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    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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:

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

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    AMGA

    PCIA

     

    Contact Information

    EPIC Adventures
    150 University Rec Center
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: epicadventures@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.4014

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