Climbing Instruction

Climbing Instruction

 

All climbers wishing to take class or use the wall at any of our CAC locations
MUST fill out a climbing waiver.  
Download the waiver below to bring to your first class
CAC Climbing Waiver

View the CAC Climbing Team Informational PDF.

 Our clubs offer a variety of classes and training to get you on the wall and to the top.  Click on the links below for more information.

Adult Beginning (ages 16+)    
Adult Lead Climbing (ages 16+) 
Kids Classes (ages 5-9) 
Youth Classes (ages 10-15)  
Climbing Camp (ages 7-13)
Climbing Team (ages 7-18)
Privates (all ages)
Climbing Guidelines

 

 

Adult Classes

Beginning Adult Rock Climb (16 years & up)

A great way for new climbers to get certified and familiar with the basics of this exciting sport! This course teaches basic rope and belaying skills, as well as basic movement techniques. This three week course includes 6 hours of instruction (2 hour sessions 1xwk), gear rental, and the certification fee.

Class Fees 
6 hours of instruction
Member $100/Non-Member $125

Evanston

  • Sundays 2:00–4:00 pm, Session start dates: September 14th, October 5th, October 26th, November 16th, December 7th
  • Mondays 7:00–9:00 pm, Session start dates: September 8th, September 29th, October 20th, November 10th, December 1st, December 22nd
  • Wednesdays 7:00–9:00 pm, Session start dates: August 27th, September 17th, October 8th – Session Full, October 29th, December 3rd
  • Registration: Register in person at the Customer Service Desk, by phone at (847) 866-6190, or register online here. (If you are registering within 2 business days of the class start date, please call the Customer Service Desk to confirm)

Lincoln Park

  • Sundays 2:00–4:00 pm, Session start dates: August 24th (no class August 31st), September 21st, October 12th
  • Wednesdays 7:00–9:00 pm, Session start dates: September 10th, October 1st, October 22nd
  • RegistrationRegister in person at the Customer Service Desk, by phone at (773) 529-2022, or 

    register online here.

     (If you are registering within 2 business days of the class start date, please call the Customer Service Desk to confirm)

Lakeview

  • Tuesdays 7:00–9:00 pm, Session start dates: August 26th, September 16th, October 7th, October 28th, November 18th
  • Saturdays 4:30–6:30 pm, Session start dates: September 6th, September 27th, October 18th, November 8th, November 29th
  • Sundays 3:30–5:30 pm, Session start dates: September 7th, September 28th, October 19th, November 9th, November 30th
  • RegistrationRegister in person at the Customer Service Desk, by phone at (773)529-2024, or 

    register online here.

     (If you are registering within 2 business days of the class start date, please call the Customer Service Desk to confirm)

 


 

Adult Lead Climbing Class (16 years & up)

This course is for certified climbers (can tie-in and belay) comfortable climbing 5.9 who want to break into sport climbing. The focus of this class is to get climbers certified to lead at the Chicago Athletic Clubs, which includes lead climbing, lead belaying, and cleaning sport anchors.
Class Fees 3-week session with 6 hours on instruction
Member $75, Non-Member $100 

  • Evanston: Times and session start dates: email Climbing@chicagoathleticclubs.com
  • Lincoln Park: Sundays 11-1pm, Session start dates: email Climbing@chicagoathleticclubs.com 
  • Lakeview: Saturdays 6:30 – 8:30pm, Session start dates: email Climbing@chicagoathleticclubs.com 

 

Kids Classes (age 5-9 years)

Kids I

Evanston, Lincoln Park, Lakeview

This is our introductory course for kids new to climbing. Emphasis will be on movement and climbing technique as well as maximizing climbing time. The instructors will strive to make the climbers feel comfortable being on the wall, high off the ground. Climbing knots and belaying may be included based on climber’s maturity, skill level and interest.
Class Fees
Member $100 per month/Non-Member $125 per month
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place. Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.

Days & Times

Kids II


Evanston, Lincoln Park, Lakeview

Kids II is for kids that are ready to take their climbing to the next level. The kids will have more time to climb and the instructors will increase the intensity of the climbing, challenging the climbers to push their limits. Climbers should have a working knowledge of the knots and belaying and be able to climb to the top of the wall.
*Kids I instructors will recommend for Kids II.*
Class Fees
Member $100 per month/Non-Member $125 per month
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place. Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.

Days & Times

Youth Classes (Ages 10-15)

Youth Beginner Class


Evanston, Lincoln Park, & Lakeview

A beginning climbing class for youth ages 10-15. This class meets for 4-week sessions and is designed for kids interested in learning to climb. Climbers will learn how to tie-in and belay as well as climbing movement and technique skills. Once kids gain experience in the Beginner Class, they can move up to our Youth League or Climbing Team.
Class Fees
Member $100/ 4-week session, Non-Member $125/ 4-week session

Days & Times  

Youth League

Evanston, Lincoln Park, Lakeview

Our Youth League provides a great environment for experienced climbers ages 10-15 to continue developing their climbing. For kids that have already gone through our Youth Beginner Class, the Youth League will focus on improving their climbing skills and strength. Climbers that progress in the Youth League can move up to one of our Climbing Teams.
*Must be an experienced climber at CAC*
Class Fees
Member $75/ month, Non-Member $100/ month
Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.

