Whether you are a complete novice (like myself) or a hardcore free climber who has scaled Half Dome, the climbing membership at Climb So iLL through the student group ClimbRx is a hard opportunity to pass up. The membership includes shoes, chalk, and harnesses, so it’s easy to get started. The gym also offers classes on belaying, but they do charge, so I suggest learning from a friend if you are interested. There will undoubtedly be people willing to teach you. If one gym isn’t enough for you, St. Louis has a second climbing gym, Upper Limits, just down the street. There isn’t a discounted membership, but if you are lucky you may run into Dr. Wichelman, who teaches the Emergency Medicine and Olin Grand Rounds selectives.