Amazing weekend all around for Climb Base5

This past weekend was something else to say the least. Not only did the Climb Base5 staff team been pull off a great party for members and the climbing community, a couple of our athletes took top spot in international climbing competitions on both sides of the Pacific!

Olympic hopefuls Alannah Yip and Tiffany Melius from the Climb Base5 Open Performance Team reached the podium in two separate climbing events that were happening on either side of the Pacific Ocean.

Competing at the Oceania Continental Championships in Noumea, New Caledonia from 12-15 October, Tiffany came in first in bouldering, second in speed, and third in lead as she paves her way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Alannah, who’s already this year’s Canadian National champion in bouldering, lead, and speed climbing and a recipient of the Petro Canada FACE grant to support future Olympians, came first in the female Open category at the Northwest Boulder Fest hosted by the Seattle Bouldering Project on October 14th.

The end…

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Finally, right here in Metro Vancouver on October 14th, Grillin’ and Chillin’ 2017 was amazing customer appreciation event with almost 300 people enjoying a bit of food, fun, and community spirit!

We had amazing food, drinks, and cake on hand including local food truck, ChickPea with their delicious vegetarian Israeli food, Flashed cooked up their world famous BBQ sandwiches, local micro-brew from Central City Brewing. We also had wicked product demos by SCARPA and La Sportiva for shoes, Coast Protein with their cricket bars, and Bomber Climber‘s natural skin care products for climbers. And who can forget our amazing dyno comp that had people cheering all night!

Not a bad weekend, eh?! 😛


Party like it’s 2017!

** The gym will be closing at 5pm on Saturday, October 14th to set up for our Grillin’ and Chillin’ party. Doors will reopen at 6pm for the party! **

This year’s annual Grillin’ and Chillin party will take place on Saturday, October 14th from 6pm to 12am. It’s our way of saying thank you to our awesome community and to welcome new members!

Come out to meet the community – bring your family and friends and enjoy food, great local beer, contests and prices, and, of course, climbing! We’re all about being inclusive so this party is for everyone.

Tickets* go on sale starting October 2nd.

  • $5 ($10 for non-members)

*Tickets include great food and a free 1st drink.  Tickets can be purchased at the gym during opening hours.


Here’s what to expect:

Yum… the food

Looks like this year’s menu is going to be as incredible as our members!

  • Local food truck, ChickPea, will be serving up delicious vegetarian Israeli food
  • Tasty world famous BBQ sandwiches are going to be provided by Flashed

Burp… the beer

We’re going up-scale this year with our bartenders serving up beer from local micro-brewery Central City Brewing. If beers aren’t your thing, we’ll also have non-alcoholic beverages on hand… The first drink is on us! (Please drink responsibly… and if you plan to drink, don’t drive!)

  • Beers – $3.50 each
  • Non-Alcoholic – $1 each

Ahhh… the Costume Prize

We’ve had robots, dinosaurs, cows, and superheroes pass through our gym over the years. Get your costume on this year and come dressed as something funky, cool, creative… just keep it tasteful and family-friendly! You can even try out your Halloween costume ahead of time!

  • Top 3 costumes will each get a $25 gift card to MEC

Da… Boulders and Dyno Comp

  • Join us for the Dyno comp… It’s going to be awesome!
  • MEC gift card prizes

Woohoo… Wicked demos

Cha-ching… the deal

Here’s your chance to become a Climb Base5 Member. Sign up during the party and receive your 1st month free!

Here’s the Grillin’ and Chillin’ deal for our monthly (or prepaid annual membership) plan:

  • First month is free
  • Unlimited gym access
  • Free guest pass each month
  • Suspend your pass for any length of time, up to 3 times per year
  • Pay by Pre-Authorized Debit or Credit Card
  • $69 per month
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Team athlete Alannah Yip and coach Andrew Wilson are 2017 Petro-Canada FACE grant recipients

On the road to the Olympics, we’re happy to announce that our team athlete Alannah Yip and head coach Andrew Wilson received the 2017 Petro-Canada FACE grant.

Every year, Petro-Canada selects fifty-five promising athletes from across Canada. These aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes and their coaches are awarded a $10,000 grant, which provides funding to help them along their journey to one day represent Canada at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. FACE grants are often used for training, equipment, coach education, and travel expenses for competitions.

This caps off an amazing week for Alannah Yip, who’s part of our Open Performance Team and is this year’s Canadian triple crown champion in bouldering, lead, and speed climbing. Earlier this week she made the first female ascent of Cheakamus Canyon’s Pulse, the first 5.14a ever established in Canada.

