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Climbing Wall

Add some adventure to your day - try the new climbing wall! Located in Court 7 of the SRC, the wall is geared toward both the first time climber and the seasoned veteran. We now have open bouldering during SRC hours of operation, as well as top rope climbing during wall open hours. Come in soon to climb your way to the top!

Rules

Bouldering Wall Rules

  • Shoes and shirts are required for use of the bouldering wall.
  • Socks must be worn with rental climbing shoes.
  • Only climbing chalk balls are allowed at the climbing wall. They are available for purchase at the service counter and must be in a climbing chalk bag. Loose chalk is not allowed.
  • Bouldering mats are designed for feet first impact; Spotters and down-climbing are highly recommended.
  • Personal items must be stored outside the Wall. WSU is not responsible for loss or theft.
  • Route Setting will only take place during designated times under the supervision of a climbing wall supervisor.  If a hold or piece of tape comes loose please inform a Climbing Wall Supervisor or Facility Manager so they can take care of the issue.
  • Avoid climbing under and over other patrons.
  • All participants must follow the directions of the Climbing Wall Supervisor and Facility Manager.
  • No Climbing can take place above 12 ft. of hand height or past the “Do Not Boulder” holds.

The following conduct is prohibited at the bouldering and climbing wall

  • Verbal or physical abuse and/or the threat of abuse towards any participant, spectator or staff member.
  • Horseplay or unsafe use of the climbing wall or equipment.
  • Public indecency or obscenity.
  • Individual participating after the consumption or suspicion of consumption of alcohol/drugs.
  • Damage/destruction of facilities/equipment.
  • Any violation of WSU policies and procedures governing the conduct of students.

Any violation of the rules and policies above may result in removal/suspension from UREC facilities or activities and may result in referral to police and the Office of Student Conduct

Climbing Wall Rules

  • Shoes and shirts are required for use of the climbing wall.
  • Socks must be worn with rental climbing shoes.
  • Personal items must be stored outside the Wall. WSU is not responsible for loss or theft.
  • No chalk, other than eco-balls, is allowed at the climbing wall.  They are available for purchase at the service counter.
  • All climbers must use “climbing commands” when climbing including: Belay On, Climbing, Ready to Lower, and Off Belay.
  • Route Setting will only take place during designated times under the supervision of a climbing wall supervisor.  If a hold or piece of tape comes loose please inform a Climbing Wall Supervisor or Facility Manager so they can take care of the issue.
  • Roped climbing can only occur during designated hours and can only be used by belay qualified patrons.
  • All belayers must pass a belay check off with a climbing wall instructor during operating hours.  If belayers do not pass they may retake the belay check off 2 calendar days later.  Belay clinics are available for patrons.
  • All lead climbers must attend a lead climbing clinic and pass the lead climbing test to get their lead qualification card.
  • All belayers must use the Take Brake Under Slide (TBUS) method of belaying.  No other method is currently accepted at our climbing wall.
  • All personal climbing equipment must be in good working order and open to inspection from a climbing wall supervisor.  If it does not pass inspection it is not permitted for use at our climbing facility.  Climbing wall equipment is available for rent at the service counter.
  • Belayers must use UIAA approved tubular devices only.  Auto-locking, spring, and 8 devices are only permitted during designated program hours
  • Avoid climbing under and over other patrons.
  • All participants must follow the directions of the Climbing Wall Supervisor and Facility Manager.

The following conduct is prohibited at the bouldering and climbing wall

  • Verbal or physical abuse and/or the threat of abuse towards any participant, spectator or staff member.
  • Horseplay or unsafe use of the climbing wall or equipment.
  • Public indecency or obscenity.
  • Individual participating after the consumption or suspicion of consumption of alcohol/drugs.
  • Damage/destruction of facilities/equipment.
  • Any violation of WSU policies and procedures governing the conduct of students.

Any violation of the rules and policies above may result in removal/suspension from UREC facilities or activities and may result in referral to police and the Office of Student Conduct

Non-Members and their dependents must complete a Risk and Release Form, purchase and show a Day or Semester Pass prior to entry.

Belaying

Do you love climbing and want to get higher?  Here's how to get your Belay Card:

Option 1

If you already know how to belay using the TBUS (TakeBrakeUnderSlide) system you can get your Belay Card by qualifying with one of our Climbing Wall Supervisors during roped climbing hours.

Option 2

If learning to belay is new to you or you are just rusty then you can sign up for one of our belay clinics that are offered twice a week.  In this course you will learn all the necessary skills to top rope climb at the university climbing wall.  You can then test for your Belay Card one calendar day after the completion of the belay clinic but no earlier.

