Climbing Classes offered at the EWU Climbing Wall This page offers information on all of the classes offered at the Eastern Washington University EPIC Climbing Wall. The best known of our classes are those offered academically through the Dept of Physical Education (PEHR) and listed on Eaglenet. In addition, we also offer other courses scheduled both regularly (belay) and irregularly (lead/rappell) that are short duration, less expensive trainigs for specific skills. If they are not scheduled, inquire at the wall kiosk and we can schedule a skills class for you. Lastly, we offer professional development classes such as the Climbing Wall Instructor course, which is needed to become employed at the climbing wall, and the Base Managed Climbing Instructor (BMCI) course which is equivalent to PCIA or AMGA outdoor technical certifcations. http://www.ewu.edu/epic/climbing-wall/climbing-classes en-us Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:11:42 UTC Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:11:42 UTC webmaster@ewu.edu webmaster@ewu.edu

Climbing Classes offered at the EWU Climbing Wall

This page offers information on all of the classes offered at the Eastern Washington University EPIC Climbing Wall. The best known of our classes are those offered academically through the Dept of Physical Education (PEHR) and listed on Eaglenet. In addition, we also offer other courses scheduled both regularly (belay) and irregularly (lead/rappell) that are short duration, less expensive trainigs for specific skills. If they are not scheduled, inquire at the wall kiosk and we can schedule a skills class for you. Lastly, we offer professional development classes such as the Climbing Wall Instructor course, which is needed to become employed at the climbing wall, and the Base Managed Climbing Instructor (BMCI) course which is equivalent to PCIA or AMGA outdoor technical certifcations.Climbing Wall, ewu climbing wall classes, ewu climbing wall academic classes, ewu climbing wall instructor, ewu rock climbing wall, classes, Academic, rock climbing, cwi

This page offers information on all of the classes offered at the Eastern Washington University EPIC Climbing Wall. The best known of our classes are those offered academically through the Dept of Physical Education (PEHR) and listed on Eaglenet. In addition, we also offer other courses scheduled both regularly (belay) and irregularly (lead/rappell) that are short duration, less expensive trainigs for specific skills. If they are not scheduled, inquire at the wall kiosk and we can schedule a skills class for you. Lastly, we offer professional development classes such as the Climbing Wall Instructor course, which is needed to become employed at the climbing wall, and the Base Managed Climbing Instructor (BMCI) course which is equivalent to PCIA or AMGA outdoor technical certifcations.

Wall Classes

Belay Certification

Lead Climbing

Rappelling

Academic Climbing Wall Classes

INTRO

Sport Lead Climbing

CLINIC

Climb Time

Climb Time Two

ANCHORS

TOOLBOX

Climbers self rescue

TRAD LEAD

Professional Development Classes

Climbing Wall Instructor

 

Class Descriptions

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Belay Certification

The Belay Certification class that we offer is the basic certification class for roped climbing in our gym.  The basic system we use is a top rope system where the rope runs through an anchor at the top of the wall with two ends reaching the ground.  The system is a counter-balanced system where the climber ties into one end of the rope and the belayer connects to the other end.  The belayer manages the rope by removing slack as the climber climbs up the wall.  When this system is implemented correctly, falls are minor events where the climber simply swings away from the wall.   

Content

 The primary skills taught are:

  • Correct way to put on a harness.
  • How to tie in to a harness with a figure eight follow-through knot.
  • How to manage slack with the Brake Under Slide Belay method.
  • Proper lowering procedure.
  • Buddy check of all safety components.
  • Proper communication.

Schedule

Belay certification classes are offered regularly on Monday and Thursday evenings from 4pm-6pm.  The classes are first come, first served.  We leave a sign-up sheet out 1/2 hour before each class so show up early to ensure yourself a spot in the class. Classes at the beginning of quarters tend to fill up fast especially fall quarter, so plan accordingly.

Belay certification classes can also be taught by Wall Staff at any time there are enough staff scheduled at the wall.  The best time for unscheduled belay certification classes is the slow weekends of fall and spring quarters.  

