participating as well.

Intro to Climbing

Class Fee

$35/person, includes 2 return day passes with free gear
Schedule Weekdays: 7:40pm-9:40pm
Weekends: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Arrive 10 minutes early to complete orientation and waiver, and gear up.
Enroll Sign up through our Online Portal or call 607-255-6183 during business hours.
Climber Bouldering at LCC

Beta Buster

This class will focus on intermediate rock climbing movement, including identifying areas of improvement, and introducing more technical grip and footwork techniques. Topics covered in class are based on student-identified goals. Students will learn how to appropriately challenge themselves on the bouldering wall or on Top Rope, though belay instruction will not typically be a focus of the class.The class consists of a single two-hour session, with some prior climbing experience necessary. The ratio is 1 instructor with up to 2 students. The course fee includes all necessary equipment (harness, shoes, belay kit, and chalk), as well as 2 free day passes, including equipment, for future visits.This class is appropriate for all ages, children under 13 must have a parent participating as well.

Beta Buster

Class Fee

$35/person, includes 2 return day passes with free gear
Schedule Weekdays: 7:40pm-9:40pm
Weekends: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Arrive 10 minutes early to complete orientation and waiver, and gear up.
Enroll Sign up through our Online Portal or call 607-255-6183 during business hours.
Climber Sport Leading at LCC

Learn to Lead

This class will focus on the skills necessary to safely manage the inherent risks of lead climbing and belaying in the gym environment, and prepare you for our Lead Proficiency Test. We will introduce clipping techniques and how to avoid clipping hazards, how to give a dynamic belay with an assisted braking device, and how to take and catch lead falls. Though climbing does take place during the class, the instructor will not focus on climbing technique.The class consists of two three-hour sessions, for a total of six hours of instruction. The ratio is fixed at 1 instructor to 2 students. Top Rope belay certification is required and we recommend you can comfortably climb at least 5.9 on our tall routes. The course fee includes all necessary equipment (harness, shoes, belay kit, lead rope).Class participants must be 15 years old, unless special permission is given for participants ages 13-15 years of age.

Learn to Lead

Class Fee

$100/person
Schedule Two 3-hour sessions.
Schedule to be coordinated with student and instructor availability.
Enroll Email the Gym Manager to schedule a class. We'll need to know what days and windows you are available (3 hour block minimum), if you have a partner for the class already, and your current climbing level at the gym.

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