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 45 minutes
  • Monday – Thursday classes during summer are two weeks long consisting of 8 lessons; each lesson lasts 45 minutes
    • COVID-19 UPDATED CLASS LIMITATIONS
    • To adhere to the required COVID guidelines only 3 climbers are allowed during class.
    • Parent/Guardian may sign-up to 3 climbers in a class together as a cohort.
    • All climbing lesson participants at this time will need to be 5 years of age or older to participate.
    • If Executive Order 20-28 is not rescinded classes may be canceled and refunds will be issued.
  • There are no make-up lessons for any type of group/private lesson and refunds are not given for partial attendance.
  • Classes may be combined to accommodate instructors/classes
  • Included in the class fee are the equipment rentals for the┬áharness, belay device, locking carabiner, and climbing shoes

Activity Cost
Climb class $64.00 per climber per session
PCIA Climbing Wall Instructor course $120.00 per climber
Lead climb class $40.00 per climber

 

Registration – Classes will resume Winter term 2021-22

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

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

We are excited to be involved in your climbing experience. At Western Oregon University we believe that a healthy climbing culture is a 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: campusrec@wou.edu | or in person: Directions/Parking