Upcoming Classes & Clinics
The Climbing School at Pacific Edge is staffed by professional instructors who represent the highest standards in the industry. The Climbing School offers instruction ranging from basic belay skills to advanced movement and technical climbing skills including: crack climbing, lead climbing, anchor skills, and big-wall climbing for students age 12 and up.
The climbing school at Pacific Edge is a first rate technical climbing program. It is far more than just an "indoor program," comprising the most thorough and complete curriculum of any gym in the United States. The core of this program is the leadership of owner/operators Tom Davis, Diane Russell and Manager Scott Lappin. Their combined climbing experience spans over 90 years, covering 5 continents and every discipline of the vertical world, from sport climbing to high altitude mountaineering.
Pacific Edge is accredited by the Climbing Gym Association of America Climbing Clinics and Classes.
CLIMBING SCHOOL COURSES & PROGRAMS
Topics covered in this 2-hour course include: Knots – Harness – Belay skills – Climbing and lowering safely on a top-rope- Facility Introduction.
Thursdays 7-9PM, Saturdays 10:00AM-12:00PM or 1-3PM, & Sundays 10:00AM-12:00PM or 3:30 -5:30PM
$32 non-members, $21 UCSC & Cabrillo students/faculty/staff (valid ID required).
Day pass, shoes, and harness rental are included in the price of the Basic Safety class.
Rockin’ Through the Weekend: Combine the Basic Safety class and the Next Step class for an intensive climbing introduction. These two classes can be taken successively in one weekend or spread out over two weekends, for the same great price of $50 (both two-hour classes together; regular cost is $32 each).
- Bolt Safety and Identification
- Crack Climbing
- Lead Belaying
- Slackline Clinic
- System Wall Training and Women's Upper Body
This Co-ed course includes six weeks of instruction, 2 hours once a week. Basic Safety and progressive movement techniques covered in this course. Cost includes FULL membership and equipment for the duration of the class.
$175/$110 members. Maximum of 6 students, reservations are recommended. Price includes FULL membership to the gym for the duration of the course. Registration for some 101 Series occurs through Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.
$95/$80 members. Maximum of 6 students, reservations are recommended. Price includes FULL membership to the gym for the duration of the course.
55+ Club: Climbing 101
This Co-ed course is taught by Carl P, who has over 50 years of experience and includes six weeks of instruction, 2 hours once a week. Basic Safety and progressive movement techniques covered in this course. Cost includes FULL membership and equipment for the duration of the class.
$175/$110 members. Maximum of 6 students, reservations are recommended. Price includes FULL membership to the gym for the duration of the course. Registration for this 101 course also occurs through Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.
Climbing 201 Advance Strategies and Techniques
This four week course is designed to take you to the next level in your climbing. Meeting for two hours, once a week, for eight hours of instruction total. Learn exciting new techniques for: – Footwork – Efficiency – Overhangs – Body Positioning – Route Climbing Strategies – Visualization.
Prerequisites: Intermediate Class - Climbing 5.9 or higher. Advanced Class - Climbing 5.10c or higher.
$125/$110 members. Maximum of 6 students, reservations are required. Offered seasonally. Check the calender for the next starting dates.
$45/$40 members. Minimum of 3 students, reservations are required
$45/$40 members. Minimum of 3 students, reservations are required.
Lead Belay Clinic
This free clinic is offered twice per month. Please visit our calendar to find the next dates.
Reservations are required.
This clinic fulfills the Lead Belay prerequisite for our Lead Class.
The goal of this class is to teach people to be safe leaders on sport routes. Emphasis is on instilling core lead climbing safety principals and promoting respect for the dangers involved in leading sport climbs, both in the gym and outside. We also periodically offer a Women's Only Lead class.
Prerequisite: Lead Belay Experience, must be able to climb comfortably at a 5.10a level & have been climbing for at least 6 months.
$115/$95 members. Maximum of 6 students, reservations are required.
Topics to be covered include: - Rope management - Swinging leads - Specific dangers - Anchor review - What to do if you drop your belay device - Multi-Pitch Rappelling - and more. Learn the tricks of the trade from Scott Lappin.
