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Classes

The Climbing Wall program offers classes that cover introductory through advanced skills. No matter what your level of skill or experience is, there is an option for you to reach new heights! No experience is required and all equipment is provided. All you have to do is sign up!

Beginner: Try-A-Climb Classes

If you have never climbed before and are interested in trying something new, then coming to the Climbing Wall is the right thing to do! The try-a-climb class offers a free introduction to climbing where participants will learn how to put on a harness and practice climbing. Try-a-climbs classes are offered every hour, on the hour. To guarantee your place, please reserve a time by calling or stopping by the Climbing Wall in advance.

Beginner: Learn To Climb

If you want to learn more than what the Try-a-climb class offers, we offer a Learn To Climb class three times a week. The Learn to Climb class teaches participants the skills required to climb independent of an instructor in a top rope setting. At the end of the course members will have the necessary skills to complete the belay certification. No experience is necessary and the equipment is provided.

What you will learn:

  • To understand the risks and benefits involved in the sport of rock climbing.
  • To identify and properly use basic climbing equipment including a harness, a locking carabiner, a belay device, a ground anchor, etc.
  • Proficiency with tying a figure eight retrace knot.
  • Climbing safety procedures including "buddy checks" and belay commands.
  • The principles of belaying.
  • How climbing routes are graded (to determine the difficulty of a climb)

Schedule of Weekly Classes:

  • Tuesdays: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 4 – 6 p.m. (Not offered during Summer)

Students: $15
Members: $20
Community: $25

If you are interested in scheduling a class that better fits your schedule, please contact climbing@drexel.edu.

Belay Certification

In order to belay at the Recreation Center, members must first pass a belay test demonstrating competency in applying a harness, tying a figure-eight retrace knot, and belaying. Seasoned climbers may request to be belay certified during open climbing hours. Note: Climbing wall staff may not always be available to belay.

  • Top Rope Belay Certification: A demonstration of belaying competency is required in order to belay. People who do not know how to belay are encouraged to enroll in our Learn to Climb Class or schedule a Private Climbing Class to learn to belay. Certification is free of charge to members.
  • Lead Climbing Belaying Certification: A demonstration of competency is required in order to lead climb and belay. Certification is free of charge to members.