If you've never climbed before, you are still welcome. Try and come on time so that you can meet the other climbers. I'll probably be in Bay 3 (the 60' area) if you get there after the start time (sometimes I'm late as well).
SportRock's "Basic Skills" class is the best way to learn the basics of climbing and also how to "belay" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belaying) another climber. SportRock charges $30 for the class which includes gear rental and an all-day gym pass. The class starts at 7pm and usually takes 2 hours. Sign up on the SportRock website (http://www.sportrock.com/index.php?view=courseevents&id=4%3Abasic-skills&option=com_ksevents&Itemid=35). Then, after your class is over, you can climb with the group if you're not too tired. If it is your first time, you don't have to take the class and the host or another generous member will belay you a couple times (be sure to thank them for their time and effort!).
For experienced climbers: If you know how to belay but haven't been belay-checked at a Sportrock gym, ask one of the staff members to test you when you first arrive. There's no charge for taking the belay test. If you pass, they'll give you a pink laminated belay card to wear on your harness so everyone knows you're OK to belay. If you fail the test, you can still climb with us and test again the next time you visit the gym.
Directions & Parking: The gym is a short walk from the Van Dorn metro station. The parking spaces for Sportrock have Red signs. Some of the other spots are also available at nights when other businesses are closed. There is also overflow parking available in the Carrier HVAC business next door on weeknights and weekends.
Cost: Tell the gym staff you are with the climbing Meetup group and they will discount the day pass price to $16 (the normal cost for a day pass is $20). You will also need to rent climbing shoes and a harness ($10 for both) if you don't have your own gear.
What to wear: This is *indoor* climbing, so dress for the gym, not the mountains. There are locker rooms to change in and cubbys to store your stuff.
About the group: The Meetup group consists of members of all skill levels and abilities. We are a friendly bunch of enthusiastic climbers who enjoy the physical and social aspects of climbing. When you are a part of the group you will always have a climbing partner as well as fellow climbers who might just know the special technique or trick to help you get past that crux of the climb.