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

 

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    
Adult Lead Climbing  
Kids Classes  
Youth Classes  
Climbing Camp  
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Climbing Guidelines

 

 

Adult Classes

Beginning Adult Rock Climb (15 years & up)

This course teaches basic rope and belaying skills, as well as basic movement techniques. A great way for new climbers to get certified and familiar with the basics of this exciting sport (6 hours of instruction)!

Lakeview

Days and Times (3-week Session)
Tuesdays 7:00–9:00 pm 
Session start dates: April 1st, April 22nd,  May 13th, June 3rd, June 24th, July 15th, August 5th, August 26th, September 16th, October 7th, October 28th, November 18th
Saturdays 4:30–6:30 pm
Session start dates: April 19th, May 10th, May 31st, June 21st, July 19th, August 9th, September 6th, September 27th, October 18th, November 8th, November 29th
Sundays 3:30–5:30 pm  
Session start dates:  April 13th (no class April 20th), May 11th, June 8th, June 29th, July 20th, August 10th, September 7th, September 28th, October 19th, November 9th, November 30th

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

To register, please contact the Front Desk at 773-529-2024.


Lincoln Park

Days and Times (3-week Session)
Wednesdays 7:00–9:00 pm 
Session start dates: May 7th, May 28th, June 18th, July 9th, July 30th, August 20th, September 10th, October 1st, October 22nd, 
Sundays 2:00–4:00 pm  
Session start dates: May 4th, June 1st, June 22nd, July 13th, August 3rd, August 24th (no class August 31st), September 21st, October 12th

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

LPAC Weather Policy: Instructors will contact all class participants one hour before class is scheduled to begin if the class will be cancelled due to weather. For each cancelled class, the class will continue for an extra week.

To register, please contact the Front Desk at 773-529-2022


Evanston

Mondays 7:00–9:00 pm 
Session start dates: March 31st, April 21st, May 12th (no class May 26th), June 9th, June 30th, July 21st, August 11th
Wednesdays 6:00–8:00 pm
Session start dates: April 2nd, April 23rd, May 14th, June 4th, June 25th, July 16th, August 6th
Sundays  5:00–7:00 pm
Session start dates: April 27th, May 18th (no class May 25th), June 15th, July 6th, July 27th, August 17th 

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

To register, please contact the Front Desk at 847-866-6190.

 

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.

Lakeview

Days and Times (3-week Session)
Saturdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm  
Session start dates: No dates presently scheduled
Class Fees 
6 hours of instruction
Member $75/Non-Member $100
To register, please contact the Front Desk at 773-529-2024.

Lincoln Park

Days and Times (3-week Session)
Sundays 10–12pm  
Session start dates: None currently scheduled
Class Fees 
6 hours of instruction
Member $75/Non-Member $100
To register, please contact the Front Desk at 773-529-2022

 

 

Kids Class (age 5-9 years)

Lakeview

Kids I Class
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.
Days & Times
Mondays 3:30 –4:30pm
Fridays 4:00-5:00pm
Saturdays 9:00 –10:00am
Saturdays 2:00 –3:00pm
Sundays 11:30-12:30pm
Class Fees
Member $100 per month/Non-Member $125 per month
Fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join.
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place. Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.

Kids II Class
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.*
Days & Times
Mondays 3:30 –5:00 pm
Saturdays 3:00 –4:30 pm
Class Fees
Member $100 per month/Non-Member $125 per month
Fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join.
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place.  Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.


Lincoln Park – Classes will restart in May of 2014

Kids I Class
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.

Days & Times
Saturdays 10:00 –11:00 am
Class Fees
Member $100 per month/Non-Member $125 per month
Fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join.
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place. Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.

Kids II Class
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.*
Days & Times

Saturdays 10:00 –11:30am
Class Fees
Member $100 per month/Non-Member $125 per month
Fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join.
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place.  Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.


Evanston

Kids I Class
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.
Days & Times
Mondays 4:00 –5:00 pm
Saturdays 1:00 –2:00 pm
Sundays 1:00 –2:00 pm
Class Fees
Member $100 per month/Non-Member $125 per month
Please fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join.
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place. Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.

Kids II Class
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.*
Days & Times
Saturdays 2:00 –3:30 pm
Sundays 2:00 –3:30 pm
Class Fees
Member $100 per month/Non-Member $125 per month
Please fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join.
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place.  Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.

