Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation

Climbing 101


$30 /members

$45 /non-members

This six week course will prepare participants to feel comfortable entering any climbing gym. Staff will focus on technique and terminology and engage particpants in a variety of exercises.

Course Outline

Week 1
Introduction, equipment, definitions, etiquette
Week 2
Bouldering, technique, problem reading, static vs. dynamic    
climbing, traversing
Week 3
Belay Certification Part 1
Week 4
Belay Certification Part 2
Week 5
Top rope climbing, technique, route reading, endurance exercises
Week 6
Training, using feet, sit starts

All Campus Recreation instructional classes are non-credit.


Fall 2015 Course Dates
Section 3: Tuesdays, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., October 20 – November 24
Section 4: Wednesdays, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m., October 21 – December 9 (No class November 11 or 25)

Experience Level
This course is suited best for beginner to intermediate climbers. Beginning climbers will learn the basics of climbing while intermediate climbers will be able to refine skills.

At the end of the course, participants will

1. Gain an understanding of basic climbing technique, commands and skills

2. Be certified to belay at the Campus Recreation Center*

3. Learn training techniques needed to continuously improve skill

*participants must pass the Campus Recreation Center belay written and skills tests before the third week of class in order to be certified to belay at the Campus Recreation Center. Belay Certification is valid for one calendar year.


Participants can register in person at the Climbing Wall or Member Services Desk, online using your Campus Recreation myMemberServices account or by phone (513-556-0604).