Cost

The belay certification classes are free.   

Belay Certification Class Challenge

If you are already proficient as a top rope climber either outdoors or at another gym, you may challenge this course and become certified at our wall by completing a proficiency check where you can demonstrate competence in several important areas. See our top rope proficiency checklist for a complete list of tested items.

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Lead Climbing

 

The lead climbing wall class is available for gym users to become certified to lead climb at our facility.  Lead climbing is different from top-rope climbing because there is no rope above you when you begin climbing.  You begin with the rope at your feet and you clip it in into progressively higher anchor points as you climb up the wall.  Because the rope starts below you, there is the potential of far greater falls both in distance and force when compared to top-rope falls.  Due to the additional hazard of lead climbing, we require you to demonstrate proficiency in a number of skills which are taught in this class. 

Content

The primary skills taught are:

  • Proper clipping technique (no z-clip or back clip).
  • Proper footwork (in relation to rope).
  • Communication.
  • Set up and use of ground anchor.
  • Lead belay techniques.
  • Soft catches.
  • Care of and logging ropes.

Schedule

Lead Climbing classes usually occur over three sessions that last three hours each.  These sessions are usually on Monday and Friday.  If you are not available Monday or Friday, arrangements may be made to fit your schedule. Cost Lead Climbing classes cost $10 per person.  Due to the fee and scheduling, you must pre-register this class.  To pre-register, bring your payment to the EPIC counter at the University Rec Center during normal business hours.  Lead Climbing Class Challenge If you are already proficient as a lead climber either outdoors or at another gym, you may challenge this course and become certified at our wall by completing a proficiency check where you can demonstrate competence in several important areas.  See our lead climbing proficiency check list for a complete list of tested items.

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Rappelling

 

Rappelling is the process of lowering yourself down a rope which is anchored at the top.  This is a skill used primarily in outdoor climbing where an individual has climbed to the top of a rock and needs a way to get down without the help of someone on the group. 

We offer this training at our wall through use of the belay alcove at the top right area of the wall.

Content

The primary skills taught are:

  • Proper rope set up.

  • Proper use of belay device as rappel device.

  • Backing up your rappel.

  • Proper body position for rappelling on various terrain.

Schedule

Rappelling classes are not regularly scheduled for specific time slots.  The classes must be scheduled for two sessions of two hours over two separate days.  If you are interested in this important skill please inquire with Wall Staff or the Climbing Wall Manager.

Cost

Rappelling classes cost $10 per person. Due to the fee and scheduling, you must pre-register this class. To pre-register, bring your payment to the EPIC counter at the University Rec Center during normal business hours.

 

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Intro to Climbing

Course Description: This class is designed to introduce participants to basic rock climbing skills. The course will cover the skills necessary to climb and belay using a top-rope system both in an indoor facility and an outdoor setting. The skills and information taught in this course include: safety practices, basic climbing knots, belay technique, climbing movement, equipment and terminology.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the risks and benefits involved in the sport of rock climbing.

  • Become top-rope belay certified at the EPIC Climbing Wall.

  • Be able to identify and properly use basic climbing equipment including: harness, locking carabiner, belay device, ground anchor, etc.

  • Become familiar with proper climbing movement/technique and terminology.

  • Be familiar with climbing safety procedures including "buddy checks" and belay commands.

  • Become familiar with the risks and benefits of climbing outdoors.

Credits: 1

Times: See Eaglenet for current quarter schedule

Syllabus:Full Course Syllabus

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Sport Lead Climbing

Course Description: This class is designed to introduce participants to sport lead climbing. The course will cover the skills necessary to lead bolted routes and belay a climber while leading in a gym environment as well as outdoors. The skills and information taught in this course include: safety practices, lead climbing knots, lead belay technique, two bolt basic anchors, set up and take down of lead anchor top-rope systems, rappelling and terminology.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the risks and benefits involved in the sport lead climbing.

  • Become lead certified at the EPIC Climbing Wall.

