REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Our rock climbing classes and programs are a HIGH-light of the YMCA! Climbers can reach for their individual goals learning new skills and finding their inner strength.

Youth Climbing Classes

Fees for each session, regardless of youth class:

$45 YMCA Members / session

$75 Non-Members / session

Mini Mountaineers

Ages 3-5

Saturdays

  • 10:15 -11:00am

    Fall Session Dates
    Sept 10 - Oct 1
    Oct 8 - Oct 29
    Nov 5 - Dec 3 (No class Nov 26)

Mondays

  • 3:30 - 4:15pm

    Fall Session Dates
    Sept 12 - Oct 3
    Oct 17 - Nov 7

Craggin' Kids

Ages 6-9
Saturdays

  • 9:00–10:00am

    Fall Session Dates
    Sept 10 - Oct 1
    Oct 8 - Oct 29
    Nov 5 - Dec 3 (No class Nov 26)

Tuesdays

  • 4:15-5:15 pm

    Fall Session Dates
    Sept 6 - Sept 27
    Oct 4 - Oct 25
    Nov 1 - Nov 29 (No class 11/22)

Yosemite Youth

Ages 10-13

Wednesdays

  • 4:45–5:45pm

    Fall Session Dates
    Sept 7 - 28
    Oct 5 - 26
    Nov 2 - 30 (No class Nov 23)

CLIMBING CLASS REGISTRATION

Youth Climbing Class Information

Mini Mountaineers, Craggin Kids, Yosemite Youth

Our youth classes are separated by age, and will teach age-appropriate skills. Each class is open to climbers of all experience levels. We will focus on teaching foundational skills, but will also help participants build upon skills on an individual basis, so climbers always feel that they are progressing.

Mini Mountaineers and Craggin Kids: active parent participation is encouraged, but not required! Parents who are YMCA belay certified are welcome to belay during these classes.

Please contact our climbing department for more information at climbing@whatcomymca.org 

Skills we will teach (as appropriate):

  • ​​​​​​Types of holds
  • Climbing techniques
  • Harnesses
  • Figure 8 knot
  • Climbing routes
  • Safety
  • Introduction to belaying (ages 10+)

Our goal is to help young climbers...

  • Build confidence
  • Overcome fears
  • Work with others
  • Take responsibility
  • Have fun!

Please note the following for Youth Classes:

  • Harnesses provided. 
  • Must wear closed-toe shoes. 
  • Climbing shoes are helpful but not required. 
  • No sandals or bare feet.

 

Additional Climbing Programs

 Belay Class & Certification

This THREE-Day class is for climbers with limited or no climbing experience. Over the course of the first two classes, participants will learn belay knots, technique and basic climbing terms with time to practice during class.  

The Y's Belay Certification Test will be offered at the start of the 3rd class.  After passing the test, climbers will have the rest of the class to climb.

Ages 14+

Wednesdays

  • 6:00-7:00pm

    Fall Session Dates
    Sept 7 - 21
    Oct 5 - 19
    Nov 2 - 16

Fees: 

$45 YMCA Members
$75 Non-Members

Youth Climbing Club

Previous climbing experience required. Space is limited.
Prerequisite: Climbing Club Coach approval required.

 

Ages 10-16

Mondays: 5:00-6:30pm 

 

Fall Session Dates
Sept 12 - Oct 3
Oct 10 - Oct 31
Nov 7 - Nov 28

 

Fees: 

$45 YMCA Members
$75 Non-Members

 

 

 

 

Please contact Climbing Coordinator for more information and to register: Mary Latta, mlatta@whatcomymca.org