 

 

Youth Class (Ages 10-15)

Lakeview

Youth Beginner Class 
A beginning climbing class for youth ages 10-15. This class will emphasize the skills needed to become a certified climber on the LVAC wall. Climbers will learn how to tie-in and belay as well as climbing movement and technique skills.
Days & Times  (4-week Session)
Tuesdays 4:00 –5:30 pm
Session start dates: Rolling admission, please fill out registration form.
Saturdays 3:00 –4:30 pm
Session start dates: Rolling admission, please fill out registration form.
Class Fees
Member $100/Non-Member $125

Fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join. 

Youth League
The youth league will provide on-going climbing opportunity and instruction to youth ages 10–15 who are experienced climbers. Instructors will take climbers through at their own pace to increase their climbing skills and strength.
*Must be an experienced climber at CAC*
Days & Times
Tuesdays 4:00 –5:30 pm
Saturdays 3:00 –4:30 pm
Class Fees
Member $75 per month/Non-Member $100 per month
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place.  Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.

Fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join. 


Lincoln Park – Classes will restart in May of 2014

Youth Beginner Class 
A beginning climbing class for youth ages 10-15. This class will emphasize the skills needed to become a certified climber on the LPAC wall. Climbers will learn how to tie-in and belay as well as climbing movement and technique skills.
Days & Times  (4-week Session)
Saturdays 11:00 –12:30 pm
Session start dates: May 4th (*No class 5/26), June 8th, July 6th, August 3rd, Sept 7th, October 5th
Class Fees
Member $100/Non-Member $125
Please fill out registration form or call our customer service desk at 773-529-2022 to register.

Youth League
The youth league will provide on-going climbing opportunity and instruction to youth ages 10–15 who are experienced climbers. Instructors will take climbers through at their own pace to increase their climbing skills and strength.
*Must be an experienced climber at CAC*
Days & Times
Saturdays 11:00 –12:30 pm
Class Fees
Member $75 per month/Non-Member $100 per month
*Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place.  Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.
Fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join. 


Evanston

Youth Beginner Class
A beginning climbing class for youth ages 10-15. This class will emphasize the skills needed to become a certified climber on the EAC walls. Climbers will learn how to tie-in and belay as well as climbing movement and technique skills.
Days & Times  (4-week Session)
Wednesdays 4:00 –5:30 pm
Session start dates: April 2nd, April 30th, May 28th, June 25th, July 23rd, August 20th
Saturdays 3:30 –5:00 pm
Session start dates: April 26th, May 24th, June 21st, July 19th, August 16th
Class Fees
Member $100/Non-Member $125 
Please fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join.

Youth League 
The youth league will provide on-going climbing opportunity and instruction to youth ages 10–15 who are experienced climbers. Instructors will take climbers through at their own pace to increase their climbing skills and strength.
*Must be an experienced climber at CAC*
Days & Times 
Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm
Saturdays 3:30-5:00pm 
League Fees* 
One day a week: $75 per month Members/$100 per month Non-Members
Two days a week: $125 per month Members/$150 per month Non-Members 
Please fill out registration form at the customer service desk to join.

 *Due to space constraints, waitlist may be in place.  Minimum 2-month commitment, requires credit card on file.

 

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)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:30-11:30am 
Member Pricing $150/wk 
Non-Member Pricing $185/wk
Sibling Discount: Sign up two siblings for the same week and save $25 per camper
Class size limited to 8 students.
When:  Camp meets weeks of June 9-13, June 16-20, June 23–27, July 7–11, July 14–18, July 21-25th, July 28-August 1, August 4-8, August 11-15

Register in person at the Customer Service Desk, by phone at (847)866-6190, or Register online here. 

LPAC Youth Climbing Camp (Ages 7-13 years)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9-12pm 
Member Pricing $225/wk 
Non-Member Pricing $275/wk
Sibling Discount: Sign up two siblings for the same week and save $25 per camper
Class size limited to 8 students.
When:  Camp meets weeks of June 9-13, June 16-20, June 23–27, July 7–11, July 14–18, July 21-25th, July 28-August 1, August 4-8, August 11-15

Register in person at the Customer Service Desk, by phone at (773)529-2022, or Register online here. 

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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