rock climbing lessons


Crux is a teaching gym, meaning our goal is to not only provide you a place to climb, but also show you how to do it safely! We provide several rock climbing lessons and classes for individuals and groups. If you’re new to rock climbing, we have introductory lessons that will show you the basics. Before you know it – you’ll be a pro-climber! Experienced rock climbers…we have lessons for you, too! Browse our lessons below and call to schedule yours today!

Introduction to Climbing

Imagine for a moment, if you will, you are at the top of your very first climb. Adrenaline pumping, arms tired, and you’re ready to be lowered to safety. You call “take” and your partner looks up with a blank stare because he doesn’t know what you’re talking about. He didn’t bother to take the Intro to Climbing lesson because after all, how hard can it be? Now you have a whole other set of problems. But not to fear, because this situation never happened, because you took the Intro to Climbing class! You’ve always been the smart one. Take the lesson!

Saturdays, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Cost: $50 for class

NOTE: Prepayment and reservations are required.

Intro lessons include shoes, harness, and a 1-week pass to the Crux. The class covers all the basics:

  • Different types of belay devices, carabiners, ropes, etc.
  • Belay, knot-tying, and lowering safety
  • Proper gear fitting
  • Importance of proper foot work
  • Hand and body position
  • Energy conservation

Introduction to Sport Climbing

Sport climbing is a big step and an even bigger personal commitment. You’ve put in the hours on top ropes honing your basic skills; now it’s time to take your climbing to the next level. The Intro to Sport Climbing class will teach you the advanced skills you’ll need for lead climbing in the gym and eventually outdoors on the crag. The Crux is a great place to learn and practice these new skills in a safe controlled environment. There’s a whole new world of sport climbing to explore out there! You’ll have plenty of time to learn alot of lessons from Mother Nature, but for now, safety first.

Sport climbing lessons include shoes, harness, and a 1-week pass to the Crux. The class covers:

  • Lead clipping
  • Lead belaying
  • Rope safety & management
  • Gear safety management
  • Proper hand & body position
  • Anchor management

When: 1.5 hour lesson. Call us to schedule!

Cost: $50 for class

intro to sport climbing

Anchor Building Class

This is a very important hands-on class for expanding your climbing into the great outdoors. There’s a reason it’s called an anchor; it’s the central safety point that keeps you from experiencing unwanted gravitational pull (ie. falling). The class will be split between the Crux and Skinners Butte (weather permitting).
You will need to bring 4 locking carabiners and a belay device. We will provide a cordelette to build your own anchor and to take home after class.

When: 2 hour class. Call us to schedule!

Cost: $30 for members, $40 for non-members

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Set up and equalize several types of anchors for hanging top ropes.
  • Tie and use various knots and equipment for anchors.
  • Safely clean top rope anchors.
  • Rappel from anchors


Rock climbing clinics are an excellent way to dive deeper into the art and sport of rock climbing. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required; payment is required at registration. Most do not have prerequisites, the exception being Lead Climbing.

To register, please call us, or stop by the front desk during our open hours. Clinic dates will appear on our schedule.

Climbing Technique

Join us for a clinic on climbing technique and etiquette. This one-hour class includes basics of technique, climbing etiquette and a practice session. Experience is not necessary.

Cost: $10 for members, $25 for non-members (includes gear)

She Climbs

Join us for a women’s clinic on climbing technique. This class includes basics of technique, bouldering safety, slide show, and practice session. Experience is not necessary.

Cost: $10 for members, $25 for non-members (includes gear)

Group Lesson

Treat your friends or co-workers to an afternoon or evening of climbing! In this 2-hour session, your group will learn the basics of climbing and belaying with plenty of time for climbing.

When: Sessions can be scheduled on weekdays or weekends.

Cost: $25 per person (gear included)

Personal Training

As you become a better climber, your training needs become more specific. Whether it’s technique or fitness related, we can help you advance your climbing skills. Schedule your training and cover topics including:

  • Foot work
  • Hand position
  • The relationship between balance, technique and strength (we may get a little philosophical on this subject)

Yoga at the Crux!

The Crux is very excited to offer two practices of yoga to help climbers and athletes maintain flexibility, strength and injury prevention for the sports they love! Both classes are instructed by Lacey.

Cost: Free for members, $12 per class for non-members

Yoga for Climbers

When: Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
First class starts on April 9th!

Yoga for climbers practice will help strengthen your core and back, improve joint mobility and stability, and increase your flexibility and breath capacity to keep you on the wall. Learn how to incorporate intelligent movements into your climbing sessions that help with injury prevention. All levels welcome.

Restorative Yoga

When: Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
First class starts on April 11th!

Slow down and release tension before or after climbing with a recovery session. Restorative yoga helps cultivate stress resilience, calm and recovery through therapeutic movement, meditation and breath awareness. All levels welcome.

All climbers are required to have a signed waiver form on file before climbing. Minors must have a form signed by a parent or legal guardian.


401 West 3rd Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401



10:00am - 10:00pm
10:00am - 9:00pm
12:00pm - 6:00pm

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401 West 3rd Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401



MON - THU: 12:00pm -10:00pm
FRIDAY: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
SAT & SUN: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Note: we are CLOSED 9/2 & 9/3 for Labor Day weekend.

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