Adult Instruction

Whether you want to learn to climb or develop your skills, you’ve found the right place. Inner Peaks offers a variety of instruction to help get you where you want to go! Our guides and instructors are experienced climbers and undergo rigorous training before leading any classes. Equipment is state-of-the-art and inspected regularly. See below to explore all the great ways you can learn to climb at Inner Peaks.

Interested in Private Instruction? Please fill out this inquiry form.


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Intro to Bouldering

Intro to Bouldering Technique class, designed to help people recognize movement and learn techniques required for bouldering.

In addition, participants will learn the basics about sport-specific strength training. The Intro to Bouldering Technique class is a 2 hr. class.

  • It is ideal for climbers ages 16 and older.
  • The class meets from 6:00pm-8:00pm the last Wednesday of the month at our Matthews location and the second Wednesday of the month at our South End location.

Class size is limited, so we recommend you pre-register to guarantee your place in the class. PREREQUISITE: Participants must be 14 yrs or older

*Free to members

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Intro to Top Rope Climbing

Learn the basics of knot tying and belay technique! Designed for people with little or no climbing experience, this course teaches the skills needed to climb independently on the roped climbing routes at Inner Peaks.

This class meets every other Saturday at South End (10am-1pm) and Matthews Wednesdays (5:30pm-8:30pm) and  (12pm-3pm) on alternating weekends.

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Intro to Indoor Lead Climbing

Introduction to Indoor Lead Climbing class will give you all the skills you need to lead climb safely indoors and the foundation skills for outdoor sport climbing.

  • South End: Every Monday night at    5:30pm-9:30pm
  • South End: Every other Sunday at 12pm-4pm
  • Matthews: Will return upon completion of Phase 2

PREREQUISITE: Participants must be 18 yrs or older with Top Rope Certification with Inner Peaks for at least 3 months.

**Member discounts apply

Pre-registration is required.

advanced Bouldering Clinic

Coming back soon!

*If you are interested in working 1:1 with an IP instructor, please fill out this form. 

5:30pm-8:30pm
$89 – includes all four dates!

The Advanced Bouldering Clinic is designed to help climbers identify their weaknesses and approach problems systematically, with a focus on long term improvement. Students will be instructed in identifying more complex and difficult movement, as well as how to develop strategies to approach difficult climbs and train for improvement.

*Must consistently climb V5-V6 on varied wall angles.

Day 1: Identify Your Beta – learn ways to recognize intended beta and understand why it works.
Day 2: Refine Your Beta – learn how to stop falling, even when you have the correct approach.
Day 3 & 4: Application: identify your personal weaknesses and learn ways to train them away.

Returning Spring 2023


Gym - To - Crag Series

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID

The Gym-to-Crag series offers both an Indoor and Outdoor experience.  Although you may take each session individually, we are also offering the complete package for each option. While the IP Indoor option is a more focused skills session, the OP Outdoor option offers the practical application of the skills and a more comprehensive understanding of the topic.

**Pre-registration is required!**

Inner Peaks Series


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IP Natural Anchor Building

IP Indoor Lead Anchor Cleaning

IP Natural Anchor Building

The Inner Peaks Natural Anchor Building clinic is an opportunity to learn the basics of top rope anchor building off trees and rocks in an indoor environment. It allows students to learn how to build anchors when there are no bolts.

Students will work in groups of two and build anchors consistent with industry standard practices.  In doing so, they will:

  • Learn the pros and cons of each anchor type
  • Learn to determine the best options.

This is a great way to get the introductory basics to begin the move from the Gym to the Crag.

Prerequisites:
Age 16 or older
Top rope certified

Clinic Max: 8

IP Clinic Price: Members: $28 | Non-members: $35

Clinic dates & times: TBD

Location:  Matthews

ip indoor lead Anchor cleaning

Lead climbing’s next step is to go outside, but it brings challenges of how to get down? How to clean your gear, create an anchor and clean your anchor? This class will address all of these issues.

Prerequisites:
Age 16 or older
Lead certified

Clinic Max: 8

IP Clinic Price: Members: $28 | Non-members: $35

Clinic dates & times: TBD

Location:  South End


Weightlifting Series


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Weightlifting Basics

Strength Training

Workout Development

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Weightlifting Basics

In Weightlifting Basics, students will go through the work out room and discuss the equipment, demonstrate best practices, and go over climbing related exercise goals and action items to move forward.

Time: 1-hour

Minimum age: 16

Clinic max: 8

Cost:  $25

Location:  South End

Clinic Date and Time: TBD

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Strength Training

In Strength Training, students will go over climbing specific training systems (hang boards, moon/tension boards, and campus rungs) and will discuss scaling their workouts, injury prevention, goals and action items.

Time: 1-hour

Minimum age: 16

Clinic max: 8

Cost:  $25

Location:  South End

Clinic Date and Time: TBD

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Workout Development

In Workout Development, students will discuss and develop a workout regimen geared towards climbing strength training goals and learn how to devise action items to move forward.

Time: 1-hour

Minimum age: 16

Clinic max: 8

Cost:  $25

Location:  South End

Clinic Date and Time: TBD


Other Clinics

Route Setting Clinic

If you are interested in participating in a route setting clinic, please email [email protected] more information.

The Inner Peaks Route Setting Clinic gives participants the opportunity to work with our head route setter to learn the basics of route setting, climbing movement, route grading, and to design and build a bouldering problem of their very own.

Students will:

  • Work in groups of two and build a boulder problem consistent with their climbing abilities.
  • Work with the head setter to forerun and collaboratively grade the class’s boulder problems.This is a great way to improve your route-reading skills by learning to decipher the setter’s intended sequence.

Minimum age:  18

Clinic max: 8

Cost: Members: $50 | Non-Members: $60

Clinic Date & Time: By inquiry ([email protected])

Location:  South End & Matthews

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Looking to take your climbing to the next level? Consider a private coaching session! Fill out the form attached below and we will match you with the best instructor to meet your goals, and create a personalized training plan just for you. Instruction topics include climbing-specific weight training, hangboarding, campusing, technique, and on the wall climbing drills.

A few of our instructors:

  • Delaney Dunlap – Competitive Climbing Coach, Routesetter
  • Jakob Schall – Competitive Climbing Coach, Routesetter
  • Nathan Craft – Assistant Head Coach, Paraclimbing Coach
  • Tyler Roth – Competitive Team Coach
  • Isabella Brooks-Bell – Youth Team Coach
  • Kyle Benko – South End Gym Manager, 10+ years of Climbing Experience

Cost: Members: $45/hr | Non-Members: $50/hr

    • 5 pack: $200 for Members | $220 for Non-members

Location:  South End or Matthews

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Easy Cancellation

If you get busy and have to cancel a class or clinic, no problem. Inner Peaks offers a generous policy of a full refund with cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to scheduled class or clinic.