Climbing Qualifications & Training
Belaying Qualification - Academic Year
**Summer Qualifications: Contact Rec Desk
Tuesday: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Thursdays: 1:00 pm, 4:00 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 Qualification Class (no fee) -Academic Year
Mondays at 7:00 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.
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.
Please call 231-7390 for registration or sign up at the Wellness Center Recreation Desk.