Blue Granite Climbing School

Don’t see a day, time or class that works for you? Grab a friend and talk to a staff member about setting up a custom class offering!

  • minimum two people required to schedule a custom class
  • class is not private; once scheduled it will still be opened to other signups
  • custom scheduling is not guaranteed, we will do our best to work with your schedule though!

All Classes:

  • Length: 2hrs
  • Price: $35 member/$50 non-member
  • Includes: Day pass & gear rental

Learn the Ropes

101 – Intro to Climbing

Our Intro to Climbing Class is built to empower and inform anyone new to climbing. You will learn and practice all the skills necessary for building a quality climbing foundation. This class covers topics including:

  • What gear you need to climb
  • Types of climbing (bouldering, top rope, autobelay, sport/lead)
  • How to tie in as a climber
  • How to top rope belay
  • Basic climbing movement

As someone new to the sport, or those getting back into climbing, this class will enhance your future experience in the vertical world.

Prerequisites: None!

Ages: 12 and up

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102 – Learn to Lead

This course will teach the vital techniques needed to lead climb and belay in the gym. You will be given the opportunity to take and catch practice falls and learn clipping techniques and rope management under the guidance of our instructors. You will leave this class with the tools and confidence you need to pass a Blue Granite lead belay test.

Please note: After completing the course, climbers will need to take and pass a lead belay test to get their lead belay certification.

Prerequisites: Top Rope Belay Certification, must climb 5.10 comfortably

Ages: 14 and up

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103 – Practice Leading

Gain more confidence in your leading and lead belaying with the help of Blue Granite coaches. Practice taking and catching falls on more difficult terrain and most importantly, get in the repetition required to really improve your newly learned skill.

Please note: After completing the course, climbers will need to take and pass a lead belay test to get their lead belay certification.

Prerequisites: Learn to Lead Class OR Lead Belay Certification, must climb 5.10 comfortably

Ages: 14 and up

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Movement & Mentality

201 – Find Your Balance

Quality footwork and balance is the cornerstone of climbing movement. This class will help novice and advanced climbers alike bring precision to their footwork and an understanding of what high-quality balance feels like. You will learn advanced drills that you can apply throughout your lifetime to improve your climbing movement.

Prerequisites: Top Rope Cert

Ages: 12 and up

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202 – Discover Your Power

This class will enhance your ability to move up the wall using momentum from your legs, hips, and torso. You will learn to become a more powerful and efficient climber at the same time. The skills you develop in this class can be used on every climbing move you ever make.

Prerequisites: Top Rope Cert, Find Your Balance (highly encouraged) 

Ages: 12 and up

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203 – Twist Your Hips

Twisting your body is a foundational movement for vertical and overhanging terrain. This class will have you pivoting, swiveling and twisting your way up the wall in the most efficient manner possible. In this class, you will put together the precise footwork, balance, and momentum you learned in the previous classes and learn to take your steep climbing technique to new heights.

Prerequisites: Top Rope Cert, Discover Your Power (highly encouraged) 

Ages: 12 and up

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204 – The Mental Game

For those looking to take their climbing technique to a higher level, this class offer tools and tactics that address fear and anxiety as well as movement.  You will be able to feel, control, and better understand quality movement on rock.  Goals of the course include:

  • Using intentional practices to address movement weaknesses
  • Demonstrating an ability to climb more relaxed and with increased courage
  • Learning how to use our breath and focus our thoughts and energy to climb more efficiently

When you are climbing confidently and with movement awareness, climbing becomes more fun, and ultimately leads to better climbing.

Prerequisites: Top Rope Belay Certification (Lead preferred), must climb 5.10 comfortably

Ages: 12 and up

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Gym to Crag

Gym-to-Crag Series (3 Days)

Learn the basic skills you need to prepare for outdoor climbing in an indoor setting. Topics include: useful knots and their applications, anchor building in various scenarios, anchor cleaning, rappelling, backing up the rappel, and belaying from the top. Lead climbing cert preferred but not required.

Series consists of 3 two-hour sessions

$80 members/$120 nonmembers

All participants will get to take home some cord to build a friction hitch.

Prerequisites: Top Rope Cert

Ages: 12 and up

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Keepin’ It Real

(FREE Clinic)

Getting ready to head outside? Make sure you’re being a responsible climber and don’t look like a noob! Hosted by the Tahoe Climbing Coalition, topics will include: a brief Tahoe climbing history, terminology and lingo, crag etiquette and stewardship. Do your part in keeping climbing accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Free and open to everyone!

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