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Campus Recreation

Climbing Wall

Schedule

Memberships

Certifications

Policies

The climbing wall is an Entre-Prises Imprint wall with over 1600 square feet of climbing surface. The wall stands at 40 feet high and 40 feet wide, containing both top-rope routes and bouldering problems for climbers of all skill levels. An additional bouldering rock and hang board are available.

Classes

At Western Oregon University, we 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
Activity Cost

Youth and Adult climb class

$48.00 per climber per session

Youth climb class shoe rental

$10.00 per climber for class session

Climbing shoe term rental

$20.00 per climber

Lead climb class

$30.00 per climber

Registration is completed at the front desk of the Health and Wellness Center using cash/check during operational hours. Registration begins the last week of the previous set of classes (i.e. the last week of spring classes summer registration is open). The registration deadline is the Thursday prior to the start date. A $10 cancellation fee will be charged if canceling after the registration deadline. 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.

Summer 2015

Monday & Wednesday: July 13 - August 5

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
437110 01

Level 2
437110 01

Level 3
437110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: July 14-August 6

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
437110 02

Level 2
437110 02

Level 3
437110 02

Fall 2015

Monday & Wednesday: October 19 - November 11

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
137110 01

Level 2
137110 01

Level 3
137110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: October 20 - November 12

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
137110 02

Level 2
137110 02

Level 3
137110 02

Sunday: November 8-22

6:30-8:30pm

Lead Climbing 101
137307 01

Winter 2016

Monday & Wednesday: January 25 - February 17

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
237110 01

Level 2
237110 01

Level 3
237110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: January 26 - February 18

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
237110 02

Level 2
237110 02

Level 3
237110 02

Spring 2016

Monday & Wednesday: April 20 - May 11

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
337110 01

Level 2
337110 01

Level 3
337110 01

Tuesday & Thursday: April 21 - May 12

4:15-5:00pm

Level 1
337110 02

Level 2
337110 02

Level 3
337110 02

Level 1

Ages: 4+
Prerequisite: none
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 to help belay their climber for the duration of the course. We require one parent/guardian for every two climbers.

Level 2

Ages: 4+
Prerequisite: Passing 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 waiver on file, and may need complete the belay orientation class at the beginning of the course to fulfill this requirement. We require one parent/guardian for every two climbers.

Level 3

Ages: 12+
Prerequisites: Age 12+ and passing Level 2
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

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 6 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.

Climbing Schedule

Please see Hours of Operations page for any facility closures or reduced hours.

For youth climbing times see Youth Access Guidelines

Academic Term Climbing Schedule

Activity

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Roped Climbing

5-9pm

5-9pm

5-9pm

5-9pm

3-6pm

3-6pm

3-6pm

Belay Class

5:45-6:45pm

5:45-6:45pm

5:45-6:45pm

5:45-6:45pm

3:45-4:45pm

3:45-4:45pm

3:45-4:45pm

Bouldering

During HWC operating hours.
Closed while climbing classes are in session.

Summer Term Climbing Schedule

Activity

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Roped Climbing

5:00-7:45pm

5:00-7:45pm

5:00-7:45pm

5:00-7:45pm

Belay Class

5:45-6:45pm

5:45-6:45pm

5:45-6:45pm

5:45-6:45pm

Bouldering

During HWC operating hours.
Closed while climbing classes are in session.

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Climbing Wall Memberships

Assumption of Risk

  • Regardless of the activity, all participants must understand they are assuming risk when they take part in an active recreation program.
  • Each person must be aware of this assumption of risk and recognize that his or her participation is voluntary.
  • Each participant also has a responsibility to use prudent and ordinary care in his or her actions.
  • These risks could include, but are not limited to: muscle cramps, nausea, fainting, abnormal blood pressure, chest discomfort, and even death.
  • Individuals are encouraged to have a physical examination and obtain adequate health and accident insurance prior to participation in any recreational and fitness activities.

