Intro to Climbing Classes

Learn the essential technical and movement skills to start your climbing career off right.

45 minutes
Free for members | $39 for non-members (includes a day pass and rental gear)
To climb with ropes you need to know the proper procedures for communication, using equipment, belaying and lowering a climber. This essential class covers all these skills and gives you plenty of practice. Taught in small groups. Price includes gear rental.

Who Should Take It
Climbers who have never top-roped or who might be a bit rusty. Also, anyone who has taken Bouldering 101. *You must be at least 14 years old to top-rope belay.

Cool Perk
After you take this class, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for a belay device or harness!

Next Class to Take
Movement, Technique and Footwork – Ropes

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

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2 classes, 2 hours per class
$49 for members | $79 for non-members
Our instructors will get you comfortable on the wall and provide expert advice on improving technique. Taught in small groups.

You’ll Learn
Fundamental climbing knowledge.
Climbing-specific fitness to continue improving.
How to improve further on your own.

Who Should Take It
New climbers are best suited for this.

Cool Perk
After you take this class, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for a crash pad or climbing shoes!

Next Class to Take
Top-Rope Orientation
Intermediate Bouldering

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

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2 classes, 2 hours per class
$59 for members | $99 for non-members
The goal of this class is to make you a solid 5.10 climber and ready to learn to lead climb. In it you will learn advanced movement, tactics and goal setting as well as get your first taste of fun training activities to develop fitness quickly. Participants must be top-rope belay certified.

You’ll Learn
Crucial movement skills.
Planning and tactics to climb harder routes.
How to interval train.

Who Should Take It
Climbers that have passed our top-rope belay test who want to increase their climbing enjoyment and those who want to progress to lead climbing.

Cool Perk
Every participant who complete this class will go home with a Petzl GriGri or Petzl Harness (Sama, Selena, or Corax) on the house!

Next Class to Take
Learn to Lead

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

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1 hour
$50 for members | $75 for non-members
Privately coached sessions are a great way to address the specifics of your climbing that you want to improve. Our coaches can provide great insights into movement and other critical aspects of your climbing.

Do you need to work on movement, fear of falling, goal setting or fitness? Preparing for a competition? Our coaches can be your personal guide, for one or many sessions. Each lesson includes a written summary of the session and coach’s commentary videos when applicable.

You’ll Learn
Specific elements that will enrich your climbing experience.
Ways to attain your climbing goals.

Who Should Take It
Anyone who wants to get in-depth help for any climbing topic with our world-class instructional staff.

Cool Perk
After you take this class, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for any one item in the gear shop!

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. 

Please email david.farkas@thefrontclimbingclub.com to schedule your private lesson!

Master Indoor Climbing

Advance your climbing abilities with leading, improved risk assessment, and climbing specific training techniques.

2 classes, 2 hours per class
$79 for members | $99 for non-members
Learn to Lead will take your climbing to the next level – it gets you on our most exciting walls and further develops your technical skills.

Participants must have passed a top-rope test prior to enrollment. You must bring your own harness to class. We want to make sure that you will learn and grow comfortable with the equipment that you will use regularly. If you use your own rope, it must be a UIAA certified single dynamic rope that is at least 40m long.

You’ll Learn
Best practices for falling, catching and clipping.
How to properly inspect equipment.
Good ways to continue improving as a climber.

Who Should Take It
Climbers who are confident climbing 5.10 without falling. We recommend taking Movement, Technique and Footwork – Ropes first if you’re not able to consistently climb at that grade. *You must be at least 14 years old to lead climb and lead belay.

Cool Perk
Every participant who complete this class will go home with a Petzl GriGri or 40m Contact 9.8 rope on the house!

Next Class to Take
Falling Without Fear or one of the Outdoor Ascent Series clinics.

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

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1 class, 2 hours
$39 for members | $59 for non-members

Falling. It’s a big part of climbing. We do it all the time, but if we are being honest many of us aren’t completely comfortable with falling, and in many cases the fear of falling prevents us from trying our hardest and enjoying a climb to its fullest. This clinic provides ways of objectively assessing risk and dealing with fear. The clinic also gives ample opportunities to take and catch falls. But don’t worry, we won’t force you to take huge whippers. The goal is to identify each climber’s comfort zone, whatever it may be, and then help climbers expand it. The clinic is fun and supportive, so bring a friend and start the process of becoming more confident climbers together.

