Our staff help make climbing safe and enjoyable for both first-time climbers and enthusiasts. We provide all the climbing equipment you need, and our staff are always available to belay or offer tips and pointers to get you off the ground.
One of the best parts about our rock wall is that it's available at no additional cost for anyone with access to our facility. In addition, all of the equipment you need is provided for free, including harnesses and shoes. For guests and non-members, a $10 day pass can be purchased which includes access to our wall.
What we offer
Our introduction to belaying class is a two hour hands-on training that introduces the fundamental top rope belay skills necessary for top rope climbing. This course is required for all climbers, regardless of prior climbing experience or knowledge, who wish to belay and top rope independently at our wall. There is a one-time $10 fee for the class, and pre-registration is required.
Upon completion of the class, participants will need to take and pass our belay test in order to become certified. Up to three practice tests are allowed before the certification assessment. Participants must wait at least 24 hours after the class and/or practice test before attempting to become certified. Belay certifications last one semester, and each semester your skills will be re-tested. It should be noted that our belay certification is only designed for our facility; it does not transfer to any other facility and is not intended to introduce all skills and topics relevant to outdoor climbing.
Taught by AMGA-certified Climbing Wall Instructors, our introduction to lead climbing class is a four-hour hands-on instructional clinic that covers all aspects of indoor lead climbing that are pertinent to the SRWC rock wall. Topics include lead climbing equipment, clipping techniques, lead belay fundamentals, climbing mechanics and specific risk management considerations.
There are three main eligibility requirements for participating in the lead class:
- Having a current waiver on file at the rock wall.
- Having a current top rope belay certification at our wall.
- Having the ability to consistently top rope climb at least 5.9 on the 53 foot wall while demonstrating controlled climbing without falls or breaks.
The cost for Intro to Lead Climbing is $40 for students/members.
Upon completion of the class, participants will need to take and pass our lead climbing test in order to become certified. To pass, proficiency must be shown in the following areas:
- Ability to lead climb while demonstrating proper clipping technique and positioning.
- Ability to belay a lead climber while demonstrating proper attention to rope management (slack), positioning, and effective fall arrest mechanics.
Participants must wait at least 24 hours after the class before attempting to become certified. Lead climbing certifications last one semester, and each semester your skills will be re-tested. It should be noted that our lead climbing certification is only designed for our facility; it does not transfer to any other facility and is not intended to introduce all skills and topics relevant to outdoor climbing.
Every Fall Semester we kick off the school year with the Mile High Challenge. The goal is simple: climb a total of 5,280 feet—the height equivalent to that of one mile—over the course of the semester. To reach this goal requires commitment and a lot of climbing:
- 99 times on the tallest 53.5 foot section of our wall;
- 132 times on the 40 foot section of our wall, or;
- 203 times on the shorter 26 foot section of our wall.
Participants can also combine the different wall heights as they see fit, and a tracking sheet is provided to record your progress.
This event is held annually and is very popular. Those who complete this challenge receive the coveted "Mile High Challenge" t-shirt, and the cost to participate is inexpensive:
- $10 if you already have your belay certification;
- $15 if you need to earn your belay certification.
Because we cannot provide enough staff to belay everyone during this semester long event, becoming belay certified is required.
Every spring semester we host a bouldering competition as part of the University Climbing Series, which is a series of comps hosted by regional colleges and universities. Prizes are awarded in various categories. Routes are set for beginners through advanced climbers. The focus of the University Climbing Series is to host relatively inexpensive comps which focus on fun, quality route setting, and climbing with friends and peers from other regional universities.