Registration process

  • Climbing memberships may be purchased at the Front Desk of the HWC and are good for an entire term.
  • The Climbing membership is good for unlimited participation in roped climbing times.
  • Payment for memberships can be made with exact cash and checks (payable to Western Oregon University) at the HWC Front Desk.
  • Each individual member must have their own current CLIMB ID membership card in order to access and use the facilities.
  • Each member will obtain an CLIMB ID card from the HWC Front Desk, which they will receive upon paying for their membership.
  • The first CLIMB ID card is issued at no cost. Upon renewal, the original card will be activated.
  • If a CLIMB ID is damaged beyond usage, lost or stolen, the member must purchase a new card for replacement at a cost per Western Oregon University's Photo ID card replacement cost of $15.
  • The ability to pay per use is also available at the HWC Front Desk. Each guest must sign a waiver and pay the drop in fee. Exact cash or checks made payable to WOU at the HWC Front Desk.
Climbing Wall Fees Membership Periods

Climbing Wall user
(Ages 16 and older)

$6 per visit per person
$65 per term (Fall, winter, spring and summer)

Fall 2015: 9-21-15 to 1-3-2016
Winter 2016: 12-14-15 to 3-27-16
Spring 2016: 3-21-16 to 6-19-16
Summer 2015: 6-15-15 to 9-20-15

(Memberships available for purchase three weeks prior to start date)

Climbing Wall user
(Ages 4-15)

$3 per visit per person

Climbing Wall user
Family (includes up to four persons)

$120 per term (Fall, winter, spring and summer)
$20 each per additional person per term

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Climbing and Bouldering Wall Policies

Climbing Wall

  • CRD climbing staff must be present in order for members to climb.
  • All participants must attend a belay certification course, read and understand the climbing rules and sign the Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk before being allowed to climb.
  • Rental climbing equipment is located at the HWC Front Desk.
  • Climbers must check-in/check-out at the HWC Front Desk before climbing.

Items and activities prohibited in the climbing wall area:

  • Swinging or jumping on ropes
  • Climbing into a position where you are eye level or higher with top anchors
  • Grabbing bolt hangers; bolt hangers are for carabineer attachment only.
  • Listening to music while climbing or belaying.

Belaying

  • Belayers are required to go through an introductory belay orientation course.
  • Belayers must lower climbers in a smooth and controlled manner.
  • Belayers must keep their brake hand on the rope at all times.
  • Belay from a standing position only.
  • Climbers should not step under or over an active belay.
  • A follow-through figure-eight knot is required to tie in a climber.
  • Please report any injury or unsafe climbing wall conditions to climbing staff immediately.
  • The number of climbers at any one time may be limited to ensure proper supervision.

The CRD climbing staff reserves the right to refuse wall access. Reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of dangerous climbing techniques.
  • Suspected recent use of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Use of unsafe or unacceptable climbing gear.

Lead Climbing

  • A current lead climbing pass is required to lead climb.
  • Climbers are required to check out and use the lead ropes provided by the HWC.
  • Climbers must check out and display their lead card in a manner that Climbing Specialists can easily identify.
  • Only fixed quickdraws and anchors are to be used for leading.
  • Repeated falls, failure to clip properly, or skipping quickdraws may result in suspension or termination of lead climbing privileges.
  • Climbing Specialists reserve the right to revoke lead climbing privileges at any time.

Bouldering Wall

  • Bouldering climbers are not required to have the ability to belay.
  • All participants must read and understand the bouldering rules and sign the Liability Waiver and Assumption of Risk before being allowed to boulder.
  • Otherwise, all climbing wall policies, rules, and regulations apply to bouldering.

The CRD strongly recommends the use of spotters while bouldering. We encourage climbers to ask climbing staff about proper spotting techniques.

  • Climbers may not boulder more than 12 feet above the floor.
  • Climbers must check in at the HWC Front Desk before bouldering.
  • Climbers may not boulder above or below any other climbers.
  • Climbers, with the exception of climbing staff, may not switch holds.
  • Barefoot climbing and loose chalk are not permitted.

Contact

Campus Recreation 503-838-9530 | or e-mail: horseyr@wou.edu

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