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Climbing Clinics

The Drexel Recreation Center offers free technical climbing classes around the last Thursday of every month. No registration is required. Climbing clinic topics include:

Multi-directional Anchors.

Find out what all the new rage is concerning multi-directional anchors. Instructors will discuss the differences between pre-equalized anchors, self-equalized anchors, and how it affects the forces applied to anchor pieces. Share opinions, debate the benefits. Don't be left out in the dark!

Lead Belaying with a Gri Gri.

Scared to lead belay with a Gri Gri? Come find out why many expert climbers prefer lead belaying with an assisted locking device. (If time allows covering double ropes with a plate device).

How to clean a sport climbing lead anchor with speed and safety!

Learn how the pros clean sport climbing anchors without the fears of dropping the rope and the speed to keep one's climbing partner happy. Focus on using the quick draws and a few locking carabiners.

On rappel. Prevent the simple mistakes everyone makes.

Most accidents in climbing happen on the descent after a long day of climbing. Learn time tested techniques to prevent minor mishaps from becoming critical errors. Bring a prussic cord or sling.

Is your Reverso a piece of Harness Jewelry?

Explore the versatility of this self-locking device. Discover easy, controlled methods to lower a second from the self-locking position. Learn to use Reverso as an ascender. Explore ways to add friction to the device when rappelling on skinny ropes. Bring personal Reverso and harness.

Climbing Clinic Schedule

For upcoming clinics, visit the Climbing Wall Calendar. Clinics are scheduled monthly and are also posted outside of the Climbing Wall. Note: clinics may be cancelled due to holidays, weather, etc. All cancellations will be posted in advance.

Cancellation Policy

Classes are non-refundable.

For more information, contact Climbing Wall and Experiential Learning Program at or 215.571.3778.