BELAY LESSONS

First Time Visitors

Vertical Hold offers premier indoor rock climbing for every age and level of climbing ability. With three locations to climb at, each gym is complete with Top Roping, Lead Climbing, Bouldering, Auto Belays, and Slacklining.

If this is your first time climbing, we have belay lessons available any time, no reservation needed. A lesson will teach you how to use the ropes safely and begin climbing.

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First Time and Less Experienced Climbers

New to rock climbing? No problem! We have everything you need to get on the wall! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will provide you with the certifications and gear you need to climb in the gym.

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Top Rope with a Partner

Climb on a rope with a harness! Take a Beginner Lesson with a partner and learn how to Belay (manage the rope and gear).

Top Rope using an Auto Belay

Vertical Hold offers Auto Belays that require no partner to top rope! You can really challenge yourself by climbing on your own!

Boulder

Start climbing on our indoor boulder (the best in San Diego!) using boulder pads instead of harness and ropes.

  • CLIMBERS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE MUST HAVE A PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN SIGNED WAIVER!
  • Belay lessons are offered throughout business hours!  Stop in at any time to climb!  Both walk-ins and reservations are welcomed. To make a reservation call (858) 586-7572.
  • Belay Lessons take around 15-30 minutes. Be sure to carve out some time for all of the fun!
  • The Beginner Lesson and Belay Lesson for top roping require a partner! Bring a friend!
  • Climbers must be 13 years of age to belay and to use auto belay without supervision.

Kids Climbing

Vertical Hold is a great destination for family adventures!

For ages 4-12 we have kid friendly walls, climbs and gear! Vertical Hold staff is available to provide belay lessons for parents and any climbers 13 and older to belay the kids of the group. Walk-ins are welcome for kids climbing! No reservations necessary, but large groups should call ahead for some helpful hints. Birthday Parties go here!

  • EVERY CLIMBER UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE MUST PRESENT A MINOR WAIVER SIGNED BY THEIR LEGAL GAURDIAN TO CLIMB. Chaperones may not sign for minors without LEGAL CUSTODY of child.
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  • Vertical Hold has a  Youth Climbing Team!   First visit is FREE!

Experienced Climbers

Already know your stuff? High five! For both Top Roping and Lead Climbing certification every climber must demonstrate their skills to be certified at Vertical Hold. We check your proficiency in tying a Figure 8 Follow-Through Knot, Belaying with an ATC, and a few other things. Don’t stress, the test out is free and offered any time with no judgement if it has been a while since you’ve roped up.

Lead Climbing and Belay Demonstrations:

  • Lead Climbing and Lead Belay demonstrations are offered throughout gym hours.
  • Vertical Hold provides ropes for leading at no cost, but climbers must provide own non-auto locking belay device.
Great climbing gym. Brought my daughter here on Sunday. Very diverse walls. Lots of easy climbs..to some super advanced ones. Staff was very cool..super helpful. I will be back.
Steve
Down-to-Earth environment with a fun, friendly atmosphere. The setting is top notch with technical bouldering problems to well-set lead climbing and much more including great music selection and even live music sets! Skip the large, corporate feel of a super-gym and come back to the community feel of a true climbing gym and legend in the community with over 20 enjoyable years in business!
Trevor
I was incredibly spoiled to have gone to Vertical Hold as my first adult rock-climbing experience. Too bad this is all the way in San Diego, but those of you who live down there are lucky to have a facility as good as VH. The sheer size of this place is enough for a great rating, but the top-roping climbs are challenging and fun, and really get you thinking about where to place your feet and hands. This facility has atc belay, so learning proper belay technique is a must. Staff is very helpful at this location, and takes the full 20 minutes to instruct without becoming distracted, which is pretty important when you’re learning to keep the other person alive. Women’s bathrooms have hair ties and lotion. WHAT. Monthly memberships, one-time charge, or punch cards allowed.
Kat