New Climbers

Joe Rockhead’s has introduced more people to the exciting sport of climbing than any other organization in the country. We pride ourselves on our impeccable safety record and our ability to bring it all to you in a fun, low-pressure atmosphere. 

New climbers can safely explore un-roped climbing on our bouldering walls without formal instruction, at their own pace. However, we recommend first-timers reserve a place in a Basic Beginner Lesson to gain roped belay skills and confidence in your technique.

Our beginner lessons are not the quickie 15 minute specials you may find at other gyms for the same price. Rockhead’s comprehensive 1.5 hour lessons introduce all the safety and technical aspects of indoor rock climbing including top roping and bouldering, and another 1.5 hours of instructor assistance will help you build further confidence and develop your skills.

If you’re 13 years old or younger, we recommend organizing a Kids Climb.

All classes and programs are unavailable until January while we renovate.

Basic beginner lesson $40

Ages 14 plus

Designed to introduce beginners to the sport. During the 1.5 hour lesson you will gain the knowledge to tackle any of our top-rope routes with confidence. Our instructors will be at your service for another 1.5 hours after the lesson to give a helping hand and take your skills beyond the basics.

Price includes day pass, shoe and harness rental.


Same as the basic beginners lesson, but includes a free one-month membership with rentals shoes, harness, chalk bag, AND for a limited time, receive a complementary six-month subscription to Gripped Climbing Magazine courtesy of Joe Rockhead’s.

Top ROPE Belay Test FREE

Ages 14 plus

Our Top Rope Belay Test is available to all climbers who are experienced top rope belayers, or who have recently finished our Basic Beginner Lesson. Passing this test grants you permission to top rope belay for other guests and members at Joe Rockhead’s. You must demonstrate how to wear and inspect a harness, how to tie in and inspect a climber’s knots, and how to properly belay a climber with a Grigri. Figure 8s are not pre-tied, and Grigris must be attached to the belayer’s harness.

Visitors must have a willing partner with them for the test. No booking required.