  • Be able to properly use climbing equipment in a lead climbing environment.

  • Become proficient with climbing knots including: double fisherman's, clove hitch, prussic hitch and double loop figure eight.

  • Become proficient with setting up and taking down basic two bolt tope rope anchor systems.

  • Become familiar with and use proper rappelling technique.

  • Become able to properly back up a rappel.

  • Be able to recognize the basic aspects of a safe top-rope anchor system.

Credits: 1

Times: See Eaglenet for current quarter schedule

Syllabus:Full course syllabus

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Climbing Clinic

Course Description: If you have taken the Intro to rock class and want more climbing coaching, this class may be for you.  If you are not ready for lead climbing or do not have reliable partners to make Climb Time work for you, this class is designed to be another alternative 'next step'.  Climbing Clinics will be conducted as a two hour class session held once per week where you can count on the same students and instructor to be with you for the entire quarter in which you are registered.  The class content will include more Intro level coaching of climbing movement as well as basic climbing strength and conditioning training.

Course Objectives:

  • Improve climbing movement/technique.

  • Improve climbing strength.

  • Improve climbing endurance.

  • Meet other climbers that you can continue to climb with.

Credits: 1

Times: See Eaglenet for current quarter schedule

Syllabus: Full course syllabus

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Climb Time


Course Description: Climb Time is an activity course designed to promote physical activity, fitness and climbing competencies through regular use of the EWU/EPIC Adventures Climbing Wall. Climb Time is designed for the independent climber looking to climb for credit on their own time. Student staff coordinators are assigned to each section to facilitate your use of the gym. Coordinators will assist in pairing climbing partners and arrange advanced training seminars throughout the quarter. If our time structured credit options do not fit into your schedule this class is a great way to expand your skill set and increase your climbing competency through regular wall use and taking advantage of our advanced Climb Time seminars. Climb Time seminars will be scheduled throughout the quarter based on your schedule as a Climb Time student. This class requires 20 hours of gym time for a 4.0 with a decrease of 1.0 for each 5 hours short of 20 that you fail to accomplish.

Credits: 1

Times: All gym hours

Syllabus:Full course syllabus

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Climb Time II

Climb Time II: The Climb Time II course relays the same structure and climbing hour requirements as Climb Time but also requires students to complete two article assignments located on Canvas. The article assignments contain a short 5-15 question quiz on an article related to climbing culture and/or incident reports chosen by the Climb Time II coordinator. Students must obtain 100% on the quizzes in order to get full credit for them. Each quiz uncompleted will result in a 10 hour deduction. This class requires 20 hours of gym time and 100% on both article assignments for a 4.0. 

Credits: 2

Times: All gym hours

Syllabus: Full course syllabus

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Climbing Anchors

 

Course Description:This class is designed to introduce participants to the craft of building climbing anchors. The course will cover the skills necessary to build basic top-rope and ground climbing anchors. The skills and information taught in this course include: anchor building knots, material strengths, two bolt basic anchors, traditional gear placement, complex anchor systems and anchor evaluation.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the EPIC Climbing Wall policy for accessing the boulder top training area and then appropriately accessing it.
  • Understand how to place traditional climbing protection.
  • Have appropriate feedback to accurately understand their level of competence in placing traditional protection.
  • Be able to build simple, basic two bolt anchors.
  • Be able to construct top-rope anchor systems.
  • Be able to competently "stitch" together multiple protection points into a full strength anchor.
  • Understand how to assess an anchor for adequacy based upon the LEADSTER described criteria.

