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We build teamwork and trust when you climb together at the Edwardsville YMCA! Plus climbing is a great way to work out your body and mind.

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Climbing (Ages 3-10)

Classes are now a 1:5 Ratio! The smaller class size allows for more climb instruction and time on the wall.

Billy Goats (Ages 3 - 4)

Born to climb! This is a great way for young ones to exercise, play, and learn. Here they will be taught the simple things about climbing; what our gear is called, how to balance, and how their bodies move. Parents participation recommended for age 3.

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Spider Monkey (Ages 5 - 10)

This class is all about the basics to ensure that our climbers have a strong foundation to become better climbers. They will be taught climbing safety, about the gear, and some basic climbing skills. We can’t wait to see you at the wall.

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Lemur (Ages 6 - 10)

Take the next step and reach a little higher. You passed so you’re moving up! Lemurs get to take on new challenges, learn more advanced climbing moves, and work on their overall physical and mental strength. No more monkey business, but we always aim to have fun at the wall. You must complete 2 sessions of Spider Monkeys before entering Lemurs. Climbing shoes optional.

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Rock & Roll (Ages 3 - 4)

This exciting new class will combine your children’s two favorite places to visit: the downstairs gymnastics gym and the rock wall area. In gymnastics, students will build strength, agility and coordination while learning the basics of gymnastics and tumbling. Students will be introduced to and instructed on all of the events our gym has to offer. In climbing, students will begin to get comfortable on the wall through bouldering. No harnesses will be used. Students will focus on balance, coordination and gross motor skills through games and activities.

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Belay & Private Climb

Climbing 101 (Ages 10+)

This class is the next level after lemurs to prepare students for climbing in a gym setting or outdoors. Throughout the course, students will learn valuable information about the top rope system including belaying, knot tying, safety procedures, techniques, and equipment usage. This foundation will give climbers the knowledge necessary to climb in a larger gym environment and will teach techniques used to tackle more complex routes. Families strongly encouraged to participate together but are not required. Adults are free with a student sign up. You must complete 2 sessions of lemurs or have instructor approval before taking climbing 101. Climbing Shoes Optional.

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Belay Class (By Appointment - Ages 16+)

Looking to belay? We offer a 1-hour class that teaches you top rope safety, bouldering safety, and how to belay. If you successfully pass you will be able to belay your friends during open climb. If you do not pass, you can retake the class (You Must Bring Your Own Person To Belay).

Please contact director Natasha Howard at (618) 655-1460 to set up a time a week in advance.

Parents Get Belay Certified For Free!

If your child is enrolled in a climbing class, parents can get belay certified during that session for free. When a parent is belay certified it allows your family to come to open climb at half the price!

Please contact director Natasha Howard at (618) 655-1460 to set up a time a week in advance.

Private Climbing Lessons

Available for children, adults, and families.

One Person (1-hour lesson)
Members $25 • Non-Members $35
Each Additional Person: $5

Lessons may be scheduled during open climb times, after open climb, or during the day. Advanced reservation needed, & at least 2-hour notice of cancellation or you will still be responsible for payment.

To book a private lesson or learn more please call (618) 655-1460.

Open Climb

Climb To New Heights

Tot Climb (Ages 3 - 5)

Open Drop-in Program! Introducing tots to the rock wall through bouldering and free play. Please note: Tots do not use the ropes or harnesses. This is not a structured class, but an alternative space from the child watch room.

Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 11:00am • Meyer Center

Full Privilege Members FREE • Basic Members $1/hour • Non-Members $4/hour

Open Climbing (Ages 5+)

Monday & Tuesday • 4:00 – 5:30pm
Wednesday • 7:00 – 8:00pm
Thursday • 7:00 – 9:00pm
Friday • 3:00 – 8:00pm (FREE for Basic Members from 6:00 – 8:00pm)
Saturday • 10:00am – Noon • 6:00 – 8:00pm

Full Privilege Members Free!
Basic Members $3 • Non-Members $6
1/2 Price If You Bring Your Own Person To Belay

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