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Climbing Qualifications & Training


Belay Qualification

Belaying is the technique that allows a climber to safely climb and be lowered from the wall 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. Training time options are listed below. Please call 701.231.7384 for registration or sign up at the Recreation Desk

Academic year hours:
  Tues.           4 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm    
  Wed.  4 pm, 7 pm, 9 pm
  Thurs.  4 pm, 7 pm     

Qualification will cover the following topics:
  • Putting on a harness
  • How to tie-in to a harness with the figure-eight 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 Climbing Wall

Lead Qualification

All climbers who want to lead on the wall must complete a safety check to demonstrate adequate skill and fitness. Safety checks occur every Monday at 7 pmPlease call 701.231.7384 for registration or sign up at the climbing wall.

Qualification will cover the following topics:
  • Climb a 5.10 route without falling and demonstrate good climbing technique/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.


Campus Recreation & Intramural
Sports Coordinator 

Courtney Berntsen
Graduate Assistant for Campus
Recreation & Intramural Sports 

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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. 3450 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
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