Credits: 1

 

Times: See Eaglenet for current quarter schedule

 

Syllabus:Full course syllabus

 

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Climbers Toolbox

 

Course Description:This class is designed to increase the tools available to climbers across a wide spectrum of skill-sets. Safety in a multi-pitch or wilderness climbing environment depends upon having the skills available to apply to a particular set of problems to be solved. This class is designed to teach you several different ways of doing the same thing so that you will have a greater choice of skills to apply to any problem you face, ensuring a better chance of success.  The skills taught in this class prepare climbers for the Climber's Self Rescue class.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the EPIC Climbing Wall policy for accessing the boulder top training area and then appropriately accessing it.
  • Know and understand the properties of various cordage and webbing used in climbing applications.
  • Know and understand the various carabiners available for climbing use.
  • Understand how to belay with various belay devices including aperture, assisted locking, locking and muenter hitch.
  • Become competent with top managed belay setups and understand the pros and cons of belaying: off of yourself while anchored, redirecting the belay through your anchor and belaying directly off of your anchor.
  • Understand the importance of rope management and competently manage multi-pitch belay transitions.
  • Competently set up a rappel and understand several different configurations and back ups including: extending rappels, backups below and above rappel device, prusik/bachman/autoblock backups and connecting ropes for longer rappels.
  • Competently perform a basic muenter hitch lower and tie it off with a mule knot.

Credits: 1

Times: See Eaglenet for current quarter schedule

Syllabus: Full course syllabus

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Climbers Self Rescue

 

Course Description: This class is designed to introduce participants to basic self rescue skills for climbers in high angle terrain.  The course will cover the skills necessary to manage transitions from various belay configurations to several different possible rescue scenarios.  The skills and information taught in this course include:  rescue baseline, rescue bridges, multi-pitch lowers, mechanical advantage raise systems, exiting belays and counterbalance rappels.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand how to use the EPIC Climbing Wall policy for accessing the boulder top training area and appropriately access it.
  • Understand how to create a 'baseline' configuration for rescue work.
  • Be able to apply several different types of 'bridges' to rescue scenarios.
  • Be able to get to 'baseline' from a waist belay, redirected belay or a direct anchor belay.
  • Be able to move from baseline to one of four possible rescue solutions: lower, raise, belay exit or counterbalance rappel.
  • Have appropriate feedback to accurately understand their level of competence in being able to affect a rescue scenario.

Credits: 1

 

Times: See Eaglenet for current quarter schedule

 

Syllabus: Full course syllabus

 

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Trad Lead

 

Course Description: This class is designed to introduce participants to the world of traditional lead climbing. The course will cover the skills necessary for a climber to climb rock routes using natural/removable protection. The skills and information taught in this course include: traditional lead climbing equipment, knots, material strengths, fall forces, building of directionals and traditional gear placement.

 

 Course Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the equipment used in traditional lead climbing and understand its purposes.
  • Understand the forces at work on climbers during lead falls.
  • Understand how to place traditional climbing protection.
  • Have appropriate feedback to accurately understand their level of competence in placing traditional protection.
  • Understand the significance of direction changes on traditionally protected routes. Be able to construct multi-directional protection points.

Credits: 1

 

Times: See Eaglenet for current quarter schedule

 

Syllabus: Full course syllabus

 

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Climbing Wall Instructor

 

The Climbing Wall Instructor course we offer biannually offers the training we require to work at the climbing wall. Check with wall staff for current CWI offerings. The skills that are focused on in the course include:

  • Professionalism and standardization.

  • Client orientation and instruction.

  • Teaching general climbing skills including movement.

  • Teaching top-rope and lead belaying techniques.

  • Equipment and facility use.

  • Facility supervision .

  • Rescue and emergency procedures.

Strong climbing skills are encouraged, but teaching and presentation skills are required for successful completion of this certifying course. Prerequisites for this course are:

  • Adequate rock climbing experience (Examples include periodic climbing for 2 - 3 years, a high intensity of climbing in the past few months, etc.).

  • Ability to easily put on harness and tie in appropriately.

  • Ability to belay with an aperture belay device and an assisted locking device in competent and confident manner.

  • Possess personal climbing equipment (harness, shoes, locking carabiner, belay device, chalk bag).

  • Capable of comfortably top roping 5.9 on an artificial climbing wall.

  • The candidate must be able to speak in front of small groups (teaching skills courses).

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AMGA

PCIA

 

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