Self-Rescue: The Basics and Top Rope Rescues

We all hope to never encounter a climbing situation that would warrant a rescue, but climbing is a dangerous sport where things can go wrong.  Self-rescue entails rescuing yourself without outside assistance.  The reason why this is so important in climbing is that enlisting the help of outside rescuers is not always possible, puts more people at risk, and is very costly.

Climbing self-rescue is a very extensive topic with entire books being devoted to it.  Because of this, our self-rescue program is split into various classes and clinics.  This class is designed to give climbers new to self-rescue the fundamental skills and knowledge to build a foundation for further self-rescue education.  This class runs for approximately 3-4 hours and covers topics such as…

Types of climbing emergencies.

Assessing the situation.

Summoning help.

Rescue knots and hitches.

Self-belaying.

Belay take-overs.

Pick-offs.

Dealing with a broken rope.

Dealing with a broken harness.

Prerequisites for this class include: Top Rope Belay certification and completion of the Basic Rappelling class (or adequate knowledge of the material).

How to prepare for this class…

Wear loose fitting athletic clothing.

Remove all jewelry and watches.

Tie back long hair.

Equipment:  All equipment will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own.  Equipment we will use include; Harness, climbing shoes, belay device, grigri, basic ascender, runners, cord, webbing, and locking carabineers.

Max class size is 3:1.

Toddler Climbing Club

Our goal is to make climbing accessible for everyone, including toddlers.  The Toddler Climbing Club is designed to expose toddlers to climbing and help them become more confident and comfortable on the wall.

The Climbing Club takes place on Wednesday and starts at 10:30 and 12:30.  The club runs for 60 minutes.

Some things to note…

Ages 2-5.

One to three coaches depending on group size.

One day/week = $65 for four consecutive sessions.

Rental gear can be added for $20/month.

How to prepare your toddler for the club…

Make sure to complete participant agreements for both you (even if you’re only observing) and toddler online prior to arrival at www.omaharockgym.com.

Trim toenails and fingernails – helps with comfort in tight shoes and on small climbing holds.

Tie long hair back away from the face.

Leave jewelry, belts, and accessories at home.

Youth Competitive Climbing Team

Please note, competitive teams are selected by invite only.  These individuals have shown dedication to both the sport and our facility.  Team families are encouraged to inquire within for details for the USAC competition series.

In addition to our normal youth curriculum, team members are taught competition strategies and have extended sessions and workouts, 25 and 15 minutes respectively.

USA climbing competitions within surrounding regions take place in cities such as: Grimes IA, Boulder CO, Indianapolis IN, Sheridan CO, Blue Springs MO, CO Springs CO, Glendale Heights IL, Thornton CO, St. Louis MO, Madison WI, St. Paul MN, Lexington KY, and Carmel IN.

These competitions take place in USAC Regions such as: Midwest, Front Range, and Great Lakes.

Our head coach is Sarahjoy Allen assisted by Chris Rolling, Brady Potratz, Jonathan Rader, Jordan Robertson, and Lauren Zimmerman.

Maximum coaching to participant ratio is 1:3.

Parents are welcome to observe, but are asked not to interject.

How to prepare…

Wear clothing that you can work out in – shorts that cover the knees are ideal and thin socks.

Trim toenails and fingernails – helps with comfort in tight shoes and on small climbing holds.

Tie long hair back away from face.

Leave jewelry, belts, and other accessories at home.

Positive attitude and an open mind.

$525 Two days a week

$665 Three days a week

Intro to Climbing

This class is designed to give new climbers the skills and knowledge to safely and confidently enter the world of indoor climbing.  Exploring a new sport/hobby can be a bit overwhelming and confusing.  There is much to learn about climbing and our goal is to make that learning process happen as easy (but thorough) as possible.

Topics will include…

-How to dress for climbing.

-Rating systems.

-Types of indoor climbing.

-Climbing etiquette.

-Climbing equipment (how to size it, inspect it, care for it).

-How to use auto-belays.

-Top rope belaying (including our certification).

-Basic climbing technique.

Prerequisites for this class: None.

Homeschool Climbing Club

Our Homeschool Climbing Club is designed to give participants the opportunity to interact with other youth in a fun and exciting environment.  Homeschool clubs do not have scripted structure and are open sessions for the duration of each visit.  Coaches will be present to provide occasional beta and belays.

Homeschool Climbing Club takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays for youth ages 6-18 years old.

Cost: $35/month for first youth, $25/month for each additional sibling.

Please note, everyone who remains in the building (climbers and spectators) must have a participant agreement on file.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  We require at least one week advance sign-up and there are no refunds once you reserve a spot.  If you have any other questions, specific or general, please don’t hesitate to call us at 402.502.5879.  Thank you for considering one of our amazing clubs.

How to prepare for this club…

Complete participant agreement online prior to arrival at www.omaharockgym.com.

Wear clothing that you can work out in – shorts that cover the knees are ideal along with thin socks.

Trim toenails and fingernails – helps with comfort in tight climbing shoes and on small climbing holds.

Leave jewelry, belts, and other accessories at home.

Positive attitude and an open mind – many of these experiences will be new and fun!

Youth Competitive Climbing Team

Please note, competitive teams are selected by invite only.  These individuals have shown dedication to both the sport and our facility.  Team families are encouraged to inquire within for details for the USAC competition series.