Our soon-to-be 24-year old team athlete just sent Cheakamus Canyon’s Pulse, the first 5.14a ever established in Canada…. And with borrowed gear no less! She’s the first female ascent and it’s a pretty amazing accomplishment for any Canadian #ohcanada #itsnotthegear . . 📷 from @alannah_yip – So so so happy to have sent Pulse 5.14a today! This route is special to me because it was the first 5.14 in Canada 🇨🇦. Not only was it my first of the grade, but also a FFA! • For all intents and purposes it shouldn’t have gone – it was my fourth try of the day so I was exhausted, and I was so scatterbrained that I forgot my harness at home. Luckily I could borrow one and kept it together for the send! • Thanks to @philip_quade for the amazing shot, @miles_adamson @jj_mah @seanbea for all the belays, and my sponsors @scarpana @skratchlabs @climbbase5gym for all of your support.

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Climb Base5’s Head Coach Andrew Wilson is a staple in the local, national and international climbing community and has been developing the next generation of Canadian climbers with his vision and dedication through the Climb4Life youth development program.

“Gotta say, pretty cool to see our names on that board.”


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Going back to school? Get our special 6-month student pass!

Starting university or college this September? Or going back to school after a nice long hot summer? We’re offering a special six-month student pass so you can climb throughout the school term for only $375!

Enjoy the benefits of being a part of the Climb Base5 community! If you’ve never climbed before and always wanted to try, our introductory belay course is only $49 if you pick up this student pass. This offer runs throughout the month of September, so come by and get your pass before it’s too late!

6-month student pass – limited time offer

  • Price:  $375
  • Add on an Introductory Belay course for only $49!
  • Unlimited gym access
  • This deal is available for purchase from September 1-30, 2017
  • No monthly payment option. No transfers, holds or refunds
  • Student ID required
  • Purchase in person only


Click here for a full list of our membership and day pass rates.







Fall 2017 registration open for Climb4Life youth development program

The 2017 fall session of our popular youth development program is now open for registration!

The Climb4Life Youth Development Program is about instilling safe, sound, and fun principles of climbing and physical development. This means we pay special attention to how we train, what we teach and at what ages concepts and loads of training are introduced to young climbers.

The objectives of the program are:

  • Personal growth, discipline and lifelong learning.
  • Safety, respect and fair play.
  • Skill and technical mastery before performance and results.

As we’ve made some adjustments in terms of registrations and prices, please find all the information below for the 2017 fall session… apply now as spaces are limited!

Climbing Fundamentals 1

Come discover your passion for rock climbing! Designed for first time climbers only, this introductory course is where young climbers learn climbing basics.

  • Learn to belay
  • Develop safety skills
  • Discover basic movement and technique
  • Understand Climbology (Climbing terminology)

Ages: 8-12 years old

Course Length: 12 weeks, 1 session per week, 1.5 hours/session

Dates: September 11th – December 3rd, 2017

Cost: $255 + tax


Climbing Fundamentals 2

Continue growing your knowledge, skill and passion! This program builds on the knowledge and skills developed in Climbing Fundamentals 1; Program content is usually mastered over 2-3 sessions.

  • Master intermediate movements and techniques
  • Learn basic training organization
  • Warming up
  • Training protocols
  • Conditioning
  • Team Dynamics

Ages: 8-12 years old

Course Length: 12 weeks, 1 session per week, 1.5 hours/session

Dates: September 11th – December 3rd, 2017

Cost: $255 + tax

Development Team

By invitation only.

Discover for yourself – gear your training towards Competition Climbing or Performance for Life. The development team is for athletes looking to learn about, and prepare for climbing competitions and performance climbing. Athletes will have to option to compete while training in this program.

  • Learn competition formats and tactics
  • Discover lead climbing and lead belaying
  • Develop transferable indoor to outdoor skills and knowledge

Ages: 11-15

Course Length: 12 weeks, 2 sessions per week, 2 hours/session

Course Days: Thursday or Friday, and Sunday

Dates: September 14th – December 3rd, 2017

Cost: $435 + tax

Contact Jessica Jansen at for more information.

Performance 4 Life

By invitation only.

Enjoy the power that comes with training for personal enjoyment and growth. This course is intended for athletes who would like to continue pursuing personal climbing performance, but who do not wish to compete on a regular basis.

Ages: 13-19

Course Length: 12 weeks, 2 sessions per week, 2.5 hours/session.

Course Days: Tuesday or Friday and Sunday

Dates: September 14th – December 3rd, 2017

Cost: $489 + gst

Contact Keith Nelson at for more details.

Comp Performance Team 1 & 2

By invitation only.

Train with top coach Andrew Wilson; grow your knowledge, skill and mental/physical power and strength. Climbers follow a training program with the goal of competing; designed for athletes between the ages of 12-16 years old with 2-4 years of competitive experience (Comp 1) and athletes between the ages of 15-19 years old with 4+ years of competitive experience (Comp 2).

Course Length: September 11th – March 11th, 2018

Course Days: 3x per week

Cost: $1225 + tax / $1275 + tax (for monthly installments)

Contact Andrew Wilson at for more details.