Climbing + Bouldering

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Lead Belay Refresher

Start the semester off by refreshing and practicing your Lead Belay technique and be prepared to pass your Lead Belay Assessment. Your instructor will review the most important elements of Lead Belay technique, discuss what is involved in the lead test, and provide the opportunity to practice with direct coaching.  Please note that the Lead Belay Refresher is not designed as a substitute for the Lead Belay Clinic.  If you do not already know how to lead belay and lead climb, you should check out that clinic instead.

Dates:

  • PAST EVENT

Price:

  • FREE, students
  • FREE, faculty/staff

Register here.

Belay Technique Refresher

Start the semester off by refreshing and practicing your Belay technique and be prepared to pass your Belay Assessment.  Your instructor will review the most important elements of belay technique, discuss what is involved in the belay test, and provide the opportunity to practice belaying with direct coaching.  Please note that the Belay Refresher is not designed as a substitute for the Belay Technique Clinic.  If you do not already know how to belay, you should check out that clinic instead.

Dates:

  • PAST EVENT

Price:

  • FREE, students
  • FREE, faculty/staff

Register here.

Lead Belay Clinic

Are you ready to take on the challenge and responsibility of sport lead climbing?  This clinic will introduce you to the technical and mental tools necessary to climb on the sharp end of the rope. You will work with a knowledgeable instructor who will explain and demonstrate the key skills you need to know and will provide ample time for hands-on practice and individual coaching.  All climbing equipment is provided.  Please note that in order to obtain a lead belay qualification at the U of M Climbing Gym, all climbers must pass a practical lead belay test at a later date.  Attending this clinic does not automatically qualify you to lead belay, but will prepare you to be successful in the practical test.  Prerequisites: Competence in top rope belay technique (i.e. Belay certified at a Climbing gym) and the ability to top-rope routes graded 5.9+ or higher is required.

Dates:
All Lead Belay Clinics will take place from 12:30pm-3pm.

  • 11/11/2023

Price:

  • $15, students
  • $25, faculty/staff

Register here.

Refund-Cancellation Policy:
A full refund will be given in the event that the Outdoor Program cancels a trip or clinic due to lack of registration, weather, or other extenuating circumstances.  Canceled trips or clinics will not be rescheduled to an alternate date.  
Cancellations within 7 days of the scheduled trip departure date for day trips and clinics or 7 days from the scheduled pre-trip meeting for multi-day trips will not be refunded.
Cancellations prior to 7 days before the scheduled trip departure date for day trips and clinics or the scheduled pre-trip meeting for multi-day trips are eligible for a 50% refund.
Registrations canceled within 72 hours from the time of registration are eligible for a full refund provided the 72 hour period falls outside of 7 days prior to the scheduled trip departure or pre-trip meeting date.
Cancellation and refund requests should be directed to [email protected].  

Top Rope Belay Clinic

If you like to climb and want to take the next step towards climbing independence, this clinic is for you.  The Top Rope Belay Clinic will cover everything you need to know to climb as safely as possible in a top-rope gym setting including harnesses, equipment, knots, climbing commands, and belay technique.  You will work with a knowledgeable instructor who will explain and demonstrate the key skills you need to know and will provide ample time for hands-on practice and individual coaching.  All climbing equipment is provided.  Please note that in order to obtain a belay qualification at the U of M Climbing Gym, all climbers must pass a practical belay test at a later date.  Attending this clinic does not automatically qualify you to belay, but will prepare you to be successful in the practical test.  

Dates:
All Top Rope Belay Clinics will take place from 10am-12pm.

  • 11/11/2023

Price:

  • $10, students
  • $20, faculty/staff

Register here.

Refund-Cancellation Policy:
A full refund will be given in the event that the Outdoor Program cancels a trip or clinic due to lack of registration, weather, or other extenuating circumstances.  Canceled trips or clinics will not be rescheduled to an alternate date.  
Cancellations within 7 days of the scheduled trip departure date for day trips and clinics or 7 days from the scheduled pre-trip meeting for multi-day trips will not be refunded.
Cancellations prior to 7 days before the scheduled trip departure date for day trips and clinics or the scheduled pre-trip meeting for multi-day trips are eligible for a 50% refund.
Registrations canceled within 72 hours from the time of registration are eligible for a full refund provided the 72 hour period falls outside of 7 days prior to the scheduled trip departure or pre-trip meeting date.
Cancellation and refund requests should be directed to [email protected].  

Climbing Movement and Technique for Beginner Climbers

Climbing is primarily a movement sport--having proper technique is essential to your progress.  This clinic is geared toward beginner climbers who want to learn and practice a variety of climbing techniques.  The clinic will build a foundation of footwork technique, discuss the role of the upper body, and teach key skills including flagging, backstepping, cross-overs, drop knees, and lie-backing.  Participants will leave having gained new skills, assessed areas for improvement, and knowing how to continue to improve their climbing skills.

Dates:

  • PAST EVENT

Price:

  • Free for Climbing Members

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Training and Technique for Intermediate and Advanced Climbers

If you want to improve your climbing skills, you need to know the fundamentals of climbing training.  Whether you are a newer climber looking to develop your abilities or an experienced climber looking to gain the edge you need to send a project, the underlying principles of climbing training are the same.  The knowledge you gain from this clinic will help you plan and implement a training program that works for you whether that involves a spreadsheet and a yearlong training macrocycle or simply setting small goals each time you climb to get the most out of a session.  Clinic participants will be provided with a number of worksheets, training documents, and resources they can use in the future.  The clinic will start with a goal setting exercise and individual assessment of climbing strengths and weaknesses.  From there, we will address the triangle of climbing skills:  technical skills, physical fitness, and the mental game.  This holistic approach will provide you with activities and drills to improve in each of these areas in alignment with your goals and personal strengths and weaknesses.  Additionally, the clinic will cover building out a structured training plan.  There is no one size fits all approach to climbing training - this clinic will empower you with the knowledge you need to create your own training plan, whether simple or complex, in a way that fits into your life and your goals.  

