La Vida Rock Gym

Classes and Lessons to Improve Your Technique


*Next session registration opens March 15th 9am* 

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“The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun!” –Alex Lowe

Become a Better Climber

Rock climbing can be intimidating if you have little or no experience. Gain confidence by honing your skills in a small group setting or with one on one instruction.  Here’s what to expect:

Introduction and Intermediate Classes:

  • One hour and 15 minutes in length
  • Class size is limited to six participants
  • Intro classes are held in 5-week sessions
  • Intermediate classes are held in 5 and 12-week sessions 
  • 1:3 staff to participant ratio
  • Harness and climbing shoe rentals are included for all classes

Private lessons:

  • One hour and 15 minutes in length
  • One on one instruction
  • Class is tailored to climber’s needs and skill level
  • 3 lesson minimum requirement
  • Harness and climbing shoe rentals are included for all lessons

Rates and Schedule

We offer climbing lessons to individuals who want to learn to climb or improve their technique through personalized instruction and training. Classes are on a 5 or  12-week schedule. Lessons may be scheduled year-round and are based on instructor availability. You can pay at the first lesson or class via cash, a check made payable to Gordon College, or a credit card. 

Youth Class Schedule

Registrations for Youth Climbing Classes are currently OPEN. Please check the registration form for number of spots available in each class.

Monday 3:15-4:30pm (3-week Intro to Climbing for 5-8 year olds)

 Monday 4:45-6:00pm (3-week Intro to Climbing for 9-12 year olds)

Tuesday 4:45-6:00pm (4-week Intro to Climbing for 9-12 year olds)

Friday 4:45-6:00pm (3-week Intermediate Climbing for 9-12 year olds)

Saturday 10:30-11:45am (2-week Intro to Climbing for 5-8 year olds)


Private Lessons

Please fill out the registration form to request a private lesson. 


Our climbers are reaching new heights and so can you! 

“Delilah kept saying how much she loved the class and all the staff and really wants to continue. I was pleasantly surprised because I thought this might be a passing interest for her but she has really caught the climbing bug-thank you all so much for providing such a friendly, safe and supportive environment!”  –Jennifer

“My son loved climbing and the instructors were supportive and fun.” –Beth

“My child felt respected and motivated.” –Hiroko

“Sam had such a great time! The whole experience was very positive. Specifically, he loved learning the technical aspects of climbing, really embraced the challenges it presented, and had a great time with the instructors and other kids.” –Tim

“I was so impressed with Taylor, she is awesome with the kids. Henry has really loved trying something new. My favorite part about this activity is the fact that it’s building confidence in him. I love that Taylor takes time to talk with the kids, she has them set goals, and she makes it 100% fun. ” –Andrea

“The instructors are terrific, and Sage really loves the challenge. It’s exciting to watch her do an activity that she really loves.” –David

“My daughter loves the team building and the positive role models of her instructors. It’s been great to see her learn to climb!” –Meg

Quick FAQ

Contact us with any additional questions not answered here. WHAT QUESIONS DO PARENTS NORMALLY ASK?

What is the recommended age range for classes vs lessons?

The age range for classes is 5-12 years old. The recommended age range for lessons is 10 years and older.

How do I pay for my child's class or lesson?

Payments are taken at the first class of the session. We accept cash, credit card or a check made payable to Gordon College. 

What is a typical lesson schedule?

As the climbers walk in, the instructors will begin by taking attendance, then getting harnesses and climbing shoes on. This is followed by stretching as a group. As a warm up, the class will then do a few bouldering activities and incorporate a new climbing technique or practice a previously taught climbing technique into the activity. Afterwards, the class will begin top roping until the end of class. During the top rope period, climbers who are not top roping generally continue to boulder alone or with one another.

Do all parents have to be present?

Parents are not required to be present. If a parent wishes to observe a lesson, there is limited seating provided inside the rock gym. For parents that want to stay in the building until the lesson is over, we recommend waiting in the seating area in the lobby of the Bennett Center.

Is there a Gordon College faculty and staff discount?

There is a 25% discount for Gordon College faculty and staff.

Do I need a waiver?

All climbers must sign the La Vida Confidential Medical and Emergency Form as well as the Rock Gym Policies Form. Children under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign on their behalf. Signing these forms ensures you understand the risk involved with rock climbing as well as ensuring we keep a positive atmosphere in the Rock Gym.

If you have previously filled out the waiver, you can let a staff member know. They will confirm that we have it on file, and you do not have to fill it out a second time.

What is bouldering?

Bouldering is a form of free climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls without the use of ropes or harnesses. There is one wall dedicated to bouldering, and bouldering around the gym is encouraged as long as it does not interfere with a climber or belayer.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing athletic clothing that is comfortable and allows you to move and climb along the wall. Think function over fashion! Those with longer hair should have their hair pulled back if they are belaying so that it doesn’t get caught in the belay device. Sneakers can be worn for climbing or you can rent shoes for $1.

Do you offer private events?

Yes! We love hosting events for special celebrations. Visit our private events page.

What is the Rock Gym's COVID-19 policy?

The La Vida Rock Gym follows the guidance of the CDC as well as the practices at Gordon College. Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are expected to follow guidelines set by the Massachusetts Department of Health if they are symptomatic or if they test positive for or are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19. 

La Vida Rock Gym

Celebrating over 25 Years of Indoor Climbing

The La Vida Rock Gym is a place that empowers individuals to discover their own strength, celebrate victories, and build community. In a supportive and encouraging environment, we welcome everyone into the fun and adventure of climbing. Our trained staff are equipped to serve you and your family and friends in a safe climbing experience. Our vision is to serve the local community with accessible and affordable indoor rock-climbing experiences that inspire people to explore their potential and take on new challenges.


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Get in touch!

La Vida Rock Gym
Located in the Bennett Center at Gordon College
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984

Rock Gym Manager:
[email protected]

Contact a staff member during Open Gym:

The La Vida Rock Gym is part of the La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership at Gordon College located on the North Shore of Boston. La Vida houses six different programs for the community including our summer day camp for middle schoolers, canoeing and hiking expeditions for high schoolers and challenge course activities for all ages. La Vida provides spiritual development and leadership experiences for Gordon students as well as community organizations utilizing Gordon's campus and our Base Camp in the Adirondack mountains of New York.

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