First visit

Welcome to The Cliffs at Valhalla, Westchester's premier indoor rock climbing facility! Whether you're trying out climbing for the first time or looking for new training grounds, The Cliffs has something to get you psyched on this dynamic + exciting sport.

Our 2-hour Intro to Climbing class gives you all the skills you need to get started climbing—and includes your day pass and rental gear for the day! 

Don't want to take a class? Ask our front desk staff for an orientation when you check in and we'll get you started with bouldering or roping up with the auto-belays or Cliffs staff, who are available to belay during our Open Climb Hours.

OPEN CLIMB HOURS:

Cliffs staff are available to assist climbers

Mon - Thur| 3PM-6PM
Friday| 3PM-8PM
Saturday| 9AM-8PM
Sunday| 9AM-6PM

The Cliffs at Valhalla boasts a variety of terrains--from slab to steep--and a route spread from 5.5 to 5.13 and boulder problems from V0 to V12. Regardless of your interests + abilities, we've got something to keep you moving.

LEAD CLIMBING

Ready for the whipper? Our lead test consists of lead climbing a 5.8 clean, taking a whipper, then giving your partner a catch while they do the same. We'll give you a shiny lead climbing card that gives you full reign to clipping the anchors on any route in the facility! 

We provide ropes in exchange for keys or an ID. Bring your own belay device or borrow one from us.

Need a sport lead climbing course? Sign up for our Sport Lead Basics course.

BELAY TESTS

Show us your solid rope + belay skills (figure 8 follow through, checking your harness, commands, belaying and lowering) and we'll give you a shiny card that certifies you to belay at The Cliffs! Belay tests take about 5 minutes. No appointment needed.

Need a course or refresher? Sign up for Intro to Climbing course.

 

NEVER STOP LEARNING

The Cliffs offers world-class instruction in rope skills, bouldering, and climbing movement. Keep an eye out for special clinics on fingerboard training, women's specific climbing, slacklining, and more!

The Cliffs at Valhalla welcomes climbers of all ages! While each child is unique, we generally find that kids are ready to start climbing around 5 years old. All climbers under the age of 18 must have a waiver filled out by a parent or legal guardian.

OPEN CLIMB HOURS:

Staff are available to assist climbers

Mon - Thur| 3PM-6PM
Friday| 3PM-8PM
Saturday| 9AM-8PM
Sunday| 9AM-6PM

GEAR 

Kids can scale our walls in their sneakers or rent climbing shoes with their harness at the front desk. A harness rental is mandatory for participation in Open Climb Hours  and using auto-belays.

 


ON THE ROCKS!

This program is a great way to introduce kids to the the exciting sport of rock climbing! Just drop off the kids—we'll take care of the rest! 

     Fridays   Sundays
     6PM - 8PM  10AM - 12PM

CLUBS + TEAMS

The Cliffs offers a full range of top-notch programs for kids of all ages + abilities.
 

GROUPS + EVENTS

Rock climbing parties—for birthdays, special occasions, or just because—quench even the most adventurous young spirits.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO ROCK CLIMB?
Wear any clothes you feel comfortable working out or moving in. Some climbers prefer to wear pants to protect their legs from scrapes + scuffs.

WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?
Climbing shoes are designed with a snug fit and outsoles of soft + sticky rubber to help you grip footholds on the wall. You'll also need a climbing harness for any kind of roped climbing (auto-belay, toproping, or lead climbing) but not for bouldering. Chalk is optional but helps keep your hands dry to improve your grip.

All the gear you need is available for rental at our front desk. Ready to purchase your own gear? Check out our killer selection at Basecamp, our in-house gear shop.

WHAT IS BOULDERING?
Bouldering is a style of climbing done on shorter walls—it requires no ropes and no partner. If you're interested in getting started with bouldering, ask the front desk for a bouldering orientation!

WHAT ARE AUTO-BELAYS? DO I NEED ANY SKILLS TO USE THEM?
Auto-belays are devices that allow climbers to rope climb without a partner! You must be belay-certified to clip in + out of an auto-belay. During open climb, staff will be available to assist with auto-belays.

WHAT IS BELAYING?
Belaying is the act of controlling the rope to secure a climber. To learn how to belay and get access to our dozens of rope lines, sign up for our 2-hour Intro to Climbing class!  Climbers must be at least 14 years old to belay at The Cliffs.

WHAT IS TOPROPING? WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED TO TOPROPE?
Toproping is a style of roped climbing where the rope is secured to the top of the wall. No special skills are needed to toprope climb—just come during our Open Climb Hours to take advantage of Cliffs staff who are available to belay (see above). To learn how to toprope belay, take our 3-hour Intro to Climbing class!

WHY DID MY GPS BRING ME TO THE MIDDLE OF A CEMETERY? HOW DO I GET TO THE CLIFFS?
This is the address to plug into your direction-giving robot: 2 Commerce St, Hawthorne, NY. If you end up at a Mexican restaurant, make a right out of the parking lot and we're on the left. If you get to the stoplight, turn around! You've gone too far.