Have you ever wanted to try rock climbing?  Come to the YMCA and learn how!

Youth, adult, and combo classes are being offered on state of the art climbing and bouldering walls at the Downtown Y.  Climbers are introduced to the sport of climbing and are taught proper climbing technique and basic commands by certified instructors.  Opportunities to earn belaying certification are available.


See below for climbing classes and open climbing hours.

Please note: All climbers will need to sign an additional climbing wall waiver, climbers under 18 will need to have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver for them prior to using the wall.

Rock Wall Waiver


CLIMB ON: Youth Rock Climbing Classes

Youth will be introduced to the sport of climbing and will be taught proper climbing technique and basic commands by our rock wall instructors.  Back-up belaying, knot tying, traversing, bouldering, and following big wall routes are just the beginning for these young climbers!


Ages 5 – 9          Mon 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Thur 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Ages 10 – 15      Mon 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Thur 5:00 – 6:00 PM


Fall I: Sept 11 – Oct 27

Fall II: Oct 30 – Dec 22

Duluth/Superior Y Member Fee: $55          Community Fee: $87



Private Rock Climbing Lessons: Sign yourself, your kids, or your entire family up for one-on-one instruction with our trained rock wall staff.  Learn to tie climbing knots, handle belay devices, utilize proper climbing technique, and more!  Individual, partner, parent/child, and family sessions available.  Contact Emily Ranta at for more information.

Private Lesson Cost: 

  • 1 person = $25/hr
  • 2 people = $30/hr
  • 3 people = $35/hr
  • 4 people = $40/hr




Open climb is staffed by trained rock wall staff who are available to belay climbers as well as help new climbers have a fun and safe climbing experience.  Please wear closed toe shoes.  Harnesses and helmets are provided.  Free to Duluth & Superior Y Members, available to the community with a Day Pass purchase.


2017 Open Climb Hours: 

Fall Open Climb Times

*Weekly Open Climb:

  • Monday – Thursday  4:00 – 7:00 PM
  • 4th Saturday of the month 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


302 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 722-4745
Fax: (218) 722-4746


Hours for today:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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