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 (Take, Brake, Under, Slide) system you can get your Belay Card by qualifying with one of our Climbing Wall Supervisors during open 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 eight follow through

  • 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.

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Registration Ends November 24

Belay Clinic

Nov 26 in SRC Climbing Wall
[Su] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Belay Clinic

Nov 27 in SRC Climbing Wall
[M] 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$7
 
 
Do you want to participate in roped climbing in our facility? This course provides the necessary instruction to belay your partner, climb, and use our autobelay systems. You will have the opportunity at the end of the course to have your belay technique checked by the instructor so you can participate in roped climbing during facility hours. Program rating is level 1. No experience necessary! Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: With receipt or proof of purchase, full refunds are given until the registration deadline. 50% refunds are given until the day prior to the class. Sorry, no refunds given on or after the day of the class.
 
 

Registration Ends January 1

Canada Ice Climbing, Cross Country Skiing, and Hot Springs

Jan 12 - Jan 15 in ORC Lobby
[F] 4:00 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Sa] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[Su] 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
[M] 12:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
$395 - $675
 
 
Spend three days in British Columbia and Alberta ice climbing and cross country skiing, soaking in hot springs, and sleeping in local hostels every night! You will learn about ice climbing techniques such as safe crampon and ice tool use, belaying, knot tying, basic ice climbing movement, and more! Trip rating is level 2. A belay qualification from the WSU Climbing Wall is required, and good physical conditioning is necessary. For those needing a belay qualification, belay clinics take place most Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays at the SRC climbing wall. Register online for one soon, so you’re not trying to squeeze it into your schedule last-minute. Trip cost includes all necessary climbing and skiing equipment including boots (mountaineering and cross country skiing), crampons, ice tools, harness, helmet, skis and poles, as well as sleeping bags and more. Food and personal clothing is NOT provided on this trip. For entry into Canada, all participants must have a current passport and no DUI/DWI’s on their record. There is a mandatory pre-trip meeting on January 9th from 6:00-8:00pm in the Outdoor Recreation Center lobby. Cancellation Policy: In order to minimize our environmental impact, maintain facilitator-to-participant ratios, meet permit criteria, and transportation logistics, ORC programs are designed for small groups (typically up to 6 participants with 2 facilitators). Late cancellations can seriously impact our ability to accommodate others and recover costs. • Cancellations made up until 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline will receive a full refund. • Cancellations made within 2 weeks prior to the registration deadline receive 50% refund. • Sorry, no refunds are given past the registration deadline.