Current Climbing Classes

TOP-ROPE ORIENTATION

45 minutes

$39 | Free for 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.

You’ll Learn

Essential safety procedures

How to properly belay and lower a fellow climber

Who Should Take It

Climbers who have never top-roped, or who might be a bit rusty. Also, anyone who has taken Bouldering 101.

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Getting to 5.10

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GETTING TO 5.10

4 classes, 2 hours per class

$79 | $59 for 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.

You’ll Learn

Crucial movement skills

Planning and tactics to climb harder routes

How to interval train

Who Should Take It

Top-rope climbers who want to move up to lead climbing, or anyone wanting to consistently climb 5.10. 

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Learn to Lead

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LEARN TO LEAD

2 classes, 1.5 hours per class

$79 | $59 for 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. Must be top-rope belay certified and 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.

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Plastic to Classic

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PLASTIC TO CLASSIC

2 indoor classes (2 hours each), 1 outdoor class (4 hours)

$119 | $99 for members

Climbing outside is dangerous and requires specific skills not used indoors. Offered in partnership with Bear Mountain Guides, you learn the right way to use and clean sport climbing anchors in the gym, then head outdoors with a guide to put your skills to use. Must be lead belay/climb certified and bring own lead climbing equipment.

You’ll Learn

Proper communication, route cleaning, and anchor threading

Basic crag and route etiquette

Ways to mitigate risk and avoid hazardous situations

Who Should Take It

Climbers who are lead belay/climb certified and have a hankering to get outside. We recommend taking Learn to Lead first if you are not yet certified.

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Project & Send

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PROJECT AND SEND

3 classes, 2 hours per class

$79 | $59 for members

The process of working and sending a project is one of the most rewarding experiences in climbing. Project and Send is an excellent way to increase your redpoint level indoors and out. Must be lead belay/climb certified and bring own lead climbing equipment.

You’ll Learn

Skills including yarding, "boinging," and clipping up

Fast ways to memorize sequences

Pragmatic ways to address fear

Who Should Take It

Climbers who are lead belay/climb certified and want to continue progressing. We recommend taking Learn to Lead first if you are not yet certified.

Next Class to Take

Plastic to Classic

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PRIVATE LESSON

70 minutes

$45 per session

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.

What You Could 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

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The Instructors

Douglas Hunter
Program Director

I started climbing 37 years ago when family friends took me top-roping at a small outcropping over a sewer line in Philadelphia; by the time I was half-way up my first climb I was hooked. Since then I have climbed all over the US, put up first ascents in five states, and I have early ascents of test pieces such as Cop Killer 5.13d, and Dead Souls 5.13d. Among my first ascents are The Hurricane 5.14a, Escape from New York 5.13c, and The Will to Power 5.13c, all respected for their unique movement and extreme difficulty.

I’ve been coaching for 27 years, working with athletes at all levels from total beginners, to world cup competitors. I have written two books on climbing The Self-Coached Climber and Redpoint. I have coached adults and youth to the World Championships on several occasions and my athletes regularly compete at the national level.

For me, the greatest draw is climbing movement—it is unique, beautiful complex and immensely enjoyable. The hallmark of my coaching style and training practice has been to put movement first, and to help climbers have the same kind of control over their bodies that dancers have.

Dylan Empey
Learn to Lead, Getting to 5.10, From Plastic to Classic, Project and Send, Private Lessons, & The Competitive Climbing Team

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 at 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 American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) with both a CWA as well as SPI. I plan to continue my education in order to constantly improve as an instructor!

Phil Wilson
Learn to Lead, Getting to 5.10, Bouldering 101, & Salt Lake Community College (SLCC)

I started climbing in 2005 at The Front for a friend’s birthday. I got 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 currently study Archaeology at the University of Utah where I hope to work on excavation of south western material culture of North America. While in school I instruct a number of classes at The Front Climbing Club. Over the years I've obtained my Climbing Wall instructor certification, CPR, WFR, and I'm up to level 3 in Rock Rescue. 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!

David Farkas
Learn to Lead, Getting to 5.10, Bouldering 101, & SLCC

A transplant from Colorado I’ve been climbing for 26 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 has taught me that what I get out of it is what I put in to it, and that when I share the passion of climbing with others, I am rewarded a thousand-fold.