Climb to New Heights at the Y!

The Y specializes in outdoor rock climbing, team building, and challenge course experiences. Our staff-facilitated programs allow participants to develop skills and relationships in a respectful and supportive learning environment. All of our facilitators are CPR/First Aid certified, and trained to Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) standards. 

Registration for climbing classes opens on the 15th of the month at 6:00 am for the next month of classes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who do I contact with questions?
When does registration open?
  • For open climb, reservations open two days prior.
  • For climbing classes, registration opens monthly on the 15th at 6:00 am for the next month of classes.
  • To book a challenge program, please fill out the Inquiry Form above, or email ychallenge@seattleymca.org.
Who are the instructors?

Our instructors are ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) trained facilitators with an enthusiasm for safety and customer experience. They are excited to work with groups and ages of all abilities to take you to the next level, or to just help you have some fun climbing outside! Usually there are at least two instructors present for each program.

How challenging are your structures?

As you might guess, the difficulty and challenge varies depending on who you are. But no matter what, every location has a challenge level appropriate for you. Our instructors are skilled in matching the challenge level to fit your needs and comfort.

What do I bring to class?
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable athletic clothing that is appropriate for being outside for the duration of your program. 
  • Any snacks that you may want during your program. 

The Y will provide all necessary safety gear for your program, including your own harness and helmet.   Please do not bring your own safety gear. 

Where and how do I check-in for my climbing class?

Please check in at the front desk of the Y facility before proceeding to the climbing or challenge course area. For the Odyssey Course at Cottage Lake Park and Y Camp Terry, please proceed directly to the program area.   

What are your safety protocols?

There is nothing more important to us than the safety of you, our members, our staff, and our volunteers.

  • Disinfection of personal gear: Items such helmets will be disinfected at the end of each use.
  • Staff Training: All of our staff are trained to ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology) and must be certified before working at any of our locations. We pride ourselves in our staff's technical competency and facilitation skills.
  • Inspections and Maintenance: All of our locations go through strict periodic inspections, as well as daily pre and post inspections each time the site is used.
  • Double Checks: We always double check every single person prior to engaging in climbing or challenge course activities.
How many participants are involved in a program?

Group sizes may vary depending on program length and location. Safety and program quality are our top priorities. We try our best to maintain industry standard instructor ratios, and are mindful of how many participants a location can safely handle at one time.

  • Auburn (Alpine Tower and Climbing Wall)
    • Climbing Programs - 8 participants and 2 instructors
    • Challenge Programs - Group max size of 30
       
  • Northshore (Northshore Climbing Tower in Bothell)
    • Climbing Programs - 10 participants and 2 instructors
    • Climbing Rentals - 15 participants and 2 instructors
       
  • Odyssey Course at Cottage Lake Park in Woodinville
    • Group max size of 40 at one time. With program modifications, we can accommodate much larger groups.
       
  • Indoor Climbing Towers (Matt Griffin and Dale Turner Family YMCAs)
    • Climbing Programs - 8 participants and 2 instructors
    • Climbing Rentals - 15 participants and 2 instructors
       
  • YMCA Camp Terry
    • Depending on program length and activities selected, we can accommodate groups sizes up to 100 at Camp Terry.
What about bathrooms?

All of our locations have access to water and restrooms, if needed, during your program.

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