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Climbing Qualifications & Training

Belaying Qualification - Academic Year
**Summer Qualifications
: Contact Rec Desk 

Tuesdays & Wednesdays:
4 pm - 6 pm & 7 pm - 9 pm
4 pm - 6 pm
Sign up at the Rec Desk

Qualification will cover the following topics:

  • Putting on a harness
  • How to tie-in to a harness with the figure 8 follow-through knot
  • Belay device set-up
  • How to belay
  • Safety checks
  • Safety commands with climber
  • Locking off a fall
  • Efficiently lowering a climber
  • Rules and regulations for the Rock Wall

Lead Climbing Safety Check (no fee) -Academic Year
Monday from 7- 9 pm.

All climbers who want to lead on the wall must complete a safety check to demonstrate adequate skill and fitness. During the safety check climbers must:

  • Climb a 5.10 route without falling and demonstrate good climbing technique and efficiency.
  • Lead up to the second bolt on one or two climbs (instructor's prerogative) demonstrating skill in clipping and rope management.
  • Show the ability to safely belay a lead climber, including:
    - how to properly attach to an anchor;
    - how to correctly position oneself in relation to the anchor and lead climber;
    - how to manage rope properly - feeding the lead rope, hand motions and braking action;
    - using acceptable climbing commands.
  • Demonstrate a safe lead fall.

Lead Climbing Qualification

Take your climbing skills to the next level. Push your inner limits while learning the necessary skills it takes to become a confident lead climber! Check at the Rec. Desk for more information.

Belaying is the technique that allows a climber to safely climb and be lowered from a rock face while attached to a rope. A second person (the 'belayer') protects their climbing partner from falling by controlling the rope using anchors and braking devices.

Lead climbing safety checks are conducted by appointment only. Make your appointment at the Rec. Desk.

Please call 231-7390 for registration or sign up at the Wellness Center Rec. Desk.

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-5200 / Fax: (701) 231-5205
Campus address: Wallman Wellness Center 100
Physical/delivery address: 18th Street and Centennial Blvd., Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 5140 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: NDSU Wellness Center

Last Updated: Monday, January 26, 2015 11:58:12 AM