Vertical Endeavors
People of all ages and abilities can challenge themselves and have a blast.

Separate from AZ is the Vertical Endeavors facility located in our building. Visit the web site or call for details.

Families looking for an afternoon of fun or serious climbers seeking a challenge can find them both at Vertical Endeavors Duluth. VE is the North Shore’s largest climbing facility, offering 14,000 square feet of climbing surface to make it one of the best-rounded facilities in the Midwest. Climbers can test their skills on walls up to 42 feet high on three different types of Nicros climbing walls, including A.R.T. Wall TM, cracks mimicking those along the coast, and a “hand-carved” cliff with a lighthouse. Scattered throughout the facility are 30 top ropes, lead climbing, 12 Auto Belays, and a large bouldering cave. A complete pro shop for gear helps keep things affordable and convenient. All of these features are designed to help new climbers find their footing, families to enjoy a rainy or snowy afternoon while visiting, and veteran climbers to improve their strength, balance, endurance, and coordination without having to go far from home. 

What do I need to do to climb at Vertical Endeavors?
All you need to do is show up! Any time we’re open, we’re ready to welcome first-time climbers. Everyone entering the climbing area will also need to fill out a Vertical Endeavors Liability Waiver and attend a short facility orientation. Anyone under 18 must have a waiver signed by their parent or court-appointed legal guardian. You can save time by filling out our online waiver before your visit. With Auto Belays (a device that takes up slack in the rope as you climb and slowly lets you down when you let go) and bouldering caves, anyone can become a consistent climber.

What should I bring?
You should wear loose and comfortable clothing with tight athletic shoes. Rental climbing shoes are available for $6. If you have long hair bring something to tie it back. Remember to remove all jewelry before climbing.

Who can climb?
We offer climbing for all ages and abilities as there is no minimum or maximum age or skill set to climb at Vertical Endeavors. Participants under the age of 14 are required to have adult supervision. We do have age restrictions for using certain areas in the facility or for obtaining certain qualifications, such as belaying and bouldering areas. There is no weight limit for climbing in the facility in the Bouldering Areas or on Top Rope or Sport Lead Climbing. The Spectrum Auto Belay systems used in our facilities are tested for up to 250 lbs. See facility signage and the Vertical Endeavors Rules Agreement for more details.

Rules Of Play

  • Have fun and respect others’ rights to have fun as well.
  • Children under 12 must have adult supervision on site.
  • Participants must meet height and age requirements.
  • Socks must be worn in Kid’s Cove area.
  • No running.
  • No foul language.
  • Abuse of equipment will be grounds for immediate dismissal from premises.
  • Theft, fraud, or use of counterfeit or cards in machines will be handled to the fullest extent of the law and result in banishment from premises indefinitely.​

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