In addition to our normal youth curriculum, team members are taught competition strategies and have extended sessions and workouts, 25 and 15 minutes respectively.

USA climbing competitions within surrounding regions take place in cities such as: Grimes IA, Boulder CO, Indianapolis IN, Sheridan CO, Blue Springs MO, CO Springs CO, Glendale Heights IL, Thornton CO, St. Louis MO, Madison WI, St. Paul MN, Lexington KY, and Carmel IN.

These competitions take place in USAC Regions such as: Midwest, Front Range, and Great Lakes.

Our head coach is Sarahjoy Allen assisted by Chris Rolling, Brady Potratz, Jonathan Rader, Jordan Robertson, and Lauren Zimmerman.

Maximum coaching to participant ratio is 1:3.

Parents are welcome to observe, but are asked not to interject.

How to prepare…

Wear clothing that you can work out in – shorts that cover the knees are ideal and thin socks.

Trim toenails and fingernails – helps with comfort in tight shoes and on small climbing holds.

Tie long hair back away from face.

Leave jewelry, belts, and other accessories at home.

Positive attitude and an open mind.

$525 Two days a week

$665 Three days a week

Homeschool Climbing Club

Our Homeschool Climbing Club is designed to give participants the opportunity to interact with other youth in a fun and exciting environment.  Homeschool clubs do not have scripted structure and are open sessions for the duration of each visit.  Coaches will be present to provide occasional beta and belays.

Homeschool Climbing Club takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays for youth ages 6-18 years old.

Cost: $35/month for first youth, $25/month for each additional sibling.

Please note, everyone who remains in the building (climbers and spectators) must have a participant agreement on file.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  We require at least one week advance sign-up and there are no refunds once you reserve a spot.  If you have any other questions, specific or general, please don’t hesitate to call us at 402.502.5879.  Thank you for considering one of our amazing clubs.

How to prepare for this club…

Complete participant agreement online prior to arrival at www.omaharockgym.com.

Wear clothing that you can work out in – shorts that cover the knees are ideal along with thin socks.

Trim toenails and fingernails – helps with comfort in tight climbing shoes and on small climbing holds.

Leave jewelry, belts, and other accessories at home.

Positive attitude and an open mind – many of these experiences will be new and fun!

Toddler Climbing Club

Our goal is to make climbing accessible for everyone, including toddlers.  The Toddler Climbing Club is designed to expose toddlers to climbing and help them become more confident and comfortable on the wall.

The Climbing Club takes place on Wednesday and starts at 10:30 and 12:30.  The club runs for 60 minutes.

Some things to note…

Ages 2-5.

One to three coaches depending on group size.

One day/week = $65 for four consecutive sessions.

Rental gear can be added for $20/month.

How to prepare your toddler for the club…

Make sure to complete participant agreements for both you (even if you’re only observing) and toddler online prior to arrival at www.omaharockgym.com.

Trim toenails and fingernails – helps with comfort in tight shoes and on small climbing holds.

Tie long hair back away from the face.

Leave jewelry, belts, and accessories at home.

Youth Competitive Climbing Team

Please note, competitive teams are selected by invite only.  These individuals have shown dedication to both the sport and our facility.  Team families are encouraged to inquire within for details for the USAC competition series.

In addition to our normal youth curriculum, team members are taught competition strategies and have extended sessions and workouts, 25 and 15 minutes respectively.

USA climbing competitions within surrounding regions take place in cities such as: Grimes IA, Boulder CO, Indianapolis IN, Sheridan CO, Blue Springs MO, CO Springs CO, Glendale Heights IL, Thornton CO, St. Louis MO, Madison WI, St. Paul MN, Lexington KY, and Carmel IN.

These competitions take place in USAC Regions such as: Midwest, Front Range, and Great Lakes.

Our head coach is Sarahjoy Allen assisted by Chris Rolling, Brady Potratz, Jonathan Rader, Jordan Robertson, and Lauren Zimmerman.

Maximum coaching to participant ratio is 1:3.

Parents are welcome to observe, but are asked not to interject.

How to prepare…

Wear clothing that you can work out in – shorts that cover the knees are ideal and thin socks.

Trim toenails and fingernails – helps with comfort in tight shoes and on small climbing holds.

Tie long hair back away from face.

Leave jewelry, belts, and other accessories at home.

Positive attitude and an open mind.

$525 Two days a week

$665 Three days a week

Gym to Crag: The Basics

The Gym to Crag program is designed to teach indoor climbers the skills and knowledge to safely transition to outdoor climbing.  While some indoor climbers may be very proficient in the gym, outdoor climbing has a number of other considerations and responsibilities.  Our goal is to educate and prepare our climbers who are ready to make the move to the great outdoors.

The term “outdoor climbing” is a very broad label which encompasses many different styles of climbing and skill sets.  Because of this, our Gym to Crag program is split up into multiple classes and workshops that cover a wide array of topics ranging from the basics to big wall.

Gym to Crag: The Basics is the foundation of the Gym to Crag program and will teach you fundamental knowledge that will later be built upon in the subsequent classes and workshops.  This class will cover topics such as…

-Outdoor climbing ethics & etiquette.

-Types of outdoor climbing.

-Leave No Trace.

-Foul weather and other hazards (and how to prepare and react).

-Layering systems.

-Land owners & closures.

-Packing for approaches.

-Reading land topography maps.

-Reading climbing route maps.

-Sample packing lists.

Prerequisites for this class: None.