Dates:

  • PAST EVENT

Price:

  • Free for Climbing Members

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Outdoor Climbing Skills Roundup

If you are planning an upcoming outdoor climbing trip or just want a chance to practice and tune up some essential climbing skills, this is the perfect opportunity to get access to climbing gear and join our knowledgeable Climbing Instructors for a day of learning.  There will be several stations set up to learn and practice rappelling, anchor building, top managed belay, multipitch transitions, and more.  Participants are encouraged to come with their own questions as well for instructors.  

Dates:

  • 12/9/2023, 12pm-2pm

Price:

  • Free for Climbing Members

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Essential Knots and Carabiners

Join our knowledgeable instructors for a tailored climbing skill lesson.  Learn which 3 knots are going to serve you best 99% of the time as well as why some carabiners look different then others.

Dates:

  • PAST EVENT

Price:

  • Free for Climbing Members

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How to Clean a Sport Route

Join our knowledgeable instructors  for a tailored climbing skill lesson. Come and learn how to retrieve your gear at the end of a day of sport climbing. 

Dates:

  • PAST EVENT

Price:

  • Free for Climbing Members

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Climbing Anchor Basics

Join our knowledgeable instructors  for a tailored climbing skill lesson. Learn the basics climbing anchors built on pre-placed bolts for top roping, multi-pitch climbing or securing yourself to the cliff edge. 

Dates:

  • PAST EVENT

Price:

  • Free for Climbing Members

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Top Managed Belay Systems

Join our knowledgeable instructors  for a tailored climbing skill lesson. Have you ever wondered what happens when you can't belay from the bottom? Come and learn how to bring your partner up the cliff once you are on top.

Dates:

  • 11/14/2023, 6pm-7pm

Price:

  • Free for Climbing Members

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Rappelling

Join our knowledgeable instructors  for a tailored climbing skill lesson. Come and learn how to descend safely and efficiently by rappelling on two strands of rope. 

Dates:

  • 11/28/2023, 6pm-7pm

Price:

  • Free for Climbing Members

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Community Climb Day - LGBTQIA+

Community Climb Days seek to foster inclusivity and diversity in the University of Minnesota Climbing Community. During these events, we strive to create a safe space for students to climb and build relationships with others who identify with their community and share an interest in climbing!  All climbers - new and experienced - are encouraged to come to try the sport in a welcoming and fun environment and to create a strong community at the U of M Climbing Gym! 

Dates:

  • PAST EVENT

Price:

  • FREE

Register here.

Crush-O-Lantern Climbing Competition

Join us again this fall for our annual Halloween-themed Bouldering Competition!  Climbers compete not only for the highest overall points by completing freshly set boulder problems, but also for the honor of best individual and best partner costume.  This event is your opportunity to hang out and have fun with our community of climbers on Campus.  There are boulder problems of all difficulties and competitor brackets for beginner, intermediate, and advanced climbers - this event is for everyone.  The event is free exclusively for Climbing Gym Members, but we ask that you register in advance as space is limited.

The competition will follow a modified flash format with an onsight finals round.  The highest point value will be awarded for a flash of a boulder (climbing it successfully on the first attempt).  A lower point value will be awarded for a successful send on additional attempts.  A competitor's five highest scores will be added together for the total score. The top 5 men and top 5 women climbers will advance to an onsite finals round where they will have 5 minutes to attempt a boulder that gets progressively harder with each move which they have not seen before.  The climber who makes it furthest on the boulder will be the overall winner.  All competitors are encouraged to stick around as spectators for the finals.

Categories:
Beginner (VB to V3)
Intermediate (V3 - V5)
Advanced Women (V4 and up)
Advanced Men (V4 and up)

Schedule:
9:00 am:  Check In,Registration, and Route Previews
9:30 am:  Welcome, Introduction, and Rules
9:45 am:  Climbing Time Begins
12:45 pm:  Climbing Time Ends
1:00 pm:  Costume Contest
1:30 pm:  Finals Round begins
3:00 pm:  Final Results and Awards

Dates:

  • PAST EVENT

Price:

  • FREE

Register here.

Community Climb Day - BIPOC

Community Climb Days seek to foster inclusivity and diversity in the University of Minnesota Climbing Community. During these events, we strive to create a safe space for students to climb and build relationships with others who identify with their community and share an interest in climbing!  All climbers - new and experienced - are encouraged to come to try the sport in a welcoming and fun environment and to create a strong community at the U of M Climbing Gym! 

Dates:

  • 11/18/2023, 11:30am-2pm

Price:

  • FREE

Register here.

Community Climb Day - Femmes, Women, Nonbinary

Community Climb Days seek to foster inclusivity and diversity in the University of Minnesota Climbing Community. During these events, we strive to create a safe space for students to climb and build relationships with others who identify with their community and share an interest in climbing!  All climbers - new and experienced - are encouraged to come to try the sport in a welcoming and fun environment and to create a strong community at the U of M Climbing Gym! 

Dates:

  • 12/2/2023, 11:30am-2pm

Price:

  • FREE

Register here.