Learning The Ropes

Get ready to climb and belay another climber on top rope.

Learning The Ropes is the perfect way to get started climbing at First Ascent Avondale. You will gain the knowledge and skills needed to access top rope climbing and connect with other climbers at your ability level.

In this 90-minute class, you will:

  • Learn the knots, hardware, and proper technique to belay using a top rope
  • Connect with a group of new climbers who are also just getting started
  • Climb with an experienced instructor as your guide
  • Discover the fun of climbing in a relaxed, small group environment

Upon successful completion of this class, you will be prepared to pass a Top Rope Check and earn your Top Rope Belay Tag on your next visit.*

*Please note: to receive a full Tope Rope certification, you may not practice or learn the necessary skills the day of your test. A temporary tag may be granted for the day if correct knowledge and skills are shown.

Must be 14 years old. Youth under 18 must have a guardian fill out waiver.


Non-members: $45  (includes days pass and rental gear)

Members: Free


Step 1: Sign Our Online Waiver

Anyone who enters First Ascent must have a waiver on file. Creating a waiver will also create an account for you in our system. Make sure to remember your user name and password for Step 2.

Sign The Waiver

Already have a waiver on file? Move on to Step 2!


Step 2: Book your class!

Book your class on the schedule below. Please book 24 hours in advance to guarantee your spot and arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled class time to check in. Late arrival may result in the need to reschedule your class. Cancellations within 24 hours are not eligible for refund, only rescheduling.

We look forward to climbing with you!