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Climbing Center Classes

Belay Classes

This class will teach ANY LEVEL climber the basic knots involved in roped climbing, the process of belaying a climber, and how to perform a safety check. Classes cost $5. Registration takes place at Member Services.

CLASS FEES: 

Rec Center Member : $5
Non-member : $5

 

DATES: 

Tuesdays : 4/15, 5/6, 5/27

Time : 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Registration deadline : 24 hours prior to class 

 

Wednesdays : 4/2, 4/23, 5/14

Time : 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration deadline : 24 hours prior to class

 

Thursdays : 4/10, 5/1, 5/22

Time : 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Registration deadline : 24 hours prior to class

 

Saturdays : 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/31, 6/7 

Time : 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Registration deadline : At time of class

What is Belay? : Belaying is the act of managing the rope while a climber is climbing. Belaying is an essential component of safe climbing practices, and learning how to belay correctly opens many doors for the recreational climber. Participants will learn how to belay their climber, give proper commands as both a climber and a belayer, lower their climber, and get to climb to the top of the wall.  After completing the class and successfully challenging the belay test at least 24 hours later, participants will be able to climb on the ropes during hours when the climbing center is staffed.

  • Please have a signed waiver on file before registering for a belay class.
  • No experience necessary!

Basic Climbing Technique

Many people are under the impression that climbing is all about upper body strength—this is not true! Anyone can climb, no matter what your strength or ability level might be. Climbing has been compared to yoga, due to its focus on breathing, balance and body tension. If you are interested in learning more about climbing technique, please speak with one of the Climbing Instructors or contact Erin Schick eschick@pdx.edu.

Kids’ Climbing

Youth are welcome to climb only during staffed climbing center hours: 

Monday - Friday | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturdays | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructors are available to belay your children and offer basic instruction during youth program hours.