Vertical Voyages Guide

Rock Climbing Classes: 2022

This fall, Vertical Voyages is hosting and participating in a number of rock climbing clinics and classes and tree climbing events. Join us in Missouri, Southern Illinois and Arkansas for an autumn full of tree and rock climbing. Learn to fall like a pro, train your brain to trad with confidence, become a climbing instructor, or see the Missouri Botanical Garden from a whole new perspective – the treetops! We look forward to climbing with you this autumn!


AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor – Courses & Exams

Southern Illinois

    • 2-Day SPI COURSE: October 8 – 9
    • 3-Day SPI ASSESSMENT: October 21 – 23


Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

    • 3-Day SPI COURSE: November 10 – 12
    • 2-Day SPI ASSESSMENT: November 13 – 14

Effective instruction is an art and skill that requires practice. Good climbers aren’t automatically good climbing instructors. Instructors are responsible for managing risk for themselves and their clients. The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States.

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Canopy Climb – Missouri Botanical Garden & Shaw Nature Reserve

Missouri Botanical Garden: September 10 & 11, October 1 & 2
Shaw Nature Reserve: September 17 & 18
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Canopy Climbs give you an unforgettable birds-eye view of the world, while you are immersed in the canopy of majestic trees. Our expert instructors will introduce you to the extraordinary, diverse world of trees, while teaching you the basics of tree climbing mechanics, including climbing techniques, balance and safety. Climbers will have the opportunity to ascend and descend multiple times, exploring different parts of the tree’s structure, limbs and canopy.


Warriors Way Falling ClinicWarriors Way Falling Clinic

When: September 16, 2022
Where: Governor Dodge State Park, Wisconsin
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The Warrior’s Way Falling Clinic is for sport climbing leaders interested in developing focus, clarity, and more enjoyable, successful leading. Falling commitment addresses falling directly to help sport climbers improve commitment. We do progressive falling practice – taking small falls and increasing distance as you are comfortable – followed by movement, breathing, resting, and body/mind awareness exercises. Finally, students apply everything to lead a goal route. Students leave understanding how to take appropriate risks leading sport climbing routes and how to commit to those risks.


Trad Mental Mental CampTrad Mental Camp: Psychological Training for Lead Climbing

When: September 17-18, 2022
Where: Devil’s Lake State Park
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The Trad Mental Camp is for trad climbing leaders who want to be more comfortable falling and pushing their abilities while lead climbing. This two-day trad climbing course specifically targets developing better mental focus for leading traditional climbing routes. To accomplish this, we need to develop trust in our gear and in our jamming ability. We’ll develop this trust by falling on gear, moving continuously when jamming, placing quick and precise gear, and improving mental focus through application of the Warrior’s Way principles. You’ll leave knowing how to take appropriate risks on trad routes with improved mental focus.