Climbing Instruction

Interested in taking your climbing skills to the next level? Our professional climbing guides at the USNWC offer group and private instruction to enhance your belaying skills, climbing movements and technique. All equipment needed for the class is provided by the USNWC. Participants are welcome to bring their own if preferred.

Book your class/instruction below. Availability is limited and changes daily, and booking in advance ensures the best opportunity to receive your time and date preference. For any further inquiries, please email


Belay Class

Learn the basics of climbing in this introductory class. Participants will learn the proper gear needed for climbing, how to minimize risk, basic climbing terminology, basic climbing etiquette and USNWC policies, and the proper belay technique. Upon completion of the course, participants will be prepared to take the Belay Test, which results in belay qualification to be used while climbing at the USNWC. Once qualified, participants will have more access to climbing areas as well as access to roped climbs and auto belays.

  • Pricing: $20/person (includes Belay Test)
  • Schedule: Tuesdays at 1:00pm, Fridays at 6:00pm
  • Duration: 2 hours, including instruction and practice time
  • Age: 14+ years
  • Clothing requirements: Closed toed shoes are required
  • Notes: The Belay Test may not be taken on the same day as the Belay Class


Intro to Lead Climbing

This class is the perfect way to take your climbing skills to the next level. Our professional climbing guides will teach you the basics of lead climbing/belaying, including proper gear, clipping, falling, and safety.

  • Pricing: $30/person
  • Schedule: Tuesdays at 10:00am
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Age: 14+ years
  • Prerequisites: Participants must be belay-qualified and able to climb a 5.9 comfortably
  • Clothing requirements: Closed toed shoes are required


Private Instruction

Improve your climbing abilities with a one-on-one lesson from one of our professional climbing guides. During your private lesson, instruction will be based on the participant’s skill level.

  • Pricing: $40/person
  • Schedule: Fridays at 2:00pm
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Clothing requirements: Closed toed shoes are required
  • Classes can include:
    • Rappelling
    • Private Belay Class
    • Private Lead Climbing Class
    • Climbing Movement and Technique
  • Registration: Due to the individual nature of Private Instruction, please reach out to to register for your course.

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