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 6 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 2019 schedule: October 7th – 30th


Registration opens August 9, 2019, and closes October 9, 2019, prior to class time

Monday & Wednesday:
October 7 – October 30, 2019

5:45-6:45pm

Intro to climbing
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Tuesday & Thursday:
October 8 – October 29, 2019
(No class on October 31, 2019)

5:45-6:45pm

Intro to climbing
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Sunday:
October 27 – November 3, 2019

6:30-9:00pm

Lead Climbing 101
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Fall 2019 schedule: November 4th – 26th


Registration opens August 9, 2019, and closes October 9, 2019, prior to class time

Monday & Wednesday:
November 4 – November 25, 2019
(No class on November 27, 2019)

5:45-6:45pm

Intro to climbing
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Tuesday & Thursday:
November 5 – November 26, 2019
(No class on November 28, 2019)

5:45-6:45pm

Intro to climbing
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Winter 2020 schedule: January 13th – February 6th


Registration opens October 30, 2019, and closes January 15, 2020, prior to class time

Monday & Wednesday:
January 13 – February 5, 2020
(No class on January 20, 2020)

5:45-6:45pm

Intro to climbing
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Tuesday & Thursday:
January 14 – February 6, 2020

5:45-6:45pm

Intro to climbing
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Winter 2020 schedule: February 10th – March 5th


Registration opens October 30, 2019, and closes February 12, 2020, prior to class time

Monday & Wednesday:
February 10 – March 4, 2020

5:45-6:45pm

Intro to climbing
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Tuesday & Thursday:
February 11 – March 5, 2020

5:45-6:45pm

Intro to climbing
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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.

climbing Classes

Introduction to climbing: ages 4 and up


Purpose: No prior experience is needed! Climbers will become acclimated to the wall environment in a fun and exiting way.

We are excited to be involved in your climbing experience. At Western Oregon University we believe that a healthy climbing culture is key to producing the next generation of climbers.

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.

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