Onsight Rock Gym

5335 Western Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37921

(865) 888-9123

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5335 Western Avenue
Knoxville, TN, 37921


Onsight Rock Gym is a brand new, world-class indoor rock climbing gym in Knoxville. Featuring over 12,000 sq feet of climbing surface and walls that soar over 50 feet tall, we are Knoxville's largest and tallest rock climbing gym. Onsight offers top rope/lead climbing and bouldering for all ages and abilities as well as a wide array of programming for adults and youth. Onsight even has a separate climbing room for private parties and events. We are proud to be a part of Knoxville's community! 



  • All classes are for ages 13 and over unless otherwise specified. Have a child 12 and under who is interested in learning more about climbing? Sign up for a 5-Week Climbing Academy Course.
  • All classes include Day Pass (to climb the remainder of the day of the class) and Rental Gear
  • Bookings must be made and paid for more than 48 hours in advance. Walk ins may be available on occasion but not guaranteed. 
  • Reservations must be cancelled at least 48 hours in advance for a full refund. 
  • Please check our calendar for current availabilities

Intro to Climbing

Learn the basics of top rope belaying, knot tying, and climbing technique in this hands-on class. Designed for those with no previous climbing experience, this course teaches the necessary skills required to climb independently at Onsight Rock Gym. Upon completion of this class and after proper demonstration of learned skills, you will be receive a temporary Top Rope Belay Tag for the day. You are then free to climb for the remainder of the day or until your arms give out! You must return on a separate day to take the official Top Rope Belay and Climbing Test.

Prerequisites: None  •  Length: 90 minutes •  Includes: For guests: additional return day pass + rental gear to use within 2 weeks of your class date.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have a group of 6 or more people, you may want to book a group Intro to Climbing Class.

Cost: Members: One class FREE, Non-Members: $35

Offerings: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm, Fridays: 1:00-2:30pm, and Sundays: 1:00-2:30pm

Additional days/times may be available upon request. Please contact us for information.

Family Intro to Climbing

This class is a perfect way for a family to spend quality time together doing something new, challenging, and fun!  During this 2 hour session, one of our experienced staff members will belay the kids as they climb while the adults take our Intro to Climbing Class and learn the necessary skills to top rope belay. Upon completion of the belay class and once the adults have properly demonstrated learned skills, they will receive a temporary Top Rope Belay Tag for the day. The whole family can then climb together for the remainder of the day! No experience is necessary. Adults must return on a separate day to take the official Top Rope Belay and Climbing Test. 

Prerequisites: Children must be 6 years of age or older  •  Length: 2 hours  

Includes: FREE return day pass for all participants to use within 2 weeks of your class date.

PLEASE NOTE: Adults must book with a minimum of 1 child and a maximum of 4 children.

Cost: Members: $15 per person, Non-Members: $30 per person

Offerings: Fridays (Once a Month): 6:00-8:00pm

Movement basics

A perfect follow up class to the Intro to Climbing course. In this class, you will learn the fundamental movement skills necessary to succeed and grow as a climber. We will give you the tools needed to move your body efficiently, effortlessly, and smoothly up the walls. Topics include footwork, balance, route reading, weight shifting, and more. 

Prerequisites: Top Rope Belay Tag  •  Length: 1 hour

Cost: Members: $10, Non-Members: $25

Offerings:  Mondays (Once a Month): 6:00-7:00 pm

Advanced Movement

After an initial individualized assessment of current climbing ability and skills, we will teach you advanced movement concepts and techniques to help you take climbing to the next level. You will learn techniques such as advanced footwork, route reading, body positioning, energy conservation, and mental strategies for success.

Prerequisites: Top Rope Belay Tag, Ability to climb 5.10+ / V3  •  Length: 1.5 hours

Cost: Members: $15, Non-Members $30

Offerings:  Thursdays (Once a Month): 5:30-7:00pm

Bouldering Basics

Get introduced to the sport of bouldering and learn just how rewarding and fun it can be! In this class, you will learn basic movement and climbing techniques necessary for the steep and overhanging terrain often found in bouldering. You will also learn how to properly spot, the art of falling, and proper bouldering etiquette. Whether you are new to bouldering or just trying it out, this is the perfect class for you to obtain the tools you'll need to start bouldering with confidence! 

Prerequisites: None  •  Length: 1 hour

Cost: Members: $10, Non-Members $25

Offerings: Wednesdays (Once a Month): 7:30-8:30pm

Advanced Bouldering

Are you ready to take bouldering to the next level? The class will cover a variety of topics that will help you improve your bouldering skills and techniques and get you sending more challenging problems. After an initial individualized assessment of current bouldering ability and skills, we will work on advanced movement techniques, basic strength training, and dynamic movement. Designed for those climbing V4 and up. 

    Prerequisites: Ability to boulder V4  •  Length: 2 hours

    Cost:  Members: $15, Non-Members $30

    Offerings: Thursdays (Once a Month): 5:00-7:00pm

    Lead Climbing Basics

    This introductory 2-part class provides a comprehensive instruction on indoor lead climbing and belaying. Lead climbing is often the next step in rock climbing for the seasoned top rope climber and offers a new level of mental and physical challenges. During this class, we will cover all the basic techniques and skills of lead climbing. You will learn to how to safely take a lead fall and how to provide a soft catch in the event of a fall. We will make every effort to emphasize efficiency and risk management. Upon completion of this class, most participants should be ready to take the Lead Belay and Climbing Test. Participants must return on a separate day to take the Lead Belay and Climbing Test. 

    Prerequisites: Top Rope Belay Tag, Ability to climb 5.10b. If only one person is signed up for the class with only 48 hours remaining until the scheduled start time, the class will need to be rescheduled.          •  Length: 2 classes, 2 hours each

    Cost:  Members: $30, Non-Members $60

    Offerings:  Fridays x 2 consecutive weeks (Once a Month): 7:00-9:00pm

    Advanced Lead Climbing

    Come and learn how to elevate and improve yourself as a sport climber. One of our high level sport climbers will cover the essential mental and physical techniques necessary to climb your best on the sharp end. We will also teach you how to smoothly and comfortably catch your partners on lead by discussing and practicing some advanced lead belaying techniques. 

    Prerequisites:  Lead Belay Tag, Ability to climb 5.11  •  Length: 2 hours

    Cost:  Members: $15, Non-Members $30

    Offerings: Mondays (Once a Month): 5:00-7:00pm