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
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
Getting to 5.10

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4 classes, 1 hour per class
$49 for members | $79 for non-members
Taught in small groups, our instructors will get you comfortable on the wall and provide expert advice on improving technique.

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

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4 classes, 2 hours per class
$79 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
After you take this class, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for a belay device, harness, or climbing shoes!

Next Class to Take
Learn to Lead

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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!

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. We’ll get you on our most exciting walls, further develop your technical skills, and have you take a first step towards outdoor climbing. Participants must have passed a top-rope test prior to enrollment. Please bring your own rope/belay device.

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 Getting to 5.10 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
After you take this class, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon for a rope or quickdraws!

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

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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 possibility 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 a harness or helmet!

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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!
Taught in small groups with a maximum of 6 participants, this class will help you master the fundamentals and teach you advanced techniques that will up your bouldering game.

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 manteling
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

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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!

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

Outdoor Ascent Series

Acquire new skills inside with The Front and then refine them outside with The Backcountry Pros

The Front has partnered with The Backcountry Pros 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 and 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 3 days and includes 4 hours of indoor instruction at our gym and 4 hours of outdoor instruction. (The only exception is Intro to Trad Climbing, which is 2 days and has 2 hours of indoor instruction and 6 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

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2 indoor classes (2 hours each), 1 outdoor class (4 hours)
$150 for members | $175 for non-members 
Have you passed The Front’s 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

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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

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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

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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.

I started climbing in 2005 at The Front for a friend’s birthday. I didn’t get hooked on pulling plastic until 2011 when I broke my back and expanded into sport climbing for low impact recovery. Since then I’ve lived abroad in Holland and explored European climbing destinations like Fontainebleau and the Black Forest.

I recently graduated with an Archaeology degree from the University of Utah. Over the years, I’ve instructed a number of climbing classes at The Front. I’ve also obtained my Climbing Wall Instructor certification, CPR, WFR, and up to Rock Rescue 3. My current obsession in climbing is long multi-pitch trad to cool summits. I hope to meet you in one of the courses at The Front!

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 – 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!

Born here in Salt Lake City, I have been climbing now for about six years, and been instructing people for 2 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 a while, I realized that my true passion lied 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! 

Bio coming soon!