Rock climbing is an incredible experience that develops the ability of the mind and body to work in harmony. As the mind focuses and becomes quiet, your fears, daily stresses and concerns drop away. The mind’s ability to solve problems is sharpened as it works to quickly plot a sequence of moves. Strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance are enhanced. Vertical Hold Gym is dedicated to providing an environment where this experience is within reach of first-time climbers, and where experienced climbers can train and hone their skills to achieve new heights. Through the use of state-of-the-art indoor climbing walls and climbing specific training apparatus, Vertical Hold Gym brings all of the physical challenges of outdoor climbing into a comfortable and controlled environment. While the physical structure Vertical Hold Gym offers climbers of all levels an opportunity to climb, it is Vertical Hold committed and experienced staff that provide the instruction, encouragement, and inspiration that sets the tone of the gym and makes it one of the best facilities of its kind anywhere. Whether you’re a one-day guest adventurer, or a long-time member, we look forward to making your climbing experience the best it can be!
first time climbers
New to climbing? No problem! Vertical Hold Gym welcomes both beginning and experienced climbers. Vertical Hold Gym offers four different areas of activity: top roping, lead climbing, bouldering, and fitness training.
Top roping is a style of climbing in which the climber is securely attached to a rope, which then passes through an anchor system at the top of the climb, and down to a belayer at the foot of the climb. This type of climbing is very welcoming for beginners, and the fantastic routes will challenge experienced top ropers.
Lead climbing is a more advanced type of climbing. In lead climbing the climber creates anchor points during the ascent by clipping into quickdraws for protection. This style of climbing is recommended for intermediate/advanced climbers. Ask our friendly front desk staff for a lead lesson; or if you are an experienced lead climber for a lead certification.
Bouldering is a form of climbing without the use of ropes or harnesses. What bouldering lacks in pure height, it makes up with the strength and technique required to send a route. While bouldering can be done without any equipment whatsoever, climbing shoes really help secure footholds. For beginners, bouldering can result in quick increases in strength. For advanced climbers, bouldering requires precise footwork placing and strength.
Safety is key to enjoying any adventure outing. At Vertical Hold we provide a safety conscious environment where the beginning climber can learn with confidence and the experienced climber can push his/her ability to the limits. All top-rope belay stations are equipped with Pretzel "Gri-Gri" devices which allow even children (13 years or older) to provide a safe belay. Out lead areas are peppered with beefy 3/8 inch bolts, so lead climbers are always just a clip away from a safe anchor.
Vertical Hold's creative route setters are constantly changing our climbing routes. Every week our well-trained and qualified setters create new routes calculated to challenge and inspire experience, novice, and young climbers.
Vertical Hold instructors are among the area's most talented and experienced climbers. The well structured curriculum along with our high-caliber instructors make Vertical Hold Gym the ideal place to learn the art of climbing. All lessons incorporate hands-on practice and are available at your convenience.