Climbing Instruction

First Visit                    Instruction                      Schedule

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: August 23, September 13, October 4, October 25, November 15, December 6, December 27
  • Mondays 7:00–9:00 pm, Session start dates: September 14, October 5, October 26, November 16, December 7, December 28
  • Wednesdays 7:00–9:00 pm, Session start dates: September 16, October 7, October 28, November 18, December 9, December 30
  • 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)

Lakeview

  • Tuesdays 7:00–9:00 pm, Session start dates: May 5th, May 26th, June 16th, July 7th, July 28th, August 18th, Sept 8th, Sept 29th, Oct 20th
  • Sundays 3:30–5:30 pm, Session start dates: May 10th (no class May 24th), June 7th, June 28th (no class July 5th), July 26th, Aug 16th, Sept 13th, Oct 4th, October 25th, November 15th, December 6th, December 27th
  • 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)

Lincoln Park

  • Wednesdays 7:00–9:00 pm, Session start dates: May 6th, May 27th, June 17th, July 8th, July 29th, August 19th, September 9th, September 30th
  • Sundays 2:00–4:00 pm, Session start dates: May 3rd, May 31st, June 21st, July 12th, August 2nd, August 23rd (no class September 6th), September 20th, October 11th
  • 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)

 


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 $125

 

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

  • Evanston: Fridays 4:30-5:30pm, Saturdays 1:00-2:00 pm, Sundays 10:00-11:00 am register online here. Please wait for confirmation before attending class.
  • Lincoln Park: Saturdays 10:00-11:00 am register online here. 2015 classes begin on May 2nd!
  • Lakeview: Mondays 3:30-4:30, Fridays 4:00-5:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00-10:00 am, Saturdays 2:00-3:00, Sundays 11:30-12:30 register online here. Please wait for confirmation before attending class.

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

  • Evanston: Saturday 2-3:30pm, Sunday 11-12:30pm, register online here. Please wait for confirmation before attending class.
  • Lincoln Park: Saturday 10-11:30am, register online here. Our 1st kids class for 2015 will meet on May 2nd.
  • Lakeview: Mondays 3:30-5:00 pm, Fridays 4:00-5:30 pm, Saturdays 3:00-4:30 pm, register online here. Please wait for confirmation before attending class.

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  

  • Evanston: Tuesday 4-5:30pm, Saturday 2-3:30pm, Saturday 3:30-5:00pm, Rolling admission, register online here. Please wait for confirmation before attending class.
  • Lincoln Park: Saturday 11-12:30pm, Rolling admissionRegister online here. Our first youth class for 2015 will meet on May 2nd.
  • Lakeview: Tuesdays 4-5:30pm, Saturday 3-4:30pm, Saturday 4:30-6pm, Rolling admission, Register online here. Please wait for confirmation before attending class.

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

  • Evanston: Tuesday 4-5:30pm, Saturday 2-3:30pm, Saturday 3:30-5:00pm, Rolling admissionregister online here. Please wait for confirmation before attending class.
  • Lincoln Park: Saturday 11-12:30pm, Register online here. Our first youth class for 2015 will meet on May 2nd.
  • Lakeview: Tuesdays 4-5:30pm, Saturday 3-4:30pm, Saturday 4:30-6pm, Rolling admission, Register online here. Please wait for confirmation before attending class.

 

 

CAC Climbing Camp

An intensive week of climbing, designed for kids (ages 7-13) new to the sport or with climbing experience. Instructors will begin with the fundamentals and work to perfect climbing technique with each camper.

Spring Break Camp (EAC Only)
Camp Fees: Members $150/week, $55/day; Non-Members $185/week, $70/day
Sibling Discount: Register two siblings for the same week and save $25 per camper!
Days & Times: Monday 4/6, Wednesday 4/8, Friday 4/10 9:30-11:30am
Register online here.

Evanston
Camp Fees: Members $150/week, Non-Members $185/week
Sibling Discount: Register two siblings for the same week and save $25 per camper!
Days & Times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30-11:30am
Weeks: June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17 (cancelled), July 20-24, July 27-July 31, August 3-7, August 10-14, August 17-21
Register online here

Lincoln Park
Camp Fees: Members $225/wk, Non-Members $275/wk
Sibling Discount: Register two siblings for the same week and save $25/camper.
Days/times: 9-12pm: Mon-Wed-Fri
Weeks: June 8-12, June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29-July 3, July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24, July 27-July 31, August 3-7, August 10-14

Register online here.

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.

One Instructor/One Student: $75 per hour
One Instructor/One Student 5 pack: $337.50
One Instructor/One Student 10 pack: $600

One Instructor/Two Students: $110 per hour
One Instructor/Two Students 5 pack: $495
One Instructor/Two Students 10 pack: $880

For three people the time is extended to 1.5 hrs and the rate is $145 per lesson.

To set up lessons at EAC, LVAC or LPAC please fill out our
Online Registration Form here.

 

 

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.