Qualification

You will need to bring a climbing partner for your qualification (they don’t need to be belay qualified).  If you pass you will receive a Belay Card on the spot and can begin roped climbing immediately.  You need this card with you whenever you want to top rope climb. Every Fall semester you must be requalified no matter when you received your Belay Card .  In order to pass you must successfully demonstrate all of the following skills:

  • Ability to competently put on climbing harness
  • Ability to tie in using a figure 8 follow thru
  • Ability to perform a buddy check and identify an incorrect knot, harness setup, or belay setup
  • Ability to utilize climbing commands
  • Ability to competently setup and belay with a tube style belay device
  • Ability to competently lower a climber

In the event you do not pass you have one more attempt. It can be performed, at the earliest, one calendar day from your first qualification attempt. In the event that you do not pass a second time, you will be required to complete a belay clinic and then attempt to be qualified again.

Route Setting

Do you want to contribute to your climbing wall community?  Then route setting with your fellow climbers may be the next step for you.  While you don’t need to be a 5.14 climber to set at the University Recreation Climbing Wall, you do need some experience climbing before you come to set routes.  A basic understanding of climbing flow and movement as well as grading systems is highly recommended.  The UREC climbing wall hosts route setting sessions a few times a semester and more in the future if the need presents itself.  In order to route set you must first attend one of our route setting clinics offered every month.  Our facility hosts two types of route setting: general; which is orientated towards bouldering (below 12ft), and vertical; which involves setting routes above bouldering height (12ft) and involves significant rope work.

Lead Climbing

Are you getting comfortable top-roping, and want to learn a new skill that you can apply outside? Lead climbing is the method of climbing where you clip your rope into protection as you ascend, rather than being belayed through one anchor at the top of the climb (top roping). In our lead climbing clinics we’ll teach you the skills needed to effectively lead climb and belay. Prior to taking a lead clinic, participants must have a belay qualification through the WSU SRC Climbing Wall, and have a strong base knowledge of roped climbing methods and systems. 

Lead Climbing Policies

  • Patrons wanting to lead climb are required to attend a lead climbing clinic
  • Patrons are required to follow all lead climbing policies and procedures communicated during the lead climbing clinic, including all commands
  • Lead climbing is available when roped climbing is open
  • Patrons will use SRC Climbing Wall ropes only, typically the rope that is in the top rope anchor at the time
  • Patrons are responsible for re-hanging rope after use
Youth Policy
  • An accompanying adult must be directly present for all youth under 14 at the climbing or bouldering wall. 
  • Belay qualified youth 14 and over are able to climb and belay as long as an accompanying adult is in the SRC.
  • Youth climbers 14 or older may belay and utilize the autobelays after successful completion of a belay qualification.
  • Unaccompanied youth under 14 are not allowed to climb. 
  • Youth under 14 must keep their feet no more than 36 inches off the floor when bouldering.
  • Accompanying adult must be belay qualified for auto-belay use for a participant under 14 (they can clip their youth in). 
  • The minimum age for climbing is 5 years old.
  • Accompanying adult must demonstrate proficiency in their harness as well as the youth harness (if one is required).

 

Upcoming Clinics & Courses

ActivityDateRegister ByPriceSpots Left    
08/17 Lead Climbing Clinic8/178/17$0 (m) / $0 (nm)6
08/18 Belay Clinic8/188/17$0 (m) / $0 (nm)6
08/19 Belay Clinic8/198/18$7 (m) / $7 (nm)6
08/20 Belay Clinic8/208/19$7 (m) / $7 (nm)6
08/21 Belay Clinic8/218/20$7 (m) / $7 (nm)6
08/22 Belay Clinic8/228/21$7 (m) / $7 (nm)6
08/23 Belay Clinic8/228/21$7 (m) / $7 (nm)6
08/23 Lead Climbing Clinic8/238/21$5 (m) / $5 (nm)5
08/25 Belay Clinic8/258/24$7 (m) / $7 (nm)6
08/26 Belay Clinic8/268/25$7 (m) / $7 (nm)6
08/27 Belay Clinic8/278/26$7 (m) / $7 (nm)6
08/28 Belay Clinic8/288/27$7 (m) / $7 (nm)5
08/29 Belay Clinic8/298/28$7 (m) / $7 (nm)6

Climbing Wall Activities Schedule

ActivityDateTimeDay(s) of WeekLocation
Climbing Conditioning, TTh 6/23 - 8/012:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Tue, ThuStudent Recreation Center
08/17 Lead Climbing Clinic8/171:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.SatStudent Recreation Center
08/18 Belay Clinic8/183:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.MonStudent Recreation Center
08/19 Belay Clinic8/193:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.TueStudent Recreation Center
08/20 Belay Clinic8/203:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.WedStudent Recreation Center
08/21 Belay Clinic8/213:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.ThuStudent Recreation Center
08/22 Belay Clinic8/223:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.FriStudent Recreation Center
08/23 Belay Clinic8/223:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.SatStudent Recreation Center
08/23 Lead Climbing Clinic8/231:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.SatStudent Recreation Center
08/25 Belay Clinic8/257:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.MonStudent Recreation Center
08/26 Belay Clinic8/267:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.TueStudent Recreation Center
08/27 Belay Clinic8/277:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.WedStudent Recreation Center
08/28 Belay Clinic8/287:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.ThuStudent Recreation Center
08/29 Belay Clinic8/297:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.FriStudent Recreation Center