*This class focuses on falling while rope climbing. It is geared towards lead climbers. Participants must have passed a top-rope test, but preferably a lead test prior to enrollment.

Cool Perk
After you take this class, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for an Edelrid OHM or one of Arno Ilgner’s books – The Rock Warrior’s Way or Espresso Lessons.

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

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4 classes, 1.5 hour per class
$59 for members | $99 for non-members
Are you proficient at introductory bouldering (V2-V3) and ready for the next grades? If so, this class is for you!
This class will help you master the fundamentals and teach you advanced techniques that will up your bouldering game. Taught in small groups with a maximum of six participants.

You’ll Learn
Effective warm-up drills.
Refinement of fundamental movement.
Improved sequencing and strategy.
Increased use of dynamic movement.
Heel hooks, toe hooks and mantels.
Compression techniques.
Video feedback and analysis.
World-Cup style bouldering.
Climbing specific training techniques.

Who Should Take It
Anyone climbing V2-V3 (easy and hard blue dots) who wants to progress to V4-V5 (green dots) and beyond.

Cool Perk
After you take this class, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for a crash pad or climbing shoes!

Next Classes to Take
Top-Rope Orientation
Learn to Lead
Private Lessons

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

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1 hour
$50 for members | $75 for non-members
Privately coached sessions are a great way to address the specifics of your climbing that you want to improve. Our coaches can provide great insights into movement and other critical aspects of your climbing.

Do you need to work on movement, fear of falling, goal setting or fitness? Preparing for a competition? Our coaches can be your personal guide, for one or many sessions. Each lesson includes a written summary of the session and coach’s commentary videos when applicable.

You’ll Learn
Specific elements that will enrich your climbing experience.
Ways to attain your climbing goals.

Who Should Take It
Anyone who wants to get in-depth help for any climbing topic with our world-class instructional staff.

Cool Perk
After you take this class, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for any one item in the gear shop!

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

Please email david.farkas@thefrontclimbingclub.com to schedule your private lesson!

Outdoor Ascent Series - Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Acquire new skills inside with us, then refine them outside with The Backcountry Pros.

We have partnered with The Backcountry Pros to bring you a climbing class program called the Outdoor Ascent Series. The series covers outdoor sport climbing fundamentals such as cleaning anchors, lowering and rappelling as well as outdoor top-roping and an introduction to trad climbing. We’ll begin each course by going over the basics, practicing and getting comfortable in the gym. Then, The Backcountry Pros will take you outside to apply those skills. Join other Front members and supportive, experienced instructors to help build a knowledgeable outdoor climbing community and get the local climbing beta.

Each course is $150 for Front members and $175 for non-members. The courses are broken up into three days and includes four hours of indoor instruction at our gym and four hours of outdoor instruction. (The only exception is Intro to Trad Climbing, which is two days and has two hours of indoor instruction and six hours outside.)

Want to learn even more about OAS? Head to our recent blog post here!

2 indoor classes (2 hours each), 1 outdoor class (4 hours)
$150 for members | $175 for non-members 
You don’t have to be a lead climber to learn how to climb outside. This class will take your indoor top-roping skills and help you transfer them to the exciting, new adventure of building and climbing on your own top-rope anchors outside!
This course is offered in partnership with The Backcountry Pros and is a three-day series.

You’ll Learn
The differences between gym and outdoor climbing.
Risk assessment.
Site Selection.
Leave No Trace for climbers.
Equipment selection and use.
Edge security.
Anchor construction.

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

2 indoor classes (2 hours each), 1 outdoor class (4 hours)
$150 for members | $175 for non-members 
Have you passed our lead climb and belay tests? Are you ready to venture outside? If so, this is the course for you! We will teach you how to apply your clipping and rope management skills to real rock, as well as how to clean a sport climb after you lead it. 
This course is offered in partnership with The Backcountry Pros and is a three-day series.

You’ll Learn
Review lead climbing and belaying best practices.
The differences between gym and outdoor climbing.
Ways to mitigate risk and avoid hazardous situations.
Site Selection.
Leave No Trace for climbers.
Equipment selection and use.
Building a quick-draw anchor.
Cleaning a sport route via lowering and rappelling.

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

1 indoor classes (2 hours), 1 outdoor class (6 hours)
$150 for members | $175 for non-members 
“Trad”, or traditional, climbing means placing protection on lead and building anchors with removable, re-usable equipment that fits into cracks in the rock. While most trad climbers no longer trust their lives to a machine nut with some string tied through it, learning how to place modern equipment securely takes practice and a creative mind. Get started with each in this exciting new course! 
This course is offered in partnership with The Backcountry Pros and is a two-day series.