$155/$135 members. Maximum of 6 students, reservations are recommended.
This six hour course is offered Spring and Fall. Check our calendar for upcomming dates or is you have a group of 4-6 studnets we can schedule a course for you.
Prerequisite: Must lead at least 5.8 on multi-pitch, traditional (natural gear) routes. Attend all three classes for a thorough introduction to aid climbing big walls. Sequence: 1) Aid Climb Leading 2) Aid Climb Cleaning 3) Aid Climb Hauling/Wall Life.
This 8 hour course is offered Spring and Fall. Check our calendar for upcomming dates or if you have a group of 4-6 studnets we can schedule a course for you.
I drop my belay device.
I fall under a roof and I'm dangling in space.
My partner is injured and cant rappel on their own.
My rappel rope is stuck.
And many more.
Get ready to get your knot geek on! 8 hours of priceless knots and rope systems is your path to being one of the prepared and competent climbers at the crag.
Maximum of 6 students, reservations are required. $155/$135 members. Please give us a ring to make your reservation now. Don't miss out.
Guided Outdoor ClimbinG
Pinnacles National Park
Located 90 miles south of Santa Cruz, near Hollister. Pinnacles trips are offered to 3 different areas in the Park, each with its own unique appeal:
- Discovery Wall offers the highest concentration of routes in the Pinnacles with a large range of difficulties to choose from. The approach is very short (15 minutes from the car) and the climbs are awesome. Discovery Wall is 150 feet tall and provides primarily 1-pitch routes of high quality. Difficulty ranges from 5.6 to 5.11. Discovery Wall is accessed from the east via Hollister and CA highway 25.
- High Peaks is where Pinnacles got its name. All of the climbs in the High Peaks ascend true summits that can only be reached by technical climbing methods. The climbs and the views are truly spectacular, offering the unique reward of standing on a summit that only a ‘real climber’ can reach. The approach is long; 2 miles with about 1000 feet of elevation gain (about one hour). Difficulty ranges from 5.4 to 5.10. This is a quiet and scenic area of the Park. The High Peaks are accessed from the east via Hollister and CA highway 25. (16 years and older).
- West Side is the wild side of the Pinnacles. The West Side is home to the biggest walls in the Park. Multi-pitch routes on huge walls are the main attraction. Quality single pitch routes are found here as well. Machete Ridge is 600 feet tall. The ‘Old Original Route’ is an all day traverse of the summit ridge (very exposed!) involving easy climbing (5.3) with technical rope handling and multiple rappels. Other routes offer difficulty ranging from 5.6 to 5.11. The approaches are short to moderate, 10 to 40 minutes depending on the route. The West Side is reached from Soledad, off CA highway 101. This is a very scenic and less traveled part of the park.
All Pinnacles trips require a Pacific Edge belay card or equivalent level of belay training. If you don’t know how to belay, you must take our Basic Safety Class prior to participating in a trip to Pinnacles. Guided trips offered October through May, Sat or Sun. Call for prices.
Women's Climbing School
Women's Climbing Club
Activities vary depending on the interests of the group, and typically include bouldering, top roping, lead climbing and the occasional post climb burrito. Participation in the Women’s Climbing Club is free with membership or a day pass.
The club currently meets on Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Please visit our calendar for specific dates the club is meeting.
The 101 class starts with basic safety skills, an introduction to gear and how to belay, then proceeds into all angles, corners, and cracks of the gym. The curriculum covers basic technique and movement, and provides a comprehensive introduction to indoor climbing.
Includes full gym access, two yoga classes, and gear rentals during the duration of the course.
Maximum of 6 students, reservations required.
Please check our calendar for the next upcomming class.
Prerequisites: Must climb consistently at a level of 5.9 or higher.
Maximum of 6 students, reservations required.
Women's Lead Climbing
Prerequisites: Lead Belay Experience (must have either attended a free PE lead belay clinic, have a current PE Lead Belay Card, or other lead belay experience), climb solidly at a 5.10a level (vertical and overhanging terrain), and have at least 6 months of climbing experience.
Maximum of 6 students, reservations required.