505-662-31001450 Iris St. Los Alamos, NM 87544

Rock Climbing

YMCA Climbing Wall

32 feet tall, Verticle Crack, 10 foot roof overhang, 24 routes rated 5.7 - 5.12, and 2 auto belay devices. From Beginners to Experienced Climbers, our wall has a challenge for you.

Open Climbing Hours


Mon/Wed (Adults only, during Child Watch hours)
Fri (Adults only, during Child Watch hours)

5:45 - 7:15 am
9:00 - 11:00am
10:00am - Noon

Lunch Fridays 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Evening Mon - Thurs
6:00 - 10:00 pm
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturdays (Sept - May)

2:00 - 6:00 pm
2:00 - 6:00 pm

Policies and Information

The gym is open to climbers of all ages. All climbers must have a signed liability waiver. Those under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign for them. Children 12 and under must wear a helmet and be accompanied by an adult during open gym hours.

Equipment Rental

Y Members may use gear at no cost.
$5 for guests and Day Pass Users - Harness, Shoes, & Belay device* & carabiner*
*Belay device & carabiner are ONLY available to those who are belay tested in our climbing gym.

Belay Test (Ages 18 & up)

Test is required for belaying at The Family YMCA Climbing Wall. Participants must be 16 years or older to take the Belay Test (14 -15 must take the On Belay Class). Participants must demonstrate knowledge of proper harness use, knots, tying-in, commands, and proper belay technique according to The Family YMCA standards.

Tests may be given by any Climbing Wall staff during Open Climb hours.

Climbing Classes

Instructional climbing classes for youth meet once a week each month September through May (excluding December and holidays).
Harness, climbing shoes, and helmet are provided.

Little Geckos (Ages 3-5 w/parent)
Youth Climbing - Level 1 - Ages 5 - 7

Youth Climbing - Level 2 - Ages 5 - 9
Youth Climbing - Level 3 - Ages 7 - 10
Youth Climbing - Level 4 - Ages 9 - 12
Youth Climbing - Level 5 - Ages 11 - 17 (with instructor approval)
Teen Climbing Club - Ages 12 - 18

Intro to Top Rope Climbing and Belaying (Ages 14 & up)

This class will provide students with a safe venue to develop and demonstrate basic top rope belaying and climbing skills. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the following top-rope safety system and skills: harness, figure-8 tie in, top-rope belay with manual or GriGri device, safety, and falling (optional).

$50 / $25 for Y Members

Climbing Wall Birthday Party (Ages 4 & up)

Give your child a birthday party to remember at the Y’s indoor climbing gym. After climbing for 1.5 hours, there will be a half hour of parent-led time for cake, pizza or ice cream and opening presents. Parents provide the food. No previous climbing experience is necessary. Safe, experienced climbers are on staff for the parties.

The cost is $120 for rental of the Climbing Wall (includes one staff member). Parties of 16 or more need an additional staff person for $25 extra. Climbers must be at least 4 years old. A $25 deposit is required. More details are available at the Y Front Desk.