VE-Minneapolis is a local favorite for indoor climbing. Offering over 28,000 square feet of climbing walls and hundreds of different top roping and bouldering routes, Vertical Endeavors is a great place for a post-work workout.
Vertical Endeavors-Minneapolis is found in one of Minneapolis’ historic Ice House buildings and is considered one of the largest and tallest climbing facilities in the USA. Not only that, but it is also centrally located in the vibrant Eat Street neighborhood. There aren't too many climbing gyms where after a long day of climbing, you can walk outside the door and find a dozen places to eat pho.
What Makes It Great
Once you’re past the check-in, the world is your oyster. Most visitors place their belongings in the cubbies near the main entrance (locals use the cubbies on the second floor). If you worry about theft, there are lockable options in the restrooms (you need to bring your own lock though).
The main attraction for VE-Minneapolis is its auto-belays. For a long while, climbers could only boulder when climbing alone, but with auto-belays top roping has become a lot easier. There are over dozen strewn across the gym, each featuring a couple routes with differing difficulties. There are even a few on the 50-60ft walls in the main room.
The main room features routes of all skill levels, even some lifelike rock faces, which offer technical routes for more experienced climbers. The far right corner has lead climbing routes, starting from a 5.9.
If you’re new to climbing, the second floor is the place for you. There are several auto-belays that offer routes starting from 5.5 to 5.7. The main room has a handful of easier routes as well.
If you’re an experienced climber, VE’s technical routes will not disappoint. Ranging up to 5.12’s (and possibly higher), VE-MSP has some great problems to work on, especially on the main wall on the right side, adjacent to the corner. There always seems to be a line of people wanting to master the corner problem.
In total, there are four rooms dedicated to top roping and 2.5 rooms dedicated to bouldering. The .5 can be found in the main room, which can be easily discerned by the plethora of men and women hanging out on the large mat beneath the boulder wall.
Who is Going to Love It
If you’re looking for a place to get a good workout or to take some climbing classes, then Vertical Endeavors-Minneapolis is the place for you.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Vertical Endeavors- MSP’s hours are…
Monday-Friday 8am to 11pm
Saturday 10am to 11pm
Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Phone: 612 436-1470
General admission varies from weekday to weekend. It is $15 during the workweek and $17 during the weekend. Though, this gym is pretty expensive, you definitely get what you pay for. If you plan on climbing more than a couple times in a year, it is recommended to buy a 10-visit punch card. It is a $120 commitment, but pays off in the end. There are also membership sales (especially the 1-hour Membership deal in February) (http://verticalendeavors.com/minneapolis/one-hour-membership-sale/), which offer a cheaper alternative if you plan on climbing for a full year.
Gear rentals are also available at check-in.
There is parking available in the small lot just outside the entrance. Though, during peak climbing times, the parking lot is often full. If this occurs, avoid parking on Nicollet Ave S, because there is free street parking west of VE. The best places to look are on Blaisdell Ave, 26th Street, and Pillsbury Ave S; all are good options and are only one block away.