You’ll Learn
Site selection.
Assessing rock quality.
Passive protection.
Active protection.
Placement strategy.
Building pre-equalized anchors.
Sling use and racking.
Leave No Trace for climbers.

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

2 indoor classes (2 hours each), 1 outdoor class (4 hours)
$150 for members | $175 for non-members
A “pitch” is a section of climbing with a logical stopping point, such as a cozy ledge or a two-bolt anchor half-way up a sheer face. Whether you yearn to test your endurance two pitches up or 20, this course will get you started by teaching you the fundamental skills of belay transitions, rope management, communication and descending that are inherent to multi-pitch climbing.
This course is offered in partnership with The Backcountry Pros and is a three-day series.

You’ll Learn
Anchor review.
Personal anchoring.
Securing the follower.
Top-belaying and lowering.
Top-belay to lead-belay transitions.
Extended rappel tether with back-up.
Pre-rigged rappelling.

All classes require a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund. Questions? Email programs@thefrontclimbingclub.com.

Meet the Instructors

A transplant from Colorado, I’ve been climbing for 28 years on rock, ice and in the mountains. I started my guiding career in 2001 and have climbed and guided in Alaska, California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Washington.

Some of my favorite climbing areas are Eldorado Canyon, Joshua Tree, Indian Creek and the ice climbs of Southern Colorado. Climbing is my sport, art and therapy. I enjoy practicing and teaching exceptional technical, physical and mental/emotional climbing skills. My climbing partners and students teach me how to be a more effective teacher, a better climber and a healthier human being. Climbing teaches me that I get out of it what I put in to it, and that when I share the passion of climbing with others, I am rewarded a thousand-fold.

Bio coming soon!

Born here in Salt Lake City, I have been climbing now for about six years, and been instructing people for two years or so. Instructing and helping others has always been a huge passion of mine, so I am extremely happy to be here at The Front pursuing this! After climbing for a while, I realized that my true passion lies in bouldering. Bouldering has inspired me to travel all over Utah, to California, Colorado and all the way to Rocklands, South Africa.

I am currently taking classes in order to obtain a bachelors in Health Promotion and Education. Some certifications I hold are my CPR and also my CWI (Climbing Wall Instructor). I’m excited and motivated to keep learning and build on top of these!

I grew up in Shelby, a small Montana town near the Canadian border. I went to college at Montana State University and received a degree in Biological Sciences and Environmental Horticulture. I was awarded the Jerry O’Neal National Park Service Student Fellowship which gave me the chance to spend the summer of 2015 doing my own research on bats roosting in buildings in Glacier National Park.

In February of 2014, I began climbing. That summer, I took my first trip to Ten Sleep, WY, where I decided to try to pursue climbing and all it has to offer. Within a couple of years, I began teaching kids at the local climbing gym which led to coaching the competition climbers and becoming a route setter. I then took my climbing career further by coaching and teaching for The Climbing Academy, which is an international high school for rock climbers. This took me to China, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and across the United States. After two years, I decided to move to SLC to pursue a career in Environmental Horticulture. I enjoy coaching all types of climbing, each person has a unique way they approach climbing and I find it engaging to work with that as a coach. I enjoy working through tough goals with climbers and coaching individuals through the mental side of climbing.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, I have been climbing for years and have coached athletes at Regional, Divisional and National levels. Teaching is my passion and I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Education at Westminster College. My favorite places to climb include: Red Rocks, Thailand and of course locally up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

I use a student-centered approach to teaching and coaching by focusing on the individual and adapting curriculum as necessary to cater to individual needs and goals. I am proud to hold certificates through the AMGA with both a CWA as well as SPI, and plan on continuing my education in order to constantly improve as an instructor!

Bio coming soon!

Bio coming soon!

I started climbing three years ago while living in Florida. I explored much of the Southeast, and some of my favorite areas include the granite of Western North Carolina and the sandstone surrounding Chattanooga. Nowadays, you’ll likely find me up in Little Cottonwood.

Climbing represents so much to me. I’m motivated by the physicality of the sport, the movement of the routes, the analytical problem-solving of the puzzles and the mental flow-space generated by the entirety of the experience.

I’m inspired to see others push their comfort zones, understand techniques and tap into the beauty of movement. Individual empowerment is the key to learning, and I’d enjoy the process of accompanying your journey.