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Climb classes

We, the Campus Recreation Department, pride ourselves on teaching the necessary skills needed to explore climbing as a lifelong fitness and recreational opportunity. Our philosophy is to always reward climbers with praise and positive reinforcement for a job well done. Climbers are never forced to perform. We wait until each climber is ready to progress. We believe that with patience, encouragement, and practice, our students will make the most of their time on the wall.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday classes are four weeks long consisting of eight lessons; each lesson lasts 45 minutes
  • Our preferred instructor to climber ratio is 1 instructor per 3 to 5 climbers
  • Classes may be combined to accommodate instructors/classes
  • Included in the class fee are the equipment rentals for the harness, belay device, locking carabiner and climbing shoes

Activity Cost
Youth and Adult climb class $48.00 per climber per session
PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor course $120.00 per climber
Lead climb class $30.00 per climber

 

Registration

Registration is completed at the front desk of the Health and Wellness Center (Map) using cash/check during operational hours. Registration begins the last week of the previous set of lessons (i.e. the last week of spring lessons summer registration is open). The registration deadline is the Wednesday prior to the start date. A 50% cancellation fee will be charged if canceling after the registration deadline for each participant. Classes are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Climbers should be placed in classes according to their age and previous experience.

To expedite your registration process, please fill out the Activity Registration form prior to your arrival at the HWC.

Fall 2017 schedule


Monday & Wednesday: October 16 – November 8

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
137110 01

Level 2
137110 01

Level 3
137110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: October 17 – November 9

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
137110 02

Level 2
137110 02

Level 3
137110 02

Sunday: November 12 – 19

6:30-9:00pm

Lead Climbing 101
137307 01

Winter 2018 schedule


Monday & Wednesday: January 29 – February 21

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
237110 01

Level 2
237110 01

Level 3
237110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: January 30 – February 22

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
237110 02

Level 2
237110 02

Level 3
237110 02

Sunday: February 25 – March 4

6:30-8:30pm

Lead Climbing 101
237307 01

Spring 2018 schedule


Monday & Wednesday: April 23 – May 16

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
337110 01

Level 2
337110 01

Level 3
337110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: April 24 – May 17

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
337110 02

Level 2
337110 02

Level 3
337110 02

Summer 2018 schedule


Tuesday & Thursday: July 10 – August 2

4:30-5:15pm

Level 1
437110 01

Level 2
437110 01

Level 3
437110 01

5:30-6:15pm

Level 1
437110 02

Level 2
437110 02

Level 3
437110 02


Class Descriptions

Level I: for ages 4 and up


Purpose: Instruction is given in basic fundamentals of climbing safety as well as basic movement skills and techniques. No prior experience is needed. In addition to introducing skills, climbers will become acclimated to the wall environment and develop confidence and competence.

Some of the skills to be introduced include:

  • Bouldering and top rope safety
  • Climbing communication
  • Equipment use
  • Basic movement techniques
  • Climbing hold identification and use

Parents/guardians will be required to complete the belay orientation class at the beginning of the course on the first night to help belay their climber for the duration of the course. We require one parent/guardian for every two climbers.

Level 2: for ages 4 and up


Prerequisite: Completed Level 1 (or demonstrating Level 1 skills on the first day of class)

Purpose: This course is intended for climbers who have passed Level 1 to ensure a baseline set of knowledge and skills. Climbers should be comfortable with basic climbing and lowering, as well as standard safety checks for a climber and belayer. Climbers in Level 2 will be exposed to a broad variety of topics and skills that build the foundation for effective climbing. Climbers will learn to demonstrate mastery of skills that are required for Level 3.

More advanced topics will be covered, including:

  • Self-guided warm-ups and stretching
  • Development of balance
  • Introduction to routes and ratings
  • Route reading and sequencing
  • Additional movement techniques to promote effective climbing

Parents/guardians will be required to have a current climbing pass/waiver on file, and may need complete the belay orientation class at the beginning of the course on the first night to fulfill this requirement. We require one parent/guardian for every two climbers.

Level 3: for ages 12 and up


Prerequisites: Age 12+ and passing Level 2 (or demonstrating Level 2 skills on the first day of class)

Purpose: Our most advanced course, Level 3 will prepare climbers to use advanced movement and technical skills to become proficient climbers. Emphasis will be placed on climbing as part of a healthy lifestyle and a lifelong physical activity. In addition to hard skills, topics will include belay skills, movement theory, mental training and lead climbing. Additional topics may cover outdoor climbing, setting theory and use of other equipment.

Additional topics covered:

  • Belay skills
  • Integration of climbing as a lifelong sport
  • Knots and hitches
  • Training for climbing
  • Lead climbing

Parent/guardian participation is encouraged but not required to belay, but must be present during class time. Climbing time will be maximized if a parent/guardian is present to belay. As part of continued mastery of climbing techniques, Level 3 climbers may be expected to assist instructors in the demonstration of Level 1 and 2 skills.

Lead Climbing 101: for ages 18 and up

This class is designed to provide an introduction to indoor lead climbing. The class is geared for experienced top rope climbers at a consistent 5.9 level or better, with a minimum of 6 months top rope/ belaying experience. This 5-hour class covers the basics of indoor lead climbing.

Upon completion of the class, participants will:

  • Understand the risk and added safety considerations associated with lead climbing such as fall factors, back-clipping and z-clipping.
  • Identify lead-specific equipment and demonstrate proper use.
  • Demonstrate proper lead climbing and belaying techniques.
  • Demonstrate proper communication as it relates to lead climbing.


           
Contact

Campus Recreation

(503) 838-9530 | e-mail: hwc@wou.edu | or in person: Directions/Parking