INSTRUCTION


Portland Rock Gym offers instruction for climbers of all ages and abilities. We have a wide variety of clinics and classes to get and keep your climbing where you want it to be! Annual Members can use their free clinic for Technique 101 or 202. Visit our calendar for upcoming classes!  Interested in taking a class?  Call 503-232-8310 for more information or to reserve your spot!  

Interested in a topic you don’t see here? Inquire about taking a private lesson with one of PRG’s knowledgeable and experienced instructors!

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Indoor Classes & Clinics

Friday Night Heights

Get a feel for what climbing indoors is like with three hours of top–rope climbing and bouldering. No experience necessary. Perfect for first-timers who just want to check it out. Our instructor takes care of the rope handling, and safety aspects of your first climbing experience. Sign up individually or with a group of your friends. Rental climbing shoes and harnesses included.

Times: Friday Nights 6 – 9PM

Price: $35 per person, per evening

Eight spaces available for participants 12 years of age or older.
 Advance reservation required.

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Intro Class

Learn the basics of climbing and rope–handling, including tying a figure–eight knot, climbing commands, and belaying. This one-time, 2 hour introductory class will equip you with the necessary skills to belay a climber on top–rope and pass PRG’s belay test. Class includes rental equipment and a one–week membership (with rentals).

Times: Saturdays & Sundays  10AM - 12PM OR  Wednesdays  7 – 9PM

Price: $56

Six spaces available for participants 14 years of age or older.
 Advance reservation required.

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Check out our First Ascent package deal to combine a One-Month Membership with your Intro Class!

Technique 101

Tech 101 – The Art of Energy Conservation, is not just a class for beginners, but also for more advanced climbers who have never had any formal instruction on technique. This clinic will help climbers focus on skills to improve the accuracy of foot placement, eye-to-body coordination, climbing without getting too “pumped” and overall efficiency on climbs.

Times: 7-9PM, Monday nights, except first Monday of month.

Price:$35 | 15% off for Annual/EFT Members

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Technique 202

You’ve taken the Technique 101 clinic and now your ready to take your skills to the next level. This clinic will prepare climbers with a better understanding of where to place their feet on the wall in order to control hand holds with proper body positioning. Also learn strategies on how to read routes and stay relaxed on the wall. These are essential focus skills when it comes to redpointing climbs.

Times: 7-9PM, first Monday of each month

Price:$35 | 15% off for Annual/EFT Members

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Lead Climbing

In our Lead Climbing Clinic, students will learn about lead equipment and proper equipment care as well as clipping and climbing techniques. All participants will gain experience belaying a lead climber and catching leader falls.

Times: 1-4PM, every other Saturday & Sunday (two day class)

Price: $135 | $90 for Annual/EFT Members

Requirements:

  • Must be a strong 5.10- climber
  • Have at least steady six months top-rope belay experience
  • Must bring own rope to class
  • We also suggest all Lead Climbing students first complete our Technique 101 and Technique 202 clinics (see above), or talk with one of our instructors for more information.

Private Lead Classes are also available.

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Crack Climbing Technique

This 2 hour intro-to-crack-climbing clinic will focus on various hand and foot jamming techniques.

Times: Dates vary, please check calendar.

Price:$35 | 15% off for Annual/EFT Members

Specialty Clinics

Throughout the year, we will offer clinics on various other climbing topics. Some of these include: Women’s Clinic, Rock Training, Anchor Cleaning & Rappelling, Lead Belaying with a GRIGRI, Trad Climbing, and more.

Times: Dates vary, please check calendar.

Price: Prices vary.

 

Cancellation and Rescheduling Policies

If you would like to reschedule your class, we require a 48 hour notice. For reschedules within 48 hours of class, a fee of half the regular cost of the class will be charged. Cancellations without rescheduling will result in half the cost of the class returned in the form of store credit for services. The remaining amount is forfeited.

No-Shows: If you are unable to make your event time, call us! No-shows forfeit the entire price of the class or event.