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    This page offers information on all of the classes offered at the Eastern Washington University EPIC Climbing Wall.

    Academic classes are offered through the Dept of Physical Education (PEHR) and listed on Eaglenet. We also offer non-academic Belay Certification, Sport Lead, and Rappelling courses. Inquire at the Climbing Wall kiosk or contact the Climbing Wall Manager to schedule a class.

    If you would like to work at the Climbing Wall, we offer a professional development indoor Climbing Wall Instructor course.

    We also offer the Base Managed Climbing Instructor (BMCI) course, equivalent to PCIA or AMGA outdoor technical certifcations.

    Non-academic classes

    Belay Certification

    Lead Climbing

    Rappelling

    Academic Classes

    Intro to Rock Climbing

    Sport Lead Climbing

    Climbing Clinic

    Climb Time

    Climb Time Two

    Climbing Anchors

    Climber's Toolbox

    Climbers Self Rescue

    Trad Lead Climbing

    Professional Development Classes

    Climbing Wall Instructor

     

    Class Descriptions

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    Belay Certification

    The Belay Certification class 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 counter-balanced, 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 become minor events where the climber simply swings away from the wall.   

    Content

     The primary skills taught are:

    Schedule

    Belay certification classes are offered regularly.  See our home page for the current schedule. Classes are first come, first served.  We post a sign-up sheet at the Climbing Wall kiosk 30 minutes before each class, so show up early! Classes at the beginning of each quarter tend to fill up quickly, so plan accordingly.

    Cost

    The Belay Certification classes are free to students currently enrolled in classes and to community members with a valid membership pass.   

    Belay Certification Class Challenge

    If you are already proficient as a top rope climber/belayer, you may challenge this course and become certified at the Climbing Wall by completing a proficiency check.

    See our top rope proficiency checklist for a complete list of tested items, then inquire at the Climbing Wall kiosk to schedule time to test.

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    Lead Climbing

     

    The Lead Climbing 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 to points along the wall as you make your way up the route.  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 hazards associated with 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

    We offer an academic and non-academic Lead class. Please contact the Climbing Wall Manager for scheduling. Non-academic Lead Climbing classes usually occur over three sessions that last three hours each.  

    Cost
    Non-academic 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/belayer, you may challenge this course and become certified at our Climbing Wall by completing a proficiency check in order to 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 route and needs a way to get down after cleaning the anchor without the help of someone on the ground. 

    Content

    The primary skills taught are:

    Schedule

    Rappelling classes are not scheduled with any regularity.  The classes will be scheduled as two sessions of two hours over two separate days.  If you are interested please contact 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

    This is a 1 credit course. See Eaglenet for available class times.

    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 climbing in a gym environment or outside. 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

    This is a 1 credit course. See Eaglenet for available class times.

    Syllabus 

    Full course syllabus

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    Climbing Clinic

    Course Description

    If you have taken the Intro to Rock class and would like a coach to help you reach your climbing goals, this class may be for you.  If you are not ready for lead climbing or do not wish to take Climb Time, this class is designed to be another alternative 'next step'.  Climbing Clinic is a two hour class held once per week. You can count on the same students and instructor to be with you for the entire quarter.  The class focuses on the unique goals of each student. This may include more Intro level coaching such as climbing movement. It may also include basic climbing strength training and conditioning.

    Course Objectives

    This is a 1 credit course. See Eaglenet for available class times.

    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 competency through regular use of the Climbing Wall. Climb Time is designed for the independent climber looking to climb for credit on their own time. A student staff coordinator will facilitate your use of the Climbing Wall. The coordinator can assist in pairing climbing partners, and may arrange advanced training seminars throughout the quarter. This class requires the student to log 20 hours at the Climbing Wall to receive a 4.0. 

    This is a 1 credit course.

    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 may contain a short 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 grade deduction. This class requires the student to log 20 hours at the Climbing Wall and 100% on both article assignments for a 4.0. 

    This is a 2 credit course.

    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 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


    This is a 1 credit course. See Eaglenet for available class times.

     

    Syllabus

    Full course syllabus

     

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    Climbers Toolbox

     

    Course Description

    This class is designed to increase the tools/skill sets available to climbers. Safety in a multi-pitch or wilderness climbing environment depends on having the skills available to apply to specific problems. This class is will 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

    This is a 1 credit course. See Eaglenet for available class times.

    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 in high angle terrain.  This 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

     

     This is a 1 credit course. See Eaglenet for available class times.

     

     

    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 routes using natural/removable protection outside. 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

    This is a 1 credit course.

    This class is offered only in the Spring and requires an application to be submited to the Climbing Wall Manager during Winter quarter. See Eaglenet for further information the quarter schedule.

     

    Syllabus Full course syllabus

     

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    Climbing Wall Instructor

     

    The Climbing Wall Instructor course is offered annually. It includes training required for student employment at the Climbing Wall. For more infomation contact the Climbing Wall Manager. Training is emphasized in the following areas:

    Although strong climbing skills are encouraged, the ability to instruct students is required for successful completion of this certification course.

    Prerequisites

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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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