REC PROGRAM

Spring 2024 registration is opening soon! See below for more details. For schedule and booking, please email james@truenorthclimbing.com. 

Our Winter 2024 term will wrap up on Thursday, March 7th.

Our Youth Recreational Program is one of the best in the city for youth climbers of all skill levels.

Whether your kids are new to the sport or are experienced climbers, our instructors will help them develop their climbing skills each week in a fun, pressure-free environment.

New participants will focus on the fundamentals: footwork, body positioning, movement, terminology and more. As they gain more experience, they will work on honing their technique and knowledge to help them grow into strong climbers.

Each lesson begins with a warm-up followed by a mix of dedicated climbing time, challenges, technical drills and related exercises.

Registration

The winter term will consist of 8 classes for a total of $360. Financial assistance (up to 50% term cost coverage) is available for those who would be otherwise unable to participate due to financial barriers.

Registration for winter classes is ongoing. Many classes are full, but we still have many spots remaining. For more information or to join our mailing or waiting lists, please contact James at james@truenorthclimbing.com.

Dates - Winter 2024

First week:
Friday, January 5th – Thursday, January 11th

No classes:
Friday, February 16th – Thursday, February 22nd

Final week:
Friday, March 1st – Thursday, March 7th

Dates - Spring 2024

First week:
Friday, April 5th – Thursday, April 11th

No classes:
Friday, May 17th – Thursday, May 23rd

Final week:
Friday, November 24th – Thursday, November 30th

Age Groups & Levels

Fall, Winter and Spring

Age groups: 8-11, 12-14, 14-18

Our program is divided into a level system, which allows us to group our climbers according to their skill and experience levels as well as their interests and goals.

 
  • Level 1 (1 class/week): Climbers in Level 1 focus on having fun while learning fundamentals at their own pace and gaining comfort on the wall. Level 1 is ideal for new climbers and those who are more interested in getting comfortable with the sport while focusing on experience-building and honing fundamental technical ability, regardless of experience level.
  • Level 2* (1 class/week): Climbers in Level 2 focus on improving their climbing technique through drills and more detailed technical instruction, as well as being more mindful about session planning and goal-setting. Level 2 is ideal for focused climbers who have substantial experience (completion of multiple terms of Level 1 and/or consistent, weekly climbing for several months) and are interested in working on improving their technique and getting stronger.
  • Level 3* (1 class/week): Climbers in Level 3 focus on further improving their technique and developing the physical and mental strength required to become a stronger climber. Ideal for dedicated climbers with extensive experience (completion of multiple terms of Level 2 and/or consistent, weekly climbing for over a year) who want to push themselves.
  • Advanced* (2 classes/week): The advanced program takes all elements of level 3 and places further emphasis on individualized technical and physical training as well as self-analysis and independence. The most dedicated climbers in our program who demonstrate a consistent desire to improve will be considered for trial classes as spaces become available. The advanced program is ideal for climbers who want to push themselves to climb at an expert level, and for climbers who are working toward joining our competitive team. Please contact James at james@truenorthclimbing.com for more information.
 
*Registration into level 2 or higher requires approval from the program director. Climbers in higher-level classes are given more responsibility (e.g. belaying privileges, less tight supervision) and are expected to remain focused and attentive during class.
 

Summer

Summer recreational classes are intended for dedicated climbers who have experience in our program. We focus on individualized session plans rather than following a set curriculum.
 
  • Intermediate: for climbers who have completed at least one term of Level 1 or Level 2. New climbers may also join subject to approval from the program director.
  • Advanced: for climbers who have completed at least one term of Level 3 or Advanced. Climbers with comparable experience may join subject to approval from the program director.

Registration

New registrations for Spring 2020 session will open on Monday, February 24th at 10am.

Please register in person or by phone. Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received. We do not hold bookings without payment.

Climbers who are currently enrolled in our program are given roughly one month to reclaim their spots before registration opens. Because of this, it is common for classes to fill up before new climbers get a chance to sign up. If you are unable to register for your desired class, we can add you to the wait list.

Climbers must register in the appropriate age group according to their age on the first day of the term. Exceptions may be made in special cases (pending approval from the program director).

Offerings may be subject to change.

If you have any questions, please email James at james@truenorthclimbing.com or call us at (416) 398-7625.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, registration for the Rec Program is currently closed. If you would like us to add you to our rec program mailing list, please contact James at james@truenorthclimbing.com.
 

Session Schedule

Price includes HST. The program fee includes use of climbing shoes, harness, and chalk, as well as a Rec Program t-shirt.  

Fall 2019 (10 classes) – $361.60

First week: Sep 6-12, 2019
Week off: Oct 11-17, 2019
Last week: Nov 15-21, 2019
No classes: Sat Oct 19, Sun Oct 20, Thurs Oct 31, 2019 
Make-up classes: Sat Nov 23, Sun Nov 24, Thurs Nov 28, 2019
 
Winter 2020 (8 classes) – $289.28
 
First week: Jan 10-16, 2020
Week off: Feb 14-20, 2020
Last week: Mar 6-12, 2020
No classes: Sat Mar 7, 2020  
Make-up classes: Sat Mar 14th, 2020
 
Spring 2020 (9 classes) – $325.44
 
First week: Apr 3-9, 2020
No classes: Apr 10-16, May 15-21, 2020
Last week: Jun 12-18, 2020

Cancellation and Missed Class Policy

If a climber misses a scheduled class, they may claim a day pass with rental equipment included. Note that climbers who are 12 or younger require adult supervision when climbing outside of class. 
 
In the case of cancellation (due to dangerous weather, gym closure, instructor illness, etc.), a monetary credit worth the number of cancelled classes will be applied to the climber’s account. If a participant needs to cancel their enrolment, we will provide a full refund if they do so at least one week before the program start date or a credit worth the number of classes remaining in the term if it has already started. If a participant needs to cancel or miss class for medical reasons including illness, we will provide a full refund or issue a monetary credit for the number of missed classes.