The Worthington Area YMCA is home to a 30 foot, indoor rock climbing wall. Thanks to the generous contributions from Jay & Lisa Milbrandt and Robert and Patricia Ludlow, the YMCA is able to provide a variety of climbing activies for all ages. For a schedule of availabilty or programming times click the schedule link below, or the Schedules navigation in the top left of the window. For a list of rules and policies, please click the Policies Link below.
If you would like to reserve the rock wall for an event or party, please contact Cory Greenway, Health & Fitness Director for the Worthington Area YMCA.
Beginner Levels (grades 3-8)
This program is targeted towards youth grades 3-8 that are looking for adventure. Participants learn how to harness themselves, tie a variety of knots, learn climbing and bouldering techniques in a positive, supportive environment. Participants will develop strength of spirit, mind and body in this program designed to show youth just how strong they can be.
Beginner through Intermediate Levels (grade 9-12)
This program is targeted towards youth grade 9-12 with little to no climbing experience needed. Participants will enjoy learning new climbing techniques and brushing up on older ones. Emphasis will be on the climbing movements, strength, and flexibility needed for both rope climbing and bouldering. YMCA belay card certification required for intermediate level. Those with beginner status will have the ability to progress to intermediate and receive belay certification.
Intermediate Levels (ages 16+) The Belay Qualificationis available for those individuals that are looking to take the next step after several climbing experiences at the Worthington Area YMCA. Becoming Belay Qualified will allow you more freedom of climbing; increasing your timing climb by not having to wait for a staff member during scheduled climbing. In this short course, you will become orientated with the Top Rope Belay, proper knots and how to spot a climber. To become Belay Qualified and be permitted to belay other climbers, participants must be 16 years old. Becoming Belay Qualified is a privilege and the YMCA reserves the right to not certify individuals that do not meet our standards. Belay privileges may also be taken away if participants fail to continue to show knowledge of safety and protocols. Belay passes will be attached to rental harness if you have qualified when checking out gear; for personal gear, a pass will be attached by our staff.
All Ability Levels (16+)
This climbing class is an opportunity for participants (co-ed class) of all levels of climbing experience to climb together in a supportive, positive environment and small group environment. Enjoy learning new climbing techniques and brushing up on older ones. Emphasis will be on the climbing movements, strength, and flexibility needed for both rope climbing and bouldering. Some climbing experience helps, and YMCA belay card qualification required if you would like to belay others. Contact Cory with questions.
Beginner through Advanced Levels. (WOMEN ONLY, Ages 18+)
This climbing class is an opportunity for women with previous experience climbing & not to no previous experience to climb together in a supportive, positive environment. Enjoy learning new climbing techniques and brushing up on older ones, with a focus on how we as women are uniquely suited to be strong, powerful climbers. Emphasis will be on the climbing movements, strength, and flexibility needed for both rope climbing and bouldering. No climbing experience necessary (beginner), and seasoned climbers are encouraged to take the intermediate to advanced level class and come lend their experience to new female climbers. This class has limited space. If you have not had past climbing experience, please select the beginner level Ladies on the Rocks class.
*Any Birthday party rentals will require participants to have a waiver on file, or being a signed copy with them.