Days & Times

 

 

CAC Climbing Summer Camp 

Designed for kids (ages 7-13) that are interested in learning and excelling at one of the fastest growing sports in the country! Climbing is fantastic for strength, coordination, balance, and confidence.  Sign up for a week or for the whole summer!

EAC Youth Climbing Camp (Ages 7-13 years)
Thanks to all of our campers for a great season! Please check out our Kids (ages 5-9), Youth (ages 10-15), and Climbing Team (ages 7-18) programming for more opportunities to climb!

LPAC Youth Climbing Camp (Ages 7-13 years)
Thanks to all of our campers for a great season! Please check out our Kids (ages 5-9), Youth (ages 10-15), and Climbing Team (ages 7-18) programming for more opportunities to climb!

 

 

Climbing Team 

View the CAC Climbing Team Informational PDF.,  View Live Practice Schedule.

Jr. Climbing Team (EAC & LVAC, Ages 7-12)

The Jr. Climbing Team is for kids who are excited about climbing and looking to advance their climbing skills. The Jr. Team practices twice/week for a total of 3 hours, where climbers will have workouts tailored to meet their needs and advanced climbing technique will be introduced.  Climbers will be encouraged to attend local climbing competitions in the USA Climbing Youth C & D age categories.   Junior team includes access to Family Climb, Must go through an evaluation process with a team coach

Practice Schedule & Monthly Dues

  • Evanston: Tuesday & Thursday 4-5:30pm, Access to Family Climb, Register online here
  • Lakeview: Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm, Access to Family Climb Register online here
  • Monthly Dues: 10-Month Commitment (Sept – June): $125, 5-Month Commitment (Sept – Jan, Feb – June): $135, Month-to-month: $150
  • Competition Fee (charged at start of team membership for all team members, includes T-Shirt)$70

Please contact climbing@chicagoathleticclubs.com for details on joining.

Senior League (EAC Only, Ages 12-18)

The Sr. League is for kids looking to take a more structured approach to their climbing, but with less emphasis on competing.  Meeting twice/week for a total of 4 hours, practices will focus on Bouldering in the fall and Sport Climbing in the spring.  Climbers are welcome to checkout local USA Climbing competitions with the Competitive Team to see what competitive climbing is all about!

Practice Schedule & Monthly Dues

  • Evanston: Monday & Thursday 4-6pm, Register online here
  • Includes full membership for climbers 16 & up
  • Monthly Dues: 10-Month Commitment (Sept – June) – $120, 5-Month Commitment (Sept – Jan, Feb – June) – $130, Month-to-Month – $140

 Please contact climbing@chicagoathleticclubs.com for details on joining.

Competitive Climbing Team (EAC & LVAC, Ages 12-18)

The Competitive Team is the most advanced youth climbing level at CAC for highly motivated climbers planning on competing through USA Climbing in the Junior, A, B, or C age categories. The most intensive of the programs, the team practices three/week for a total of 7 hours.  Individualized training routines will be geared towards competitions and outdoor climbing.  Once per month, the EAC team will hold practice at LVAC, and vice-versa.  Coaches will attend competitions (Regionals, Divisionals, and Nationals) as far as multiple climbers advance. Climbers must go through an evaluation with a team coach

Practice Schedule & Monthly Dues

  • Evanston: Monday & Wednesday 4-6:30pm, Friday 4-6pm, Register online here
  • Lakeview: Tuesday & Thursday 4-6pm, Saturday 10-1pm, Register online here
  • Includes full membership for climbers 16 & up
  • Monthly Dues: 10-Month Commitment (Sept – June) – $155, 5-Month Commitment (Sept – Jan, Feb – June) – $165, Month-to-Month – $175
  • Competition Fee (charged at start of team membership for all team members, includes T-Shirt)$70

Please contact climbing@chicagoathleticclubs.com for details on joining.

 


 

 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Private climbing instruction is available for all skill levels. $75 per hour for one person and $110 per hour for two people.

To set up lessons at EAC, LVAC or LPAC please contact climbing@chicagoathleticclubs.com

 

 

Climbing Guidelines

Certification Test
Experienced climbers who wish to train on the wall must pass a certification test. Successful completion of this test enables you to use the wall during supervised climbing periods. Any supervisor will administer a certification test during Supervised Climb times. Those involved in unsafe practice will have their certification suspended.
* Certification fee is $20.00

Safety Refresher
The safety refresher times are drop in times for LPAC certified climbers who would like to have their safety skills checked or refreshed. This time may also be used by current class participants who have recently missed their regularly scheduled classes. Class participants who are not club members must still pay the guest fee and gear rental fees if applicable to participate during this time. The instructor will assist with safety skills as time and the number of participants allows.

Waiver
Please download and fill out the Climbing Waiver prior your first day of classes.

Refund Policy
Participants may cancel their registration or transfer classes (if available) up to 1 week prior to the first scheduled meeting. After this time there are no refunds or transfers.

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