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 during the fall, winter, and spring are four weeks long consisting of eight lessons; each lesson lasts 60 minutes
  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday classes during summer are two weeks long consisting of 4 lessons; each lesson lasts 60 minutes
  • Our preferred instructor to climber ratio is 1 instructor per 8 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
Climb class – fall, winter, and spring $64.00 per climber per session
Climb class – summer $32.00 per climber per session
PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor course $120.00 per climber
Lead climb class $40.00 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 2018 schedule


Monday & Wednesday: October 1 – October 17

4:00-5:00pm

Level 1
137110 01

Level 2
137110 01

Level 3
137110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: October 2 – October 18

4:00-5:00pm

Level 1
137110 02

Level 2
137110 02

Level 3
137110 02

Sunday: November 11 – 18

6:30-9:00pm

Lead Climbing 101
137307 01

Winter 2019 schedule


Monday & Wednesday: January 14 – January 30

4:00-5:00pm

Level 1
237110 01

Level 2
237110 01

Level 3
237110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: January 15 – January 31

4:00-5:00pm

Level 1
237110 02

Level 2
237110 02

Level 3
237110 02

Sunday: February 24 – March 3

6:30-8:30pm

Lead Climbing 101
237307 01

Spring 2019 schedule


Monday & Wednesday: April 8 – April 24

4:00-5:00pm

Level 1
337110 01

Level 2
337110 01

Level 3
337110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: April 9 – April 25

4:00-5:00pm

Level 1
337110 02

Level 2
337110 02

Level 3
337110 02

Summer 2019 schedule


Monday & Wednesday: July 8 – July 17

6:00-7:00pm

Climbing
437110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: July 9 – July 18

6:00-7:00pm

Climbing
437110 02


Monday & Wednesday: July 29 – August 7

6:00-7:00pm

Climbing
437110 03

Tuesday & Thursday: July 30 – August 8

6:00-7:00pm

Climbing
437110 04



Parent/Guardian Participation

Parent/Guardian Attendance


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. We make this requirement for many reasons. To share just a few:

  • In order to provide the best possible experience for the youth climbing classes, we ask for your assistance and attendance. By attending as many climbing classes as possible, you not only allow for the most climbing time for your child, but also provide invaluable encouragement, support, and coaching in ways that our wall staff cannot.
  • As adults in these young climbers lives, you can help set goals, encourage along the way, and celebrate when they are achieved. We also encourage you to reiterate these skills and vocabulary learned in class at home, while driving in the car or even when you come in to climb outside of class time. You know the techniques that work best with your climber in regards to accomplishing tasks and even discipline (gentle encouragement or commands).
  • The combination of all of the above with the technical teaching of our wall staff will allow your climber to get the most from these climbing lessons and afford you the opportunity to learn, play and interact with your climber.

Class STRUCTURE

First time climbers: 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.

Returning climbers: for ages 4 and up


Purpose: This course is intended for climbers who have participated in a previous climbing lesson 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 will be exposed to a broad variety of topics and skills that build the foundation for effective and fun climbing. Depending on climber’s ability we will introduce advanced movement and technical skills, emphasis will be placed on climbing as part of a healthy lifestyle and a lifelong physical activity.

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 to 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.

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