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Climbing

Discover climbing activities for all ages and experience levels.

You don't have to leave the midwest to have a fun climbing or bouldering experience. Visit a climbing wall or tower at the Y!

Try North YMCA's climbing wall or take on the over 45 ft. high climbing towers at the Andover and Northwest YMCAs.

Climbing walls and towers are open for use during normal facility hours for recreational bouldering or belay-certified climbing. Belay classes are offered, and we will supply all the gear you will need whenever you feel the urge to leave the ground!

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Belay Certification (ages 11+). Members receive belay certification after completing a 2-4 hour class and passing a retention check.

Climbing Wall Class (ages 4 & up). Learn the basics of climbing or progress to advanced climbing techniques through a variety of classes and levels.

Family Climbing Classes (ages 4 & up). Parents and children can work side by side as they learn the basics of climbing or progress to advanced climbing techniques.

Climbing Academy: Reach the next level as you improve technique, endurance, flexibility and balance through competitions and outdoor climbs.
Contact the Climbing Coordinator at your Y location for details.

Climbing Competitions: Battle it out for points and fastest times with YMCA climbing wall and/or bouldering competitions and outdoor climbs. Open to all skill levels.
View events page for upcoming competitions