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

Mondays

  • 3:30–4:15pm
    • July 11 – August 1

Wednesdays

  • 3:15–4:00pm
    • July 6 – July 27
    • August 3 – August 24

Fridays

  • 2:15–3:00pm
    • July 6 – July 27
    • August 5 – August 26
  • 3:15–4:00pm
    • July 8 – July 29
    • August 5 – August 26

Craggin' Kids

Ages 6-9

Tuesdays

  • 3:00–4:00pm
    • July 5 – July 26
    • August 2 – August 23

Thursdays

  • 12:30–1:30pm
    • July 7 – July 28
    • August 4 – August 25
  • 1:45–2:45pm
    • July 7 – July 28
    • August 4 – August 25

Saturdays

  • 9:00–10:00am
    • July 9 – July 30
    • August 6 – August 27

Yosemite Youth

Ages 10-13

Wednesdays

  • 4:15–5:15pm
    • July 6 – July 27
    • August 3 – August 24

Thursdays

  • 3:45–4:45pm
    • July 7 – July 28
    • August 4 – August 25

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+

Tuesdays

  • 6:45-7:45pm
    • July 5 - July 19
    • August 2 - August 16

Wednesdays

  • 5:30-6:30pm
    • June 8 - June 22
    • July 6 - July 20
    • August 3 - August 17

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: 5:30-7:00pm 

June 6 - 27
July 11 - 25 (no club July 4th)
August - No climbing club available

Fees: 

$45 YMCA Members
$75 Non-Members

 

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

Climbing Skills Practice

Previous climbing experience required. Space is limited.

 

Ages 10-13

Mondays: 4:30-5:20 (50 Minutes)

June 6 - June 27
July 11 - August 1

 

Fees:

$30 YMCA Members
$50 Non-Members